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Kendriya Vidyalaya Malleswaram: Nostalgia 2

March 14, 2011

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R.I.P., Uncle Pai

February 25, 2011

Kendriya Vidyalaya Malleswaram: Nostalgia 1

February 8, 2011

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Why is it called AYODHYA ISSUE?

September 23, 2010

An event that took place during my schooldays is getting a judgement during my issue’s schooldays. If the judgement is questioned and taken to the Supreme Court, another decision may come only during the schooldays of my issue’s issue. Hence it is called Ayodhya Issue.

ನನ್ ಮಗನ್ಗೆ ಇವತ್ತಿಂದ ಟೆಸ್ಟು. ಆದ್ರೆ ನಾಳೆ ರಜಾ ಅಂತ ಟಿ.ವಿ. ಪೇಪರ್ನಲ್ಲಿ ಬರ್ತಿದೆ.

ಇವತ್ತು ಬೆಳಿಗ್ಗೆ ನನ್ ಮಗ ಕೇಳಿದ: ಅಪ್ಪ ನಾಳೆ ರಜಾ ಅಂತೆ. ಯೇನ್ ಹಬ್ಬಾನಾ?

ನಾನ್ ಹೇಳ್ದೆ: ಹಬ್ಬ ಅಲ್ವೋ. ನಾನ್ ಸ್ಕೋಲಲ್ಲಿದ್ದಾಗ ಆದ ಗಲಾಟೆ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ನೀನ್ ಸ್ಕೂಲಲ್ಲಿರೋವಾಗ ನಾಳೆ ಯಾರೋ ಯೇನೋ ಹೇಳ್ತಾರಂತೆ. ಅದಕ್ಕೆ ರಜಾ!

Update: Verdict date postponed. But no change in the above story!

Blog Cartoon – 55

October 3, 2008

Cartoon: RK

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People who drain our energy

November 2, 2007

by Latha Vidyaranya 

We often come across people after speaking to whom we feel so drained of our energy! Perhaps we can call them ‘energy-vampires’! They keep talking to us endlessly about themselves and their woes and constantly complaining on somebody or something that they seldom allow us to talk in between and make a contribution to the talk. It becomes a monologue rather than a dialogue. In spite of getting bored and irritated with such people, we continue to give them our precious time thinking that we are in some way obliged to listen to them. S/he may be our friend, our sibling or our own parent, especially mothers, who go on talking about their past difficulties or their present poor relationship with another child or in-law or about anything else that least interests us. But we simply surrender to them and continue to give them our time.
STOP! We are in no way obliged to listen to them always! It is fine to give our ear to somebody who may badly want to share his/her difficulty to lighten their emotional burden. We are doing a good job by helping them to relieve themselves of some life problem that they had been suppressing all these days. In fact at the end of the session they feel so grateful to us that we were patient enough to listen to their woes and perhaps even gave a few valuable suggestions to overcome those troubles. It is perfectly laudable.

But not so laudable is lending our time to listen to the same old stories of our own kith and kin day in and day out! We have every right to withdraw ourselves from such people because we are ending up as victims ourselves! This surely is an abuse on our time! Please understand that as adults we all have our own priorities set and we need time and energy to reach these goals. We can not let someone eat up all our time and constantly weep on our shoulders. We have an obligation to help them realize that it can not go on and on and that we will not be available to them henceforth to discuss things that may not have any solutions and that we are all obliged to cope with certain of these difficulties that have no visible end. In fact we are doing a disservice to them by developing a kind of dependency in them upon us.

Once this is stated matter-of-factly the ‘energy-vampire’ realizes that each one of us adults is responsible for our own upliftment or digging our own graves! We all have to draw energy from our own inner resources and help ourselves out of difficulties or learn some coping strategies. They need to very clearly see that their continuous outpours everyday with us is creating distances in our own relationship with other family members. Others (our spouse, our kids) have an equal right to demand our time, all of which is currently being drained by this particular person. You can not let other relationships get damaged because of your misplaced priorities on this person’s woes. Please wake up now and keep people at right distances and allow yourself the precious time and space that is very much required for your own growth.

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(Latha Vidyaranya is a Special Educator and Counsellor and has founded ‘Empower Counselling Centre’ in Malleswaram, Bangalore.)

Learning Disability in children

October 18, 2007

by Latha Vidyaranya
I come across so many school children who experience learning difficulties that require special remedial teaching. These children find it very difficult to cope with the school lessons in some or all the subjects. It is equally difficult for the subject teachers to give individual attention to the children in a class of 50 to 60 children. Thus, such children lag way behind others in academics and become target of blame, insult and punishment both at school and home. They are branded as lazy, dumb, good-for-nothing etc. These children are routinely sent to tuition classes in their neighbourhood and hardly make any progress as the regular tuition teacher is unable to focus on the special problem areas of these children like reading, writing, spelling, retaining memory, language comprehension and arithmetic. There are many resource centres to cater to the learning needs of these children.
Children who may lag behind in studies due to mental retardation, emotional problems or other physical disabilities like hearing or visual impairment do not fall under the category of learning disabled (LD). Children with LD have average or above average levels of intellectual capacity and they may be smart in other aspects like orally giving out the answers, but unable to write these answers. Also, they may be good in language and poor in numerical skills or vice versa or may be poor in both language and arithmetic.
Minimal brain dysfunction is the cause for this learning disorder which is coming to light through the latest brain mapping techniques. Academic learning requires perceiving things through visual mode, auditory mode, kinesthetic mode (hands-on-activities) and storing them systematically in memory areas and retrieving them when such information is required. Any problem in these circuits can pose as learning difficulties. Training them through special teaching techniques can help children improve their learning capabilities.
The symptoms usually shown by these children are reversal or mirror imaging of letters while writing d for b, or p for q, reversal of letters in a word, like god for dog, no for on, was for saw, reversal of syllables in a word, like aminal for animal, reversal of numbers, like 23 for 32, 456 for 654, reading errors like skipping words, skipping lines, losing place while reading, poor comprehension of read material, writing problems like poor handwriting, poor spacing between words or between lines, number of spelling errors, bizarre spellings etc. Reversal of letters is seen during this developmental phase but soon overcome by the age of 8 years. If these problems persist they may be indicators of a serious learning difficulty.
It is very important for the school teachers and parents to understand the concept of “Learning Disability” and refer them to special educators or educational counsellors for a psycho-educational assessment and remedial guidance, which will help the children to overcome many of their learning problems. Earlier the identification of the problem earlier would be the intervention and better would be the outcome. Left unnoticed and unattended, it can lead to serious emotional and behavioural problems in children.

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(Latha Vidyaranya is a Special Educator and Counsellor and has founded ‘Empower Counselling Centre’ in Malleswaram, Bangalore.)


September 25, 2007

Cartoon: RK

Published in Churumuri with the heading Why Kalam could be India’s finest astrologer

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Blog Cartoon – 17

September 5, 2007

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Happy Teacher’s Day!

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Teacher’s Day Special:

Word Building with ‘WEBLOG’

August 31, 2007

One of the earliest games I learnt in school was word-building. Vimala Miss, my teacher at Hymamshu Jyothi Kala Peetha, told the game helped in improving our vocabulary. She used to play the game with us most of the days before the last period got over. And every time, we started, she used to tell: “Children, this game is ideal for holidays or as a diversion on class trips. Come on, Krishnan, start…”

On my way to office today morning, I was dissecting the word WEBLOG, trying to build a few words out of it. And I thought this could make a good activity out here.

So folks, how many words (2 letters and above) can you build out of the word ‘WEBLOG’? Perhaps 20!…or 40…or more?! Time limit: 30 mins.

Your time starts NOW. Happy word building.

Update: ANSWERS in the Comments section.


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