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teacher and kid

A teacher’s day starts with the alarm chiming early in the morning. She shuts it down so that it does not jostle other family members fast asleep beneath warm comforters. She has a lot to accomplish before getting ready for school – it begins with collecting the newspaper and milk from the doorstep, making breakfast and lunch for the entire family and scrubbing the kitchen platform clean before gulping down some coffee and cold breakfast.

In this super marathon, she even manages to pull out an attractive dress to wear for the day, streaks her eyes with the remaining stub of the eyeliner – it needs to be replaced. Fixes stray locks of hair as the elevator descends and sometimes also takes time to smear the lipstick she carries in her ‘Super Purse’. Super, because it holds anything and everything one can imagine from pens, lipsticks to staplers! As she reaches school, there are duties to discharge and classes to take.

This is my usual morning routine too!

As I entered the staff room, I checked the timetable and made note of my classes. Then I casually walked towards the staff room notice board.

Surreptitiously, I checked the notices making sure there was no one around me.There, it was pinned right on top. This was what I had been dreading. ‘My class’ had earned the designation of being the ‘Dirtiest Class’ of the week.

 Again.

This was the seventh consecutive week it had been declared as the dirtiest class in school.

I walked back to my place with a heavy heart!

Everything had failed. Talking, counseling, mentoring and as the last resort, imposing penalty for littering the class with pencil shaving. Everyday, there were masses and masses of them. In spite of many warnings, someone was deliberately and relentlessly sharpening pencils and leaving all the shavings – fine wooden ones with coloured edges of red, blue, green and orange under the desks.

It was innocent mischief I knew but I didn’t know how to identify the culprit.

He or she was obviously very smart. And class unity was so strong that nobody revealed to me who was responsible for our class being nominated as the dirtiest class in school, week after week.

Every time I asked, ‘Who is doing it? Why don’t you dispose the pencil shaving in the dustbin of the classroom?’ The answer was, ‘Not we. It’s someone from the other class!’

This happened when I had to go to take lessons in other classes.

Fortunately, that day I didn’t have a class in the first hour and thought of some way… I could find the mischief-maker. I racked by brain….

Was there no way I could find my mischief-maker? Peacefully?
Is it possible to outsmart my little ones? I asked myself, almost pulling my hair.

And then I decided whatever had to be done, it was that day.
But, I didn’t know how I would do it!

I had a class in the second hour and I knew my naughty pencil-shaver would get into action after my class was over.

That day, I didn’t as usual tell my students to keep the class clean.

I didn’t say a word. I didn’t make any comment.

During the lunch hour, I peeped into the class when it was empty.

The shavings were back. They were all there, scattered in abundance under most of the desks.

I collected all the shavings, wrapped them in a piece of newspaper and kept it in my bag.Then I left, keeping my fingers crossed.

After lunch I went to my class, with a sheaf of white paper and announced that they weren’t going to study Science. Instead, they were going to draw and colour something very interesting for a competition.

The class was ecstatic… so thrilled they were that they did not even guess that something was wrong.I was so excited that I had trouble controlling my smile.

As the class started drawing, I pulled out the crushed paper from my purse. I placed it on the teacher’s desk and spread it out so that I could see the pencil shavings clearly.

And then I walked up and down the aisle, carefully scrutinizing every student colouring the picture they had made very enthusiastically.

The first one was colouring with red. It needed to be sharpened. It wasn’t him.

The third one was outlining the leaves with a darker shade of green. It, too, needed to be sharpened. It wasn’t her.

I walked past four more. And then I found my little culprit…!

He was a little fellow with the face of an angel!
His red pencil was sharpened very well.
Then I picked up his blue, green and orange pencils. They were all freshly sharpened and quite small in size.

As I stood next to him without a word, he looked at me innocently.
Giving me a huge smile, he said. ‘Hello Miss! Aren’t my mountains the highest in the whole world?’ he asked running a finger over one mountain peak proudly.

‘Yes, your mountains are the highest. But don’t you think the lines could be neater if your pencil was sharpened? The pencil point needs to be sharper. Don’t you think so?’ I asked looking at him expressionlessly.

‘Well, yes. I think you are right,’ he said looking at his pencil.
I noticed everyone had stopped drawing and were looking at us curiously.

‘And please use the bin when you want to sharpen your pencils and not the classroom floor.’ I said gently as I walked further down the aisle.

‘How did you find that out,’ he asked in bewilderment.

I controlled the smile again. He hadn’t realized that he had revealed the secret.

I turned to look at him with a secret smile.

‘Because once upon a time I was a student too!’ I said smiling wider. ‘Use the bin the next time and let’s try to win the Best Class award next month,’ I urged.

‘Sure Miss. Why not?’ he replied smiling back.

A look passed between us. There was respect and admiration in those eyes.

I celebrated that evening because I had been able to solve the mystery of the pencil shavings.

When everything fails in classrooms, teachers have to learn to think like students! And also listen to inanimate objects in the classroom.

Everything talks in a classroom from a blackboard to a chalk piece. We just have to learn to listen to them – like the way the pencil shavings told me who my little culprit was……

And the result is sheer magic!

Special Thanks to Kavita Bhupta Ghosh , teacher of DPS, Bangalore South, for sharing her thoughts. This Guest Post has been written by Kavita Ghosh.

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Happy Children

Carbohydrate + Vitamins = Healthy Children & Care + Love = Happy Children

Just like the way nutrients like Carbohydrates, Vitamins, Calcium, Iron, Fat, Proteins and Minerals are important for the healthy physical growth of children, many essential nutrients like Care, Affection, Trust, Support, Love, Endurance and Kindness are essential for the development of ‘Happy children‘.

For complete Physical, Emotional, Intellectual, and Social Maturation, children need both these kinds of nutrients. They can get Carbohydrates, Vitamins, Calcium, Iron, Fat, Proteins and Minerals from the well-balanced meals cooked in the loving hearth of their homes, but from where and how will they get Care, Values, Affection, Trust, Support, Love, Endurance and Kindness?

They can get these ‘life-supporting nutrients‘ from parents and teachers. These nutrients will make them ‘Strong Individuals’ so that they can face and overcome all the challenges in life with courage and confidence. Mentally healthy children have a positive quality of life and can function well at home, in school, and in their communities.

Love, faith, affection, trust, support, endurance and kindness should be the center of family and school life.

Love them unconditionally

Children need to know that love does not depend on his or her achievements. Allow them to make mistakes. Yes, because confidence grows in the environment that is full of unconditional love, trust, endurance and affection.

Compliment them

Encouraging children’s struggle to learn something new helps them to develop a desire to explore and learn about their surroundings. Allow children to experiment new things. Assure them with affection and talking to them often. Being an active participant in their activities will build their confidence and self-worth.

Set Sensible Goals

Children need sensible goals that match their ambitions with their abilities. With the help of teachers and parents, they can choose activities that suit and test their own capabilities and increase their self-confidence.

Be Straightforward

Failures shouldn’t be hidden from children.  This will tell them that we all make mistakes. It will be extremely supportive for them to know that no one is perfect. This will give them the courage to share their failures, concerns and fears with us.

Support children 

Encourage children not only to do their best, but also to enjoy the practice and progress. Experimenting new activities will teach children teamwork, self-esteem and new skills.

Encourage Children to Play

To children, play is just enjoyment. However, playtime is as essential to their growth as food. Playtime helps children to be creative, learn problem-solving skills and self-control. Good, hardy play, which includes running and yelling, is not only fun, but helps children to be physically and mentally healthy.

Allow children to choose their Playmates 

It is very important for children to spend time with their friends.  This will help children to discover their strengths and weaknesses, develop a sense of belonging, and learn how to get along with different people.

Parents and Teachers can be Great Playmates 

Be part of the fun with children! It is worth it! Playing Ludo, Carrom, Snake and ladder, Monopoly or drawing and coloring with children gives a great opportunity to share ideas and spend time together in a relaxed setting. This is ‘quality time’ that we often talk about.

Play for Fun

One of the most important questions to ask children is “Did you enjoy?’’ and not “Did you win?” Winning is not as important as being involved and enjoying the activity. In our adult world, we often give importance to success and winning. This attitude can be discouraging and frustrating to children who are learning and experimenting with new ideas. It’s more important for children to participate and enjoy themselves.

Disapprove of the behaviour, not the child

It is more appropriate to say, “That was a horrible thing to do,” rather than “You are a horrible boy or girl.”

Avoid nagging, threats and bribery

Children will start to ignore nagging, and threats and bribes are seldom successful. Giving children the reasons “why” they are being disciplined and what the potential consequences of their actions are will work better.

Talk about your feelings

It’s ok to lose temper sometimes. If it happens, it is important to talk about what happened and why you were angry.  It is also ok to apologize if you were wrong!

We all make mistakes and no one is perfect. More importantly, instead of trying to control children, it is important to teach them self-control. And when everything fails, a hug and ‘I love you,’ will work for sure!

Special Thanks to Kavita Bhupta Ghosh , teacher of DPS, Bangalore South, for sharing her thoughts. This Guest Post has been written by Kavith Ghosh.

Happy Children

Carbohydrate + Vitamins = Healthy Children & Care + Love = Happy Children

help child to learn

Parenting is undeniably one of the toughest and most under-appreciated jobs out there.  It is your responsibility and moral duty to check on the physical development and encourage the best mental growth at the same time. Often this question pops up, how do you help and encourage your child to learn? The answer to the question can be subjective, but there are a few ways by which you can motivate your child in his/her learning process. Here are a few methods by which you can really motivate your child to learn.

Leisure reading

If your child does not enjoy sitting down with their books to study, you might need to instill the habit of reading in them. By encouraging your child to read, you increase their ability to read and understand study materials better. It is also a healthy habit to read as a form of relaxation or leisure. Give your child story books that are age appropriate, do not try to burden your child with advanced books or bore them with books that are for younger children.

Encourage writing

As important as it is to read it is important to encourage your child to write. Writing improves communicative skills as well as creativity. This is why motivating your child to write can help the learning process. You can ask your child to write stories, write on topics you assign them or even maintain a diary. This is sure to be a good way to motivate your child to write. The importance of writing skills cannot be stressed on enough.

Show interest

Most young children do whatever they can to grab the attention of their parents. If you do not show an interest in any positive activity that your child is engaging in, then you might have to deal with negative activities that your child might resort to. At the same time by showing interest you show your child that the activity is important. Show interest in creative activities that can allow your child to mentally develop.

Celebrate achievements

Rewards can be the best motivators that you can offer your child. Whether you buy your child a game that they want or whether you take the family out for dinner, showing that the achievement has resulted in the reward is important. When your child realizes that his achievements matter, they will be more ready to work harder. If you reward academic achievements then they might be more willing to focus on academics.

Encourage mingling

Socializing is an important part of growing up. Allow your child to interact with children of their own age or a little older. How can this encourage learning? This encourages learning since your child is likely to pick up some good traits that the playmates show. You can make your child do away with the bad traits and encourage the good ones. Your child’s ability to pick up details, traits and actions will increase.

These are merely a few methods. No matter how hard you try to be clinical with parenthood the answer to how do you help and encourage your child to learn, will always vary depending on your child’s personality.

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