Monday, May 30, 2011

MY FIFTH CHILD HAS COME AND ALL IS WELL!

HI ALL,
CHILDREN ARE ON HOLIDAYS AT THE MOMENT BECAUSE THEIR BROTHER MADE HIS ENTRY INTO OUR WORLD ON MAY 26TH TO CELEBRATE MY BIRTHDAY WITH ME. HE IS IN ICU AT THE MOMENT SO I CANNOT RESUME TEACHING. THE CHILDREN HAVE NOT SEEN HIM YET AND I HAVE NOT CARRIED HIM IN MY ARMS. GLENN HAS BECOME MILK DELIVERY BOY SINCE I CANNOT STAY AT THE CENTRE. IT IS A LONG TIME BEFORE MY DANIEL WILL BE HOME; HE WEIGHS ONLY 1.3 KGS. THANKS TO ALL THE PRAYERS STORMIING HEAVEN MY BOY IS OUT OF DANGER.PRAISE HIS HOLY NAME! I KNOW HE WILL BE A SPECIAL ANGEL FOR OUR HOMESCHOOL AND HOUSEHOLD.
REGARDS,
AURIEL.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

CONTINUOUS AND COMPREHENSIVE EVALUATION (CCE)

What is CCE?
The CCE or Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation scheme refers to a school-based evaluation of students that covers all the aspects of a student’s development. Continuous means regular assessments, frequency of unit testing, analysis of learning gaps, applying corrective measures, retesting and giving feedback to teachers and students for their self-evaluation, etc. Comprehensive on the other hand attempts to cover both the scholastic and the co-scholastic aspects of a student’s growth and development — with both these aspects of the evaluation process being assessed through Formative and Summative Assessments.
Objectives of CCE
• To help develop cognitive, psychomotor and affective skills.
• To lay emphasis on thought process and de-emphasize memorization.
• To make evaluation an integral part of teaching-learning process.
• To use evaluation for improvement of students’ achievement and teaching – learning strategies on the basis of regular diagnosis followed by remedial instruction.
• To use evaluation as a quality control device to maintain desired standard of performance.
• To determine social utility, desirability or effectiveness of a programme and take appropriate decisions about the learner, the process of learning and the learning environment.
• To make the process of teaching and learning a learner-centered activity
Advantages of CCE System in CBSE
CCE helps in reducing stress of students by -
• Identifying learning progress of students at regular time intervals on small portions of content.
• Employing a variety of remedial measures of teaching based on learning needs and potential of different students.
• Desisting from using negative comments on the learner’s performance.
• Encouraging learning through employment of a variety of teaching aids and techniques.
• Involving learners actively in the learning process.
• Recognizing and encouraging specific abilities of students, who do not excel in academics but perform well in other co-curricular areas.
CCE helps in improving student’s performance by identifying his/her learning difficulties at regular time intervals right from the beginning of the academic session and employing suitable remedial measures for enhancing their learning performance.
Holistic education demands development of all aspects of individual’s personality including cognitive, affective and psycho motor domains. It is unfortunate that not much attention and emphasis is given to the development of interests, hobbies and passion of learners. Focusing on excellence in academics alone undoubtedly results in lop-sided development of personality. It is thus essential that due importance be given to participation in co-curricular activities like music, dance, art, dramatics and other areas of one’s interest to make life more fulfilling and enjoyable.
Scheme of CCE is expected to help the child make informed choice of subjects in class XI based on his aptitude, interests, liking, and academic performance. With CCE aiming at all round development of the child’s personality it is expected that a student will be able to take up competitive examinations in right earnest. It may be clearly understood that introduction of CCE does not mean less emphasis on academic attainment. Students will still be required to do well in studies. However due to acquisition of additional life skills, like thinking and emotional skills, they are expected to meet different life situations with greater maturity.
CCE Changed the life of Teachers and Students
Evaluation system leaves teachers stressed. The number of students in the class is the same. But assessment on a regular basis under Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) — unlike last year’s year-end evaluation — has inflated their work. Maintaining several registers for recording academic and non-academ¬ic achievements has made the process cumbersome. Stress, as a result has just changed hands — from the stu¬dents to the teachers. Though training sessions were organised for principals and teachers, confusion on the issue still persists. A little disgruntled, teachers, how¬ever, are still on board the CCE train. Getting the brighter students to do the same is one of the biggest challenges in the way of implementing the new evaluation system in its true letter and spirit.
The biggest worry: Dilution of aca¬demic standards.
Bright students don’t feel challenged. But more importantly, it’s the wrong interpretation of the new system that has parents and children across the board most worried. CCE’s rule of regular assessment, for instance, has led to many schools put¬ting students under constant scrutiny. The students are obviously not okay with it.

Taken from Net.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Dear All,
Just back from hospital. Had to go for insulin monitoring. Now I have to take it twice a day. This baby has been my teacher in meny ways, right from the nausea, spotting and now this. Boys are at home now and giving me some trouble to concentrate with studies as holidays are on and their friends are palying outside. So I only do revision for an hour and send them. Don't want them to get negative about homeschooliing right now. Cable has been a major addiction so Glenn & I have decided to disconnect from June. They love doing jigsaw puzzles and now I am showing Aaron how to do Crosswords and Nathan does Wordsearch. Will have to prepare these for their English lessons next year.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

DEAR HOMESCHOOLERS,
YDAY WE FORMALLY INAUGURATED OUR HS VENTURE. ALTHOUGH WE HAD NO CELEBRATION AS SUCH, WE WANTED IT TO BE A SPECIAL DAY AS IT WAS THE BEATIFICATION OF OUR HOMESCHOOL SAINT "POPE JOHN PAUL II". WE MISSED THE CEREMONY OF HIS BEATIFICATION THOUGH SINCE POWER WAS CUT IN OUR AREA FOR THE DAY. ANYWAY, I HAVE POSTED HIS BIOGRAPHY ON MY FACEBOOK PAGE FOR ANYONE WHO WOULD LIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT HIM. PLEASE PRAY WITH US FOR HIM TO BE DECLARED A SAINT SOON.
GOD BLESS.
GOA CAN HOMESCHOOLERS,
MAPUSA.