Teachers are the most important part of any institution or school in an educational world. They are doing a great job in many aspects, like teaching, mentoring, guiding, evaluating, care taking and many other responsibilities. Whenever there is a get together, they are constantly talking about student’s performance, writing or critical thinking skills, and their problem with reading habit is the most common issue. It is prevalent in IBDP School because students need to submit their EE, TOK and IA’s every year.
Teachers have different kind of responsibility to evaluate students work but in our school I have attended recently concluded literary event called Book Retreat for the teachers and session on ‘Developing a Deep Reading Habit’ has shown us where I stand as an individual and as a librarian? And what is my thought on reading and deep reading? Where I need to work on to become good reader.
Our CEO Lt. Gen Arjun Ray was the main speaker on the event. When he started his session on deep reading, he said that "A deep approach to reading is an approach where the reader uses higher-order cognitive skills such as the ability to analyse, synthesize, solve problems, and thinks meta-cognitively in order to negotiate meanings with the author and to construct new meaning from the text. The deep reader focuses on the author's message, on the ideas he/she is trying to convey, the line of argument, and the structure of the argument. The reader makes connections to already known concepts and principles and uses this understanding for problem solving in new contexts."
“Reading is a process of constructing meaning or composing a text, exactly like writing. The reading of any difficult text will entail drafting and revision, so is any reading worth doing essentially a process of rereading.”
Why is the deep-reading important?
First time reading is like a rough draft -- you’re just trying to get the facts straight.
Second reading with a purpose allows you the freedom of looking for other aspects of the writing.
A Strategy towards Deeper Reading: We’ll use the idea of metaphors to help students begin to think outside of a literal reading.
Too often, when we read the words on a page we do not fully integrate that new information into our existing knowledge structure, and so we fail to gain new understanding of the world around us.
By deep reading, we mean the array of sophisticated processes that propel comprehension and that include inferential and deductive reasoning, analogical skills, critical analysis, reflection, and insight. The expert reader needs milliseconds to execute these processes; the young brain needs years to develop them. Importance of teaching and learning, contribution of teacher‘s plays a major role in student critical and creative skills.
So we came to know what is the importance of reading in our life, why do we need deep reading in present scenario for each and every one’s life. What is the benefit we are going to get and other information we came to know from the session which is very important and relevant to make ourselves to become a deep reader.
Lt. Gen Ray spoke about an idea, how it generates in mind of the person, author? What is its importance in a day today life of a person? How does he react? How do we find reading in a new book? And other questions asked to audience simultaneously he only said that Great ideas come from great minds and great minds will think great ideas. This only happens when we read an interesting literature in depth.
He said Teacher is the killer of the creativity in children; they needs only who listen to them and say yes and yes to their queries and they are making them to prepare for the school examination rather than to teach them lifelong learning skills. Regarding Collection development and other segments he taught how to select the books. What kind of books we need to read? What essence we need to take from the books and other things which we select for deep reading. Hence Selection of the books on the basis of user interest and the needs of the hour.
It was overall a good session. I learned many un-practiced things in our teaching and learning profession because of irrelevant goals made by us but now he told us in such a way we cannot forget goal setting as an important aspect of our life.
Thank you very much sir for your great delivery of thoughts, definitely it helps us to become deep reader to make our career more challenging and more interesting.
Greetings from the Library!!
Recently we have added new web page called ‘MOOC’s in our IBDP Resource website for our student’s reference and reading. It was suggested by one of the PAC Committee member of our school to help the user community in a way to use freely available resources for our student’s reference and lifelong learning.
In my view, IBDP students can easily get benefit from this, to know what kind of resources are available to support EE, and TOK presentations, then what are the courses are available to them after their final exams and what kind of supporting materials and syllabus is there for to take part of it.
MOOCs are (mostly) free, online, and although delivered in real time when you “go to class” is up to you, MOOCs are an ideal way to investigate something you need to know more about, or are just curious about! After you have enrolled, how much work you do is up to you – no one is looking over your shoulder. If you want to watch every video and read every file, you may, but you don’t have to. This is self-directed learning!
You can try once!!!
To explore the site please visit below-mentioned web link.
Working in a school with a curriculum framework based on inquiry learning, I am confident about my inquiry pedagogy. Fortunately, what I discovered from last six months I managed to be open-minded during the process of analyzing a student inquiry and behavioral aspects that I had a significant hand in planning the library activities.
First and foremost, Inquiry and engaging students in discussions that provoke deep thinking and reading; introducing content that has students wondering and making connections. So we will be going to start series of new library activities in coming weeks but now will start with new library activity called “Becoming a Global Citizen” on next week onwards.
In-library to promote the International Mindedness and global awareness on part of the global school is an essential task for our students to know other countries which are there around them. So they can easily participate, inquire, connect with their culture, language, problems with our own and find the difference and similarities between our lifestyle with others in the world.
In my professional learning journey, the challenge now is to embed information literacy skills and processes in the context of the inquiry, because information literacy is at the core of the inquiry. Henceforth I am planning to add the importance of research process and referencing styles in this particular activity to make more effective and interesting.
If you need more information on this activity please click on the picture link
Sparrows get many of us nostalgic. Not very long ago, this cosmopolitan bird used to give us company with our morning cup of coffee/tea. Most of us born in the 80s would remember the song ‘Ek Chidiya Anek Chidiya’ on Doordarshan.
Today it is quite difficult to get to see sparrows next to us, so we need to take care of these beautiful, tiny, friendly birds for our future generation because they need to know about sparrows how we used to.
So, friends, we need to involve ourselves into sparrows conservation movement; I welcome you all to visit our library web page to know more about the world sparrow day how to take part of it and many more things.
World sparrow day
Young World Club is a fun-filled education portal from The Hindu, packed with rich multimedia content to make learning exciting! Updated every week, Young World Club offers children new ways to learn through its sections on Think, Read, Do, Travel, Play, and Change. Start as a scout, discover interesting photographs, slideshows, quizzes and videos, and you will soon be on your way to becoming an explorer!. . .
EATURESCurated Content and balanced palette of extra-curricular and co-curricular activities that enhances cognitive, creative development.
Responsive site across various platforms – desktop, laptop, tablet and mobile (for grown-ups!) so that you can explore the site wherever you are.
Diverse multimedia content in various formats – includes videos, slideshows, quizzes and more!
Safe to View environment for the learner to experience and enjoy. Gives uninterrupted learning experience for the viewers.
The junior section is recommended for children of ages 8-11 (studying in grades IV to VII). It gives the learners exposure to various interests and hobbies, to help form a foundation for them to develop further. Explore all the content at your own pace and build a good foundation!
The senior section is recommended for students of ages 12-15 (studying in grades VIII to X). Students can go through various sections, learn about diverse fields and at the same time, go deeper into their interest areas. Weekdays or Weekends, there is always something interesting to do!
TEACHERS & PARENTS
The Teachers & Parents Section is recommended for Teachers & Parents who want to use this at home or in school to engage their students and children.
Frequently asked questions
1. What is Young World Club (YWC)?Young World Club, is a fun-filled education portal from The Hindu and is designed especially for students of ages 8-15, parents, and teachers.
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As we started “Website/Search tool of the week Programme” on last week, today I am going to introduce you search engine called Instagrok for your research and reference work.
InstaGrok is an innovative educational search engine that combines sophisticated semantic technology with an interactive user interface to make learning more engaging, personalized and fun for everyone.
InstaGrok as an alternative to Google or other online search tools. InstaGrok is a safe, education focused research engine that offers to high quality, educational content.
This combines the elements of research, organization interaction and learning engagement between students, their peers and their teachers in various learning exercises and projects.
The goal of Instagrok is “to help everyone discover the joy of learning and empower them to be lifelong learners
Instagrok has some good features
1. I like how Instagrok presents the concepts of related material.
The animation is engaging and I can see students exploring the content which would allow them to see information that they might not have seen otherwise.
2. When you click on one of the related words another set of related options are built.
This is great for reducing the random approach to searching most students and teachers have.
3. On the right of the screen the information is categorised into key facts, websites, video’s etc.
I like how the information is segmented into these categories which helps students find exactly what they are looking for.
4. There is a journal for you to collect your information
This could be a handy feature; but I didn’t check to see if you could download your notes or export them.
5. It is already there in our dplibrary website
JUST VISIT BELOW MENTIONED WEB LINK TO EXPLORE MORE:
“Deep reading,” is a sophisticated process in which people can critically think, reflect and understand the words they are looking at. This is an active process of thoughtful and deliberate reading carried out to enhance one's comprehension and enjoyment of a text.
The deep reader focuses on the author's message, on the ideas he/she is trying to convey, the line of argument, and the structure of the argument. The reader makes connections to already known concepts and principles and uses this understanding for problem solving in new contexts.
In our school library we have started “Deep Reading Section” in a corner of the library, that is near to Korean language section. We have started with little number but we need to develop this section with your help and suggestions.
Main objective is to encourage students to take a deep approach to reading and to use higher order cognitive and metacognitive skills to understand and process academic texts, and to negotiate meanings with the author of academic texts. Example: It help to submit successful Personal Projects, EE and TOK presentations to fulfil their academic requirements.
You can browse these titles in library
Many more are in shelves
The School library is going to introduce you all “The website of the Week Programme”
Each week particular website showcasing on our library notice board and blog which we update regularly to share information with the user community to know and learn the website clearly and explore to use the website for their report writing or homework purpose.
We are planning to introduce four websites for each month, accordingly PYP, MYP, IGCSE, and IBDP curriculums. Hence our user community will get benefit from it to know every week a new website which help's them to make themselves equip for their homework and research work.
This program we have designed to save a time of the user, It definitely helpful for you to know where exactly teacher resources are available and how you can incorporate with your lesson plans and other curriculum needs.
Hence we are introducing our library directory as our first inaugural website in “Website of the week program” Indus library Directory
Introduction of the website
Indus Knowledge enhancer is the School Library Directory. It gives best possible services to the faculty and students of Indus International School, especially those who are studying in PYP, MSP, IGCSE and IBDP curriculums. We have developed separate Library websites for our student’s reference and linked with our library directory. These resource links, websites pages provide enjoyment and information to function successfully in today’s knowledge-based society.
I hope you’ll find this site helpful.