With its onset in 2020, the pandemic has changed the entire global learning landscape. Learning has transitioned from the real to the virtual to cope with the system’s pressures and continuity demands. Worldwide, 1.6 billion children in 186 countries were impacted by the closure of schools. Online or Distance Learning has become the necessity of the day, leaving academia to understand which one is more effective – the Virtual or the Real. (3)

Virtual & Real Classroom: Head-to-Head

In ancient times, the Real or traditional classrooms were conducted as Gurukuls under the tree’s shade. The Brahmacharya Ashrama or student phase was the first phase of life. The pupil learnt to prepare for success in the later stages of life. Besides teaching the basic skills of reading and writing they were also versed about the spiritual and religious concepts for a holistic learning experience. It was the first real classroom environment.

In a real classroom, all the senses of a pupil can be engaged. In a real tangible world, the teacher engages the pupils, encourages their participation, addresses the students’ emotions, thoughts, and queries, and builds social and emotional bonds. Communication between the teachers and students is very effective in real classrooms, where feedback can be immediate and face to face.

A simple hug or holding hands can raise the spirits of a student. In the virtual classroom, the emoticons take over, and the pupil’s reactions become mechanical. Innovations in technology mean more unique ways to emote, sans the spontaneity of the human touch. (1)(2) 

Real classrooms are more formal in setting and inculcate a sense of discipline. The students are required to attend school during assigned hours. They learn interpersonal relations in a classroom setting in real-time, both with the adults at school and the peer group. Students can access study material and content 24/7 on virtual platforms and communicate electronically with the teachers in online setups. A Self Learning mode is also encouraged at times. 

Pros & Cons

Looking at the paradigms of both the real and virtual classrooms, both have advantages and disadvantages. Virtual classrooms benefit from saving commuting time, agility, and flexibility in learning and access to a more significant number and variety of learning content and classes. However, technology and screen time exposure may pose considerable health and cyber security concerns for the child. Professional development of teachers to engage students on a virtual platform is a significant need in developing nations. While urban schools have progressed to a smooth transition towards online learning, schools in rural areas yet experience the digital divide.

Way Forward

Hybrid Learning or Blended Learning is a cost-effective solution offering consistency and easy access to content, engages the learners and supports human interaction within the parameters of the Covid protocols. The new norms in the learning milieu are here to stay after the pandemic reopening. Proactive measures of social distancing, staggered attendance, infrastructural changes as handwash stations, mandates of sanitisers and masks, low crowd activities and others are being advocated; so as to enable the student to come back to school.

Ruby Park Public School: Facilitating World-class Education

Ruby Park Public School aims at educating and nurturing students to become a strong community of responsible citizens and leaders of tomorrow. With a holistic curriculum, the students are taught life skills via an education pattern, supported by a counselling and disciplinary system that cares for the student’s mental health.

Being affiliated with the CBSE board, it visions to impart 21st-century skills to its students and maintain a delicate balance between traditional values and modern ethos. The stimulating and peaceful learning environment has stimulated the students to successfully achieve the highest standards of discipline and excellence in their educational endeavours.

For more information, visit www.rubypark.com.


RPPS blog posts have been written with the information gathered from approved articles and websites online. Our research and technical team strive to provide relevant information through such articles.

Nowadays, the oft-heard dictum ‘Please maintain social distance’ has become a way of life for most. It is especially relevant for children who now go back to school after almost two years of online learning at home. As the coronavirus has played a devastating effect on our health and lives, social distancing will help to keep the vast student community safe.

Adapting to the new normal, schools will have to proactively put norms in place to facilitate learning at school in a safe milieu. Some suggested measures (already in practice also) to social distance physically for students at school.

Here are some recommended measures for the students that can be followed in school during this crucial time to maintain social distance would be:

Staggered Attendance – where the students of the class are divided into two groups, so that they can attend school at different hours 

Weekly Cohorting – It is a good strategy where students attend school in person on alternate weeks. It will avoid crowding and contact tracing will become easier.

Socially distanced desks – are kept at least 6 feet to prevent airborne infection through droplets from cough, sneeze, etc. (How it is helping in maintaining physical/social distance in school needs clear explanation)

Regular cleaning of all surfaces at school – it helps to prevent infection from contact from surfaces as desks, chairs, doors, bulletin boards; if contaminated.

Wearing Masks, a mandate – All people entering the school premises to wear masks. Non-scholar personnel as teaching staff, service staff, parents and others to submit the Vaccination certificates and download the Aarogya Setu app for efficiency. Monitoring the movement of non-essential visitors to the school and keeping a log of visitors are imperative. 

Child Safety Guidelines

Child Safety is a priority at Ruby Park Public School. The following guidelines are encouraged to ensure safety for all students:

  • Avoid crowding hallways lining classes and other rooms.
  • Closing Communal spaces like the cafeteria and playgrounds and promoting staggered attendance in music rooms, yoga rooms, libraries, and auditorium. The larger rooms may be used as classrooms for learning with a socially distanced set-up.
  • Every room in the school to be equipped with hand sanitizers; especially the washrooms to be updated with hand wash stations and hand wash soap products
  • Queues to be made with social distancing.
  • Advocate for the importance of social distancing and handwashing techniques. Signboards should be posted in critical areas to reiterate the same.
  • School buses to be sanitized when carrying the students to school. Social distancing by occupying alternate seats to be encouraged. 

Challenges and the way forward

During the pandemic, various challenges can be observed, most notably the technology divide, especially in rural areas and the lack of teachers competent in technology. The Government has proactively addressed these challenges by hosting lessons on specially curated Television channels, training the teachers to be ‘Smart’ for conducting online sessions and providing access to e-learning software and infrastructure. Phased out reopening schools followed it to bring back the normalcy of in-person learning. Vaccinations for children will further strengthen the efforts against the virus.

The entire endeavour was conducted to bring back students to where they rightfully belong- the school.

Ruby Park Public School: Your gateway to world-class education

Ruby Park Public School aims at educating and nurturing students to become a strong community of future-ready citizens and leaders of tomorrow. With a holistic pedagogy and delivery methods at RPPS, the students are taught life skills to live responsibly by caring for themselves, the people around them and their environment. 

Being affiliated with the CBSE board, it visions to impart 21st-century skills to its students and maintain a delicate balance between traditional values and modern ethos. The school is proactive in reopening its doors post-pandemic with the assurance of safety and security for its pupils.


RPPS blog posts have been written with the information gathered from approved articles and websites online. Our research and technical team strive to provide relevant information through such articles.

Bullying is a hostile behaviour mainly observed among children who want to exert power over others. When repeated constantly, it can have adverse effects on the child’s mental health. Bullying affects everyone involved in the act – the bully, the bullied, and the witnesses.

Children who bully others have typical behavioural patterns such as getting into fights, alcohol abuse, school dropouts, and criminal convictions. These behavioural patterns may result in abusive behaviour towards romantic partners, spouses, or children as adults.

Children who get bullied have adverse social, academic, physical, mental and health issues. Psychosomatic disorders are observed as changes in sleep patterns, depression and anxiety, loss of interest in activities, associated health complaints, and low academic scores.

Children who are witnesses of bullying have increased mental health problems. As a result, they may get into depression and anxiety, start abusing tobacco, alcohol or other drugs and exhibit high absenteeism in school.

Types of Bullying

Bullying can take various forms as:

  • Physical abuse such as hitting, kicking, slapping and tripping
  • Verbal abuse as teasing, name-calling and arguing
  • Relational/social abuse as spreading rumours and leaving out of the group
  • Damage to property of the victim or environment to express aggression and anger
  • Cyberbullying through technology, which has been on the rise

Role of a teacher in the prevention of bullying in schools

1. Teach kindness and empathy –

When students approach ideas and problems from multiple perspectives, they’re less likely to bully others. Students should be encouraged to promote social-emotional development from the earliest ages. A teacher facilitates ways to help children understand themselves and others which requires empathy and kindness.

Empathy is recognized as viewing someone else’s perspective and must be embedded into the school curriculum. Children must be encouraged to talk about their differences to reach a better understanding. It can be developed through conflict resolution and deliberate interaction.

2. Create the opportunities to connect –

Inculcating a sense of community in your classroom may reduce bullying incidents and heal the students affected. Research suggests that when students feel connected to peers, they’re more likely to cope with being bullied. Studies also demonstrate that teaching students to speak up when they witness bullying behaviour and stand against it may undercut future bullying incidents by more than 50 per cent.

The classroom must be safe for students to express themselves and feel heard. Developing the students’ abilities to advocate for themselves and others is also imperative. Outside of the classroom, facilitate opportunities for positive reinforcement by helping students get involved in afterschool activities that align with their hobbies and interests.

3. Identify ‘gateway behaviours’ –

Researchers have found that small behaviours can often indicate the onset of bullying.  “Gateway behaviours” indicators may be challenging to detect. Recognizing them early on may aid in the prevention of bullying. As a teacher, here are some of the crucial behaviours you should take notice of:

  • Eye rolling
  • Prolonged staring
  • Back turning
  • Laughing cruelly/encouraging others to laugh
  • Name-calling
  • Ignoring or excluding
  • Causing physical harm
  • Spying
  • Stalking

4. Use the arts to create context –

Art imparts the ability to view diverse perspectives among young people. Through drama, literature and the visual arts, students can understand the adverse impact of bullying.

Measures to prevent bullying

By adopting the following measures, we can prevent bullying:

Developing a positive school environment

It is imperative to provide a conducive environment for a child’s development. A conducive climate helps foster healthy development.  In contrast, an adverse school climate is associated with higher student bullying, aggression and victimization.

Advancing social and emotional learning

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is synonymous with developing self-awareness, responsible decision-making, and relationship management skills. The family must contribute to teaching these lessons. Bullying is sometimes are a product of abusive parenting practices.

Moving Forward

A substantial shift in the mindsets about children’s importance and feelings presents the way forward. Children can thrive when we nurture their humanity and offer them the tools to identify, express, and, thus, regulate their feelings. Schools can lead the way when parents, teachers, and administrators learn about the complex roots of bullying and adopt effective strategies for addressing it.

The kids are counting on us.

Ruby Park Public School: Where Mental and Physical Health is Important

Ruby Park Public School aims at educating and nurturing students to become a strong community of future-ready citizens and leaders of tomorrow. With a holistic curriculum, the students are taught life skills via an education pattern, supported by a counselling and disciplinary system that cares for the student’s mental health.

Being affiliated with the CBSE board, it visions to impart 21st-century skills to its students and maintain a delicate balance between traditional values and modern ethos. The refreshing and peaceful learning environment has stimulated the students to successfully achieve the highest standards of discipline and excellence in their educational endeavours.

For more information on this CBSE-affiliated institution and its holistic curriculum, visit www.rubypark.com.

Life is tons of discipline. Your first discipline is your vocabulary; then your grammar and your punctuation

– Robert Frost

What is Vocabulary?

Vocabulary is commonly defined as “all the words known and used by a particular person” (1). It is essentially a set of familiar words in a person’s inventory of expression of a particular language. An extensive vocabulary is a fundamental tool for communication, articulation and acquisition of knowledge. The English Language is one of the most voluminous of all languages. It offers a plethora of words for vocabulary building. (2)

Vocabulary Building Stages

Vocabulary building starts in early childhood. Babies begin to identify natural objects from pictures as early as nine months. Object–name cognition and coordination happen between 24-36 months and is related to quality by adding descriptions and narratives between 36-48 months.(4) During this period, vocabulary enhancement is critical. So the child should be exposed to a variety of stimuli in the environment. A vibrant classroom with objects, pictures and colours in a playschool classroom enriches the child’s quest for new words and more. By age 6, a child would know about 1500 words. This is directly related to achievement in school, the ability to read, think about the world and unlimited access to new information.  (3)

Types of Vocabulary

Vocabulary is built throughout lifetime. Mother Tongue or Native Language is the maiden vocabulary learnt by any individual and the mastery of which may vary upon individual usage. Between the ages of 20 and 60, people know about 6,000 words, an average of one every day.  Commencing with Listening Vocabulary at infancy, the child graduates to Speaking Vocabulary, moving away from gestures to verbal expressions, and Reading and Writing Vocabulary as formal education advances. This pattern of Vocabulary growth and building continues for a lifetime. Revisions in vocabulary are evident today due to peer chain techniques resulting in Abbreviated Vocabulary for ease of usage on WhatsApp and other chatting applications.

Linguistic significance and specialized usage are attributes to the emergence of Lexicon or Focal Vocabulary.

Building a Better Vocabulary

Building a better vocabulary is an ongoing endeavour. At Pre-school, using theme related game boards, alphabet blocks related games and clue related games may be therapeutic for word building. A child should be encouraged to enhance his vocabulary in various ways as:

  • Reading frequently and consciously – of newspapers, storybooks, non-fiction, on kindle and others; to learn new words and their usage.
  • Play word games- like Boggle, Scrabble, Word with Friends, Wordscapes and others. These games are available both online and offline (Board Games)
  • Use the dictionary and thesaurus – for a holistic understanding of words; both learnt and new.
  • Use of Flashcards- in classrooms and on online apps; for vocabulary enrichment.
  • Subscribing to ‘Word of the day ‘on some web platforms helps to expand vocabulary.
  • Solving Crossword Puzzles exercise memory and create a quest for new words.
  • Using Mnemonics for word association to remember definitions and meanings of words and is a beautiful memory tool. For example, VIBGYOR is a mnemonic for the colours of the rainbow.
  • Encouraging the child to use new words in conversations- especially low stake situations initially with space for trial and error. Repeated usage will assist in vocabulary building.

The above methodologies may be included in the curriculum as an action plan for a more significant impact.


Vocabulary building facilitates the ability to express one’s emotions and thoughts more clearly. It enhances thinking and writing skills and is also a critical factor in second language proficiency.

Ruby Park Public School: Your gateway to world-class education

Ruby Park Public School aims at educating and nurturing students to become a strong community of future-ready citizens and leaders of tomorrow. With a holistic pedagogy and delivery methods at RPPS, the students are taught life skills to live responsibly by caring for the self, the people around them and their environment. Being a sister concern of DPS Ruby Park, the school ensures quality education in the academic and co-curricular spheres.

Being affiliated with the CBSE board, it envisages to impart 21st-century skills to its students and maintain a delicate balance between traditional values and modern ethos. The stimulating and peaceful learning environment has stimulated the students to successfully achieve the highest standards of discipline and excellence in their educational endeavours.


RPPS blog posts have been written with the information gathered from approved articles and websites online. Our research and technical team strive to provide relevant information through such articles.


  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vocabulary#Definition_of_word
  2. https://www.masterclass.com/articles/how-to-improve-your-vocabulary
  3. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/04/140429205733.htm
  4. https://www.jcfs.org/blog/importance-vocabulary

If you want your children to be smart, tell them stories. If you want them to be brilliant, tell them more stories

-Albert Einstein

Story-telling is one of the most ancient forms of teaching, which has bolstered the early human communities to find answers to life and living. For school-going children today, stories have their way to inculcate a sense of wonder and has proved to be a unique way for the youngsters to develop an understanding, respect and appreciation for different ways of life. Story-telling inspires children to engage in purposeful conversations, generates enthusiasm to read books, script their own stories, and hone strong language and listening skills.

Parents and teachers use story-telling to develop cognitive skill-sets, expand knowledge and boost confidence in young adults. Introducing new vocabulary and increasing memory capacity is beneficial for kids. Several research publications have analyzed the effects of story-telling. It is a successful educational strategy that creates significant improvements in language acquisition and enhances oral or spoken language. It also develops reading and comprehension, makes sense of basic mathematics, improves cross-cultural communication, promotes moral and social development, and the art of effective communication.

Providing life skills

Listed below are some of the many benefits of employing story-telling as a medium of learning:

Improves verbal proficiency: As a reliable source of an early childhood learning programme, narrating stories help children to get acquainted with new languages, words and phrases. The process improves pronunciation and interaction skills besides providing the opportunity to learn and comprehend better.

Develops listening and thinking skills: Children often find it difficult to concentrate on something for extended periods. Storytelling can help improve the child’s listening skills, make them more attentive and teach them to increase their attention span.

Boosts confidence and develops communication skills: Stories develop the vocabulary of children and make them confident communicators.

Sharpens memory: Children often recount impactful stories even after years of their narration. This technique is thus utilized to make them remember facts and boost their memory.

Imbibes ethics and values: Stories are often used to instil values like honesty, truthfulness, gratitude, courage, etc., in young adults.

Develop creativity: Exposing children to stories from a young age evokes the elements of intellectual thinking and enhances the children’s imagination and artistic skills.

Understand culture: There is no better way to explain our diverse culture to children than through story-telling.

RPPS: Setting new benchmarks in education

The highly experienced and qualified faculty at Ruby Park Public School (RPPS), Kolkata, always encourages the holistic development of the students. The young minds are provided with the freedom to express themselves. At the same time, the school nurtures them with optimum utilization of cutting-edge technology and modern pedagogical tools, including the art of compelling story-telling.

Being one of the top schools in the city, this CBSE-affiliated institution imparts education in sync with international standards. This premier house of education has gained a steady reputation of working tirelessly at moulding and empowering future-ready leaders of tomorrow.

For more information, visit www.rubypark.com.

Colours express the main psychic feelings of man

– Carl Jung

Colours are a part of life and influence the body functions, thoughts and emotions with the energy produced by light. Light and colour have a mesmerizing effect on the human mind. On average, the human eye can perceive 150 different colours in visible light. It thus helps a child to cognize, perceive and define an object. Every child has colour related cognition of objects and as such the perception of each colour addresses the related emotion.

The effects of colours on the human mind can be varied – imparting peace of the mind, generating excitement, a calming and soothing effect, giving rise to inspiration or some colours even cause anxiety or stress. The psychological impact of colours can be observed more distinctly in children.

A colour preference pattern is evident in the progressive childhood years. While very young pre-schoolers prefer warm, bright colors as red, yellow and orange; the elementary school children choose tints and pastels in contrast. The relationship of this pattern reference of colours by children is logical. Due to their inability to read and write in the early years, the children rely more on visual material to establish communication. Thus colour is an important tool of expression for them. Red stimulates the brain activity and yellow improves the concentration. So preschool classrooms are designed with luminous and bold colours to keep the child stimulated and active. Even colourful food is presented to the child to stimulate hunger pangs and colourful toys are an effective learning tool at this age. Environmental stimulation aids in learning at this age, and keeps the child active and healthy.

The importance of inclusion of colours in the child’s learning environment is significant at every age. It provides the verbal cues. The human brain thrives on change of mind. In contrast to the loud colours, the children of elementary school shift their preference to softer shades of pastels.  The colours have a soothing effect on the children when mental stimulation leads to productivity and creativity.

Progressing to middle school; the colour commonality of choice is blue and green. Blue evokes feelings of contentment, spaciousness and comfort as it is the color of the sky and the sea. Green spells health and has a calming effect on the nervous system. As the lens of the eye focuses on green henceforth green is the most relaxing colour. The mental turbulences of early adolescence are calmed by the use of these colours. Their use translates to foster success at school.

In High school, the colour preferences shift to deeper hues as burgundy, deep green, navy and violet. This signify a sense of self control, confidence, elegance and deep rootedness. The children by now have found their individuality and a sense of being. They are ready to take control of factors in the environment outside of themselves; as a career choice or a relationship. These colours validate their emotions.

The influence of colour on a child’s brain is evident even in discrepant situations. While bright reds and oranges were seen to increase a child’s IQ as much as 12 points by attracting his attention to details; the reading comprehension increased 80% in dyslexic children by the use of blue or grey overlay on the white background of the page. The colour vision deficiency was facilitated to increase productivity.

Colour, thus, can affect the psychological reactions as well as the physiologic health of children. Research has demonstrated the important role played by environmental factors in developing levels of success and productivity, reducing the error rate and inducing positive behavior in children. Amongst the stimuli present in the environment colour ranks foremost as the component for influencing a child’s behavioral, emotional and health of a child; and hence needs priority attention.

Ruby Park Public School: Your gateway to world-class education

Being one of the top schools in the city, this CBSE-affiliated institution imparts education that meets international standards, with optimum utilization of cutting-edge technology and modern pedagogical tools. Being a sister concern of DPS Ruby Park, the school ensures quality education and holistic development of all the students. In connection to this, the institute has been working tirelessly at moulding and nurturing a strong community of intellectual, future-ready citizens of tomorrow that are sensitive to the winds of change and yet committed to living with responsibility. The peaceful, invigorating, learning environment has been stimulating the students to successfully achieve the highest standards of discipline and excellence in their educational endeavours.

If we want children to flourish, to become truly empowered, let us allow them to love the earth before we ask them to save it.

David Sobel, environmental educator and academic

As the earth becomes warmer each year, NASA has projected that the global average temperature will increase by 2.5 to 10 degrees. Climate change campaigners have repeatedly raised their concerns on the increasing carbon emissions that brought to the spotlight the need to protect our Mother Earth. Human beings are already dealing with overpopulation, acute shortage of natural resources, pollution, loss of biodiversity, greenhouse effect and even ozone layer depletion. The solution to tackling all these global issues is simple – raising eco-conscious children.

A climate-conscious lifestyle

Living by example could be the best way to teach your children. For example, noted environmentalist Ellen Sabina poses pertinent questions for children like ‘What does the earth need from you?’ in her books. She is highly focused on helping kids understand how they can make a difference. In ‘The Greening Book: Being a Friend to Planet Earth’, she hopes to inspire children to make eco-conscious choices. Her goal is to deepen a child’s friendship with the earth and develop a lifetime of habits that protect and nurture the world around them.

Parents and teachers need to imbibe vis-a-vis a child’s education – love, respect and care for the environment. Transforming one’s lifestyle choices and encouraging children to contribute are the best ways to raise an eco-conscious child.

Below listed are a few ideas to bring up environmentally aware children:

  • Spending time with nature: Take your children to picturesque places and make them feel close to heart. One protects what one loves – children should have the opportunity to love their surroundings. Only then they can be aware of environmentally-friendly practices.
  • Planting trees: Be it a camp or your garden, ensure that your children are involved in planting trees. Children should be encouraged to engage with the environment and translate emotions into actions.
  • Conserving water, electricity and food: Teaching children to protect natural resources and conserve them begins with telling them to turn off taps when not in use. Adults can educate children about food wastage and other crisis, including wasteful electricity and water consumption.
  • Waste workshop: We produce waste daily, which makes recycling the order of the day. Teaching your kids about the various grades of scrap and giving them the duty of segregating the waste in the household can help them have a great understanding of waste disposal. Using less plastic and other non-biodegradable waste is also a great idea to promote eco-consciousness. Besides, the children can be involved in DIY projects that include recycling waste into utility products. This encourages them to reuse every possible item before discarding them.
  • Walks over cars: Encouraging children to walk or cycle could help them understand the excessive use of fossil fuels and the resulting increase in pollution. The parents and teachers should elucidate the importance of public transport, carpooling and other fuel-saving techniques.
  • Community activities: Involving children in community activities that revolve around conserving the environment inculcates a general feeling of being in unison with nature.
  • Reading books and watching movies: Curate a reading and movie list for your kids to enjoy during their recreation. Films and books have a great way to influence children’s thinking, and there is no better way to raise young, eco-conscious humans!

With these activities, children slowly start making environmentally-friendly choices and consequently become responsible citizens.

We care for the world

The adept and highly experienced faculty and management at Ruby Park Public School (RPPS), Kolkata, always encourage the complete holistic development of students. The young minds are allowed to forge their positive impressions. At the same time, the institution nurtures them with an academic curriculum comprehensive with modern pedagogical tools to imbibe in them the importance of celebrating our culture and values.

We highlight the role that the environment plays in our sustenance and co-existence. We aim to support children in their journey to understand the importance of eco-consciousness that influences their quality of life and existence on this planet. We encourage families and caregivers to help children understand different practices and participate in creating a world that is considerate and empathetic to the environment.

Apart from classroom learning, RPPS encourages the students to engage in environmental protection and conservation activities. Children are habitually influenced to participate in composting, recycling, or simply driving ecological awareness in their way. Along with enthusiasm and fun for these activities, qualities like sensitivity, togetherness and respect for the environment are also taught to all the students.

For more information, visit www.rubypark.com.

Music gives wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything

– Plato, Athenian philosopher

Music is an intrinsic part of holistic education. From the time kids are born, parents instinctively use music to calm and soothe their little ones, to express love and happiness as well as to engage and interact. Even the teachers at school employ music not only for teaching but also for imbibing lasting memories in the minds of the children. In fact, music has a positive impact when it comes to improving confidence, enhancing social skills and the overall development of children. The benefit of music encompasses children of all age groups.

Lifelong benefits of music

  • Research has concluded that musical experiences in childhood results in accelerating brain development, particularly in the realm of language acquisition and reading abilities.
  • In fact, exposure to music ignites all areas of child development such as intellectual, socio-emotional, motor, language and obviously, overall knowledge.
  • It helps to sync the mind with the body.
  • Music allows the youngsters to get familiarized with the sounds and meaning of words.
  • While learning to play an instrument leads to improvement in mathematical abilities, dancing to music is known to develop motor skills and allows children to practice self-expression as well as sharpen their memory.

Catering to children of all age-groups

Pre-schoolers: Right from the pre-school age, music has a strong influence on children. Pre-schoolers enjoy nursery rhymes and songs about things they associate themselves with such as toys, animals, activities and people.

School-going children: Most children who attend school enjoy sing-along songs that involve counting, spelling or even remembering a sequence of events. Once they are older, they form opinions about their choice of different genres of music. They often express interest in pursuing music, such as singing or playing an instrument.

Teenagers: This age group of children often uses music to “identify” themselves as well as forge friendships. Teens often express a keen interest in music education or even performing on stage at various musical extravaganzas.

In conclusion, we can safely say that music plays an important role with respect to the growth of every child – right from the pure pleasure of listening to gaining a stronghold on language and social skills, it enriches the lives of the young minds as well as those who nurture them!

We focus on life-skills along with academic excellence

The highly experienced and qualified teachers as well as the management at Ruby Park Public School (RPPS) in Kolkata are aware that children need to be exposed to music from an early age, to reap the host of benefits it offers. The dedicated teachers provide the young students with an environment that facilitate them to be independent learners and well-developed individuals, with an accent on their overall personality as well as academic prowess. Students are encouraged to participate in musical activities and events to empower them to succeed not only in their scholastic endeavours but also helps in providing a perfect platform to hone their confidence levels and self-esteem.

For more information, visit www.rubypark.com.

If we believe in active student learning, we must consider the variety of ways in which students are encouraged to participate

– Barrie Bennett & Peter Smilanich, experts in classroom management

Education at Ruby Park Public School (RPPS) does not just entail delivering lessons to cover the curriculum. The institution lays utmost stress on holistic education, including the enforcement of disciplinary measures, under the umbrella of Positive Behaviour Management strategies.

What is Positive Behaviour Management?

By definition, it involves ‘evidence-based, proactive approaches to change challenging student behaviour’. This management encourages one to see behaviour as a form of communication. A couple of examples of Positive Behaviour Strategies include pre-correcting, prompting and non-verbal signals. Grounded in the philosophical and scientific foundations of behavioural analysis, it also shares the methods of prevention science, implementation science and more recently, positive psychology. It underscores the philosophy that human beings thrive in predictable spaces where there are clear expectations, new skills are taught and positive behaviours are richly enforced. All in all, they help to hone a trusting relationship between the teachers, students and the parents.

Enforcing Positive Behaviour Management techniques

At RPPS, the Positive Behaviour Management techniques are aimed at reinforcing life skills and values among all the students. Some of the measures employed by the institution for the same include:

  • Gender Sensitivity Counselling: All the students are taught to adapt to behaviour that avoids discrimination. They are taught to accept and respect the multiple differences between the different genders. The counselling process identifies and acknowledges gendered structures and processes in society as well as how they affect the lives of different men and women.
  • Life Skill Activity: Life skills are ‘abilities that help us to adapt and behave positively so that we can deal effectively with the challenges of everyday life. Some of the key life skill activities that are emphasized at RPPS include self-awareness, empathy, critical and creative thinking, problem-solving, decision making, interpersonal relationships as well as coping with issues like stress and emotions. The experienced teachers use different methods like class discussions, brainstorming, discussions, role-plays, audio-visual activities, arts, music, theatre, and dance to hone the life skill-sets of all the students.
  • Inclusion and diversity: The school embraces inclusion and diversity as part of its curriculum for all its students in a bid to prepare civically engaged citizens and create an atmosphere that recognizes the contribution of individuals representing all walks of life. Teaching for inclusion signifies embracing differences while teaching for diversity refers to acknowledging an array of differences in the classroom.
  • Regular workshops for students and teachers to re-instate finer qualities of behaviour management:  These workshops prove to be a melting pot for promoting effective learning and teaching the finer nuances of behaviour and decorum.
  • Sensitizing students with issues regarding safeguarding their vanity: The students are educated and sensitized about the perils of child trafficking, sexual abuse and sexual exploration.

For more information on the institution and its unique curriculum, visit www.rubypark.com

Gender equality is a human fight, not a female fight.

A vital aspect of education is to teach children the key aspects of gender sensitivity, including respect for the other genders. Youngsters should be trained in this critical aspect of life both at home and in the classroom. After all, studies have revealed that the attitude towards gender is formed at a very young age. Children are quick to internalize gender roles, norms, discrimination and stereotypical behaviour by observing their parents, family members, teachers and caregivers. Gender discrimination is often the root cause in the perpetuation of inequalities, neglect, abuse and even violence.

In view of the above, proper ‘conditioning’ in the formative years is very important to train the young minds towards appreciating gender diversity and respecting others for their potential and not on the basis of their sex.

What is gender sensitivity?

By definition, it refers to ‘the process by which the children are made aware of how gender plays a role in life through their treatment of others. It manifests itself in recognizing privilege and discrimination around gender, especially women. Gender sensitivity training is used to educate the impressionable minds to be more aware and sensitive to gender with regard to all aspects of their lives’.

Let us look at a few basic ways by which homes and classrooms can be regarded as conducive platforms for gender-sensitive conditioning.

At home

The concept of developing gender sensitivity begins at home. It is important for gender-aware parents to:

  • Treat their sons and daughters as equals.
  • Encourage the children to play with gender-neutral toys.
  • Educate them about gender and respect the opposite sex.
  • Encourage them to play with the other gender.
  • Providing the children with the opportunity to express themselves as well as answer their questions, in a bid to promote gender sensitivity.

At school

To ensure gender-sensitivity in schools, the Ministry of Human Resource Development and the Ministry of Women and Child Development have collaborated with the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) to ensure all textbooks follow a gender-neutral pattern.

The teachers play a very important role in promoting gender-sensitive classrooms. Some of the tried-and-tested methods employed by them include:

  • Encouraging students of both genders to be class leaders.
  • Forming “mixed” groups for activities, without any gender bias.
  • Making both boys and girls do all tasks equally in the classroom, such as cleaning, moving furniture, getting things for the classroom, etc.
  • Conducting events and activities that allow both genders to work collaboratively and respecting the needs of the other sex.

We focus on life-skills along with academic excellence

Ruby Park Public School (RPPS) has created a niche for its progressive approach and commitment to excellence. Striving for holistic education, there are several Positive Behaviour Management measures adopted by this institution, one of the vital ones being gender sensitivity counselling. The strong management and experienced faculty are responsible for imparting liberal and all-round education to nurture future-ready and responsible human beings.

For more information, visit www.rubypark.com

Just like other aspects of safety, it is very important for parents, caregivers and teachers to educate children about the fundamental difference between good and bad touch. This will augur well for them vis-a-vis the future and protect them from the vices of the society, including sexual abuse.

Sadly, despite repeated recommendations from experts, data has revealed that less than half of parents of school-going children do not broach this subject with their young ones. The reasons are several: they feel the child is too young, do not want to scare the child or simply do not know how to bring it up.

Below are some guidelines outlining the importance of educating the youngsters about appropriate and “normal” touching, including sexual development and gender-related issues.

Respect for ‘body space’

From a very young age, it must be inculcated in children that no one is allowed to touch their private parts and it is important for them to keep these covered and “safe” in public places, including school. This clear channel of communication between the parents and the child is critical for any youngster to learn how to respond in case he or she faces any abuse or sexual violation. It is worthwhile to teach children that they are the “masters of their own body”.

Use age-appropriate language

According to child psychologists, it is important to teach children the correct names of all body parts, including words like ‘genitals’, ‘penis’, ‘vagina’, ‘breasts’ or ‘buttocks’. Making up names or being awkward about certain body parts often gives the child the idea that there is something to be ashamed of, especially with respect to the private areas.

Proper explanation of “good” and “bad” touch

Children must be taught to differentiate between different kinds of touch. They must realize safe touch includes marks of affection and caring like a pat on the back or wanted hugs. Unwanted touches such as pinching, hitting or inappropriate fondling hurt the body and mind. The children must know that in the case of “bad” touching, they must not be afraid to even refuse and resist a family member or relative.

Answer all questions

Maintaining a favourable environment where the child is free to ask questions to the parents or teachers is very important. The well-explained answers in the right tone helps to facilitate the children to correctly comprehend, process and deal with the issue in a rational manner.

Keep the conversations ongoing

The parents and teachers must continue to have shifting, developmentally appropriate conversations with the children throughout the years of growth. Child psychologists advise it is prudent to review these topics frequently, welcome different questions as the children grow up and provide information relevantly.

We nurture future-ready, responsible students

While emphasizing on the key goals of education, Ruby Park Public School (RPPS)encourages all its students to focus on their strengths and aspirations in life. This CBSE-affiliated institution in Kolkata has already made a distinctive mark for its progressive approach and commitment to excellence. The strong management and experienced faculty are responsible for imparting liberal and all-round education to inculcate strong moral values in all the children.

For more information, visit www.rubypark.com

Festivals are fun for kids, fun for parents and offer a welcome break from the stresses of the nuclear family.

Tom Hodgkinson, British writer and editor of The Idler.

All children look forward to the rich and vibrant festivals that are testimony to our vibrant culture and tradition. Whether they are related to the harvest season, based on the theme of the good triumphing over evil, change of seasons or any other happy occasion – festivals play a significant role in the lives of all children. It establishes their deep bonding with the immediate family, the community at large as well as cultivates their sense of identity, values and belief systems.

Developing a broader perspective of life

Children develop a liking and start to acknowledge festivals through memorable family experiences as well as the gifting and sharing associated with them. Celebrating the diverse festivals prevalent in our country, whether they are national, seasonal or religious, becomes a ‘come to life’ moment for children, giving them meaning and experiences to last for a lifetime. The young minds are exposed to diversity, essential values of community spirit and even the nitty-gritties of tradition. Voluntary service, especially helping the needy, is another important aspect of life that all festivals expose youngsters to.

Positive impact on children

All in all, happy experiences during the festive times form the cornerstones for personal, social and emotional development of children. They prove to be critical when it concerns:

  • Nurturing familial bonds: This is the time when families come together and the child gets the opportunity to interact with even the extended family. This close bonding facilitates them to look forward to these experiences of togetherness and continued happy times.
  • Valuing the concept of unity in diversity: Celebrating festivals can help a child understand the cultural significance of every festival and foster the positive spirit of participating equally in the different celebratory occasions, irrespective of religion or caste.
  • Participating in cultural events: Children get the opportunity to participate in social events and cultural activities that help them develop self-confidence, the spirit of competition and team bonding. They also help to break the monotony of their academic pursuits and allow them to polish their extra-curricular talent and hobbies.

Children will remember an important day only if they are told what the occasion signifies. So a celebration makes them aware of the world in a more fun way. Celebrating events and festivals in our school has become an integral part of learning and building a strong cultural belief. Such celebrations bring the students closer to each other’s traditions and cultural beliefs and develop respect and understanding for each other’s customs and traditions. Indians surely have millions of reasons to rejoice! Furthermore, when students from different regions experience this joy of festivals, it truly enhances the Indian culture.

We encourage multi-disciplinary learning

The adept management and highly experienced faculty at Ruby Park Public School (RPPS), Kolkata always encourage complete holistic development of all the students. The young minds are allowed to forge their own positive impressions while the institution nurtures them with an academic curriculum complete with modern pedagogical tools, in a bid to imbibe in them the importance of celebrating our culture and values.

We highlight the role that festivals and celebrations play in learning and development of children. We aim to support children in their journey to understand the commonalities of human values that are shared by all cultures and religions. We encourage families and care-givers to help children understand different cultures and participate diligently and responsibly in a world that is as diverse and vibrant as ours.

So apart from classroom learning, RUBY PARK PUBLIC SCHOOL encourages students to celebrate each and every festival and event with great zeal and enthusiasm. Children are exposed to the essence of festivals in various ways. Each and every performance turns out to be innovative and unique in its own way. At the end of the day the boundless joy of celebrating the event is visible.

For students, it is a great way to understand the rich heritage of India and learn about the importance of various festivals. Along with enthusiasm and fun for the activitiesqualities like sensitivitycreativity and togetherness are also inculcated in the students. Keeping its values intact, our school wishes to offer the right kind of educational system which is based on moral ethics. The school also believes that education will allow the child to bloomblossom and thrive, giving them the right platform where they will work towards becoming a responsible citizen.

For more information, visit www.rubypark.com

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food


School-going children require healthy food, including nutritious snacking, to maximize their growth and development. They have a steady yet slow rate of growth at this age and usually eat four to five times a day. Most food habits, likes and dislikes are shaped during this age so it is very important for parents and even teachers to inculcate healthy eating habits in children in the formative years of their life. Not only does eating healthy help the youngsters to maintain proper weight and normal growth; it also sets them up to maintain a healthy lifestyle when they are adults.

Salient points for a wholesome diet

In a nutshell, the following guidelines will ensure a proper diet regimen for children.

  • First and foremost, school-going children require a balanced diet comprising of all five healthy food groups: vegetables, fruits, grains, dairy and protein. Each group is rich in different nutrients which are essential for the development of the child.
  • Eating healthy is critical since it plays an important role in growth, development and learning.
  • It is advisable to limit the consumption of excessively salty and sugary food. Beverages containing caffeine as well as excessive sugar are also best-avoided since they lead to obesity, tooth decay as well as caffeine-addiction.
  • Water is the healthiest drink for children: it keeps joins, bones and teeth healthy and helps children maintain a healthy weight right into adulthood. Being hydrated also enhances mood, memory and attention for the youngsters.
  • Children should be trained to opt for healthy alternatives when it comes to snacks and desserts. Good options include nuts, cheese, low-fat yoghurt, fresh fruits and vegetables.

Other tried-and-tested approaches to inculcate beneficial and nourishing eating habits in the youngsters include:

  • Healthy is the way to be – Parents should make sure there is a wide array of healthy food available in the house. This will help the children develop their taste and appetite towards healthy eating.
  • Encourage the children to eat slowly – Eating slowly can enable a child to detect hunger and fullness better. Before offering a second helping, it is advisable to make the child wait for about 10 minutes to understand if he is truly hungry. Overeating is a strict no-no.
  • Eat meals together – This goes a long way to make the mealtimes pleasant and a time of the day children look forward to.
  • Discourage eating or snacking while staring at screens – Consuming food while screen-gazing is extremely harmful, since it often leads to improper chewing of food as well as over-eating. It is thus prudent to eat at designated areas of the house, preferably while sitting at the dining table.
  • Pay heed to portion size and ingredients – It is necessary for parents and caregivers to serve the adequate portion size as well as limit food that is rich in trans-fat. This is not only applicable to home but also when the children are eating out with their friends or at restaurants.
  • Encourage the young ones to drink more water – For beverages, it is best to encourage children to consume more water. Over-consumption of sweetened drinks and colas has been linked to increased rates of obesity in children.

Do’s and Don’ts-that might help the parents to develop healthy eating habits in their ward

Be a Role Model

The best way for you to encourage healthy eating is to eat well yourself. Kids will follow the lead of the adults they see every day. By eating fruits and vegetables and not overindulging in the less nutritious stuff, you’ll be sending the right message.

Another way to be a good role model is to serve appropriate portions and not overeat. Talk about your feelings of fullness, especially with younger children. You might say, “This is delicious, but I’m full, so I’m going to stop eating.” Similarly, parents who are always dieting or complaining about their bodies may foster these same negative feelings in their kids. Try to keep a positive approach about food.

Don’t Battle Over Food

It’s easy for food to become a source of conflict. Well-intentioned parents might find themselves bargaining or bribing kids so they eat the healthy food in front of them. A better strategy is to give kids some control, but to also limit the kind of foods available at home.

Kids should decide if they’re hungry, what they will eat from the foods served, and when they’re full. Parents control which foods are available to their kids, both at mealtime and between meals. Here are some guidelines to follow:

  • Establish a predictable schedule of meals and snacks. It’s OK to choose not to eat when both parents and kids know when to expect the next meal or snack.
  • Don’t force kids to clean their plates. Doing so teaches kids to override feelings of fullness.
  • Don’t bribe or reward kids with food. Avoid using dessert as the prize for eating the meal.
  • Don’t use food as a way of showing love. When you want to show love, give kids a hug, some of your time, or praise

Get Kids Involved

Most kids will enjoy deciding what to make for dinner. Talk to them about making choices and planning a balanced meal. Some might even want to help shop for ingredients and prepare the meal. At the store, teach kids to check out food labels to begin understanding what to look for. In the kitchen, select age-appropriate tasks so kids can play a part without getting injured or feeling overwhelmed. And at the end of the meal, don’t forget to praise the chef. School lunches can be another learning lesson for kids. More important, if you can get them thinking about what they eat for lunch, you might be able to help them make positive changes. Brainstorm about what kinds of foods they’d like for lunch or go to the grocery store to shop together for healthy, packable foods.

There’s another important reason why kids should be involved: It can help prepare them to make good decisions on their own about the foods they want to eat. That’s not to say they’ll suddenly want a salad instead of french fries, but the mealtime habits you help create now can lead to a lifetime of healthier choices.

We are trusted in the field of education

While emphasizing the key milestones of education, Ruby Park Public School (RPPS) encourages all its students to focus on their strengths and goals in life. This CBSE-affiliated institution in Kolkata has already made a name for itself for its progressive approach and commitment to excellence. The strong management and experienced faculty are responsible for imparting liberal and holistic education that is in sync with international standards. This facilitates the students to become self-motivated, inculcate healthy habits and venture into today’s competitive world with supreme confidence!

For more information, visit www.rubypark.com

Memory is more indelible than ink

Anita Loos, American actress, playwright, novelist.

A child’s memory starts developing right from infancy. It has been found that babies as young as six months are able to learn and remember ‘cause and effect relationships’. In fact, the cognitive ability of a child grows till the age of four before it reaches its maximum capacity. ‘Memory’ heavily relies on the activities of the front parietal lobe or the “cognition core” of the brain.

In children, sharp memory would mean a better grip of cognitive, language and problem-solving skills. For parents and teachers, it is best to be aware of what kind of memory capabilities a child possesses at a particular age – this knowledge facilitates them to tutor the children more effectively. Understanding the process of a child’s brain development and techniques to improve memory can prove to be helpful in building a solid foundation for learning, both in the classroom and beyond.

What are the types of memory?

  • The first kind of memory that children exhibit in the first three years of their life is explicit memory or declarative memory. This is often categorised into semantic memory (the power to recollect facts) and episodic memory (the capacity to recollect experiences).
  • The second is the short term memory. Here, the information is rapidly assimilated, but the brain is incapable of processing it.
  • The third kind is the working memory that behaves like a computer RAM – information stored in the short term memory is processed here. Critical to behaviour regulation and problem solving, young adults have half the working memory capacity as adults, and it improves with age and practice.
  • Long-term memory is where information is stored indefinitely while autobiographical memory is where semantic and episodic memory are combined to create “episodes” from a person’s life.

How to help boost memory power in children?

Let us enumerate some of the key ways through which parents, teachers and care givers can aid youngsters boost their memory.

  • Breaking down information to chunks: Children grasp smaller quantities of information. Breaking down learning material into headings, pointers and lists enables the child to recall the information easily.
  • Creating mind maps: Build an interconnected map of ideas for the child to learn quicker. Using logic to build memory is the swiftest way for the child to grasp lessons. Training the child to build a memory map once can help him independently replicate the process for other lessons!
  • Using visual cues: Most children have a powerful visual memory, so flash cards and picture quizzes are the best ways to boost their memory.
  • Creative learning: Let us understand this with an example: simply telling a child that a museum is home to relics might be difficult for him to relate to. Instead, planning a trip to the museum and showing him the artefacts leave a long lasting impression on the child’s mind.
  • Questions as a part of the lesson: Only teaching a child isn’t enough. A child has his own curious mind that wanders and seeks answers. Addressing the child’s questions can thus prove to be helpful. This ensures that the child develops a sharper critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Rhyming with lessons: Our brains are wired to remember songs and patterns. Lessons imparted via the medium of rhymes and rhythms thus tend to stay on for a lifetime.
  • Active learning: Ask the child’s opinions about the topic being taught. Active participation might help the child retain information. Let the child connect to the lesson through his own personal experiences. This ensures quicker learning and better problem solving skills.
  • Sensory learning: Some children have pronounced auditory perception, while some can be visual learners. Make sure that the children are taught through sing-songs, along with props, to facilitate the best learning combination.
  • Reverse teaching technique: Once the teaching is done, let the child teach back! There is nothing better than children explaining what they have picked up in a lesson – it is a concrete way to retain the information for a very long period of time.

We encourage holistic learning at RPPS

The highly experienced and qualified faculty at Ruby Park Public School (RPPS), Kolkata always encourages complete all-round holistic development of the students. The young minds frame their own impression and we nurture them with optimum utilization of cutting-edge technology and modern pedagogical tools.

Being one of the top schools in the city, this CBSE-affiliated institution imparts education that meets international standards. We have been working tirelessly at moulding and empowering future-ready leaders of tomorrow.

For more information, visit www.rubypark.com

Never bend your head. Hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.

Helen Keller

As children learn new skills expeditiously, they also need to develop confidence and self-esteem to pursue any skill-set. A healthy sense of self-esteem is an important ingredient for the overall development of children. The child’s social, behavioural and emotional health will play a crucial role as to how they handle challenges, setbacks, peer pressure and disappointments throughout life. On the other hand, low self-esteem can result in disappointment, anxiety, trouble at school and work, unhealthy relationships, isolation and even depression. 

Let us enumerate some pointers for empowering our children with positive self-esteem: 

  • Respecting children: Respect the children, never put them down, steer clear of talks of competition with them and instead seek dialogue. Ask them about specific behaviours and discuss about their ideas and feelings and give them an opportunity to express their opinions.
  • The right support: Children are often looking for support. If your child is struggling with self-esteem issues, try not to verbally talk down to the child when he disappoints you. Instead, try applauding the child and supporting him for all the positive actions. Do not imply to the child that he is grateful to find such a supportive family, as that conditions him.
  • Emotional validation: As obvious as this sounds, parents and teachers need to allow children to feel and express their emotions – which can be ranging from sadness to extreme elation. Educating children that it is alright to feel a certain kind of blue or a sudden bolt of joy, prepares them for adulthood. Letting their vulnerability out and teaching them to spring back is the best way to acknowledge your tiny human’s complex emotions.
  • Raising self-reliant kids: Kids associate with self-esteem the moment they are pushed to rely on others. Encourage children to be independent from a young age – this boosts confidence and cuts down the slack. Narrate relevant stories of independent people who inspire you, and your kids will emulate them.
  • Connect with empathy: It is advisable for parents and caregivers to listen to children more frequently and encourage them to vent their feelings through dialogue. Later in their adult lives, these children will be vocal about how they feel at work or in relationships, making them a brand of confident youth. They will acknowledge that they should express their empathy too!
  • Applauding achievements: Ensure that the child is praised for every achievement, big or small. If encouraged properly, children grow to be very energetic and develop strong self-esteem.
  • Sports and sportsmanship: Self-discipline and the feeling of camaraderie develop strongly when the youngsters learn a sport and practise it diligently. It allows them to explore their talent, respect their opponent and indulge in fair play.
  • Encouraging skills and talents: It is often the case that a child excels in a particular activity. Empowering him with the decision to pursue his interest develops a deep sense of humility, self-respect and the belief to achieve his dreams.
  • Set realistic goals: While encouraging the child to achieve better results is good but being overly pushy towards perfection can prove to be detrimental. Unrealistic images of self-worth attached to grades and academic performance can adversely affect the child to become insecure, anxious and even under-confident.
  • Parents and teachers are role models: Any child learns from the parents, caregivers and teachers. Thus, it is mandatory to set a good example for the budding adults!

Activities to Try at Home –

1. Packing for a Trip

Focus Skill: Independence

Instill confidence in your child by encouraging them to practice independence. Before you plan your next family trip, ask your children to pack their own suitcases. Once they’re packed, check the suitcase and prompt them to think about items they missed. Instead of saying, “You forgot your hiking shoes,” say, “Do you have everything you need for hiking the trail?”

2. Invent a Recipe

Focus Skill: Learning from Mistakes

Help your child see mistakes as learning opportunities, not failures. Gently encourage mistake-making by asking your child to invent their own pancake recipe. Have them write down an ingredient list and quantities of each item. Supervise the process so that nothing dangerous is ingested, but do not interfere. Even if your child adds something unusual to the recipe (like goat cheese or garbanzo beans!), let them experiment. After cooking a test batch of pancakes, ask, “What could you have done differently?” Then, allow your child to modify the recipe and try again.

3. Make Slime!

Focus Skill: Teaching Others

Children can build self-assuredness and develop confidence by demonstrating newly-learned skills when interacting with others. Give your child a chance to impress their friends and have fun by teaching them to build “slime” (a gooey substance that can be stretched or moulded). Start by giving your child a recipe for “slime” and have them follow directions without your help. Once your child has concocted their slime, ask them to explain the process to you. Then, invite a few friends over! Have your child demonstrate the slime-making process before everyone tries it for themselves.

4. Chore with a Purpose

Focus Skill: Care of Environment

Taking on a consistent chore can be a huge responsibility. In order to promote your child’s confidence in their ability to care for their environment, have them pick out a special chore. They could be in charge of watering the plants, walking the dog or sweeping the floor. Compliment them for good, consistent behaviour with specific praises such as, “The plants look nice and healthy because you’ve been watering them regularly” or “Thank you for walking the dog every day. I know he enjoys it!

Reinforcement always helps in better learning.

We empower children 

The highly experienced and qualified teachers as well as the management at Ruby Park Public School (RPPS) in Kolkata are aware that children need to be bolstered with self-esteem to raise independent learners and well-developed individuals. The dedicated teachers provide the young students with an environment that fosters their overall personality and academic brilliance. The specially-curated curriculum is a harmonious blend of various disciplines connected to academia and co-curricular activities. Students are encouraged to participate in activities and events to empower them to succeed in much more than just their scholastic endeavours, all in all providing a perfect platform to hone their confidence levels and self-esteem.

For more information, visit www.rubypark.com

Happy is the man who can make a living by his hobby

George Bernard Shaw

A hobby developed in the growing years facilitate students to learn about their interests, hone their talents and find opportunities to relax in their otherwise hectic academic schedules. At the same time, they often also turn into a vocation and a source of income in the later years of any child.

It is a common trend with employers to assess hobbies to determine the personality of the candidates – culturally active participants are considered as driven and passionate, making them preferable for any organization. A study conducted by Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management Studies concluded that 51.2% of employers use hobbies and interests to select suitable candidates, implying that the purpose of hobbies extends far more than just mere recreation.  

Let us enumerate some key “passion activities” that can benefit the student community in their career pursuits.

  • Reading: It nourishes the mind and makes one self-confident. Any student who picks up a book other than his curriculum very early in life inculcates the habit of learning about new things. His attitude to life changes; he acquires values like curiosity, perception and empathy. He develops an understanding of the world around him and his skill usually extends to another hobby – writing. An avid reader picks up new words and develops an excellent vocabulary which allows him to master the art of writing and communication in the long run.
  • Blogging and creative writing: While providing a creative outlet to the student who is practising this hobby, blogging and creative writing are known to instil a deep sense of discipline. The participant becomes more organized and creative when it comes to problem-solving. When a future employer discovers that the potential candidate can manage time, juggle responsibilities and is armed with good communication skills, he is naturally bound to be impressed.
  • Working as volunteers: In the process of volunteering their time and effort vis-a-vis activities of social relevance, the youngsters are exposed to more information about the lives of the less privileged. They become socially aware, understand team spirit, become motivated and driven to work for social causes. All in all, they prove to be excellent candidates for any organization.
  • Learning a new language: Linguistic skills come in handy especially when one migrates to another country. In addition to the benefits of employability, learning a new language helps to develop new areas of the mind and strengthens the brain’s ability to focus, manage multiple possibilities and process information more quickly.
  • Playing an instrument/indulging in art and craft: Studies in Neuroscience have shown that music can enhance brain function in budding adults. Musical activities stimulate the brain that leads to improved structure and formation of neural connections. Similarly, pursuing art and craft can strengthen cognitive functions. Again, artwork can help improve the fine motor skills of the youngsters.
  • Cooking and baking: These life skills are a prerequisite for any adult for basic survival. These activities are often categorized as being therapeutic and cathartic. Students pursuing these hobbies develop a keen attention span, an impeccable understanding of measurements and often become extremely resourceful!  
  • Strategic games: Sports, in general, promote the spirit of camaraderie and sportsmanship in students. However certain games like chess and Sudoku take it a notch forward and enhance brain functioning. Strategic problem-solving is a key skill that the hobbyist develops in such cases. Indulging in some other sports like cycling, running and swimming have proven to bolster the resilience of a child.

Promoting all-round growth 

Rated as a premier school and boasting of highly experienced and qualified teachers, Ruby Park Public School (RPPS) in Kolkata empowers children with meaningful activities and in-depth academics. This CBSE-affiliated institution strives for excellence in education and the holistic growth of all its patrons. The students are provided with an environment that fosters their overall personality and academic brilliance through a specially curated curriculum. With a harmonious blend of various disciplines, the school ensures that children are equipped with life skills that pave their path for a fulfilling future. Students are encouraged to pursue their hobbies and cultivate these activities beyond their scholastic endeavours.

For more information, visit www.rubypark.com

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. This proverb has always been extremely relevant in our lives – in addition to striving for academic brilliance, it is very important for every child to indulge in extra-curricular activities, to ensure their holistic development. They help these budding adultsto learn about themselves, hone their skill-sets and to apply them diligently in different challenging contexts. The children also develop an insight on how to manage time efficiently, set priorities as well as broaden their perspective about life on the whole.

Let us enumerate some key benefits of these activities on these young minds.

  • Provides a much-needed respite from studies: In these challenging times today, children are pressurized to perform well academically from a very young age. Indulging in their preferred extra-curricular activity not only provides them with a break from their demanding schedules but also makes them “fresh”to regain their ability to grasp and retain knowledge.
  • Improves academic performance: Simultaneously, participating in extra-curricular activities can actually improve the academic performance of students and improve their outlook on the whole. Participating in the activities they are passionate about increases their brain functioning, improves their level of concentration and helps them to manage their time more diligently. All these combine to earn better grades in school.
  • Develops the ability to think coherently: Extra-curricular activities go a long way in enhancing creative thinking in young children, when they face challenges that require instant solutions. It gives them the opportunity to apply their classroom learning to analyze, synthesize and evaluate the stressful situations in a bid to overcome them.
  • Enhances social proficiencies: Often an “ice-breaker”, these activities instill the sense of teamwork, co-operation, problem solving and resolving conflicts in children. The youngsters “open up” and interact more through these fun times. Activities like dance, music, drama and visual arts have been proven to enhance the self-confidence, self-esteem and positive behaviour of the participants.
  • Instills leadership skills: In addition to developing a sense of being team players, outside-the-classroom activities provide opportunities to children for assuming and honing leadership roles. Being better organizers, motivators, planners and administrators, obviously provides them with the edge vis-a-vis their career later in their adulthood.
  • Refines latent talent: Participating in extra-curricular activities brings out the best latent talent in individuals. They can identify and excel in their interest areas. Even parents, teachers and caregivers can identify the hidden talents in young children while they express themselves and their creativity while pursuing their hobbies and other out-of-classroom activities.

We promote holistic development of our students

The highly experienced and qualified teachers at Ruby Park Public School (RPPS) in Kolkata are aware of the fact that extra-curricular activities and academics go hand-in-hand to raise independent learners and well-developed individuals. The dedicated teachers thusengage with the students to ensure they are provided with an environment that fosters their overall personality and not just academic brilliance.  The specially-curated curriculum is characterized by a harmonious blend of various disciplines, both academic and co-curricular. All the students are encouraged to participate in out-of-the-classroom activities to empower them to succeed in much more than just their scholastic endeavours.

For more information, visit www.rubypark.com

Today, most school-goers are glued to their smartphones, gaming consoles, computers and other screens for hours. This excessive exposure to screens has a negative impact on the kids, both physically and mentally. In fact, the ‘American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommends that pre-schoolers should not spend more than one hour on screens. Sadly, research indicates that children around the world are accumulating over four hours of screen-time daily on an average. So, what could be an enriching alternative for these gadget-addicted children? The unanimous answer is reading books.

Benefits of reading physical books

With work-from home and online classes, digital education has become a popular and favourable method of learning. It gives children access to meaningful information at any time of the day easily at their fingertips. However, physically reading books scores in several ways over exposure to screens. Let us encapsulate some of the noteworthy factors:

  • Improved concentration and level of patience: Reading leads to improved levels of concentration and patience in children. On the other hand, screen addiction is responsible for children becoming easily distracted. Constantly switching between applications and responding to whichever attracts them at that point is also a leading contributor of high level of anxiety. A study conducted with 400 university students from five countries indicated 86% preferring to read longer texts in print and 92% saying it was easier to concentrate while reading print.
  • Enhanced communication skills: Studies have revealed that children develop more connectivity in the part of their brain that deals with language after reading a novel. In contrast, after viewing a TV show, they received lower scores in a verbal test than before the show. Simultaneously, parents are more likely to interact more with their children when reading together than when their children are hooked to the screens.
  • Better memory and emotional connect: Studies have also demonstrated that when children read books, they are more likely to remember what they have read and emotionally connect better with the textual information. This has a huge impact on the overall learning abilities by growing their knowledge bank and interest levels. It is a natural tendency to read in detail the contents of a book as opposed to merely browsing through the content on devices and gadgets.
  • Health benefits: Reading on devices has proven to cause far more strain on the eyes than reading physical books. It is wise to give your eyes a break from the prolonged exposure to digital screens. E-books can lead to dry eyes, blurred vision and fatigue.
  • Enhances the joy of reading: The far more conventional reading on print works out to be more aesthetically enjoyable to children. Once exposed to this medium, many of them have reported they enjoy the look and feel of books in their hands and also the smell of paper!

On the whole, child psychologists and other experts in the domain opine that reading printed textsfacilitatethe young, developing minds ‘to slow down and devote time to sophisticated reading processes, discern truth, apply critical analysis, gauge inference, develop empathy, appreciate beauty to attain the knowledge and wisdom necessary to sustain a good society’.

We support and encourage the art of reading

The highly experienced and qualified faculty at Ruby Park Public School (RPPS), Kolkata always encourages and motivates our students to develop the healthy habit of reading books. The young minds are made aware of the unlimited amount of information that books contain, besides being a solid background for learning activities.

Being one of the top schools in the city, this CBSE-affiliated institution imparts education that meets international standards, with optimum utilization of cutting-edge technology and modern pedagogical tools. By the visionaries of Delhi Public School, Ruby Park quality education and holistic development of all the students is what the school strives for. In connection to this, the institute has been working tirelessly at moulding and nurturing a strong community of future-ready citizens and leaders of tomorrow, sensitive to the winds of change and yet committed to living with responsibility. For more information, visit www.rubypark.com

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a substantial negative impact on children all over the world. With the day-to-day routines having taken a beating, many youngsters, particularly adolescents, are facing a host of social, emotional and mental issues. These manifest itself through harmful emotions like immense frustration, irritability, bad mood and anger outbursts, to name a few only.

It thus becomes imperative for the parents, caregivers and teachers to tread this issue cautiously and diligently to help the children overcome their problems. If ignored, the trauma at this developmental stage of their lives can continue to affect them throughout their lives.

What is the cause for children suddenly facing these issues in their life?

  • Change in routine: Although effective, the online form of education is way different from physically attending school. Besides, children have also had to adapt to newer patterns such as physically distancing themselves from their friends and family, different play schedules and the overall agendas of their daily lives.
  • Break-in continuity of learning: The children were accustomed to attending school regularly for gaining knowledge. Thanks to the pandemic, the “new” virtual learning environment, access to technology and “study from home” has hampered the continuity of their learning and adversely affected their well-being.
  • Significant life events:  The disappointment of missing out on important life events like celebrating their birthdays or going on the annual vacation has played a major role in upsetting the mind-frame of the young learners.
  • Reduced focus on healthcare:  Missing out on wellness sessions, immunization visits and other healthcare-related occasions are also to be blamed for this depressive phase in children.
  • Stress for the future: The constant threat of illness, morbid news and uncertainty for the future has resulted in generating a lot of stress in young people.

Lend a helping hand

There are various ways by which parents, as well as teachers, can tackle these negative emotions and motivate children to do better. Some of the pertinent ways include:

  • Being calming and explanatory: In these difficult times, children need a lot of hand-holding from their parents and teachers. The seniors must engage them in meaningful conversations to bring about awareness about the Covid-19 disease and the key ways in which the children can keep themselves healthy. The moot point is to provide them with the required support and always let them feel comforted, cared for, and happy.
  • Involving them into the daily routine: Children need structure. It is thus important for parents to ensure there is a structure for the day around the house. It is also helpful for children, especially the younger ones, to have a direction of when they need to study and when to play. A dedicated technology-free time, when the entire family can get together to interact and bond together, is also vital.
  • Letting them feel their emotions: Psychologists researching on this recent phenomenon are of the opinion that it is critical to “support, expect and normalize that they are sad and very frustrated about the losses they are mourning.” Empathy and unconditional support are what children need to cope with these difficult times.
  • Keeping them informed: It is vital to insulate children from all the misinformation related to the pandemic that is circulating in the world. It is important to be their friend and to guide them with the correct information and knowledge that will keep them away from negative notions.
  • Creating welcome distractions: Psychologists recommend connecting with the youngsters and creating welcome distractions for them. For example, cooking meals together, bonding over dinner or even playing family games together. This keeps their mind away from stressful situations. They are also encouraged to approach and interact with the parents or the teachers to clear the negative confusion in their heads.

RPPS: Empowering children

Rated among one of the top schools in the city, Ruby Park Public School (RPPS) has successfully adapted to the online medium for imparting education in recent times. Even in this trying phase, the well-trained teachers of this CBSE-affiliated institution are striving for excellence in education and the holistic growth of all the children. This reputed institution continues to provide the best peaceful, invigorating and intellectually stirring environment and ensure personalized care for all its students.

For more information, visit www.rubypark.com

Problem solving is an instructional method or technique whereby the teachers and pupils attempt in a conscious, planned and purposeful effort to tackle problems of a significant educational difficulty to arrive at some explanation or solution. Students are presented with problems which require them to find either a scientific or technological solution. It is a student-centered strategy which require students to become active participants in the learning process.

Teaching the children

Some basic steps are followed at home or at school while imparting problem-solving skills to children. Broadly speaking, these include:

  • Identification of the problem
  • Listing out and weighing the possible solutions
  • Choosing a solution and implementing it
  • Evaluating the results of the solution

How do problem-solving skills help the youngsters?

Children face a variety of problems every day, ranging from academic difficulties to problems on the sports field. But when they get a clear idea or formula for solving problems, they will feel more confident in their ability to try. The benefits are multifarious; the important ones include:

  • Enhances critical thinking: Critical thinking refers to breaking down a complex problem and analysing it to find a solution. Development of this aspect helps the child deal with any issue logically and not get overwhelmed when faced with challenging circumstances. 
    Parents and teachers can develop critical thinking in children by asking them questions that help them to come up with solutions by thinking out-of-the-box. It is also important to nurture them to ask their own set of questions.
  • Source of creativity: Creative thinking enables children to come up with new ideas to tackle any problem. It is best nurtured through activities that involve reflection. It is promoted by considering the viewpoints of children regarding pertinent topics and inculcating the habit of brainstorming in them. Reading and interacting also help in developing the creative side of young minds.
  • Builds confidence: Children gain self-confidence when they can successfully tackle numerical word problems or riddles that push them to think on different levels. Parents and teachers must inculcate the ability in the youngsters to approach problems from different angles and find the solution to these problems in different ways. Typically, effective problem-solving skills result in ‘happier, more confident, and more independent children.’
  • Improves academic performance: Development of problem-solving skills teaches discernment – essentially helping children gauge how a problematic issue can be solved. It also boosts intrinsic values like grit, determination and passion for excellence. It holds special importance in the study of mathematics, sciences, languages, and children’s overall academic performance.

We care for each of our students

As one of the top schools in the city, Ruby Park Public School (RPPS) boasts of a curriculum that lays a lot of importance to developing problem-solving skills in all the students. The institution has already made a name for itself for its progressive approach and commitment to excellence. The strong management and experienced faculty is responsible for imparting a liberal and holistic education that helps students to become self-motivated and build on their  individual strengths to emerge as responsible global citizens.

For more information, visit www.rubypark.com

Child and human development experts have proven that children learn a lot through imitation, right from the time they are babies. In other words, they observe people doing things and then “copy” their actions. A key element of observational learning, imitation, forms the basis of learning many subjects and is the precursor of skill development at the school level. It facilitates children to pick up the nuances of the concerned subject better and makes learning interesting, quick and efficient.

Types of imitation

Imitation is either ‘dramatic’ or ‘idealistic’. Dramatic imitation is ‘based on a mental image formed by a child’, for example, imitating a certain character in a story or film. This type of imitation is used in subjects like reading, language and drawing in school. On the other hand, idealistic imitation is based ‘on a concept or some standards that need to be accomplished’. It finds usage while learning subjects like speech or phonics, writing and music.

How is imitation used in the classroom?

Experts in the realm of early education have recognized imitation to be an ‘important moral, social and intellectual agent in formal education’. Good teachers have always used this practice (of imitation) for imparting lessons successfully in the classroom. Let us take a look at how it has always led to effective learning in the classroom.

  • Pronunciation and intonation, the important aspects of oral language, are best learnt through imitating the teachers and subsequent practice.
  • Imitation of “sounds” has been proven to be effective for picking up the nuances of any language.
  • The correction of speech defects, enunciations and accurate language forms are best achieved through imitation.
  • Imitation leads to the development of motor skills in children.
  • It is also an important mechanism for cognitive development.
  • Modelling through imitation is a preferred way of teaching social skills and proper etiquette to school-goers.

Advantages of using this technique while teaching

Researchers have also proven that students learn much better when it is linked to the concept where they model their behaviour on the basis of “imitating” the instructor. Teachers also gain a lot of advantages while incorporating this practice of imitation in their lesson modules. Some of the prominent advantages include:

  • Foundation of new skills: Imitation is employed by teachers as a ‘building blocks’ model. They teach the imitation of simple things first which are then combined to impart more sophisticated and advanced skill-sets. 
  • Learning becomes fun and efficient: This mode of teaching that relies on mostly repeating after the teacher till the skill-sets are refined work out to be far more interesting for the youngsters when compared to lengthy explanations or written assignments. It efficiently addresses skills deficit because it focuses on them specifically and rewarding the learner once they are perfected.
  • Benefits learning throughout life: Imitation as a learning technique can help individual reap benefits throughout his life. While it helps students grasp lessons better in the classroom, it is equally beneficial for adults when it comes to picking up the work culture of an organization in a new job.

Enlightening young minds

The faculty at Ruby Park Public School (RPPS), Kolkata are qualified and experienced enough to be aware of the important role imitation plays in the process of development of the students as well as manifest their talents. It is an inherent part of the holistic education that the institution provides to ensure high standards of educational excellence complemented by a host of extra-curricular activities. Employing optimum utilization of state-of-the-art technology and modern pedagogical tools, the teachers make every effort towards the development of every student from strength to strength.

For more information, visit www.rubypark.com

Motivation refers to the desire, need or drive in students towards learning as well as all aspects of their life. Motivating children in the early stages of their childhood, help young minds learn to take on more responsibility and indulge in more creative and varied learning throughout their life. On the other hand, without motivation, they tend to become more reclusive and often fall prey to behavioural and psychological issues.

Motivation is thus a key component in a child’s development both at home and in school since it is the driving force which helps them to act and successfully complete any given task. It is important for a child’s parents, his teachers and other caregivers to understand the level of motivation of the youngster and accordingly guide them in their areas of interest.

What are the types of motivation?

Motivation is described as ‘a state that energizes, directs and sustains behaviour’. It directs behaviour towards specific goals and the effort and interest to sustain the activity till completion. Motivation can manifest itself aseither being intrinsic or extrinsic.

Intrinsic motivation is inherent in nature leading to the development of interest in a learner from within, because the action by itself is enjoyable. This type, representing engagement in any activity for its own sake, usually leads to a sense of personal satisfaction for the doer. For example, if a child shows a lot of interest in school in learning new things and expanding his knowledge, he is intrinsically motivated to do so.

Extrinsically motivated behaviour, on the other hand, is dependent on ‘external factors’ like incentives, that involves carrying out any activity to earn a reward, or avoid punishment.Rewards – such as a candy, toy or sticker – are good examples of extrinsic motivators at home or in school. Social and emotional incentives like praise and attention are also prime examples of how a child can be extrinsically motivated.

How does motivation affect learning & behaviour?

Together, these two types of motivation contribute to the underlying reasons, attitudes and goals that constitute human behaviour. However, in most cases, experts reckon intrinsic motivation to be ahead of the extrinsic variant since individuals who are internally motivated have proven to be more successful, committed, persistent and creative. In fact, research has demonstrated that offering excessive external rewards for an already internally rewarding behaviour can actually hamper that motivation – a phenomenon that has been termed as the ‘over justification effect’.

At the same time, when used appropriately, extrinsic motivators can prove to be a useful tool too. For example, it can get students to complete a task or school assignment that does not interest them. When administered correctly, it can even enhance the level of intrinsic motivation. A case-in-point being praising a student – in this case, it can enhance the confidence level of the youngster and can actually boost his intrinsic motivation. Rewards, rightly administered, can lead to better performance and creativity. So it can be concluded that understanding what type of motivation works best in a given situation is the key to effective learning and performance.

We care for your child

Whether it is online teaching or in the classroom, the teachers at Ruby Park Public School (RPPS), Kolkata are qualified and experienced enough to gauge the motivational levels of every student. While intrinsic motivation is appreciated, the faculty leaves no stone unturned to offer extrinsic motivation, in case the need arises, to enhance the learning abilities of the child. The overall idea is to establish close relationships with all the students and build on their strengths. The students trust the teachers and share what is important to them, thereby inculcating the value of learning to move ahead in life.

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The parents are a child’s first teachers. The process of learning and basic education for any child begins at home. Intelligent and responsible parenting results in holistic learning which is beneficial not only in the school life but throughout the journey of life. So, what exactly do we mean when we refer to this critical aspect of “positive parenting”?

Definition and benefits

Positive parenting has been best described as ‘continual relationship of a parent(s) and a child or children that includes caring, teaching, leading, communicating and providing for the needs of the child consistently and unconditionally’. It has assumed even more importance in today’s dynamic and stress-ridden times. It has the best effect on a child when it is initiated early: in fact, according to research, the best age to start this practice is when the child is below the age of one.

The benefits of smart parenting are multifarious. Some of them, as encapsulated below, include:

  • Facilitates a stronger bond between the parents and the child
  • Improved mental, emotional and physical development of the young children
  • Better communication, including better social and problem-solving skills
  • Inculcates a sense of happiness and high self-esteem
  • Provides the right sense of “direction” to the children, aimed at personal development and self-growth
  • Reduces negative behaviour as well as depressive symptoms
  • Enhances the concepts of respect, compassion and gratitude
  • It improves adjustment in school and has been proven to be directly related to achieving success in academics as well as extra-curricular activities

Positive parenting techniques

Although there is no real formula for “good” parenting, a warm yet firm style has proved to be the most effective in securing strong parent-child relationships. Below are some other guidelines which parents can follow to ensure successful upbringing of their little ones.

  • Being attentive and responsive to a child’s needs so that the little one never feels left out.
  • Communicating clearly and effectively is always crucial for the development and overall positivity of any child.
  • Watchful supervision and monitoring is very important to rear happy and healthy children.
  • A fair yet positive approach to discipline at home is a very successful technique since we know that young children initially learn by mimicking their parents and caregivers.
  • A non-punitive, patient and creative attitude when a child is misbehaving or throwing a tantrum aids in handling the situation effectively.
  • There is a huge difference between parenting a toddler and an adolescent. It is vital for parents to understand, appreciate and respond appropriately to these age-specific behavioural patterns of their children.
  • Rewarding and encouraging positive behaviour, including academic and non-academic achievements, help to generate positive self-identity and a sense of fulfilment in youngsters.
  • Avoid taunting and shaming children since it affects their self-esteem and level of confidence. Discussing the matter or talking it out with them is the perfect solution.
  • Parents should strive to be positive role models by promoting a healthy lifestyle, proper guidance at all times and providing the child with a sense of responsibility by involving them in family discussions.
  • Last but not the least, make positive, happy family experiences and occasions a priority.

We work closely with parents to secure the best future for children

Rated among one of the top schools in the city, Ruby Park Public School (RPPS) always encourages parents to be supportive enough to curate resilient and self-aware children. We always inspire caregivers to adopt the best tried-and-tested methods of parenting to give their children the wings to fly in life, with the big picture in mind. Good parenting goes hand-in-hand with our curriculum that stands for all-round development of these beautiful minds in all aspects of their lives.

For more information, visit www.rubypark.com

The objective of quality education is learning, not teaching.

A teacher’s prerogative is not only to disseminate valuable information but to ensure substantial and effective learning. A one-sided lecture on the part of the educator might demonstrate a high level of teaching skills but does not imply meaningful learning and knowledge assimilation for the learners. We pay a lot of attention nowadays to curriculum content, classroom teaching strategies, and other teaching-directed resources as the primary strategies that comprise the tenets of quality education. However, we often tend to ignore the other “finer” and important components necessary to complete a young child’s education. 

For example, a teacher must make sure that every student has followed a lesson. After all, every pupil has a varying capacity to grasp lessons. Thus, it becomes necessary for the teacher to deliver the class in an attractive and seamless way so that all the learners can grasp the lesson. The teaching process should facilitate learning, and it should definitely not be one where the intellectual ability of the educator takes centre stage.         

Effective teaching and quality learning go hand-in-hand

Learning is imperative for the evolution of a young mind. Below are a few reasons to substantiate why good teachers are those who impart their lessons in such a way that it facilitates quality learning for all their students:

  • The goal of every teacher should be to facilitate easy learning. Any coaching that does not involve learning is rendered ineffective in the long run. 
  • A successful teacher takes cognizance of the perception of pupils and builds the lesson plan based on this. This is a key element in any classroom scenario, whether it is a physical class or a virtual one. It is important to note that many factors determine how students perceive various subjects such as their interest level, future goals as well as parental or peer influences. How easily the educator leads them to embrace a lesson positively is also an important factor for the young minds to actually “like” a particular subject. 
  • To ensure the efficacy of the teaching process, the teacher must be able to escalate the learning ability of the average students by initially identifying, and then working on it, to improve the core areas of incompetency.
  • It is important to inculcate a teaching pattern devised to gauge the inattentive minds while imparting any lesson. 
  • One style of teaching is not applicable for all students. In fact, the traditional methods of teaching may not always be the most effective. Teachers must be able to motivate the students. Optimizing the learning environment through improved physical, pedagogical and psychological contexts is sure to nurture a disinterested student into an eager learner. 
  • An effective way of understanding the progress of the class vis-à-vis imparting of the lessons is to intersperse them with various ways formulated to test the grasping of the concepts by the students. Some of the tools that are regularly used by successful teachers include project work, quizzes, debates, group discussions and other interactive sessions.
  • It is also important for teachers to continuously upgrade their professional skill-sets and knowledge. This can be achieved by exposing themselves to conferences, symposiums, workshops and webinars focused on enlightening them on the new developments in the realm of education. This makes the educators more confident about themselves, it also improves the overall quality of education and promotes knowledge-sharing in the classroom.

Our dedicated teachers ensure a bright future for your children

Whether it is online teaching or in the classroom, the highly experienced and qualified teachers at Ruby Park Public School (RPPS) in Kolkata leave no stone unturned to offer the best education to the students. They ensure the lessons they are imparting are in sync with international standards, with diligent usage of state-of-the-art technology and modern pedagogical tools. Needless to say, the dedicated faculty motivates the students and ensure that each and every pupil follow every lesson in the class. The overall idea is to impart a holistic curriculum that is characterized by excellence in both academic and co-curricular activities to stimulate the all-round development of every youngster.

For more information, visit www.rubypark.com

Teaching aids are meaningful and purposeful reference tools used by teachers. They help impart lessons effectively and their usage makes learning more interesting for students. These teaching aids are available in various forms. The most common ones include pictures, videos, charts, flashcards and objects like three-dimensional models or educational toys.

What are Teaching Aids

These tools help the educators to capture attention and also aid in making the teaching-learning process more productive. The prevailing pandemic-stricken situation has made education entirely dependent on virtual classes. In this situation, it has become imperative for the teachers to incorporate these reference tools in the classes. The distance between the teachers and students has increased, and physical interaction is at an all-time low. Reference tools work out to be very powerful to ensure participation and interest among students in the online lessons. They also bolster the level of concentration of the pupils.

Types of Teaching Aids

Visual Aids: Mere verbal instructions by the teacher over a screen can be very uninteresting for a young student. However, if the teacher employs a chart, drawing, postcards, models and real-life examples, they are bound to stir the quest for learning in the students.

Share screen option: Teachers can also use the “share-screen” option to demonstrate articles, e-journals and pictures and videos to the youngsters. These will facilitate the students to comprehend better as they will relate to real-time objects. Their focus is sure to get enhanced as the audio-visual medium is highly captivating. It will also make it easier for the teacher to explain the concepts clearly to the students. As students now get to understand visually, the learning process gets etched in their memory, and the entire outcome is highly positive and enjoyable.

Audio-visual aids: Different online applications like Zoom, Google-Meet, Duo, Skype, etc are all aids to bring the teaching-learning community closer even if they cannot meet or see each other face to face. In fact, these novel technologies have made the process more fun and children participate whole-heartedly.

Online applications: Children get real-time experience with mobile technology and interactive games which helps young learners like them to comprehend better. Online PowerPoint presentations and different applications like YouTube and other online videos also stimulate the minds of children.

Interactive Aids: Quiz, debates are an excellent way to encourage learners and helps in opinion-building. Teachers can also make videos and send it to the children, as well as encourage them to read newspapers daily and make cut-outs of important topics. They can make flashcards, posters and charts to explain different topics innovatively.

RPPS: Learning made fun

The highly experienced and qualified faculty at Ruby Park Public School (RPPS) in Kolkata believe in motivating their students through the usage of these effective and indispensable teaching aids. Being one of the top schools in the city, this CBSE-affiliated institution is known for imparting education in sync with international standards vis-à-vis both the traditional and online methods.

Quality education and holistic development of all the students is what RPPS strives for. The institute has been working tirelessly at moulding and nurturing a strong community of future-ready citizens and leaders of tomorrow who are sensitive to the winds of change yet committed to responsibility.

For more information, visit www.rubypark.com

Online learning has become a major part of our lives today. The Covid-19 pandemic has led to teaching and learning being temporarily converted to a virtual process. The interactions between the teachers and students are currently limited to virtual classes and distant learning. The lessons are conducted online as part of the ‘new-normal’.

Online learning has definitely come as a blessing to the education fraternity –otherwise in this situation of staying locked up in the house, one would have been compelled to abandon the teaching learning process completely. However, since online classes can be conducted from our homes and do not require the concerned people to come face-to-face, it has helped in continuing with education even in these times of social distancing. It is convenient, fast-paced, saves money and still facilitates the process of learning effectively.

Some highlights of online learning are encapsulated below:

  • Efficiency – Online learning offers teachers an efficient way to deliver lessons to the students. They can plan the lessons in advance and conduct the class accordingly.
  • Accessibility of time and place – Another advantage of online education is that it allows students to attend classes from any location of their choice. Irrespective of where the student or teacher is placed at that point in time, they can conduct or attend classes easily.
  • Affordability – It is a financially viable method as it does not involve movement, paid space or other costs associated with running an organization.
  • Improved student attendance – Students, especially younger ones, are often reluctant to travel, and fall sick frequently. This hampers their attendance in school. Since online learning can be accessed from the comfort of our homes, it improves the attendance of such learners.
  • Suits a variety of learning styles – Usually, offline teaching-learning involves a stereotypical pattern. Online learning, on the other hand promotes a lot of opportunities like screen-sharing, visual aids, verbal discussions, effective class participation and so on.

Despite the above-mentioned advantages, online learning is plagued by a number of cons as well.

  • Inability to focus on screens – For many students, one of the biggest challenges of online learning is the struggle with focusing on the screen for long periods of time. It makes them tired and often affects the eyesight.
  • Technology issues – Another key challenge of online classes is internet connectivity. Even though they have the liberty to attend classes from anywhere, internet connection is neither strong nor stable in all areas. Without proper connectivity, the students are completely helpless. The same applies for teachers as well.
  • Sense of isolation – Teaching-learning is majorly dependent on physical interaction and the personalised supervision. Hence, it is right to say that this process has been affected adversely. Online learning isolates the teachers from the students and vice-versa. It reduces connection and accessibility.
  • Technologically savvy – It is difficult for a number of teachers and students, especially the ones who are not very technologically sound, to conduct and participate in these online classes. They find it difficult to handle computers as well as the various user-interfaces of different applications.
  • Management of screen time – Initiating an online class often takes a lot of time owing to network issues, audio-visual lags and so on. This consumes a lot of precious class time and the teacher might find it difficult to complete the specific material planned for the particular session.
  • Malpractice by students – Unfortunately, many students often resort to mischief in this medium as they know that it is difficult to track or identify them. They do this either owing to adolescent behavioural changes or simply for fun. Teachers fall prey to such mischief, and may feel humiliated at times.
  • Difficulty in evaluation – Online studies have also affected the process of assessment and evaluation as examinations cannot be conducted efficiently. Evaluation also becomes challenging.

RPPS: The trusted name for quality education

Rated among one of the top schools in the city, Ruby Park Public School (RPPS) has also successfully adapted to the online medium for imparting education in recent times. The well-trained teachers of this CBSE-affiliated institution have taken on an extremely responsive initiative of going the virtual way to conduct their classes efficiently and complete the syllabus without compromising on the quality of the lessons.

Even in these difficult times, excellence in education and the holistic growth of all the students is what the school stands for. It is continuing to provide an invigorating and intellectually stirring environment as well as ensure personalized care for the all-round development of all its students. 

For more information, visit www.rubypark.com