Monday, 4 April 2022

First Day

 First day message to staff




There is both excitement and trepidation as we are opening a new academic year – the first ‘normal’ opening since the pandemic began! This small note from my end is to wish you all success as you nurture a new set of learners and play a significant part in their amazing growth and development.  As we get busy with the routines of the year, let us not forget that ‘learning’ should take precedence over ‘teaching’. Let us not forget the good practices that we learnt during the pandemic… they will go a long way in making learning enjoyable for our students. And most importantly, let us not forget to put our students first… because it is they who make our profession and our lives so worthwhile! 


We know that there will be challenges along the way…but we also know that it is bound to happen in every sphere of life and that challenges make us stronger…I am sure that with a little conscious effort, we will learn to thrive despite challenges. This year, may you find happiness in everything that you do. This year, may your students grow, learn, and thrive under your nurturing care. And may you be blessed abundantly for all that you do. 




Some activities


Where are we


Lets share


Padlet  Padlet -2


What three words best describe you?

Who is someone who can always cheer you up?

What is something that always makes you laugh?

What is your favourite subject?

If you would add an extra class, what would it be and why?

What three places would you love to travel?

What is something you would love to learn about?

If you were an animal, what would you be and why?

Who is someone important in your life?

If you would change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Why?

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What is something that people sometimes misunderstand about you?

What is your favourite part of school?

If you had a magic wand, what would you make happen?

What’s something that is really difficult for you?

What things would a good friend say about you?

What do you want to do when you are older?

What do you think your best quality is?

What makes you unique?

If you had only three wishes, what would they be?

If you could eat lunch with anyone, living or deceased, who would it be and why?

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Sunday, 7 November 2021

Classroom Expectations & Solutions

Behavioural expectations from students in my class

·         Listen when it’s someone else’s turn to speak.

·         Appropriate dress code and footwear

·         Follow classroom rules. Use time wisely. Be organized

 

Academic Expectations from my students

·         Focus on learning

·         Handwritten notes

·         Take responsibility of learning.

 

In Assessments, I expect my students' to

·         Write the answer point wise with proper explanation

·         Attend all questions with suitable answer

·         Accurate marking in map work.

 

My initiatives in class to make my students enjoy school

·         Use of behavior management web application ( Class Dojo) which provides positive reinforcements for expected positive behavior in classroom.

·         Provide enough time to listen for students talks, doubts and queries.

·         Individual support to students who face academic difficulties / tensions. 

Monday, 11 October 2021

Quiz Questions

 

Arjuna Awards are normally awarded to one or at most two players from a particular discipline. For which ' achievement were 20 people from the same discipline awarded the Arjuna in 1965?

Answer - India’s first successful expedition to mount Everest, led by captain Kohli

Which other great filmmaker used to fondly refer to director Hrishikesh Mukherjee as 'Babumoshai', a name that   Hrishikesh used for Amitabh Bachchan in the film Anand'?

Answer: Rajkapoor, the film Anand is dedicated to Raj Kapoor and the city of Bombay.

Where did Maharaja Rajendra Singh build a palace after he r was supposedly banned by the British from visiting the summer capital of the British Raj, a place which also features the highest cricket ground in the world?

Chail, near Shimla

Friday, 3 September 2021

Video Tutorials

Meta Page

 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_Weekly_Network/Live_Wikidata_Editing 

Sunday, 1 August 2021

Missing description for chess players

Chess Players 

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Wednesday, 14 April 2021

MCQ Questions - Application

 

The people of Assam, Bengal and Orissa eat lots of fish. What might be the reason?

A - The food habits of these states have been influenced by the British during their rule.

B -The region is full of rivers and other water bodies where fish grow in abundance.

C -The region has a number of ports, so a lot of fish is imported here from abroad.

D -All the above factors have influenced the food habits of the people of this region.

 

Which of these would be a good way to slow down loss of soil from a hill?

 

A -Growing grass on the hill slope.

B -Cutting down the tallest trees on the hill.

C -Building a fence on the top of the hill.

D -Digging deep trenches (holes) in the hill.

 

Towards the first half of the 20th century, the British government settled the age old land-owning issues in India through the 'Land Reforms Act'. According to this act, which kind of land was transferred from the wealthy feudal lords to the common man?

A- Industrial land

B -Agricultural land

C -Pasture land

D -all kinds of land

 

While doing a project on India's freedom struggle, Udita needs to use a map of India that was in use before India's independence in 1947. Which of these maps should she use?

A

B

C

D

 

Which of these aspects of history is likely to be highlighted in the writings of a Marxist historian?

A -The glory of a king after a military victory

B -The plight of workers in a textile mill

C -The message and philosophy of religion

D -The architecture of the Indo-Islamic period

 



Tuesday, 23 March 2021

Sample weekly plan - What is democracy and Why democracy ?

 My Sample weekly plan

UNIT PLAN

 

 

 

PART A (Unit essentials &overview)

 

 

GRADE: 9

SUBJECT:  Social Science

 

 

Unit/Chapter: Democratic Politics

Topic/Sub-Topic- What is Democracy Why Democracy

Total No of Periods required- 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Expected Learning Outcomes at the end of this unit (Please specify in brackets whether they are for all/most/a few students)

Suggested resources/links

 

 

·         Define democracy.

·         With this useful definition of democracy student will be able to separate democracy from forms of government that are clearly not democratic.

·         Differentiate between direct and indirect democracy.

·         By understanding each word in this definition carefully the student will be spelling out the features of a democratic government

·         Appreciate democracy after knowing that ills of democracy can be cured by more democracy.

·         Comparative analysis of the case of Pakistan when Parvez Musharraf issued a legal Framework order.

·         Analyse the situation when Elected representatives are not really the rulers.

·         Critical analysis of the merits and demerits of democracy.

·         Examine the case studies of China, Pakistan and Mexico.

 

 

Textbook - https://ncert.nic.in/textbook/pdf/iess401.pdf

External reading-- https://www.ippr.org/files/images/media/files/publication/2011/09/everyday-democracy-110922_7993.pdf

 

Direct democracy reading material- https://www.eda.admin.ch/aboutswitzerland/en/home/politik/uebersicht/direkte-demokratie.html

 

Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNEXo_DJXYk

 

Maps- https://ncert.nic.in/ncerts/l/iess401.pdf

 

 

 

 

Pre-requisites for learning (Key concepts/skills in previous grade)

Key concepts/skills in next grade

 

 

Citizens in a democratic country participate in the government through elections. In a democracy an important means for people to exercise their political power are elections. All adult men and women vote to elect their representations. ( Grade 7 - Democracy And Equality)

Village panchayats are democratic institutions at local level. They provide a forum for the people to discuss and decide on issues concerning their lives in the village.

 

 

Grade 10- Chapter 7 – Outcomes of Democracy. you will learn how to assess the outcomes of democracy. You will get to know the expected and actual outcomes of democracy in various respects such as quality of government, economic well-being, inequality, social differences and conflict and finally freedom and dignity.

 

Democracy Produces Accountable, Responsive and Legitimate Government

 

 

Why should I learn this? (Real Life Application)

How does this link to other areas of learning? (CCL)

 

 

 

We need to use democracy for organisations other than the government. It can be implemented in our life. Whenever a decision has to be taken in our family, we all sit down and arrive at a consensus. Student’s opinion matters as much as their father. A

democratic decision involves consultation with and consent of all those who are affected by that decision. Those who are not powerful have the same say in taking the decision as those who are powerful. This can apply to a government or a family or any other organisation. Thus democracy is also a principle that can be applied to any sphere of life

 

UAE SST - Is UAE a democracy?  Why ?

 

 

 

 

Question Bank /Key Questions (LOTS)

Question Bank/Key Questions (HOTS)

 

 

   What is meant by democracy?

   Differentiate between Indirect democracy or Representative Democracy and direct democracy

   Why Pakistan under General Musharraf should not be called a democracy?

   How is Zimbabwe government undemocratic and autocratic? Give reasons.

   Explain the arguments put forward against democracy?

   Analyse the arguments put forward for democracy?

   Should we consider the elections held in China and Mexico as democratic elections? Analyse

   Popular governments can be undemocratic. Popular leaders can be autocratic- Justify the statement.

   The country took loan from international agencies. One of the conditions for giving loan was that the government would reduce

   its expenses on education and health. Consider the above fact about a country and decide if you would call it a democracy. Give reasons to support your decision.

 

 

PART B (Period-wise planning)

 

PERIOD

 

KEY CONCEPTS

SPECIFIC LEARNING OUTCOME(S)

HOW WE ACCOMPLISH IT

HOW WE MEASURE IT (Please list the key questions in to gauge the achievement of the LOs)

1

Democracy is a form of government in which the rulers are elected by the people.

 

1. In a democracy the final decision making power must rest with those elected by the people.

2. A democracy must be based on a free and fair election where those currently in power have a fair chance of losing.

3. In a democracy, each adult citizen must have one vote and each vote must have one value.

4. A democratic government rules within limits set by constitutional law and citizens’ rights.

 

 

Define democracy.

 

 

Differentiate between direct and indirect democracy

 

By understanding each word in this definition carefully the student will be spelling out the features of a democratic government  .

Pre-assessment & instructional strategies:

 

MS form – will be used to test the previous knowledge of learners.

 

What do you mean by democracy?

 

 

 

 

 

How does direct democracy is differed from indirect democracy?

 

 

 

Why does India follow representative democracy?

 

 

 

Explain the features of democracy .

 

 

 

TASK 1(all)

TASK 2(all)

TASK 3(some)

TASK 4(few)

5. After passing this law, elected representatives have some powers but the final power rests with military officers and General Musharraf himself. Because of these reasons Pakistan under General Musharraf should not be called a democracy.

Video review.

 

Few questions will be given about democracy and students will find out answer while watching video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNEXo_DJXYk

 

 

 

Draw “T” Table.

 

Differentiate between direct and indirect democracy?

 

Why does India represent indirect democracy?

 

 

 

How democracy is differed from monarchy ?

 

Is Britain a democratic country? If yes, then why do they have a queen and king?

 

Can a direct democracy system like that of Switzerland work in India? Analyse.

 

https://www.eda.admin.ch/aboutswitzerland/en/home/politik/uebersicht/direkte-demokratie.html

 

 

Plenary:

2

In Pakistan, General Pervez Musharraf led a military coup and overthrew a democratically elected government and declared himself the ‘Chief Executive’ of the country.

2. Later he conducted a referendum which was based on malpractices and fraud. He changed his designation as President in 2002.

 

3. In August 2002 he issued a ‘Legal Framework Order’ that amended the constitution of Pakistan. According to this Order, the President can dismiss the national or provincial assemblies.

Appreciate democracy after knowing that ills of democracy can be cured by more democracy.

 

 

 

 

Comparative analysis of the case of Pakistan when Parvez Musharraf issued a legal Framework order.

 

 

Pre-assessment & instructional strategies:

 

Analyse the map and draw your conclusion.

Take a look at these two maps below and find out if there was a pattern in the way democracies

have evolved in the twentieth century.

2

 

 

 

Why Pakistan under General Musharraf should not be called a democracy?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why Pakistan under General Musharraf should not be called a democracy?

 

 

TASK 1

TASK 2

TASK 3

TASK 4

In August 2002 he issued a ‘Legal Framework Order’ that amended the constitution of Pakistan. According to this Order, the President can dismiss the national or provincial assemblies.

 

4. The work of the civilian cabinet is supervised by a National Security Council which is dominated by military officers.

Video review.

 

Few questions will be given about democracy and students will find out answer while watching video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNEXo_DJXYk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Think- pair- share"

 

Which conclusion can be drawn from this drawing?

 

This cartoon was drawn in the context of Latin America. Do you think it applies to the Pakistani situation as well? Think of other countries where this could apply?  Does this happen sometimes in India as well?

Discussion

 

Why do Parvez Musharraf Stays in Dubai? Why does not he return to his home country ?

Research

 

What are your views on ex Pak President Parvez Musharraf being sentenced death penalty by a special court?

Plenary:

Sequencing the Order of Events

 

A) In August 2002 he issued a ‘Legal Framework Order’ that amended the Constitution of Pakistan. According to this Order, the President can dismiss the national and provincial assemblies. The work of the civilian cabinet is supervised by a National Security Council which is dominated by military officers.

B) In Pakistan, General Pervez Musharraf led a military coup in October 1999.

In Pakistani media, human rights organisations and democracy activists said that the referendum was based on malpractices and fraud.

 

C) He overthrew a democratically elected government and declared himself the ‘Chief Executive’ of the country.

D) He changed his designation to President and in 2002 held a referendum in the country that granted him a five year extension.

 

E) After passing this law, elections were held to the national and provincial assemblies. So Pakistan has had elections, elected representatives have some powers. But the final power rests with military .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PART C (Please give details for each period)

 

 

Possible Modifications for Students of Determination

Possible Modifications for G&T

 

 

 

Concept Definition Map - what is democracy? What are the features? What are

The differences between direct and indirect democracy.

 

 

 

Draw a “T” Table and compare the differences between democracy of Pakistan and China.

 

 

 

Have students research on how important democracy is today and compare the direct democracy of Ancient Greek and modern Switzerland.

 

 

Draw a Venn diagram which shows the features of China and Mexican democracy ( differences and similarities )