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Combining groups of physical objects: for many students, this is their most basic experience of adding up. This process normally involves collecting two sets of objects, then counting how many objects there are in total. (For example, by building two towers of cubes, and then counting up every single block.) For many, this method can be too involved, particularly for those students who present attention deficit disorder. If the child cannot hold their attention for the whole of the activity, blocks will be put awry, towers will end up with additional blocks, blocks will get mixed up, and at the end, the wrong answer is arrived at. The length of the process means that if your child does not master the concept quickly, they are not likely to make progress at all. In addition, it is difficult to extend this process into a calculation that can be approached mentally: for example, try to imagine two large sets of objects in your head, and then count them all up. Even for adults, this is nearly impossible.

Simple drawings: jottings are a more useful alternative to the process described above. Write out the addition problem on a sheet of paper, and next to the first number, jot down the appropriate number of tallies (for instance, for the number 4, draw 4 tallies). Ask your student to predict how many tallies you will need to draw the other number in the problem. When they come to the correct answer, ask them to draw the tallies. To finish with, ask how many tallies they have drawn altogether. This method is a much easier way of bringing together 2 groups, is less likely to be subject to mechanical error, and is better suited to students with poor focus. It also encourages the child to associate between what the written some actually says, and why they are drawing a certain number of tallies.

Counting on: this is a technique based on your student’s capacity to say number names. When your child has reached a stage where they know how to count to five, start asking them questions like, “what number is 1 more than…” (eg. what comes after 2 when we count?) This is actually equivalent to answering an addition problem of the type 2+1 but helps to connect the ideas of counting and addition, which is very powerful. This technique gets your student ready to use number squares and gives them the confidence to answer problems in their mind. The method can also be made more difficult, by asking, “what number is 2 more than…” When your child can confidently respond to such problems out loud, show them the question written down, and explain that this is the same as the problem you had been doing before. This will help the child to see addition and counting as fundamentally related, and that this new problem is actually something they have met before.

Playing board games: this activity can be both a mathematical learning experience as well as a pleasant pastime. Games that require a counter to be moved around a board do a lot to encourage children to count on. If the board has numbers on it, the child is able to see that the action is similar to counting out numbers aloud or using a number line. Make a point of remembering to draw attention to the relationship between using board games and addition.

Learning number facts: usually, we rely on number facts learned by heart to help us answer addition problems. In a nutshell, we do not have to figure out the answer to 7 and 10, we simply remember it. Having the ability to recall addition facts allows us to tackle simple maths tasks confidently. Improve your student’s knowledge of known number bonds by singing nursery songs that tell stories of the number. Take part in the game of matching pairs with the student, where the point of the game is identifying the location of the question (for instance, 7+8) and the corresponding answer from a set of cards all turned face down. Create a set of flashcards with simple addition facts written on them, look at the cards one at a time, and ask the student for the answer, giving a good deal of applause when they give the right answer. When they are confident, expand the number of facts. Games will prevent your child perceiving addition as dull, and will build confidence.

Addition printables and worksheets: Practice makes perfect – and the right style of practice also lends more confidence. By utilizing simple worksheets, aimed towards your student’s ability and attention span, you are able to significantly improve your child’s ability with addition, both orally and written down. There are plenty of free internet sites that offer worksheets that help with the teaching of adding up, but it does matter what adding up worksheets you use. Ensure that the worksheets are aimed at the right level, being neither too difficult nor too easy and are of the correct length to maintain the student’s interest. You should be attempting to present questions that foster their recollection of number facts, along with a scattering of sums involving some calculation. On the occasions that the student is successful, use the opportunity to give them a lot of praise; when they make a mistake, do not appear frustrated, but briefly, explain their mistake. Using adding up worksheets in a considered way can really boost your student’s ability.

(Source: Edarticle)

EDUCATED GIRL – A Superfluous personality or Key Player?

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A great proverb says “If you educate a man you educate an individual, but if educate a woman you educate a family i.e. a nation”. But how many people in India genuinely follow this proverb? A mere 50% follow it, rest are still narrow-minded and think education is not meant for girls. ‘Girls are only supposed to do household chores, look after their family and take no interest in the latest affairs going on in the society and world’ is the thinking of many backward people around us. Nowadays girls are moving ahead with great success in each and every field, be it wrestling or going to outer space. Girls are standing head to head with boys in every field and becoming an inspiration and key players for the society. Some people think that educated girls are a superfluous personality for the society i.e. they serve no useful purpose.

Education is our third eye. It is very difficult to survive in today’s world without education, then why should girls be deprived of the education? Yes, she is a girl, so studying till S.S.C or H.S.C is enough for her is what people think. But they should be given higher education to live a successful life in this competitive world without being dependent on anyone. Providing education to girls will help to bring out their talent in different fields, to face challenges in their life without the support of anyone, to handle different situations arising in the family and in the society by taking right decisions.

From household chores to their position in the society, she can handle it very well and balance her life in a very systematic matter. Just a change is needed in the thinking of people in India. It is not that Indian people aren’t giving education to girls, just people are hesitating to give higher education to girls because they feel girls have studied enough and now it is the time for her marriage and put an end to her dreams.The dreams of a girl to fly high, get higher education and be independent is just enclosed in the four walls of their house.

So this thinking has to be changed by and if this is followed by each and every family then I’m sure there would be no illiteracy in India and we will be moving ahead. Our elders have faced a tough life with difficulties so they feel some fields are not meant for girls and girls won’t listen to their elders and walk towards the wrong path, so they hesitate to educate their girl child but once proper education is given to them, they can cross all the hurdles of life with self-confidence and our society can reach a different level. The only thing is that girls need a proper support and motivation from their family members and friends to move ahead without any negative thinking from their side.

The sole purpose of this article is that don’t hesitate to educate girls because of the restrictions of caste and society, as the society is created by us, we are the society itself.

So take an initiative to educate girls for their better future so that she can be a great support to us and our society.

Stop Neglect. Protect before you connect.

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As a part of the demonetization process, the Government of India has begun laying greater stress on facilitating a cashless society or a ‘less cash’ society. It may take years and reach to the results and there is an urgent need to look into that direction

The absence of robust cyber security laws in India is a major threat to the country’s dream of a cash-less economy. Instances of the massive security breach of 32 lakh debit cards, just months before demonetisation, is a strong indication that the country is yet to develop an efficient cyber-security system.

Paytm, a popular e-wallet in the country rolled out a Smartphone-based PoS system to enhance the reachability of the technology but there were serious shortcomings and it had to roll-back the feature the very next day. The lack of an adept checking mechanism for the modern banking technologies is an obvious deterrent towards a safe cash-less economy.

While much of the below are technical solutions to prevent you being hacked and scammed, hacking done well is really the skill of tricking human beings, not computers, by preying on their gullibility, taking advantage of our trust, greed or altruistic impulses. Here is a list of Dos and Don’ts that will protect your online accounts from hackers (Ref Mumbai Mirror).

Use anti-virus software

Your net-savvy friend may tell you that he doesn’t have anti-virus on his computer because it slows things down. But look at it this way, one wrong click and he may have to make the entire college project from scratch.

If in doubt, block

Just say no to social media invitations (such as Facebook friend or LinkedIn connection requests) from people you don’t know. It’s the cyber equivalent of inviting home the guy with an eye-patch who stares at you at the bus stop.

More than one e-mail accounts

A hacker who has cracked your main email password has the keys to your [virtual] kingdom. Passwords from the other sites you visit can be reset via your main email account. A criminal can trawl through your emails and find a treasure trove of personal data: from banking to passport details, including your date of birth. A separate account for your bank and other financial accounts, another for shopping and one for social networks is a good idea. If one account is hacked, you won’t find everything compromised.

Ignore pop-ups

Pop-ups can contain malicious software which can trick a user into verifying something. “[But if and when you do], a download will be performed in the background, which will install malware. This is known as a drive-by download. Always ignore pop-ups offering things like site surveys on e-commerce sites, as they are sometimes where the mail code is.

Two-step verification

If your email or cloud service offers it – Gmail, Dropbox, Apple, and Facebook do – take the trouble to set this up. In addition to entering your password, you are also asked to enter a verification code sent via SMS to your phone. So a hacker might crack your password, but without the unique and temporary verification code should not be able to access your account. Keying in a password or code 40-plus times a day might seem like a hassle but it is your first line of defense.

Only shop online on secure sites

Before entering your card details, always ensure that the locked padlock or unbroken key symbol is showing in your browser. Additionally, the beginning of the online retailer’s internet address will change from “HTTP” to “https” to indicate a connection is secure. Be wary of sites that change back to HTTP once you’ve logged on.

Didn’t expect, don’t click

The golden rule: Hackers infect PCs with malware by luring users to click on a link or open an attachment. Social media has helped criminals profile individuals. They can see what you’re interested in or what you [post] about and send you crafted messages, inviting you to click on something. Don’t.

Different site, different passwords

Keeping a common password for all online accounts is a lot like having the same key for all locks. The only difference being that it is a lot easier to get hold of the online key. Also never reuse your main email password. But most online users own accounts in over a dozen sites. So either tries and use clever variations or start doing some really heavy memory-enhancement exercise.

Don’t store your card details on websites

Err on the side of caution when asked if you want to store your credit card details for future use. Mass data security breaches (where credit card details are stolen en masse) aren’t common, but why take the risk? The extra 90 seconds it takes to key in your details each time is a small price to pay.
 Lock down your FB account

Keeping a common password for all online accounts is a lot like having the same key for all locks. The only difference being that it is a lot easier to get hold of the online key. Also never reuse your main email password. But most online users own accounts in over a dozen sites. So either tries and use clever variations or start doing some really heavy memory-enhancement exercise.

Don’t store your card details on websites

Err on the side of caution when asked if you want to store your credit card details for future use. Mass data security breaches (where credit card details are stolen en masse) aren’t common, but why take the risk? The extra 90 seconds it takes to key in your details each time is a small price to pay.

How top University merit ranks make difference? A GHRIET, Pune Experience

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The performance of engineering college is measured using various scales. The major scales include academic excellence of students, achievement in co-curricular & extra-curricular activities, IPR & innovations, placements &   faculty contributions.

The merit of the students is one of the vital scales for performance measurement of the college.  The rank of students in University examination provides the qualitative analysis of the academic processes.

As our college is affiliated to SP Pune University which has more than 120 affiliated colleges, the ranks earned by the students provide the means to understand quality wise where our college stands. S P Pune University declares first ten ranks.

From the year of establishment (i.e. Academic Year 2007-08) till date our students bagged 19   ranks.

These ranks are uniformly spread over all the disciplines of graduate engineering programs.

Also, the rank range grabbed by our students is from first to tenth.

This gives confidence to the students and faculty that they are on right path. Also, the ranking of students in the University gives good feedback to stakeholders.

Merit ranks help for planning the academic processes.  We can redefine the process so that the college can excel further.

Ranks bring a lot of gain to individual students. Student gets preference for higher studies in reputed Institutes. Good ranks also fetch good placement.

As the college can see its clear picture in the mirror of Ranks, let us “Rank in Students Ranking”!

CREATIVITY – The RAISONI Way….

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On one sunny Sunday Morning we all family members, were enjoying our coffee sitting on the balcony, my daughter came to me and we started a conversation where she recalled an incident in her college where one professor told all the students in her class that, nowadays creativity has become one of the important skill required in an individual. And she further carried on the discussion asking me a question “…mummy, when was the last time you did something creative and innovative for your students or for yourself?” and how one can inculcate this particular creativity as a skill.

    Since childhood, I always admired people who are Creative.  I still recall how my science teacher used to teach us the concepts of science outside the classroom in the field which at that time makes it easy to grasp, his tactics were simple but yet creative. We all are aware that, Creativity is the ultimate skill of mankind, and above that, putting Creative ideas in action makes it an Innovation, whose consequences should always be positive.

    We are always in the process of finding something.  The more we start discovering, the more we learn, and in order to do so, one needs to trigger the Creativity amongst oneself.  I always believe that it is so hard when you have to and so easy when you want to.  The only difference is that formerly is by force and the latter is from within.  When it is from within we enjoy the process of doing, and work is no more a burden, it is like the more you work the more energy you generate.

    So if you desire to be more creative, you will have to develop certain Creative habits.

  1. Reframe –

We need to change the focus of perspective of a situation in a new or different way.  To look at the present, or think of (beliefs, ideas, relationship, etc) differently or saying, let’s look at it another way. We need to challenge the beliefs and/or the aspects of the frame. You need to stand in another frame and describe what you see and that by changing the attributes of the frame by changing your thinking.  Like while looking at a problem as an opportunity, treat your weakness as strength, a distance possibilities as near possibilities.

    Try to reframe yourself from the organization’s view point, where you are working.  Know the expectation of your employer from you.  The expectation of the customer from the organization and for this we need to change our perspective and perception equally well and better thus to reframe yourself.

  1. Advance –

Move forward in a purposeful way for development or improvement of the organization as a whole and you as an individual.  As an individual, we need to update and upgrade our knowledge, keep pace with the rapidly changing technology and accept and adopt the changes around.

  1. Inquire –

Question everything; try to seek information by questioning.  When we investigate, we increase our curiosity. We need to understand where our knowledge is applicable or become useful. Unless we inquire we cannot develop and insight needed to become creative. Be mindful, by concentrating and focusing on whatever you are doing.

  1. Sell –

You should be able to sell the best of your ideas to your boss, your customers.  You will have to sell keeping in mind from the buyers’ perspective. Convey them the benefits they are going to derive from. We need to make Creativity our habit.

  1. Optimism –

There are a hundred ways to solve a problem, find out that develop a tendency to look on the more favorable side of event or conditions prevailing in the organization anticipate the most favorable outcome.  It is always true that the good ultimately predominates over the evil in the world.  Be a solution focused person, who always thinks the best possible thing will happen and hopes for it even if it’s not likely.

  1. Network –

As said ‘Network to increase your Net-worth’. If you are not networking than you are not working. Co-create in order to jointly produce a mutually produced outcome. Interact with other to exchange information and develop professionally as social contacts.  The benefits of networking extend to nearly every aspect of your life if done right.  Treat networking as a virtuous circle.  This helps you to generate new ideas and perhaps adopt other people’s innovations to your own business.

  1. Invigorate –

Revitalize, energize, and rejuvenate the environment around you.  Be it the organization you are working in or at home.  Always have the enthusiasm and drive to motivate others and bring the best out of them.

 Creativity is just connecting the dots by changing our angle to look at a particular situation arising during our work or at home, we should keep challenging ourselves to think better, do better and be better, shape things up. Confront your limitations broaden your scope of thinking. Just do whatever you like and whatever you enjoy doing. This will give you the satisfaction you want to derive and will encourage you to put in more efforts and always do things in a different way.

As Shiv Khera has rightly said that, “I don’t do different things but I do things differently. This really makes sense, just keep innovating. Innovate at work, at home, in your relationship. Be creative and innovative in the way you live your life. How you look at the world also matters here. Always accept and accept to the change. Resistant to change is to become stagnant which means you begin to die. This can be proved by we know that flowing river is always known for its force energy, has its own beauty and purity. Whereas stagnant water creates more of bacteria which causes harm to the environment around, thereby causing harm to the health of mankind.

So growth, evaluation, and reinvention sustain life. There is no fun in being the same person today that you were yesterday. That’s just an illusion that ends up breaking your heart when you get to the end of your life and realize that you missed out on living it boldly. Companies that don’t innovate are not creative in their approach don’t survive, so the key is driving this innovation.

I could say that being creative is not a destination rather it’s the journey and the Innovations are the milestones we put along with it, and oh! when you put it all together it comes to R-A-I-S-O-N-I, isn’t it obvious?