Saturday, July 6, 2019

First Day at School

“No, I don’t want to go today.” “Nothing happens on the first
day”. “Why the schools open so early?” And then the long
faces from the time they are getting ready to the time they
are off to school. The parents can totally agree with this
scenario for the first few days or weeks. The First-day jitters
are not uncommon. The anxious faces full of unknown fear,
the perplexity or the inner turmoil of these young ones
make everyone’s heart melt. Though the concerned staff
members immediately make it a point to put them at ease
however the anxiousness takes time to recover. The first
week normally is emotionally challenging for both the child and
the parents. But slowly and gradually it goes on decreasing
till the time the child is adjusting with his/her surroundings.
The children after spending a comfortable 1.5 to 2 months at
home find it difficult to instantly cope up for a minimum of 5-7
hours with total strangers. The task goes humongous when
everything is put into a certain time frame and they are
expected to finish the given task within the same.

Some common queries that we come across are:

i) Where will my class be?
ii) Who would be my class teacher?
iii) How would she/he be?
iv) Will my friends be in my section?
v) Will I fit in?
vi) What would be the level of studies?
vii) Will I be able to cope up or not?
viii) What about the extracurricular activities?

The Preparation:

1. Make them go around the school once or twice
beforehand so that they are aware of the school
campus. If necessary, make them meet their class
teacher prior to Day 1.

2. Set a routine for them at least a week before. Waking up,
eating, playing and sleeping in a planned manner.

3. See to it that they have packed everything properly.
Note: Not to forget the school diary.

4. Don’t overemphasize their fears. Talk to them casually
focusing on positive aspects.

5. Make sure they attend the school on the 1 st day. Giving
in to their fears will only allow them to develop a habit
of running away from what they feel fearful or anxious

6. Keep a reassuring note in your child’s lunch box which
would cheer him/her up and steer the day through.

7. Most importantly inform the teacher about his/her
anxiety issues. The teacher would then know how to
tackle your child the whole day.

Children can be categorized according to their characters.
They can be confident or timid. They can be strong or

sensitive, outgoing or introvert but one thing is sure that if
they are anxious they just need somebody to hold their hand
and calm them down. And it gives us tremendous happiness
when we see calm and composed faces doing their work with
utmost sincerity.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Delay in submitting assignments

“Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do and Attitude determines how well you do it”

Work submission done two weeks before the deadline, two days before the deadline, two hours or two minutes before the deadline makes no difference to the teachers unless and until it is done after the specified date. They are marked in the same manner.

Now, this delay in submission is really procrastination, a laid-back attitude or a constant pressure of giving 100%? Are our students really to be blamed for late submissions? Today leaving things to the last minute has become ubiquitous not only with youngsters but many of the adults as well. We try and over stress ourselves to the deadline. This work culture has created a dilemma for teachers who are continuously trying to extract work from them. And then it is difficult for the students as well to emerge out of this habit even in later years as they lack in judging the importance of time.

It is not always necessary that the students delay their assignment because they do not value time. Sometimes it can be a mismatch of consistency between the teacher and the student. At other times, a student wants to give his /her best for which they go an extra mile which is appreciative however Time needs to be valued.

Time Management is as sacred as the knowledge of a particular subject. Time and Tide waits for none. Once gone, it is lost forever. The simple act of leaving work to the last-minute shows utter negligence towards time and definitely towards prioritizing work. As aptly said, “When is a revival needed when carelessness and unconcern keep the people asleep”. Billy Sunday

Delving deeper into this hiatus between work and students, we come across numerous points and sub-points. It’s like opening a Pandora’s box which lets a plethora of problems to surface, but then it also gives a glimmer of hope. The reasons according to teachers for late submission is having hundreds of digital distractions like heaps of media channels offering multitudes of programs which are the latest additions to the digital world apart from the set-top box and most of us have succumbed to it. Innumerable gadgets and apps have made life easy but then everything has its pros and cons. Rather than finishing the assignments, we have students interested in Instagram, Snapchat and what not. Peer pressure accounts as another major constraint for this kind of attitude. The urge to appear Uber is intact deeper.

The solution to this proliferating problem is to create lessons that engage which caters to Generation Z and simultaneously diminish the gap between the taught and the teacher. Making them understand via maximum usage of technology as it is a necessity in today’s scenario.

The Eclectic approach to teaching will probably create and interest them, pragmatic learning will open new avenues to explore which would be a welcome change for the ones studying. Group projects, collaborative learning can be a part and parcel of today’s education world. Considering it to be a futuristic skill which they’ll need to develop for succeeding. This metamorphosis is much needed as we wouldn’t deny that we are dealing with the most volatile resource. The more we mold ourselves according to them, lest would be our inconveniences.
Rather than playing a blame game for deferred submissions, the undermentioned thought is congruous with all the observations.

Watch your thoughts, they lead to attitude.
Watch your attitude, they lead to words.
Watch your words, they lead to actions.
Watch your actions, they lead to habits.
Watch your habits, they form character:
Watch your character, it determines your destiny.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Preparing Students for Future

Future is uncertain and unpredictable and as said by one of the futurists, Ray Kurzweil, “we won’t experience 100 years of progress in 21st century – it will be more like 20,000 years of progress at today’s rate”, imagine the amount of input needed by teachers and the students to mentally prepare themselves for such a big leap. Teaching has always been synonymous to making a child literate but in the present scenario, we prefer not only making them literate but also making them aware. The ongoing significant changes from being just learners to being the decision makers about what to learn and how to learn will herald the education world. It would be taken by storm and unsurmountable changes and unthinkable situations would be dealt with. World Economic Forum strictly highlights the staggering gap between what people learn and what they actually need.

The solution to this unseen blizzard would be opening our arms to it and welcoming the changes. Becoming what is expected and giving the unexpected would be the tagline for the future. The 4 C’s would play a pivotal role in determining their future. They are Collaboration and Teamwork, Creativity and Imagination, Communication and Critical Thinking. Some key features to be kept in mind when preparing our resources for the unseen are:

1.     Today the students resonate with the fact of being smart and technically sound as compared to the teachers teaching them. Make use of this capacity.

2.     The teacher-student concept is rapidly vanishing. With the coming of new age technology and most modern apps the student feels sound to sit back at home and facilitate himself/herself, so where does a teacher stand? The role may be mitigated however the revival is thereby facilitating them in understanding the concept, by putting it in action, by involving them not only as listeners but as grown-ups having their own mind to question. The more the questions, the merrier.

3.     Spiking their curiosity, their inquisitiveness, and imagination by current issues, more of a practical approach.

4.     As teachers, parents and even as a human, we notice that patience in today’s world is dwindling. We are ready to fight for the smallest or the prettiest of issues. Teaching them about Failure has become a necessity. They may or may not see Success but Failure is something that we experience at some or the other point of time. Instilling in them the values that Failure would allow them to perform the same task in a better way, it will allow them to overcome the defects and lead them to the path of success.

5.     Rather than thinking of problem cropping they have to think of the solutions popping.

6.     The focus of teachers should now move from testing the students to placing them on the trajectory of employability.

7.     Respecting their individuality. Every child is a hub of talent. Explore it.

As individuals belonging to the 21st century, we are in a state of utter confusion about our youngsters. Working on assumptions or hit and trial methods we try to pull off the success rate in our children. Because one child was brought up well in certain condition we try to put everyone in the same mold. However, we forget to understand that if God has made us so different from each other, he must have definitely thought of us to be brought differently. We just have to apply our brains to understand them.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Time Management

In today’s world the most important task for any human being is to manage time. If you face troubles meeting deadlines, if you keep running haywire for completion of tasks or even if you really find it difficult to take out time for your family then probably you are one of the candidates who seriously need to work out on your time management skills.

Time Management actually refers to the ability of a person to use his/her time productively at work or at home. We have 24 hours in a day, in which we need 8 hours of sleep so that our minds could function properly. This is a proven reality and very less could be done to make changes to it. We all are slowly and gradually becoming the slaves of time however here we’ll talk about the art of mastering it. As the number of hours in a day cannot be increased we can definitely work on changing our attitude that may help us in future to become organized.

For enhancing our time management skills we should first learn to prioritize our work. We should be able to distinguish which work holds more value. Then come organizing that involves drawing plans according to the priority set. Then comes streamlining, where you put your planning into processing mode. As the work is being processed try not to shift the focus onto irrelevant works and then contribute your best towards the job.

The solution sounds easy but it takes some practice and then you are good to go. The 4 D’s of self-management allow us to get a clear picture of the aforesaid solution. 

They are:

1.     Do It: Get it Done, the sooner the better.

2.   Delegate It: When you know that you are either not capable to complete the task or you don’t have much time to complete it. Get it done through somebody else.

3.     Dump It: If the task is not important, you can push it to a later date.

4.     Defer It: Again if it is not that important, you can add it to your “To do” list.

The 4 D’s of self-management work hand in hand with the aforesaid method of prioritizing. Now as said earlier also that this may take some time but then all good things don’t come easy. Be patient to learn the skills and hopefully you get on your way to success.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Developing Reading Habits in Little Ones

The moment a child opens his/her eyes we want them to be good readers. As parents we always want them to be the best. And our definition of best starts with READING. For inculcating some good reading habits we should acknowledge certain facts like we can never force them to read something which they don’t like. For example if a child is interested in reading ghost stories probably one should never force him or her to read science fictions.
Secondly, it would be great if you could put books at places where they can lay their hands on. All children are curious by nature. When they find something colorful lying around and within their reach they would definitely like to open it . And once opened there’s no looking back. They might not generate an interest instantly, it might take them a day or two but then the result would be positive.
Thirdly, If they want to involve you please be happy to do so. Don’t abstain yourself by passing statements like “we are tired and maybe we’ll read out to you tomorrow”. This uninterest  shown by you might make them think that this task is probably not important or holds no value and they might not even ask you later. So grab any opportunity which they pass on to you. Better fix up a time for the same.
Next, you make sure that you read in front of them. They are real good observers. Take a comfy seat anywhere in your house but definitely where your child can see you and read whatever you are fond of. It can be a magazine, a cookbook or a business magazine or a novel. Your child will just find out what their interest lies in and probably they’ll do the same. Maybe sooner or later you find them in your comfy chair reading or skimming through a book/magazine of their choice.
Going to a library or a book store is always a welcoming option. These places have separate and attractive spots for kids and no kid can escape that. Take a cue from the books your child has picked up and you’ll be aware of their likes. Try and buy them a book every now and then. Though some of them might make faces but then it is always better than buying them something which they might lose interest in after a month.
Last but not the least, read out to them even if they want the same story to be read out again and again. Don’t be agitated! It’s only that they find it interesting and may be they find something new every time they listen to it.
So rather than getting annoyed or frustrated that your child is reading you become the mentor in their lives. Read out to them.  Fix up a time where they have to read and follow it with healthy discussion about what they read or what did they find interesting in it. Soon the change will follow. And you’ll be one leading your precious one into a world full of vivid imagination and what not. So pull up your sleeves and start today!!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

India is Best a Poem

Beautiful Bharat

·        You have to agree the fact!

My India is best. My India is perfect!

·        May be having different culture of different state!

But our unity is absolutely great!

·        Our Taj Mahal is included in 7 wonders!

But the beauty of Jal Mahal can make you feel like thunder!

·        Our Qutub Minar is the pride of Nation!

But still Jantar Mantar is a perfect creation!

·        Our Jammu & Kashmir are heaven of Earth!

This is the place where living is worth!

·        Here, every religion protects women!

Protecting women is a religion!!

·        Now, you have to agree the fact!

My India is best, My India is perfect!!

India is Best

North and East, South and west,

              India is best -2

Nation with great personalities,

People with joy and prosperities,

No countryman is country’s pest,

Because India is best -2

All of us are same,

But different is our name,

The God helped us blessed,

India is best -2

We have Tendulkar and Ambani,

Better than American and Japani,

Always active, Never in rest,

India is best -2

Beautiful India

India is our Beautiful Nation,

I think God’s Best Creation.

Nature is our Strength,

With Good Future and Wealth.

By Many Hills, River hurry Down,

By many Villages and A Little Town.

In all the parts of our Nation,

There is Love and Affection.

India is our Beautiful Nation,

I think God’s Best Creation.

Here, all Religions are Respected,

Here, all Cultures are Respected.

Beauty and Greenery are well Protected,

All Hearts are well Connected.

Hard work is our Passion.

India is our Beautiful Nation,

I think God’s Best Creation.
Written By:

Khushboo Jain
Grade 10

Friday, May 2, 2014

Conserve Fuel

Yes…..I conserve precious resources …..Do  you????

The energy crisis in the country is becoming graver by the day and it is every individual’s responsibility to save  natural resources.
We need to educate and advocate the judicious use of natural resources and propagate resource conservation. Resource Conservation lays emphasis on saving water, fuel, paper and electricity targeting the young brigade of the country, as they are the ultimate beneficiaries of conservation efforts made by us today.

“To waste, to destroy our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by right to hand down to them amplified and developed.” 

- Theodore Roosevelt


Change begin within us. As active citizens we must at least save our share…. spreading  the awareness is just a click away….

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need but not every man’s greed
-Mahatma Gandhi.

There is too much energy conversation instead of energy conservation……

 Let’s walk the talk !

If you don’t know where your electricity is coming from, most likely it is coming from coal fired or a nuclear power plant. These energy sources are bad because coal-fired power plants are one of the biggest sources of greenhouse gases. Nuclear power is dangerous because sometimes there are accidents (like radioactive leaks) and the results can sometimes be fatal. Not to mention all the radioactive waste that nuclear power plant make..…So what are your other options? Well, there is always ALTERNATIVE ENERGY :
Alternative energy is from renewable resources like wind, solar, wave, and steam. Some  examples of alternative energy are : hydroelectric, geothermal, biomass bio-fuels, hydrogen, ocean and tidal Energy, wind , solar and waste.  


“Whether half  full or half  empty………….. Resources are limited” !

Alternate sources of fuel here , means that we can use another fuel for running vehicles and for producing electricity. These sources generally have low emissions. They don’t originate from finite fuel resources and are sustainable. Also, these sources makes the country independent.
As we all know, Sun is a constant source of solar energy, which can be used to produce electricity by which we can also run vehicles. Solar energy can produce electricity. But how ? It can be done with the help of solar panels. This electricity can be used to run trains. Electricity for transportation use is highly efficient.
Natural gas is an alternative fuel which burns clean and is already available in many countries. Propane/LPG can also be used as a fuel but in this, crude oil is used which is imported from other countries and make the country dependent.
Renewables are for everyone….conserve it!!
Ø Can we imagine our life without electricity????
·       The night before the examination …
·      Work at hospitals…
·      Last minute hassles before travelling…
·      Work in banks and offices…
·      ATM machines…
·      Hot summer days…
·      Microwave cooking…
….and lots more situations where we will stuck up.

So what can we do to conserve energy...

We should reduce our usage as much as we can. This way we can save our money as well as we can become eco friendly.
ü  Very easy - We should properly switch off all the electric components immediately after use. Further, it would be great to pull the cord of these appliances out of the socket after use.
ü  The idea of building energy efficient homes is also striking-
§  Paint the outside walls of the house light in colour as it will attract less heat and hence your air conditioning expenses will reduce.
§  Use hot water from solar water heaters for cooking and also try to use solar cooker.
§  Provide sufficient windows in the house for proper ventilation.
ü  Use energy efficient CFL’s
ü  Try to eat together at home to avoid repeated warming of food. This not only saves fuel, but also preserves the nutritional value of food.
ü  Pressure cookers, used with separators, lead to substantial fuel saving.
ü  Use the optimum setting foe geyser’s thermostat.
ü  Allow food articles, taken out of the refrigerators to attain room temperature before cooking them.

Beware of Energy Monster !!!

They drink up all electricity and they are very real!
o   LCD TVs and plasma TVs
o   Window ACs
o   Video game systems
o   Microwave ovens

o   Vacuum cleaners

St. Edmunds school,
Jawahar Nagar, Jaipur, INDIA

Class X