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Coming Of Age Was Never So Entertaining!



Writing a coming of age book is not a simple task. In fact, it is one of the most difficult tasks in the world, right with writing comedy. And when an up and coming author tries this genre so early in their career, it is time for us to sit up and take notice. Here’s our review of Eighteen: The End of Innocence, written by Sudham.

Eighteen: The End of Innocence is based in the nineties South India, and tells the story of a group of teenage boys and girls whose life is as simple and as complicated as one’s could be in India in the nineties.

So, be ready for lots of lump in the throat moments that are a chunk right out anyone who’s had a typical childhood, adolescence and came of age in the new, shining India that was the period between 1970s and 2000s.

So there’s Holi, there’s crushes, there’s extraordinary experiences with the other gender, people’s initiation into the vices of smoking, drinking and whatnot. And all this immortalises a warm, innocent time that many of us grew up in and few have forgotten.

This is the book the younger generation should read if they are wondering whether the ‘you had a good childhood if you remember these’ memes really do make any sense. Those memes do make sense and yes, the decades between the seventies and the late nineties were that awesome.

While the book covers the mundane and the exciting in all of 200 odd pages, it does a successful job of portraying the life and times of children who were growing up in that era – something that many may not know today.

The characters are quite believable and so are the instances. Teenagers today should definitely read this book to get a taste of what life was for teenagers just a decade ago. After all, wouldn’t it be surprising for them to know that concepts like a ‘blank call’ were the norm of the day back then? in the era of missed calls, Sudham decides to take a harkback towards blank calls.

What draws you to the book are the characters who are quite next door and I am sure many will either connect or recognize such characters from their own mildly interesting past. What keeps you is the paced, colorful writing style that’s deserves a place right up there.

You’ll love this book if you are a retro fan. Trust me on this one.

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Information Gap Activities – Working in Groups Or Pairs During Cooperative Learning Lessons




Information gap activities are those in which students exchange information in order to complete a required lesson plan activity.

Most information gap activities are done in pairs, with each student having a part of the information. They are especially effective when used as vocabulary activities during the pre-reading part of a reading lesson, but they can also be applied to reading comprehension and math activities as well.

For example, this strategy can be used to teach new vocabulary from a passage students haven’t yet read. Student A would have the vocabulary words written on strips of paper and student B would have the definitions of those words. Working together, they pair words and definitions to learn new vocabulary.

Vocabulary Activities

Information gap activities such as the example below function as vocabulary lessons after students have already encountered the vocabulary in the text.

Teacher and/or class prepare 2 lists of about 20 items. List A contains people and animals. List B contains objects. The aim is to combine one words from List A with one from List B. Example: What can a/an A do with a/an B? Why does a/an A need a/an B? Students create a list of combinations.

Or, Student A has pictures of newly introduced words and student B has the matching words. When matched correctly, they create an interesting shape.

Math Activities

The same principles of information gap activities can also be applied to Math lesson. Student A measures triangles of various sizes while student B measures circles of various sizes. Together, they answer questions that relate to the relationship between them.

Reading Comprehension Activities

An information gap activity can also be used as a main reading task when students need to share information they read from an assigned passage. An especially effective information gap activity is A jigsaw reading which is a type of activity that is done usually in groups. In a jigsaw reading, the teacher can use academic texts or texts from the students’ coursebook.

In the traditional method of jigsaw reading, the teacher divides a text into sections and assigns each group a section to read. Each group is responsible for understanding its part. Then new groups are formed with one member from each previous team. The new groups now have one representative from each section and each can share what s/he understood from his or her part of text. Students then can either write a summary of the text or answer questions about the entire text.

How An Information Gap Activity Should Be Structured

Consider also the following main issues in your lesson plans:

* Purpose: What is the purpose of the activity? For example, is the purpose to introduce, reinforce, use or bridge the gap between letters and their corresponding sounds? Or, is the purpose to reinforce words and their meanings?

* Organization: Who is in control – the class or the teacher? Once you develop the necessary classroom management skills, you can effectively implement information gap activities.

* Length of Lesson: The element of time must be considered. How long will this activity take?

* Ability level: Consider the ability of the class, homogeneous or heterogeneous groupings, and adaptations such as a backup plan when students can’t do the activity as planned.

* Materials and procedures: What is needed for the lesson? How will the teacher present information gap activities.

* Who? The level of the students including the ability and grade.

* What? What is the context for your information gap activity?

* How? Through which new points will the main skills be introduced? Example: Will students need to read a passage containing the new words before matching words and their corresponding definitions in pair work?

Possible Problems Using An Activity on an Information Gap

What if your lesson didn’t go as planned? A potentially well planned information gap lesson can backfire due to neglect of one of the main planning issues (see above).

Classroom management is typically the reason why information gap activities do not go as planned. It is worthwhile to invest time therefore, in the principles of classroom management before implementing any information gap activity.

Information gap activities are user-friendly for the teacher to recycle previously taught information. Some will take more time to implement, but it is an investment well worth the effort.

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How to Get a Fast PC




So your onetime trusty and certain mainframe that was busily and error-free is now dense and pushchair. You shot on your PC and it takes more than 5 nations for it to gumboot up. You beginning Microsoft Word and nation later it is still loading or you’re surfing the internet and the partition freezes and stalls forcing you to shot it off and back on again.

As time goes by, your mainframe gets curved of programs, applications, spyware, malware, and becomes wealthy down using software that typically is not required. Below are three effects that you can do right now to rate up your PC and make it a mighty busily mainframe!

The first thing you can do is dust out your hard direct. Go through and manage your papers, harmony, media, movies, etc… Just like you dust your agency and muddle can make you fewer capable. Manage your papers and deleting the ones you no longer basic can open up circle doubly celestial. For the big papers often media, shop them on a record CD which can economize you tons of celestial.

Then after you manage your papers you basic to defrag you’re hard direct. This can be done through the plus Menu >> Accessories >> method tools, then from their choice floppy Defragmenter. Defragging your hard direct will manage your papers that are written and group them together to make it cushy for your PC to find and use it.

Spyware can cause havoc on your internet rush and viruses can plainly disable your computer. Spyware is often put on your computer excluding you even eloquent it. When you holiday certain websites they will put what is called a ‘cookie’ on your computer to marks what kind of sites you holiday and to arrange statistics. Every time you close out internet reviewer you can erase the cookies and momentary shop. This will definitely give you more rush when surfing the internet. There are a handful of free programs to soul out spyware as well as anti-virus programs to armor your PC from any attacks.

Last, but not slightest you should periodically precious your registry. Your windows registry is the order axis of your computer and everything that runs first passes through herein. A thieving and overblown registry will make a busily computer an imprudent one. It can also accumulate thieving entries and null ones. This is evenly caused by installing programs and uninstalling them. Every time you do this is letters and door on the registry and then deletes it. Manually tiresome to precious your registry can be rather tricky and it is recommended you invest in a good registry cleaner.

Many bargain free scans to show you the impending threats that imitate your computer rush. Take profit of this and run the free quest.

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Importance Of Surveillance Technology In The Schools




The school is one of the densely populated establishments in the community. Filled with youths, it is one place where energy exudes, and where minds are sometimes full of curiosity and ideas. The young often look for adventure, especially in schools where pranks are often a part of the student’s agenda for the day. For some, they do pranks for fun, but still, it surely is not fun for the victim. Sometimes pranks by students also include vandalism or destroying school properties. It becomes a problem on the part of the administration since these dirty pranks will go on unless they find a way that would be the best deterrent against it. Finding out the perpetrator or prankster may sometimes be successful especially when there is a witness to the action. However, in some cases, they remain undiscovered. The school’s best solution to this is to make use of surveillance technology. This makes use of equipment that would record what is happening in a designated area focused by the surveillance equipment. The equipment commonly used by public establishments is a CCTV (closed circuit TV). The following reasons give the importance of surveillance technology in the school:

1. It rightly points out to the exact perpetrator of the prank, destruction, or vandal- This leads to faster and easier decision for disciplinary action on the persons involved. False accusations or blaming the innocent is not justifiable with the presence of a CCTV.

2. It serves as a deterrent for future misbehavior by prankish students- Those who are aware already of the surveillance equipment in the campus would now have second thoughts on doing their act. Prevention here is admirable as it lessens security risk also inside the campus.

3. It supports positively the security guards of the school- With this; the security personnel can concentrate more on eyeing other prime security threats in the campus. This would set at ease the school administrators and give their concentration on the student and teacher’s performances and benefits instead.

These factors on the importance of surveillance technology in the schools are of primary importance inside the schools. It will be advantageous also for the community where the school is situated. With a CCTV, for instance, the youths will have something that would remind them that there are things that society will not approve of or some actions we do would not be beneficial for everybody concerned.

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