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Volume 3, Issue 19

October 2007


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By: Munir Moosa Sewani

Teachers are the leaders of every nation. They are the role model of their students. Their responsibilities towards their profession are increasing day by day, as students are highly concerned about what is taught to them by their teachers. Teachers are the only one, who molds the future of their students by imparting quality education.

Education is considered as ďThe Green PassportĒ of our future.

A person who gets a professional qualification and acquires a high degree gets ready acceptance worldwide with an open arm.  The profession which was on, is on, and would be continued forever is the profession of teaching, which is one of the most noble and leading of careers in todayís world.

The growing demand of teachers is hovering in every field of life internationally, whether it's school, college, university, organization, Multinational company or else where.  Teaching is the only profession which gives the greatest and the multi-dimensional opportunities of career to an individual.

The developing countries now recognize that teaching requires the dedicated leadership of professional specialists to mold the future of the next generation.

Teaching is the specialized field of education, and it requires proper education, training and inborn adoration for children. Itís not an easy profession. Time has gone when those who did not get good job opportunities shifted themselves in the field of teaching in order to earn livelihood. Today, teaching is the professional liberal art field. Teaching requires skills that can be brought out by taking professional certifications or degree courses.

Teaching involves being with children or with colleagues to design syllabi or problem solving too.

In the field of Education/Teaching, you can become a Principal , Vice Principal, Deputy Head Teacher, Section Head, Co-ordinator, Supervisor, Teacher Educator, Educational Psychologist, Student Counselor, Curriculum Developer or Researcher, Special Educator, Language Co-ordinator, Recruitment Manager, Writer, Programme Officer, Montessori Directress, Lecturer, Subject Specialist, Journalist and so on.

Its not a profession of last resort; itís a profession of dedication.

Pay scale

A person who adopts a career in education gets the starting salary from 3000 rupees to 300 thousand rupees nationally and anywhere from 1000-50,000 dollars internationally.

Qualification requirement:

The best qualification which suits a teacher is at least Graduate or Post Graduate with specialization in the subject over which they command (like education, psychology etc.)

Certificate courses are additional advantages for the post of Teacher and Asst Teacher.

For Montessori directress, at least Certificate/Diploma in Montessori is the pre-requisite along with some internship experience in high profile school.

For the primary and elementary level, command over early childhood, education, art, music, and physical activities are necessary along with graduation.

In the same manner, Diploma courses in Special Education or Teacher Education is the pre-requisite for the position of Deputy Head or Special or Teacher Educator.

Likewise, professional degrees like B.Ed and M.Ed is the required degree to become professional lecturer, professor, writer, program officer, etc.  There is Masterís Degree in Teacher Education as well, which is nowadays in demand to qualify for many high salaries.

For Researchers, Head Principal, or Educational Psychologist, in many cases a PhD in their subject is the required qualification.

Where they can join?

They can join any Private/Governmental institution, school, college, university, educational publishing house, Montessori, Government Research Departments, and Media.

Remember that continued training is necessary to meet the future challenges.

Confidence, teaching methodology, pre-planning, and communication skills, reading and writing skills, and clear language are the features of the great educationalist.

A few of the careers in the field of education is described below :

Education Consultant/ Counselor:

They assesses the needs of the professionals and advise an individual/ professional to choose the right career. Education consultants also develop policies and program initiatives within an area of professional specialty.  

Special Education Teacher/ Educator

They are the ones who design curriculum, and teach according to the special needs of students. They are the ones who work with students who have a variety of disabilities such as deaf and dumb, mild, moderate, severe, profound, borderline, cerebral palsy, mental retardation etc.

Special education teachers instruct their students in basic life skills and basic education.

Career Counselor:

They are the ones, who give the true and efficient guidance to the students in order to evaluate their talents and to choose the desired career according to their talents and creativity. Student counselors evaluate the students' abilities and interests and guide them to take proper decisions.

Principal/Vice Principal:

They serve as an Administrator of a school or college. They are the ones who develop rules and regulations, designing and promoting programs and activities. They also promote educational and professional development of the students and staff. They also evaluate teacherís skills and polish these time to time by arranging Certificate Courses for them.


They design and formulate the curriculum according to the age level of students.

They also manage research projects.

They are the ones who use a variety of methods such as interviews, questionnaires, etc on specific issues and prepare report and theses.

They also analyze and present data in a meaningful manner.


They are the ones who not only write curriculum books, but they are the ones who write articles and also help in formulating teaching curriculum.

Head/Assistant Teacher:

They teach their students with an inborn adoration and also groom their skills time to time by attending workshops or teacher training courses.

They are the ones who evaluate students' strengths, instruct them and teach them effectively.

Master Trainer/ Teacher Educator:

They are the ones who train teachers. They develop instructional materials and educational content. They are the one who also assess a teacherís capabilities.

They also provide guidelines to the schools/ colleges and also design suitable activities for students.

Operational Managers:

They work on a wide range of issues, such as strategic planning, competitive positioning, performance management, student and teaching hiring and firing, alumni relation, etc.


Munir Moosa Sewani is one of the most famous, prominent and creative names in the field of Education in the past 8 years. He is a Master Trainer In Special Education, Post Graduate, Teacher Educator and a Teacher. He is a Freelance Writer and Photographer, in addition to his role as a featured writer for StarTeaching's newsletter. He is an author of the famous self-published storybook for children named as "The MORAL STORIES FOR CHILDREN" and has also written Biology course book for Secondary Classes. He has written almost more than 20 articles on social, health, educational and cultural issues, which are internationally recognized and published in most of the famous world wide websites, magazines and newspapers.

He is also a Social worker, private tutor, career counselor, musician, lyrics writer and have multi- dimensional talents.

His future plan is to write dozens of informative books and articles and to work for education and media also, in order to develop the sense of understanding many dimensions of life through his creativity.

You can contact Munir Moosa Sewani at: munirmoosa@yahoo.com

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Are the Students Truly Understanding It?
Are We?

By Mark Benn
Middle School Teacher

Mark's latest articles are about changing our classrooms and teaching styles to reflect the latest changes in technology.  

This is part one of a three part look at what teaching is all about.

Everyday, as teachers, we work hard to have students learn material and acquire skills they will need in the future. Along the way, we attempt to see if they understand the material by asking questions of individual students, or giving them a quiz. This is called formative assessment. From this type of assessment we make decisions how to proceed with the material. In the end we may give a final test to measure their final understanding of the material. This final form of measurement is called summative assessment.

What is this formative and summative assessment about, you may ask? Giving final tests have been around forever (summative assessment). Asking questions of the students isnít new either (formative assessment). But what have you done with the answers the students gave? Did they help in guiding where you were going with the material? Did it help you assess the success of your teaching strategies? Letís look a little deeper at this.  

What is your motivation in teaching the curriculum, or skills, that you, as a teacher, are expected to present within your subject matter or grade level? Is your motivation to get through the material and hopefully the students will get it, or is it to teach for mastery? If Iím feeling overwhelmed by the amount of material I have to teach in a year, Iím going to teach in a way that gets me through the material. Is this what we are called to do? Do you know, at any point in time, where each individual student is in their comprehension of the subject matter or skills?  What is your motivation for giving worksheets or answering questions on paper? Is it to just get a grade or practice the skill? Or should there be more?  I know these are heavy questions, but we, as professionals, should be asking them each time we teach. Todayís 21st century teacher is being called upon to raise the bar, but do we know how?

If you notice, I havenít mentioned No Child Left Behind, until now. As frustrated as we get with the way this concept is being carried out, the idea isnít bad. How many students have been dropped through the cracks over the years because of how we approached teaching? How many times have we been frustrated because students act like they have never seen the material, even though we know the previous teacher had taught it? It is time we start looking at out teaching strategies and ask ourselves if this is working. We need to be willing to talk with other teachers about what we are doing in the classroom and sharing among ourselves what has worked and what hasnít. From this dialogue we can make adjustments to our strategies so that all students can be successful in some way.

Now, I know I havenít addressed formative and summative assessment. I havenít dealt with the many questions I brought up and the motivation behind our teaching. This first part was to get you thinking. In the next part I will address these questions. So think about it.


Mark Benn earned his B.S. from Western Michigan University and his Elementary Certification from Northern Michigan University.  He is a 20 year teaching veteran of 5th and 6th grade students at Inland Lakes Middle School in Indian River, MI.  He is currently working on Masters of Integration of Technology from Walden University. 

Prior to teaching, Mark spent 11 years as Department Manager for Sears, Roebuck and Co. dealing with emerging technologies.  He has been married to his wife Bonnietta for 32 years with one daughter and two sons.  In the summers, Mark works for Mackinac State Historic Parks in the as a historical interpreter.

StarTeaching Featured Writer

Mark Benn is a leading expert in using technology in the classroom.  
You can feel free to contact him on email at mbenn@inlandlakes.org or at his blogsite:  http://www.furtrader.blogspot.com/ 


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Creating A Class Rules Pamphlet

We've found that teaching your classroom rules and procedures right away at the beginning of the school year will tremendously improve your chances of a successful relationship with your students. This should include giving your students a hard copy to keep, look over, and even discuss with their parents.

Our seventh grade team accomplishes this by creating a course introduction pamphlet. This tri-fold pamphlet is given out on the first day of class and presented by each member of the teaching team.  That way we teachers are all on the same page, and students have consistency between their classes.

Creating a pamphlet is relatively easy on a word processing program.  You will need to change your page setup from 'portrait' (normal 8.5 x 11 tall) to a 'landscape', the 8.5 x 11 long. You will also need to create two or three columns to type in (two if you are simply folding in half, or three if the pamphlet is a tri-fold). Your word processing program will automatically adjust your document's margins, though you might want to print it out and double check the margin space when you're finished (sometimes copy machines will 'slide' your original up to 1/2 inch, so try a sample). Once the paper is folded, this setup will make your pamphlet look professional. A bi-fold pamphlet is easy to create and fold, but a tri-fold looks so much nicer both to your students and parents.

You'll want a catchy cover with basic class or grade information.  Include a school graphic or clip art with the teachers' names, the classes, periods, room numbers, and other key info. We've added a place for both students and parents to sign, indicating that they have read through and understood these rules and procedures. This returned signature becomes the students' first assignment for your class. In fact, I like to allow three days to get them turned in, giving 10 extra credit points if it's two days early, and 5 extra credit points for one day early.

The next few pages display what we will cover in class this year. Its not in great detail, but simply an overview. In English, for example, a brief section is devoted to our main areas, writing, reading, literature, speech, technology, and presentations. In science, a brief section is devoted to the areas of ecosystems, matter, waves, rocks & minerals, and weather. The same is done for math and social studies and any other core classes.

The last few pages cover class rules and procedures. We always try to have just a few important rules that are general enough to cover most events that can happen in class. We like to include a rule about respecting all people and materials, since this is general enough to cover most poor behavior choices not specifically mentioned.

You'll want to include a section on your discipline procedures so students know exactly what punishments or consequences are due to them if they make poor behavior choices. Again, leave yourself room by adding a statement such as "Serious or continual problems may result in skipping one or more discipline steps." As always, follow your school or district's codes or policies in making up your class rules.

Procedures are different from rules in that these are desired behaviors you want your students to display at particular moments in class. Some procedures will include your class warm up or wrap up, passing in papers, raising hands, lining up, sharpening pencils, and even answering the telephone, among others. You'll want to spend some quality time thinking of what your students are going to DO in class, and the most effective way to accomplish these tasks. Be clear and simple when writing these down so the kids understand them.

The rules packer looks nice and professional. Students and parents alike will enjoy (and respect) the fact that you've taken the time to spell out exactly your expectations and to begin communicating with them. By having a section to sign and return, no one can claim they weren't aware of your rules or procedures.

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"If A Dog Were Your Teacher..."
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Themes on Life

We can learn so many things from the most unusual of teachers...

If a dog were your teacher
These are some of the lessons you might learn...

When loved ones come home, always run to greet them
Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride
Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face
to be pure ecstasy

When it's in your best interest
practice obedience
Let others know when they've invaded your territory
Take naps and stretch before rising
Run romp and play daily

Thrive on attention and let people touch you
Avoid biting, when a simple growl will do
On warm days stop to lie on your back on the grass
On hot days drink lots of water and lay under a shady tree
When you're happy dance around and wag your entire body

No matter how often you're scolded
don't buy into the guilt thing and pout
run right back and make friends

Delight in the simple joy of a long walk
Eat with gusto and enthusiasm
Stop when you have had enough
Be loyal
Never pretend to be something you're not

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10 Days of Writing Prompts

10 Days of Math Problems

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Solve the Sudoku Puzzle:

Fill every row, every column and each box with nine different digits.
Day 2 Standard Notation:

Write six hundred fifty-four thousand, three hundred twenty-one in standard notation.

Day 3 Expanded Notation:

Write the number six hundred fifty-four thousand, three hundred twenty-one expanded notation 3 different ways. 

Day 4 Square, Triangular, and Rectangular Numbers:

Organize dots to form squares numbers with the numbers 4, 9, and 16.

Example: A square number four would look like this:
.  .
.  .

Day 5

Form triangular numbers from the numbers 3, 6, and 10

Day 6

Form Rectangular numbers from the numbers 6,8, and 12

Day 7


Palindromes are numbers that are the same read forward for backward.  You can create your own number palindromes using addition. 
    1. First pick a number
    2. then reverse its digits to create a new number
    3. next add the two numbers
    4. Now youíve created a number palindrome! 
    5. Sometimes youíll have to keep reversing and adding to create the palindrome.

Create 5 palindrome numbers.

Day 8 Square Root:

Find the square root of 16:

Find the square root of 9:

Find the square root of 4

Day 9 Integers: Solve the Integers:

11 + -6 + 4 + -2 =

-11 + -6 + -4 + -2 =

Day 10


Leslie has to find the perimeter of a rectangle.  The top and bottom of the rectangle is 6 inches, and other sides are 3 inches.  What is the perimeter of the rectangle?




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