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Stay Home & Read These COVID-19 Publications by WHO

Here’s a reading list of e-books by WHO especially during the Corona outbreak.

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My Hero is You (Storybook For Children on COVID-19)

This book was a project developed by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings (IASC MHPSS RG). The project was supported by global, regional and country-based experts from Member Agencies of the IASC MHPSS RG, in addition to parents, caregivers, teachers and children in 104 countries. A global survey was distributed in Arabic, English, Italian, French and Spanish to assess children’s mental health and psychosocial needs during the COVID-19 outbreak.

https://interagencystandingcommittee.org/iasc-reference-group-mental-health-and-psychosocial-support-emergency-settings/my-hero-you

 COVID-19: 24/7 Parenting

This page provides open-access online parenting resources during COVID-19 on one-on-one time, keeping it positive, structured up, bad behaviour, keep calm and manage stress, and talking about COVID-19. These resources, available in 30+ languages, were developed by Parenting for Lifelong Health, who are working with WHO, UNICEF, the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children, the Internet of Good Things, USAID and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

https://www.covid19parenting.com/

Remote Psychological First Aid During The COVID-19 Outbreak

Psychological first aid is a method of helping people in distress so they feel calm and supported to cope better with their challenges. It is a way of assisting someone to manage their situation and make informed decisions. It involves paying attention to reactions, active listening and, if needed, practical assistance, such as problem-solving, help to access basic needs or referring to further options for assistance. These interim guidelines can be used by Red Cross Red Crescent National Societies to set up and run different kinds of remote services for the public during the time of a COVID-19 response, noting that the target group for the guidelines are adults.

https://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/IFRC-PS-Centre-Remote-Psychological-First-Aid-during-a-COVID-19-outbreak-Interim-guidance.pdf

Mental Health And Psychosocial Consideration During COVID-19 Outbreak

In March 2020, WHO made the assessment that COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic. WHO and public health authorities around the world are acting to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. However, this time of crisis is generating stress in the population. These mental health considerations were developed by the WHO’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Use as messages targeting different groups to support mental and psychosocial well-being during the COVID-19 outbreak.

https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/mental-health-considerations.pdf?sfvrsn=6d3578af_8&ua=1

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Interim Briefing on Note Addressing Mental Health And Psychosocial Aspects of COVID-19 Outbreak

This interim briefing note was developed by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Reference Group for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings and summarizes key mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) considerations in relation to the 2019 novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Reference Group consists of more than 30 members, and fosters a unique collaboration between NGOs, UN and international agencies and academics, promoting best practices in MHPSS.

https://interagencystandingcommittee.org/system/files/2020-03/IASC%20Interim%20Briefing%20Note%20on%20COVID-19%20Outbreak%20Readiness%20and%20Response%20Operations%20-%20MHPSS_0.pdf

 

Source: http://www.emro.who.int/mnh/publications/mental-health-support-during-covid-19.html?format=html

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Dads, The PA In Parenting: A Book That Shatters All Stereotypes About Roles Of Fathers

Dr. Swati Popat Vats encouraged and guided sixteen fathers to tell their tales of fatherhood. This book is a compilation of stories from all walks of life. Read how these fathers manage to be involved parents in the 21st century and how their children are closer to them because of their efforts

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Dads, the PA in Parenting, is a book by Scholastic and is supported by the Early Childhood Association (ECA), Association for Primary Education & Research (APER). It was compiled by Dr. Swati Popat Vats, who is a Parenting Mentor, President at ECA & APER, President, Podar Education Network, Founder/Director, Podar Jumbo Kids.

The book was launched during an online session that was headed by Dr. Vats and hosted twenty-one fathers, it was held a day prior to Father’s Day this year (2021).

Dads, the PA in Parenting is an assembly of stories, techniques, challenges, and happiness of fatherhood. This is the first time during the pandemic that sixteen fathers came together and wrote a book on parenting. This book challenges the time-long and socially accepted roles of mothers as the primary caregiver for children. Readers will find, fathers from different walks of life writing about several trials, solutions, and ways of nurturing their kids.

During the launch, Dr. Vats reminisced about the time when the idea of this book was not yet in existence. During a conversation with a dear friend, the actor Karanveer Bohra, she realised how society has discriminated in the roles of parents. 

Karanveer writes in the 'Forward' of the book, how being closer to his mother helped him develop motherly instincts. Why he decided that he will not be the kind of father who can not be seen spending time with his daughters or changing their nappies because that’s a “mother’s job.”

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A sneak-peek into the book:

Anand Chawla is the Director of Information Technology at Podar Education Network and a father of two. In his heartfelt chapter, he writes about how parenting is not like a degree one may earn by attending college, rather a lifetime goes into learning how to become good parents, and sometimes even then, the parents end up feeling like underachievers.

Aneesh Popat, an award-winning chocolatier and founder of The Chocolatier is a father of a two-year-old daughter. He writes about the complexity of his daughter’s birth and how powerless he felt, he calls it his first lesson of being the PA in parenting. 

Dr. Arunabh Singh, Director at Nehru World School, is a father of two daughters. He talks about the two most important things to do (according to him) for parents, especially fathers, is reading to your children and listening to them. 

Bhavin Shah, CEO of Education World, father of a teen son, express how his son was the reason he could rediscover himself and realise his true potential.

Pratik Shah, Founder president of Anvil Foundation, father of two daughters. He shares a very true insight of being a parent of girls, he says how a father can show what a good relationship with a man looks like to his daughters. 

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Dr. Harshal Wagh, Medical Practitioner at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, a father of two daughters. He accepts being a young couple and expecting a child brought many parenting issues from day one of pregnancy. He rightfully says how children look up to their parents and everything that parents do or say can mould the kids in ways unfathomable. 

Haripal Sonawat is a Scientist at TIFR, he is the father of a four-year-old daughter. This is a story of a father raising his daughter by himself in a society that maintains the presence of a mother is more significant. His daily routines and chores, the way he would explain to his daughter about his work and the importance of him being away for a while, and much more.

Husein Dohadwalla, International Educationist and a father to a boy. He pens a real feeling when educators who handle dozens of children have their own, they fall from the sky and realise it is a different ball game altogether. 

Neeraj Jain, MD Scholastic, father of a teen daughter and pre-teen son. He shares a simple way fathers can be more involved in their kids’ lives. By being involved in their activities the parents can bond better with the kids and communicate effectively. 

Pritam Kumar Agrawal, Founder-Director of Hello Kids Chain of Preschools & Riverstone Schools, father of a set of twins, a boy, and a girl. He writes about the entire day, how it beings and what all happens during the time. His time is centered around his children, he writes how spending time with children is foremost important.

Ravi Santlani, CEO – ScooNews and a father of a girl and a boy. He talks about his relationship with his 15 year-old-daughter and 13-year-old son. He focused on the significance of communication between children and parents, be it a mother or a father.

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Rushabh Turakhia, Author, Life Coach, Businessman, father of a seventeen-year-old son. His golden rule that he lives by as a dad is to remember that the children are not their parents, they have their own entity. What best parents can do is provide the best values, education, support, and trust the children to let them fly high.

Saurabh Kanwar, Co-Founder ATKT, father of a girl and a boy. In a hilarious way, he narrates how helpless and useless he felt as a new father, how he thought even nannies could do what he was doing. It took him a while to start feeling the actual place in parenthood, the PA in parenting. 

Shobhan Soi, CEO Clay Preschools and Education Network, father of two boys. He expresses how boys tend to like mothers better, but being a super dad to his sons is a happy responsibility by choice for him and not a duty. 

Vishnu Kartik, Inclusive Educationist, The Heritage Schools. He writes in his story, how he found out his premature-born daughter had Down’s Syndrome, the challenges said condition brought along; the way his two-year-old daughter taught him more compared to all the teaching in the world.

Ankeet Dave, Founder Access Life, father to a nine-year-old son. In a funny narration, he tells about the bro code and friendship a father and son share. He also shares how his son was the reason behind the inception of the NGO.

From toddlers to teens, from endearing and hilarious stories to adorable pictures, the book has it all. It concludes with ‘Tips for fathers’ which is a completely subjective view of how a father is handling certain situations. 

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This book can be bought in hard copies and will soon be available in e-format, according to Scholastic. Grab a copy, here.

 

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Book Review Of ‘The Reflective Practitioner: How Professionals Think In Action’

A guest review of the book by D.A Schon, Professor at MIT who developed the concept of ’Reflective Practice’ and further contributed to the theory of ’Organizational learning’ 

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The epoch-making book, 'The Reflective Practitioner: How Professionals Think In Action' by D. A Schön (1983), is a work in which the author advocates a revolutionary shift from formalism to the study of experience. There was no other work other than this that revolutionised educational practices greatly since the first thought of reflection had come from John Dewey in 1933. Presenting  the concept, Dewey described how reflection could help an individual to develop thinking and learning skills. He defined reflection as, “the active, persistent and careful consideration of any belief or supposed form of knowledge in the light of the grounds that support it and the further consideration to which it tends” (Dewey, 1933, p 9).

Schön’s work is divided into three parts in ten chapters. Part 1 consists of two chapters, titled 'Professional Knowledge and Reflection in Action'. The first chapter casts doubts about traditional ways of understanding professional knowledge. The second one recognises the traditional with 'technical rationality' and moves to the unconventional view of 'reflection in action'. Part 2, titled 'Professional Contexts for Reflection in Action', takes the book's lion share with 7 seven chapters dedicated to the part. The author uses a series of case studies in five different professions to elaborate on his idea of 'reflection in action'. Architecture, Psychotherapy, Engineering, Town Planning and Management are the represented fields. Part 3, the concluding part, is a single chapter in which he considers the professional implications of 'reflection in action'. 

As an educational Professional, my takeaways lie in the second part. Each case study begins with an account of the intellectual history of the represented fields. The emphasis of the case studies is a kind of particular, personalised account of professional problems. Schön presents an architecture and a psychotherapy case in chapters 3 and 4, which culminate into a theoretical study of the structure of 'reflection in action' in chapter 5. The case studies do not have any theoretical base and the participants were not looking for a theory; neither they were looking for a standard solution for any problem. They were trying to resolve a particular and unique problem instead. The author highlights these facts and makes interesting observations which make sense in his 'turned around' perception on practice and practitioner thought. He writes, "Through the unintended effects of action, the situation talks back. The practitioner, reflecting on this back-talk, may find new meanings in the situation which lead him to a new reframing" (Schön P.135). The idea of a situation 'talking back' in answer to reflective and thought questions is continuously presented in the book. His theory is repeatedly referred to in case incidents that develop "accounts for artistry in situations of uniqueness and uncertainty" (Schön P.165). This contradicts the traditional technical rationality.

More case studies are presented in chapters 6, 7 and 8 with the same pattern. Part 2 is concluded in Chapter 9, in which Schön elaborates on the rudiments of the theory. He highlights the commonalities across the professions and, more importantly, the limits of the commonalities. 

The book is a must read for all who take reflective practice seriously.

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Author: Dr Venunadhan B. Pillai, Executive Principal, Vellore International School, Chennai

 

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Dr Dheeraj Mehrotra’s Books Get Listed On ‘Best AI Basics Books of All Time’

The books include Basics of Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning and AI Basics For School Students. These are available on Amazon.

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Two books on Artificial Intelligence authored by an Indian educator named Dr Dheeraj Mehrotra have been listed among the top 9 books on Basics of Artificial Intelligence by BookAuthority Organisation. (BookAuthority identifies and rates the best books in the world, based on recommendations by thought leaders and experts.)

Dr Mehrotra is a National Awardee, who’s been writing on various topics including Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence for decades now. (He can be reached at www.authordheerajmehrotra.com)

Synopsis of the two featured books:

Basics Of Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning

The concept of Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Machine Learning (ML) has been in practice for over years with the advent of technological progress. Over time, it has blended our lives through nearly every narration of learning, teaching, enjoyment, normal routine operations and whatnot. The aspect delivers a common understanding of the topics with reference to it making an impact on our lives, with a better framework of technology affecting our lives in particular. Let us look up to science for a change to be brought about in us. Let us create awareness of making technology available to people, in a broader sense.

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As that happens, people who are responsible need to be told about the use and misuse of the same. As we lead our lives, we come across the fact that AI, Robotics and Learning Machines seem to be the household topic of discussion. Earlier, AI was perceived to be reserved for only ‘Geniuses’ or ‘Researchers’ or the ‘computer’ community, but it very aptly integrates and impacts each and every aspect of our lives. Knowingly or unknowingly, it has become intellectually influential in shaping our thoughts, actions and day-to-day chores.

AI Basics For School Students

The book targets the learning of concepts as prescribed by the CBSE. The objective of the module is to develop a readiness for understanding and appreciating Artificial Intelligence and its application in our lives. The units dwelled include Excite, Relate, Purpose, Possibilities and AI Ethics which are set to empower the kids to identify and appreciate AI and describe its applications in daily life and to apply and reflect on the Human-Machine Interactions.

Excerpts from ScooNews’ conversation with Dr Mehrotra:

What is the right age to introduce children to subjects like AI and machine learning?

Kids are super-powered and are always hungry for knowledge. I believe the right age is class 1 onwards where we teach them about the environment around. Since AI is clubbed with everyday things and the way they lead the life, the beauty of technology can be shared in an experiential learning method right away.

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This list comprises of writers from around the world. What’s your take-back from this victory?

As an Indian educator, I believe learning should be a hobby. Being a computer science teacher with an experience of over 14 years at City Montessori School, Lucknow, I have migrated as an author as well. I believe a subject like Artificial Intelligence is an upgrade to life skills learning. As an author of Computer Science Books, taking recognition of being an AI-recognised author is again a pride. I look forward to working for this field more for now.

My class VIII/IX/X books are also on Amazon for the same subject and I am looking forward to training more and more teachers and students to take this as a life skill rather than just a knowledge base.

The year 2020 is all about virtual/distance learning, how can educators use online platforms to develop interest among kids in this subject. 

Well, for sure the year 2020 has been all about virtual and cloud-based learning. It has given a lot of impetus to the learning standards globally. A simple example like Google experiments on AI has been contributing a great learning base online for the kids globally for understanding and experiencing the Artificial Intelligence in particular. Two suggested links are https://code.org/oceans and https://experiments.withgoogle.com/collection/ai.

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Wildly Famous Children’s Books on Wildlife by Sam Hutchinson

Explain highly complicated yet significant issues related to wildlife including natural habitats, food chain, adaptability, etc.

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Sam Hutchinson is a famous author of the 21st century, who writes books for children that are knowledgeable and are mostly focused on wildlife and jungles. One of his latest releases is called ‘Endangered Species,’ which got published in 2020 and is widely admired around the globe. 

Sam, who's also a publisher, usually includes stunning illustrations in his books that always turn out to be the main attraction in the series, especially for young readers. 

Here are some of our favourite books by Hutchinson for students of elementary and primary school:

Endangered Animals: And How You Can Help

This book talks about the endangered animals of the world, from cold polar regions to the dense rain forests. The book takes the reader on a journey while introducing them to the animals that suffer due to climate change, habitat destruction, cutting down of forest, etc. Each habitat includes fascinating facts, a search-and-find scene, and "how you can help" tips that show children how they can make a difference.

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https://www.amazon.com/Endangered-Animals-How-You-Help/dp/1616899409

Food Chains: Who Eats What?

With beautiful cut-paper illustrations by the award-winning artist Sarah Dennis, the book delivers the knowledge of wild habitats from around the world to the reader. 'Search and Find' activities and essential facts keep you engrossed. The book explicitly explains to children how the food chain works, who eats what and how the energy-transfer happens. A great book to introduce biology to kids, we must say! 

https://www.amazon.in/-/hi/Sam-Hutchinson/dp/1911509926

Rip & Stick Jungle Animals

It’s an activity book that allows children to do some craft alongside learning about wild animals. It comes with pages to be torn and pasted in the frames to form a meaningful picture. The activities are given step by step, the book also contains facts about the animals featured.

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https://www.amazon.com/Rip-Stick-Jungle-Animals-Hutchinson/dp/1911509063

Animal Habitats: Search & Find Activity Book

In this, children are introduced to different habitats for animals on earth, colourful coral reefs, frozen polar seas, dense, leafy rain forests, and more. It also contains artist Sarah Dennis's enchanting, intricate cut-paper illustrations. There is a lot to learn from this book like how food webs sustain incredible birds, beasts, fishes, and insects and the ingenious ways that plants and animals adapt to the varied ecosystems of our diverse planet.

https://www.amazon.in/Animal-Habitats-Search-Find-Activity/dp/1616898496

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Book Review: Roadmap To The New Normal Safe School by Dr. Dheeraj Mehrotra

An interesting read for educators who are overwhelmed by the thought of school reopening and need ideas to start afresh

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Roadmap To A New Normal Safe School is a quality initiative for schools so they can prepare for the 'new normal' without any hassle. The strategies listed in it highlight the format required to be emulated with perfection. The book gives priority to the safety and security of students and staff members of the school. 

If you're all set to go back to your school after a gap of many months but have disorienting thoughts in your mind, this book by Dr. Dheeraj Mehrotra can become your go-to solution.

Dr. Mehrotra is a veteran in the education sector with over 30 years of experience. He's a National Teacher's Award recipient with about 45 published books. The kinds of books he usually writes are to support educators and schools in day to day functioning.  

This particular book makes the reader aware of the facts that might come handy while trying to get the institution back on its functioning track. This includes the administration's job, upping the standards of safety and security, and keeping the protocol from the pre-COVID times intact. It shows the pathway to schools for governing their management along with the help of students with ease and comfort and as much normalcy as possible. The writer's ideas also help the school understand a parent's point of view, who's concerned about his/her ward's safety in the premises right now. 

“My book provides a set of instruction and strategies which could allow the school administration to manage better while we're still in the middle of a pandemic," says Dr. Mehrotra. Apart from the management's role, his strategies also suggest new ways to school leaders and teachers on teaching effectively while trying to build their connection with the students all over again. 

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“It is a ready reckoner for the school management post-COVID wherein there is a lot of confusion prevailing among the educators as well, tells Dr. Mehrotra to ScooNews.

At the first glance, it provides precaution that a school may need to take and gives strategical choices to manage the students effectively in the premises, run safe classrooms and impart adequate safety measures among all the participants. All this while keeping the guidelines issued by the government, UNICEF & United Nations in accord. In fact, his strategies are written keeping the global educational scenario in view.

“Most importantly, the book focuses on what kind of precautions are practically possible and not some inconceivable ideas that prove to be a lot of talks and no work,” he signs off.

The book is available on Amazon.in.

Author: Dr. Dheeraj Mehrotra

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5 Books That Talk About Teacher Training & Provide Solutions

These are our Books of the Month, focusing on teacher training and everything about education in India

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Teacher Training is a huge part of the education sector as it facilitates administrators and educators to bring out the best in them and become more efficient as a guru to thousands of pupils. In fact, after the COVID-19 crisis has put a ding on absolutely every aspect of teaching and learning, their training has become all the more significant. Right from preparing them for the online classes to managing the initial development of seasoned teachers while the schools remain closed, ed-tech experts and scholarly institutes are forever looking for practical solutions. 

If you, too, want to evolve and sharpen your teaching capabilities and learn more about being a dedicated mentor, these four books might come in handy to you.

The Art Of Being A Brilliant Teacher

The authors of this book, Gary, Chris and Andy, provide practical solutions to the everyday struggles of educators that can prove to be draining. For example, how to handle a class which is well behaved for your colleagues but not for you, how to plan a lesson that is not destined to be doomed or how to revive your energy and enthusiasm that is dulled due to some reason.

https://www.amazon.in/Art-Being-Brilliant-Teacher/dp/9352755561?source=ps-sl-shoppingads-lpcontext&psc=1

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Development Of Educational System In India: A Source Book For Teacher Educators And Teachers-in-training

From ‘Education In Ancient India’ to ‘Constitutional Provisions Of Education In India,’ everything about Indian education is present in this book. It states examples and learnings from the Vedic, Buddhist and mediaeval times and how those developments can be implemented in the 21st century. It analyses the contributions and limitations during the colonial period and identifies and evaluates the change in the system post-independence. The book presents a panoramic view of education developments of centuries together.

https://www.amazon.in/Development-Educational-System-Teachers-Training/dp/817541426X

Teacher Education

This one talks about how to train teachers, improve teacher education programmes in one's institute and thereby impart quality education to students. As the name suggests, teacher education is at the base of all educational systems and to make it effective, one requires a system that equips the teacher trainees with the necessary skills to teach effectively in the classroom. This book answers all doubts related to it.

https://www.amazon.in/Teacher-Education-Mohan-Radha/dp/B07X9SMSM3?source=ps-sl-shoppingads-lpcontext&psc=1

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Teacher Education In India

The book talks about the availability/unavailability of well-trained teachers which has been the most important concern of the nation. It throws light on important aspects of teacher-education like inclusive education, inclusion of ICT, striking a balance between theory and practice, duration of teacher education course, public-private partnership, quality sustenance, role of different quality maintenance supervising agencies and evaluation criteria, etc.

https://www.amazon.in/Teacher-Education-India-Contemporary-Prospects/dp/8175416823/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

A Flame Of Learning

Being a teacher himself, the author explores various aspects of learning, living and understanding while touching the deeper chords of human emotion and suffering. It is a record of some of J. Krishnamurti’s (author) conversations with teachers, a record of an extraordinary teacher training other teachers.

https://www.amazon.in/India-Flame-Learning-J-Krishnamurti/dp/818732662X

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On Hindi Divas, Check Out 13 Hindi Books by Premchand Under Rs 250

September 14 is Beohar Rajendra Simha’s birthday. He was an acclaimed Indian scholar, historian, theologian and littérateur.

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September 14 is Hindi Day (Hindi Divas) celebrating the adoption of Hindi language as one of the official languages of India.

Decades ago, leaders like Beohar Rajendra Simha, Hazari Prasad Dwivedi, Kaka Kalelkar, Maithili Sharan Gupt and Seth Govind Das, along with thousands of people, rallied pan-India asking the administration to embrace this beautiful language. To honour the effort of these changemakers to secure Hindi as an official language, a decision later ratified by the Constitution of India, we've been celebrating Hindi Diwas in our country on 14th September every year, starting from the 50th birthday of Beohar Rajendra Simha.

Commemorating this day, we're sharing a list of our favourite Hindi books for children authored by one of our beloved Indian writers, Munshi Premchand.

Premchand (1880-1936) is also known as the Upanyas Samrta (King of Novels). His work includes more than a dozen novels, around 250 short stories, several essays and translations of a number of foreign literary works into Hindi.

We like how his books are still so relevant as they are both socially-engaging and bear brilliant life lessons in those simple stories. The way in which his short fictions narrate everyday life in an easy-to-understand language never fails to captivate the new readers or kids. From caste system to exploitation of poor by rich, from highlighting one’s fundamental darkness like greed, anger to unveiling civil faults like poverty, injustice, sexism, dowry, he has done it all in his books.

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Here’s a list of five books that you can get for your students to stimulate their interest in Hindi literature through Premchand’s genuine and educational writings.

Do Bailon Ki Katha, INR 36

This is the story of two bulls, Heera and Moti, who struggle to fight for their independence together. It’s a tale of the plight and determination of two friends while they get ill-treated by their new owner.

Poos Ki Raat, INR 150

It’s a story of a poor farmer named Halku, who is made to pay his debts with the money he had saved to buy himself a blanket during the winter season. Read about his struggle, his relation with his dog and how he fights the cruel weather with his old, torn blanket.

Thakur Ka Kuan, INR 235

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The story reveals the discrimination that prevailed in our society before the pre-independence era. It’s about a Dalit couple, Gangi and her husband, and their struggle to fetch themselves fresh water. However, they are forbidden to do so because they belong to the lowest caste of the Indian system.

Boodhi Kaaki, INR 99

It’s a story of an old blind woman who lost her husband and sons. She now lives with her nephew who wants to take over her wealth and even ill-treats her. However, things begin to change after a family member notices the Boodhi Kaaki eat the leftover following a family function where she was not invited. 

Panch Parmeshwar, INR 10

This story is about two best friends named Jumman Sheikh and Algu Chaudhary. When Jumman's aunt complains to the panchayat that he overtook her property and is ill-treating her, Algu, who is a representative in the panchayat, is asked to make a strict decision. The story is of justice and the dilemma one faces between right or wrong when it comes to someone close to us. 

More short stories by Premchand that you and your students can explore are:

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  1. Shikari Rajkumar, INR 36
  2. Maa Ki Mamta, INR 32
  3. Ramleela, INR 35
  4. Gulli Danda, INR 35
  5. Shatranj ke Khiladi, INR 100
  6. Guru Mantra, INR 35
  7. Pariksha, INR 36
  8. Mandir, INR 45

All the books are available on Amazon India.

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Dear Earth: A Book Reciting 2300-Year-old Poem

Here’s a review of 2300-year-old Tamil poem book translated into English by Geeta Dharmarajan of Katha India. For teachers ad students alike.

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"Dear Earth” introduces a 2,300-year-old magical poem from the pages of Tamil literature to the readers. This is a “Kindness” book whose focus is on Mother Earth – our only home, and the home that we need to love, respect and nurture.

“Dear Earth” is written by Avvaiya, a centuries-old poet who travelled from one place to another in South India, and whom even the kings reached out to for advice. It has now been translated from Tamil to English by Geeta Dharmarajan, Founder, NGO Katha. The spell-binding artwork by Murali Nagapuzha captivates the readers’ attention, gently channelizing the love for the book to love for Mother Earth. The book is not only a treat to the eyes but also tugs at your heartstrings. The poem lends itself to deep reading for meaning, making the readers sensitive to our environment, our Earth, our home.

Additional information on Avvaiyar and Tamil literature make this delightful book rich with cultural wisdom and encourages young minds to Think, Ask, Discuss, Act and Achieve (TADAA!).

Geeta says, "Katha believes that books play a very crucial role in everyone’s life. In our endeavour to ensure that the love for reading remains an integral part of the lives of our future decision-makers, Katha’s bouquets of books, from a range of cultures and languages, lend themselves to choose reading for deeper meaning. Our books nurture creativity and imagination and promote critical thinking – all of which are 21st Century skills that can help us shape a more equitable, caring and sustainable world. What better way than to start with our home – Mother Earth!”

The poem book is available in English [https://books.katha.org/product/dear-earth/] for pre-order on www.books.katha.org (INR 175). An e-version of the title is available for immediate purchase on Amazon Kindle [https://www.amazon.in/dp/B08GXXQBH5] (INR 99).

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Visit books.katha.org to take a look at their collection showcasing a diverse range of issues and subjects and encouraging children to read in various bhashas (languages). 

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Top 5 Books For Principals And School Administrators

Because building a strong reading community will create an affinity between students and the leaders, and help the students grow intellectually.

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Principals and school administrators are the chief decision-makers within the education sector. That’s why they must become Reader Leaders, too! This can bring a change in the reading culture of a school. One can start a culture of sharing books with students. Building a strong reading community will create an affinity between students and the leaders, and help the students grow intellectually. Further, this will help the leaders stay on top of the current titles and trends in children’s and young adult literature, promoting a more interactive environment at school.

Here is a list of top 5 books for principals and school administrators which will help them in bringing the desired changes in their schools. This list is by no means exhaustive, and the titles are arranged alphabetically. Happy reading!

Being a Successful Principal: Riding the Wave of Change Without Drowning 


Authors: David R. Schumaker and William A. Sommers
Publisher: Corwin (October 25, 2000)

Authors of this book believe that the job of the boss in a school is one of isolation among a crowd of adults and children. This book is, therefore, written to guide principals and school administrators on a successful journey. It is readable like a journal – pick up any chapter and start reading. It is a collection of experiences covering important topics like – communication, building trust, learning to change, mediating conflict, and how to stand your ground even in quicksand. It is not a book with lessons for a lazy Sunday but, one which helps you utilise the extra 15 minutes of work on a Saturday.

“It is not the end-all, but it will make you think, maybe laugh, and you may pick up some ideas and hints that will help you be the best you can be.” – Schumaker and Sommers in Being a Successful Principal.

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Creative Schools: Revolutionizing Education from the Ground Up

Author: Ken Robinson
Publisher: Allen Lane (April 23, 2015)

Ken Robinson is an internationally recognised leader in the development of creativity, innovation and human potential. In this inspiring book,  Robinson has beautifully penned down his brilliant thoughts. He deftly argues against the industrial system of mass schooling and proposes a more personalised approach. He draws his readers towards adopting a more organic approach to education that helps in developing individual abilities. He believes that to change the scenario of the present education system, one needs three forms of understanding. They are –
1.    A critique of the way things are.
2.    A vision of how things should be.
3.    A theory of change of how to move from one to the other.

This stimulating book is a product of personal experiences of Ken Robinson and a must-read for school administrators and directors who wish to actualise their vision.
“As I see it, the aims of education are to enable students to understand the world around them and the talents within them so that they can become fulfilled individuals and active, compassionate citizens.” – Ken Robinson in Creative Schools.

Hacking School Discipline: 9 Ways to Create a Culture of Empathy and Responsibility Using Restorative Justice

Authors: Nathan Maynard and Brad Weinstein
Publisher: Times 10 Publications (March 11, 2019)

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One of the most challenging factors of the professional lives of a school administrator or principal is challenging student behaviours. The usual practice to deal with such situations resonates with the adage ‘spare the rod, spoil the child’. Zero-tolerance policies ensure delivery of predetermined punishments, like suspension, expulsion, etc. Maynard and Weinstein, with their 25 years of educational leadership experience, write this book to suggest an alternative way to deal with challenging student behaviour. They believe that every behaviour – even faulty behaviour – is a form of communication. Further, they state that removing a student from an educational setting can have multiple negative effects. They have developed a methodology of restorative discipline which is constructive in its process. 

“With the help of responsible and caring discipline, we believe all schools can become physically and emotionally safer – which will help us launch our students into healthier and more productive lives.” – Maynard and Weinstein in Hacking School Discipline.

If You Don’t Feed the Teachers They Eat the Students!: Guide to Success for Administrators and Teachers


Author: Neila A. Connors
Publisher: Incentive Publications (May 1, 2000)

Described as ‘much fun and very resourceful’ on Amazon, this book focusses on ensuring that teachers are supportive of all students. It guides the school administrators into creating a professional, safe, secure, and encouraging environment where everyone feels appreciated and respected. The role of the administrator is the crucial element in determining the morale and climate of any given school.

“Successful administrators FEED their teachers continuously to make sure the students ARE NOT EATEN. Meaning, the best leaders focus on providing a climate where teachers are encouraged to take risks and act as coaches  guiding students through journeys of success.” – Connors in If You Don’t Feed the Teachers They Eat the Students!

Motivating & Inspiring Teachers: The Educational Leader’s Guide For Building Staff Morale

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Authors: Todd Whitaker, Beth Whitaker, and Dale Lumpa
Publisher: Eye On Education (2000)

Filled with personal anecdotes, this book contains excellent ideas that can be applied by education leaders in daily routine. Authors of this book believe that a terrible day and a terrible state of mind is a consequence of terrible morale. In their opinion, every good school needs faculty and staff members that have positive morale. They have written this book with the belief that education is the most important profession. This book is a guide for every educational leader (principal and school administrator) who wishes to enhance the positivity of their school culture.

“In education, we cannot afford a bad day – simply because the students we work with never deserve to have a bad day because of us.” – Authors of Motivating & Inspiring Teachers.

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5 Books For Younger Kids Ensuring Baby Steps Towards Wholesome Growth

The unexpected challenges of present need solutions which are engaging and engrossing. The list of five books is a treat for the children supplemented with learnings for life.

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During these unprecedented times, where the classroom interactions, especially for the younger kids, have come to a halt, it is important to ensure that learning does not stop. Here are five books, which would help the pre-primary and primary children grow both cognitively and emotionally. 

1. No Matter What by Debi Gilori: The message by the book stands by the title ‘no matter what.’ It brings reassurance to children about the support system they behold from their parents, their families that no matter what they would stand strong with each other. The book is the right read for the current times, where everyone from a toddler to an adult, needs to process their emotions with strong support by one another.

2. Bruno the Bear Series: It is an interesting and pictographic series of six books with adorable characters, which can give a child the right inspiration by reflecting over positive thoughts, self-confidence and learning good manners. 

3. The Sneetches and other stories by Dr. Seuss: It is a series of four stories, which takes a stand against discrimination, fights prejudices, and promotes tolerance to each other. The book is an important reflection of the multicultural world we live in, and learning about it at the right age from the correct source would make the child conscious about such concepts.

4. Zog by Julia Donaldson: The book is a representation of a classroom and the story of its keenest student, a dragon named Zog. It portrays determination and the ability of not giving up, irrespective of the setbacks. The book comes with the message of being headstrong, having the courage and not surrendering. 

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5. The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle: It is a tale of a ladybug whose temperament is explained within the title itself. The book talks about the experiences of the ladybug when she travels the world and understands it more holistically. It brings in concepts of friendship and time, which are one of the most valuable assets to any person.  

 

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