ICSE 2011:Comprehension: Practice

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Read the passage given below and answer the questions a, b,
, and d that follow:

The aim of teaching is to create in the qualitative elevation of mind and
exaltation of character or ideals or conduct. What the teacher is, is more
important than what he teaches. A good teacher cannot be partial or
narrow-minded. A worthy idea of a teacher can motivate students to act
positively and achieve their noble objectives. What a teacher is has an
ennobling impact on the students and reawaken them to accomplish marvellous
goals in the years to come.

Unfortunately, it is a disturbing reality that many of the teachers are
unintentionally partial and their thoughts are malformed. These
distorted thoughts adversely affect the nature and calibre of teaching and
eventually the prospects of the students.

A teacher should painstakingly and methodically develop elegance in thought
and action by nurturing critical thinking. Critical thinking is an approach to
any concept or issue in which the thinker enriches the worth of his thinking by
expertly monitoring and controlling the structures that are inherent in the
thought process. The outcome of creative thinking approach can be impressive
with teachers developing clearness in thought.

A highly-developed critical thinking teacher introduces significant questions
and issues to deal them intelligibly and exactly. He collects and
considers pertinent data and assesses and efficiently translates the information
to logical conclusions. This mode of approach is of vital significance for a
teacher. This enables the teacher to think objectively and communicate
skillfully with others to arrive at likely answers to complex questions. Such an
approach help the teacher delve deep into depths into the complexities of the
problem at hand and emerge with a satisfying resolution.

Introduction of critical thinking in teaching has enormous implication as it
can bring tremendous changes in the students and mould them in such a manner
that they are equipped with the thought process essential for
accomplishing their aims and objectives in life.

a. Give the meaning of the following words as used in the passage: [3]

1. Malformed.

2. Exactly

3. Equipped.

b. Answer the questions in your words the questions given below:

1. What is the aim of teaching? [2]

2. Explain: What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches. [2]

3. What is the disturbing reality? [2]

4. What is creative thinking? [2]

5. What does a highly developed critical thinker do? [2]

6. What changes can be brought in the students by the adoption of critical
thinking in teaching? [2]

c. With close reference to the last three paragraphs of the passage and in
not more than 60 words, explain what a teacher should do and what benefits the
students should derive out of this mode of teaching. [8]

d. Give an appropriate title to your summary and justify the choice of the
title. [2]]]>

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