National Creative Olympiad

Respected Parents,

I am, Mrs Amita Pandit. (Co-ordinator for www.dandekar-ets.com) want to share my experience with you through this article.
City pride School decided to participate in National Creativity Olympiad organised by Eduexcellence.  First round of this examination was conducted at the school level.
First two rankers were to appear for the second level taken at IIT Delhi on 10th December.
The competition was for the students studying from 6th standard to 11thstandard.

First level paper has 100 objective questions. The participants have to answer 100 multiple choice questions in 100 minutes. An additional 10 minutes will be given to the participants for filling up the information on the OMR answer sheet at the beginning of exam. The question paper had three sections:

Section 1

a. Logical Reasoning          : (20 questions)
b. Data Interpretation         : (20 questions)
c. Pattern Recognition        : (20 questions)

Section 2

a. Maths   : (20 questions)

Section 3

a. English : (20 questions)

One mark was allotted for each right answer and 0.25 marks were deducted for each wrong answer. Students needed to achieve the cut off score in sections 2 and 3 however scores of both these sections were not included in the final score required to qualify for the 2nd round.
Two students from each standard were sent to Delhi.

From city pride school following students went Delhi

1) Maitreya  Sawai            :  8th std.

2) Chinmay Gaidhani         : 8th std.

3) Mrigen Sawant              : 7th std

4) Yashodhan Agnihotri      : 7th std

For the second round students had to appear for one physical activity, which was taken not for just the physical fitness, but to check their decision making capacity and on the spot diagnosis of the problem on their hands.

1) Later they appeared for an objective paper which included questions on Logical reasoning, Data interpretation, pattern recognition. In these questions some alternatives were named a, b, b, d instead of a, b, c, d, students were told it is not a printing mistake but they have to use their creativeness to answer these questions. Some questions had five alternatives, but in the answer sheet only four alternatives were given, no printing mistake, but with creative ideas one has to answer these questions.

2) Then there is a paper on “Creative Writing.” In this paper a topic (water, balloon, travelling from one place to the other, etc.) is given on the spot. They had to write some different  ideas on the topic. May be they seem very funny, unrealistic, but it has to be based on the topic. Topics were easy from our everyday life but this will teach them to think on a topic, with a different perspective.

While the examination is going on for the students, a workshop on excellence in education was conducted for the teachers. I was fortunate enough to get an opportunity to participate in this workshop.

Prof. Harish Chaudhary;  from IIT Delhi conducted this workshop. Teachers from all over India were present for the work shop. 500 Students from 68 Schools were present on that day for the second round.

Objectives for this Olympiad were given by Prof Harish Chaudhari.

We believe that every child is born talented, that every child is creative and that every child is an achiever. That our education processes often fails to identify the child’s talent, leave alone nurture; it is a failure of the system and not the child. This is perhaps due to the obsession of the educational system with linguistic and analytical abilities and assessment process that often seems to label children with rote memories as intelligent and others as not intelligent.

Most assessment processes become a motivational tool for a few and disempowering for the rest. It is well established that people in general and children in particular repeat the behaviour that is rewarded. Unfortunately, this labelling result in a select few children being rewarded and the majority of the children feel ignored and often rejected. Also, once so labelled, it is the select few who then receive teachers’ love, affection and attention, see their names in the scrolls of honour and receive trophies and medals.
Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences suggests eight independent intelligences; we tend to test only two- linguistic and mathematical intelligence. In fact, a skill (not intelligence), that of rote learning overshadows all others in typical assessments and Olympiads

Creativity is a new approach to things without biases and prejudices. Whereas innovation is a practical approach to creative idea. All the creative ideas are not useful but we have to convert creative ideas in to usefulness. It’s a teacher’s duty to pay special attention to the creative ideas. Progress of the society is through innovative inventions. We need to allow the students to discover things, even if you know the answer keep it to yourself, do not disclose. Once the student discovers it show your pleasure. Do not insist on teaching; let the student learn by himself. First barrier in front of them is unable to lookout, unable to listen. Teacher has to guide, just give a goal but do not show the road to reach the goal unless the student asks for it.

Barriers in creativity are: Our organizational culture inferiority complex, ego, lack of training, biases and perceptions, intelligence, obviousness.

Creativity Logic
Right brain activity Left brain activity
Refreshing Tiring
Enjoyable and exciting Demanding
Alpha waves Beta waves
Unlimited Limited
Language free linguist

Differences between creativity and logic can be explained by the above table.

Now look at your children and think that are they just bookworms OR are they able to stand tall in this world? If not, start working on them from now.

MRS. AMITA PANDIT
Coordinator : www.dandekar-ets.com

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