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THE RIGHT FIELD AND EVALUATING YOUR INTEREST VIA A FIELD ANALYSIS
By Munir Moosa Sewani
are the future leaders who, after their matriculation, need proper
supervision about the field to embark upon. Field opting is quite
a difficult nut for students to crack. Amateur selection without
having curiosity in that field leads towards a dreary future.
The main psychological
problem which most of the students face is an inappropriate knowledge
about the fields to select from. In
this article, you will not only discover yourself as your own mentor
to select the best Intermediate group, but will also know your
capabilities and skills with the help of a FAT (Field Assessment
that you will have to spend two years to achieve a HSC (Higher School
us first review the groups you can jump in after your matriculation.
One of the best and highly prestigious fields for all those who want
to serve humanity in their future.
Chemistry, Physics are the major subjects, which will be taught to you
during your Pre-Medical.
higher certificate would lead you towards the following major fields
in the future:
Bachelors in Dental Surgery (BDS)
Bachelors in Medicine, Bachelors and Surgery (MBBS)
Bachelors in Science (Bio-Technology, Nursing, Zoology, Botany,
Genetic Engineering, etc.)
Doctorate in Pharmacy (D.Pharm)
all those, who want to be a Computer Scientist, Pilot or an Engineer,
they should select Engineering group for their bright future.
Biology, you’ll have to study Mathematics. The other subjects are
course would lead you towards the following major courses
Commercial Pilot License (CPL)
Bachelors in Electronics (B.E)
Bachelors in Computer Science (BCS/BS)
Bachelors of Engineering in Tele Communication
Bachelors in Architecture, Aeronautical Engineer, Mathematics, etc.
you love spending most of your time on a computer, not just for
chatting, but also for learning new ideas about Artificial
Intelligence, Robots, Web Designing, Computer Languages, etc., then
your Computer Science is waiting for you.
Biology, you’ll have to study Computer. The other main subjects are
pursuing your Intermediate, you could move on to either of the
Bachelors in Information Technology (BIT)
Bachelors in Computer Science (BCS/BS)
Bachelors in Digital Media
If you like to manage your
home account, or are interested in stock exchange news and reviews,
then enter Commerce.
Choose Commerce you will have to study Economics, Accountancy,
Business Mathematics, Commercial Geography and Principles of Commerce
during two years of time.
pursuing your Intermediate, you could move on to either of the
Bachelors in Commerce (B.Com)
Bachelors in Business Administration (BBA)
Bachelors in Public Administration (BPA)
Bachelors in Management Mathematics & Statistics
Chartered Accountant (CA)
Associate of the Chartered Certified Accountants
Are you artistic? Do you like
criticizing things around you? Do you have skill with imagination? If
yes, then you should opt for Humanities group.
have to select any 4 subjects out of a wide range of options,
including, psychology, education, Islamic studies, history, sociology,
pursuing Intermediate, you can move towards either field:
Bachelor in Mass Communication
Bachelor of Arts (General Group)
Bachelor of Library and Information Sciences
Bachelors in Journalism
Bachelors in Fashion
Bachelors in Education (B.Ed)
Bachelors in Hotel Management
Bachelors in Arts (could select any subjects of your interest)
group is famous among girls in our society, who like home decoration,
cooking food, sewing, etc.
have to study Food and Nutrition and other elective subjects.
Intermediate, you can move towards any field as of Humanities with an
inclusion of fields like food and beverages degree, hair cutting or
beautician degree, etc.
(Diploma in Business Administration)
diploma is equivalent to intermediate and offers a wide range of
courses of Commerce. After this course, you can move towards any field
as of Commerce.
(Diploma in Associate Engineering)
Diploma is also famous for those, who are technically interested
rather than studying course books. You can move on to any field of
many more unlimited liberal fields with unlimited opportunities for
all of you after Intermediate, including: Movie Directing,
Photography, Politics, Freelance Writing, E-commerce, Operators,
Administrators, etc. You should concentrate on it after completion of
your Higher Secondary Certification.
Admission Policy, (CAP) form will be made available soon in all the
banks. Under the CAP rules, the prospective students of first year
classes at the government colleges and higher secondary schools will
be required to produce his/her matriculation mark sheets for obtaining
the admission booklet and placement form.
have to fill out their relevant information about their matriculation.
They have to select five best colleges of their choices and would have
to write their names in respective columns.
also choose any of the private colleges offering Higher School
Certificate, whose admission has already been started.
If you are
still confused as to what to do and where to go: just consult a
Student Counselor in your area. I am presenting a FAT (Field Analysis
Test), which has been designed after an extensive research conducted
by me. This short-term test would readily help you greatly to know
your interest so that you could select the best field without being
the following questions:
Which one of the following would best describe your interest?
Playing Mind Games
Making Creative Things
Which one is your Favorite subject?
Art and Craft
Which Subject you hate the most in your school life.
Art and Craft
What were your results in your Secondary school classes
Select the trait that applies you the most.
Reasonable and Reliable
Responsible, Organized and Calm
Whom do you inspire the most?
Food service manager
many hours could you spend on studies?
than 1 hour
|You do not
need a psychologist or a counselor to evaluate your questionnaire.
out the questionnaire and give it to your siblings or your parents to
vividly know your interest, which could be revealed, if most of the
answers to the questions are similar in nature.
your answers separately on a sheet and evaluate the similarities.
Here is an
example to evaluate your interest:
If most of
the answers are related to artistic things and creativity, with open
mindedness, then Humanities or Home Economic is good for you.
same manner, do for the rest.
luck for your future endeavors to embark upon!
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 over the past six months. 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 30 articles internationally on many
websites and numerous newsletters dealing with social, health,
educational and cultural issues, which are internationally
recognized and published in most of the famous world wide
websites, magazines and newspapers.
is also a Social worker, private tutor, career counselor,
musician, lyrics writer and have multi- dimensional talents.
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.
can contact Munir Moosa Sewani at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Learning Leads to Technology Use
By Mark Benn
Middle School Teacher
the changes in education to reflect 21st century learning.
learning involves having students become a part of the learning process.
No longer is the teacher always the center of the learning process. It
is a multi-directional learning experience where learning takes place
through teacher to student, student to teacher, and student to student.
is nothing more enjoyable within the classroom than listening
to students in groups or pairs when they get involved in their
time that we give students some credit and empower them to
become self-directed learners."
often we as teachers think that we are the knowledgeable ones and must
know all the material before we present it. At the rate that knowledge
is advancing in today's world that is very hard to do. In the same way
if we want to use any technology within our curriculum we think we have
to know how to use it first.
time that we give students some credit and empower them to become
self-directed learners. Our job is to set the overall goals and then
become the coach on the sidelines stepping in when needed. A coach
provides the direction and vision, but lets the students move forward
with that vision. It's time to allow the student to take ownership of
their own learning.
following website shows how much better a learner retains what they have
learned when they become active in their own learning compared to having
things told to them. Last month, we highlighted the learning pyramid
located at this web site:
think you will find after looking at this pyramid and comparing it to
what you have seen in the classroom, that though the percentages may
differ, the order of retention is correct.
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
|StarTeaching Featured Writer
|Mark Benn is a leading expert in using technology
in the classroom.
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Certification: Necessity or Delusion
This has been an idea that I have been kicking around
for a while and I think that eventually it would be worthy of some
master or doctoral degree research. I know at first it seems like a
silly suggestion, but I ask that you hold your skepticism while I lay
out this theory – ‘what is the value of testing teachers in
For anyone that is a teacher, your already familiar with
what I am about to speak about, the eventual requirement of shelling out
hundreds of dollars to sit down to several hours of tests that ask some
of the most inane questions known to mankind. Now, I will give test
writers some credit, it is genuinely hard to write an exceptionally good
multiple-choice test…but honestly, I wonder if they have ever taken
their own tests to see how terrible the standardized tests are? When I
was in college, I always heard rumblings that the MI history test had
one of the lower pass rates out of the tests that were offered…once I
took the test I finally understood why – it had some of the worst
questions I have ever encountered! Some of the questions were so bad, I
finally asked the test proctor what to do about such a bad question and
the only response I got was that I could fill out a complain form for
the question that would be submitted to ETS (writer of the test). I told
them to just forget it because I would spend more time filling out
complaints than it would just take me to work my way through the test.
Ok, so that being said…the first question I would guess that someone
would ask would be, “are you just bitter because you barely passed?”
Well, it is hard to say because ETS will not give out the maximum score
for the test, only the minimum passing score is given along with your
personal score. For that particular test, the minimum score was 220 (100
test questions). I would think that a logical assumption would be that
the maximum score is 300; I scored in the 270s…so it was not that bad
of a score. I am convinced that the problem with people testing bad is
that the test itself is horrible, not the knowledge of those taking the
test (usually). Therefore, even if I believed in standardized testing,
there is, strike one against it.
Another problem is with the inherent structure of the
certification system and its relationship to testing. This has
particularly become an issue since No Child Left Behind and the need to
have ‘highly qualified’ teachers. Each state determines its own
requirements for being considered ‘highly qualified’ but a good
percentage of the states use certification tests as a component. In a
‘what if’ scenario…what would happen if someone who is well
rounded and educated were to take all of the certification tests?
Assuming things like time and fees not being an issue and that the
person passed a large portion of the tests…would that mean that they
are certified to teach in all those areas? Honestly, if the emphasis is
being placed so tightly on testing…by following that thinking, they
should be certified? Therefore, by proxy, are these tests something that
should be considered so important to the process? Personally, I do not
see the value of standardized tests as professional licensure…strike
My last issue surrounds the historical origins of
testing. Standardized tests have been around for ages in one form or
another; whether it is an I.Q. test, a Standford-Binet, or a Wechsler
Inventory there have been all kinds of available tests but their origins
have always come from research and diagnosis instead of accountability
and high-stakes. Putting these kind of parameters on standardized tests
perverts the reasoning behind them and in the +30 years we have been
pushing standardized testing on to kids, have we seen any reasonable
improvement in the education system? This is part of the idea that Alfie
Kohn proposes in his books and articles in that we have been going about
this all wrong. However, instead of getting the word out as to this
problem, the political realm continues to push a course of action that
research is showing to be useless. From studying history/politics, my
own personal conclusions point to pandering to a narrow political base
and deflecting attention from real issues in education (not funding
programs already in place and excessive emphasis on athletics over
academics). So why should this perversion continue? Strike three.
Going back to the original question, what value is there
to testing teachers in content? Well, it reminds me of a story regarding
one of the best history professors I have had in a class; he told me
that realistically, content knowledge is vastly secondary to methodology
and thinking skills. It is easy to read content before a class but it
terribly difficult to think properly on short notice. With this in
mind…if we are going to test something shouldn’t it be something
that is much more meaningful than the memorization of facts? It is a
topic that I find fascinating to examine and I hope that there are
others out there that are willing to question the conventional thinking
out there, because as we have seen conventional is not cutting it.
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Points In Class
Starting your class on the right foot each
day is very important to both you and the students. There are
certain expectations you will have, be they required materials
(texts, folders, gym clothes), basic supplies (pencils/paper),
or behaviors (on time, in seats, working on opening activities).
You are going to want these expectations met every day.
We designed a simple set of 5 rules to start out every class. These
are easy to remember and easy to keep track of. Several of our
teachers use a variation of the 5 rules to start their classes, and
you may feel free to adapt these to your class. These are the rules I
use in English class:
Rule 1: Students must be in their seats when class begins. In some
schools, classes begin (and are dismissed) by a bell. Some classes
begin at a specific time. Still other classes are started by a
particular signal from the teacher.
Rule 2: Students must have a writing instrument. Again, different
teachers have different expectations, be it pencil or pen or whatever.
For me, it doesn't matter as long as it s dark enough to read. I only
balk at silver, gold, white, or any other light or fluorescent color
(hot pink or yellow for example).
Rule 3: Students must have their folder out on their desk. Each of our
classes requires students to keep important papers, notes, and other
course artifacts. Some teachers allow students to keep these, and
others provide a location in the room for folders.
Rule 4: Students must have all required materials for class that day.
To reduce the number of times students ask me about what they need for
the day's class, I will either write the materials list on the board
or put it on the class announcements on our TV (see our website for
the article on creating a class cable TV network).
Rule 5: Students must be working on the class warm up activity. In
English class, students write out Daily Oral Language (DOL) sentences,
practicing proofreading skills. On the edge of each day's entry are
the numbers 1 through 5, making it easy to grade. All you have to do
is circle the appropriate number.
Again, we give each student a daily grade of points (1-5). Some
teachers have only four rules and one rule is worth 2 points. You can
change up and set your own rules and create an easy to grade set of
points to fit your own classroom.
After a few weeks of practice, the checking of daily points becomes a
student job. One student from each group (the RECORDER) gets the
weekly responsibility to check the students' daily points and circle
the proper number. The teacher is freed up for other activities, and
you only need to spot check through the room. This way I can record
the daily points only once every two weeks and they are already
tallied up for me.
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"Not 'Just A Mom'"
With Mothers Day here, how do
we see a mother's job in our lives?
A woman named Emily renewing
her driver's license at the County Clerk's office was asked by the
woman recorder to state her occupation. She hesitated, uncertain
how to classify herself.
"What I mean
is," explained the recorder, "do you have a job, or are
you just a...
"Of course I have a
job," snapped Emily. "I'm a mother."
"We don't list
'mother' as an occupation... 'housewife' covers it," said the
I forgot all about her
story until one day I found myself in the same situation, this
time at our own Town Hall. The Clerk was obviously a career woman,
poised, efficient, and possessed of a high sounding title like,
"Official Interrogator" or "Town Registrar."
"What is your occupation?" she probed.
What made me say it, I do
not know... The words simply popped out. "I'm a Research
Associate in the field of Child Development and Human
The clerk paused,
ballpoint pen frozen in midair, and looked up as though she had
not heard right.
I repeated the title
slowly, emphasizing the most significant words. Then I stared with
wonder as my pronouncement was written in bold, black ink on the
"Might I ask,"
said the clerk with new interest, "just what you do in your
Coolly, without any trace
of fluster in my voice, I heard myself reply, "I have a
continuing program of research, (what mother doesn't), in the
laboratory and in the field, (normally I would have said indoors
and out). I'm working for my Masters, (the whole darned family),
and already have four credits, (all daughters). Of course, the job
is one of the most demanding in the humanities, (any mother care
to disagree?) and I often work 14 hours a day, (24 is more like
it). But the job is more challenging than most run-of-the-mill
careers and the rewards are more of a satisfaction rather than
There was an increasing
note of respect in the clerk's voice as she completed the form,
stood up, and personally ushered me to the door.
As I drove into our
driveway, buoyed up by my glamorous new career, I was greeted by
my lab assistants - ages 13, 7, and 3. Upstairs I could hear our
new experimental model, (a 6 month old baby), in the
child-development program, testing out a new vocal pattern.
I felt triumphant! I had
scored a beat on bureaucracy! And I had gone on the official
records as someone more distinguished and indispensable to mankind
than "just another mother."
glorious career! Especially when there's a title on the door.
Does this make
grandmothers "Senior Research Associates in the field of
Child Development and Human Relations" and great grandmothers
"Executive Senior Research Associates"? I think so!!!
I also think it makes
Aunts "Associate Research Assistants".
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of a pole is painted yellow
1/2 of it is painted red.
Three feet of the pole is painted brown.
What is the height of the pole?
painter can paint 5/6 of a room in 90 minutes.
How many minutes will it take the painter to paint the entire room?
numbers are in the ratio 5: 7.
The difference between the numbers is 12.
What is the larger number?
recipe for pancakes says that you can make 8 pancakes that are each 10
inches in diameter.
If you want to change the recipe and make the pancakes only 2 inches in
How many small pancakes can you make?
save $3 on Monday. Each day after that you save twice as much as you
saved the day before. If this pattern continues, how much would you save
Make a table to solve the problem.
3 green chips, 4 blue chips and 1 red chip in her bag. What fractional
part of the bag of chips is green?
Draw a picture to solve the problem.
is taking pictures of Gwen, Diane, and
Mike. How many different ways could the children stand in a line for the
picture? Make a list to solve.
put 18 pencils in 3 equal groups. How many pencils are in each group?
Write a number sentence to solve.
written a number pattern that begins with 1, 3, 6, 10, 15. If she
continues this pattern, what will the next four numbers be in her
the morning is starts to snow at a constant rate. Later, at 6:00am, a
snow plow sets out to clear a straight street. The plow can remove a
fixed volume of snow per unit time, in other words its speed it
inversely proportional to the depth of the snow. If the plow covered
twice as much distance in the first hour as the second hour, what time
did it start snowing?