Brewing Knowledge Club meets on the last Sunday of the month.

See you on Sunday the 26th December 2021. We will have a good learning experience through the chapters:

Liberal Arts and Education 

We will be experiencing liberal arts education and how it's gonna work in this. 

Humanity must learn humanities.

We're going to develop a long-running debate and answers vital for us to understand. 

New Teaching and Learning Approach

Here we get an essential opportunity to understand how to make an action plan to solve common problems among the learning experience. 

So, be there on the day. We never break the learning chain with passionate learners. Let's come together for a better learning experience. 

Let's grow together,

Kunal Rajpurohit

The Fabindia School Intern @GSA

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My Good School Dil Se - The Doon Girls' School

My Good School Season 1, Episode 3 - 'Dil Se' means from the heart! "My Good School Podcast - Dil Se" is about the stories that explain how schools can achieve significantly better teaching standards, foster a sense of community, and help students reach their fullest potential. The My Good School Community shares how they connect, communicate, collaborate and create an environment where the joy of learning is brought to life.

Dr Ashok Pandey, the show host and Director Ahlcon Group of Schools, speaks with the stakeholders of The Doon Girls' School at Dehradun. Joining him for this show is the Principal Ms Sumali Devgan, the co-founder Ms Monisha Datta, teacher Ms Mohini Chauhan, student Shivangi Bhupendra, ex-student Shubhangi Prasad and parent Ms Seema Jain.

Sumali Devgan has extensive educational leadership experience. Having worked and headed a variety of Indian and International schools, she offers diversity and a high level of professionalism. 

Monisha Datta started her career as a software developer and corporate trainer; she co-founded The Doon Girls School, in 2000 and Dehradun Boys School, in 2007.

Mohini Chauhan, a passionate teacher of The Doon Girls School, is a qualified computer Educator who joined the DGS 17 years ago and has been the significant strength behind all the innovative and experimental development at school.

Shivangi Bhupendra, a student at The Doon Girls School in 2017 in grade V. Another nature enthusiast, a budding photographer, a passionate conservationist with a fire in her belly to find out more about making a difference on this planet. She is articulate about her concerns and quick to take action. A silent and diligent worker does not neglect any task assigned to her. She is the Cultural Secretary at the school.

Shubhangini Prasad, an ex-student, hails from her boarding school upbringing at The Doon Girls' School, Dehradun and Mayo College Girls' School, Ajmer. Her graduation in Business & Management and Graduate Diploma in International Relations from the University of London International Programs made her understand the futuristic outlook of the universities abroad. A public speaker and an entrepreneur, Shubhangini aims to give innovation the centre stage of the educational arena. Besides this, she devotes her time to honing her skills in Odissi dance, for which she holds a diploma degree. She strives relentlessly to leave her mark in the education world.

Seema Jain, an outlier as a parent, followed her heart and selected The Doon Girls' School for her daughter. A mother of two when searching for a Gurukul, and took the leap of faith. She found the school the best learning space for her daughter, where values come alive, and every child is unique. As she calls the school a home away from home, listen to this proud mother shares her life story.

The Doon Girls' School is an exclusive girl's residential school from grade I till class XII. Its campus is in Dalanwala in Dehradun, the capital of Uttarkhand in India, home to some of India's finest schools. IThe school believes in enabling the children to think so that they can dream big. Only when we believe can we perceive and make things happen. The motto "PENSER, C'EST VOIR" says the same - "To Think is to See ".

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My Good School Dil Se
The stories explain how schools can achieve significantly better teaching standards, foster a sense of community, and help students reach their fullest potential. My Good School Community shares how they connect, communicate, collaborate and create an environment where the joy of learning is brought to life.

My Good School works to:
- Empower students by creating an environment for their personal and social development.
- Encourage students to become involved in activities beyond just study; this helps develop confidence, knowledge and networks.
- Experiential learning is a critical factor in the student's progressing successfully through adolescence.

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Never Give Up Hope - Prerna Rathod

Hope is a rope that is a lifeline for everyone. It is a ray of light when a person is in darkness. Hope makes us believe that nothing is impossible in this world. If you have faith in yourself and are ready to work hard, you can achieve success to complete the impossible task. Hope gives us wings to fulfil our dreams and help us create a path to achieve our goals. 

As Educators, we must inculcate this value of hope in our children. Life is very unpredictable, and sometimes we will face failure. So hope is the only thing that will help us to move on and restart our task again. We can give examples of great personalities like Albert Einstein, Charlie Chaplin, Walt Disney, etc., who didn't achieve success in one go. They faced many failures and then got a win. If we tell them their stories, then children will understand the importance of hope in our life.

I would like to give a real-life example. My aunt was diagnosed with cancer. All family members were worried and upset. My aunt was sad, and she gave up hope to live. But then, seeing her children, she decided to go through the treatment and fight cancer as her children needed her. So she took tratment. Though it was painful, she was successful in defeating cancer. She was cancer-free and now is with her family, safe and healthy. 

I would like to end with the quote, "Hope is such an energy by which any dark part of life can be illuminated". So let's carry "Hope" with ourselves.

Prerna Rathod 
The Fabindia School

Determination - Bharti Rao

Determination is the positive feeling in us that helps us overcome any obstacle and reach our goal. Determination motivates us to go on further & not to stop. According to Thomas Edison, the inventor of light, when he failed thousand times, he said, ‘I have not failed! I’ve just found 1000 ways that wouldn’t work.’ Many more such great people didn’t stop but reached their goal with their sheer determination.

Many times some horrific setbacks lead people to be determined and live the best of their life. I would like to share my daughter’s story with you all where she showed her determination and achieved her goal. My daughter Vaishali was not so good in her studies, especially her Science & Math. She was also not good at Sports. She never participated in games. She always sat under the tree chatting with her friends under the tree.

Her turning point in her life came after her results of Class X. After that, she was determined to prove herself. She started participating in games and reached State Level in Badminton. She represented JNVU University at College Level. She joined NCC and participated in Republic Parade at Jaipur. It was all because she was determined to prove herself. She worked hard not only in Sports but also in Academics. She secured first division in Class XII & graduated. In her MBA, she secured distinction. She also became the Head Girl in her school and received the trophy of Excellence in Skill. With her hard work, perseverance & determination, she pushed herself to reach her goal.

It is rightly said that determination motivates us to improve ourselves, make positive changes in our lives, and increase our chances of success. It enables us to build dreams, live healthier lives, and strengthen our relationships with others.

Bharti Rao
The Fabindia School

Determination - Prerna Rathod

Determination means to stand firmly for what we believe in or support the truth no matter what others think or feel. Determination is one of the most important values that everyone should possess. Even if we face failure, then it is our determination and courage that helps us to try again and achieve our goals. A strong, determined person can meet and overcome any problems in life and provide strength to others. 

I recall an incident in my life. When I was in college, my relative's daughter and son were very weak in their studies. Their parents were worried for them. They requested me to teach them. I agreed. When I went to teach them, I found that both of them couldn't read and write correctly. I decided to give up. But their mother pleaded with me to teach them. Then, I made up my mind that I would teach them. I worked hard with them, and in their final exam, they both scored good marks. Their parents were thrilled and thanked me a lot. It was my determination that could make helped me to make it possible. If I had given up at the start, there would be no one to help the children. 

So one's determination can help others also to go through life's up and down.

Prerna Rathod 
The Fabindia School

Determination - Arvind Singh

Every champion has felt it; every victorious person has felt it, THE URGE to quit. Don't give up on your dream despite any circumstances. It may take you twice as long. Now you have to decide whether you are so concerned about accomplishing your goals. In this whole journey, what may play an important role is one and only DETERMINATION. How determined you are to do the things up and above. 'wake up with the determination and sleep with satisfaction. That is all you need to do. 

Determination brings an urge to do the work in a person, and it may vary from person to person. In this age of competition, this is the only thing that will make u stand apart and high in your journey. Determination is followed by consistency, will urge, and NO EXCUSES. There are vast differences between I need something and I am determined about that particular thing. The other factor that helps is HOPE; it also plays a vital role, as a person holding their nerves with hope is invincible. A person must indulge in introspection just to assess their strengths and weakness.

I just want to conclude my opinion by saying 'A person with strong determination is the winner in himself. You have won half of the battle, champ.'

Arvind Singh 
The Fabindia School

Determination - Pinkee Chouhan

What is determination? 
Determination is the determination to do something despite a difficult situation. Resolve is the option that provides a ladder to get out of the hole instead of pushing the person to the pit of despair. There is limitless power in the will, due to which the goal is definitely accomplished.

How can you be determined? Let me share a real story of a 65-year-old lady Lata Kare Ji who lives in the Baramati district of Maharashtra. In the year 2014, her husband was suffering from a severe disease. The amount for the treatment was too much.  Her husband was an agricultural labourer and earned hardly one hundred and two hundred per day.  Raising the amount of therapy was very difficult for Lata Ji. But she wanted to see her husband alive at any cost.  That's when she heard about the organizing of the marathon and the prize money.  This made her feel a little light in complete darkness.  She had never participated in a running competition before.  Keeping in mind that most of the participants would be young, energetic and fully prepared, still, she ran in a sari and with slippers. Lata Kare was without sports shoes and without sports clothes. Her sandal broke in the middle of the way, but she did not pay any attention to it. She ran barefoot and finished the marathon.

Her determination brought her victory.  There is no solid formula to become more determined; when you want something from your heart, your determination will always be at its peak. Decision making is an intellectual and logical process, and perseverance here is related to the power of the mind.  We like to do physical activities like playing, walking, and watching movies.  Usually, our body wants comfort, so we choose situations where we have to suffer less, even during cognitive behaviour.  So we are not used to living on our own decisions.  Whenever we suffer more, our mind starts looking for excuses to change its own decision, and we also easily find reasons.  So if we want to develop determination, then we also need to practice it.  We should start with small efforts.  You can try it on small things too, such as the decision not to drink tea at a time, the decision to cut a few hours off from entertainment and follow these decisions.

Determination breaks the shackles of dilemma.  Success and failure in life are due to the mind.  The determination power of the mind keeps it engaged in continuous work. It often leads to success.  When the weakness of the mind makes a person weak while doing work, infuses despair in him, then there is a failure in the result.  Whenever a person becomes relaxed while working, the intellect also gives up. The willpower of the mind awakens immense strength in the body, also makes intellect sharp, due to which the person definitely gets success in that field. 
Pinkee Chouhan
The Fabindia School

संकल्प: कृष्ण गोपाल

किसी बात का मन में निश्चय कर देना कि यह काम में करके ही रहूँगा, संकल्प कहलाता है।सदियों से यह प्रथा चली आ रही है कि हाथ में जल लेकर या अग्नि को साक्षी मानकर किसी बात का संकल्प लिया जाता है। जल और अग्नि यह केवल एक निमित्त मात्र हैं किंतु मनुष्य का दृढ़ निश्चय, काम करने का प्रयत्न ही उसके लिए संकल्प है। यदि दृढ़ निश्चय मन में है तो किसी प्रकार के जल और अग्नि की साक्षी आवश्यक नहीं है।

कई सारे ऐसे उदाहरण भरे पड़े हैं जिनको देखकर अन्य व्यक्ति भी दृढ़ संकल्प से भर जाता है। दृढ़ संकल्प से कई रुके हुए काम बन जाते हैं तथा असंभव से दिखते कार्य भी पूर्ण हो जाते हैं। अपने मन में आए हुए विचारों को धरातल पर उतारने के लिए दृढ़ निश्चय होना आवश्यक है।

एक बार मैंने भी मन ही मन वैदिक संस्कृत की पुस्तकों को पढ़ने का निश्चय किया। ग्रंथों को पढ़ने से पहले संस्कृत का ज्ञान परम आवश्यक था क्योंकि भाषा के शब्द-कोश को जाने बिना या उसकी व्याकरण को जाने बिना उसके ग्रंथों को पढ़ना निरर्थक था। संस्कृत से मेरा ज्यादा लंबा संबंध नहीं था। दसवीं कक्षा तक संस्कृत का अध्ययन अवश्य किया था, इससे अधिक कुछ भी नहीं था। दसवीं कक्षा पास किए हुए भी एक लंबा अरसा हो गया था।

अब अपने संकल्प को पूरा करने के लिए सर्वप्रथम मैंने व्याकरण की कई पुस्तकें खरीदी तथा स्वाध्याय करते हुए ही व्याकरण का ज्ञान अर्जित किया। संस्कृत के विभिन्न सूत्रों के अर्थ जाने तथा उनके प्रयोग के बारे में जानकारी की। हर छोटी-छोटी बातों को भी मैंने सम्मिलित किया। संपूर्ण रूप से मैं पुस्तकों पर ही निर्भर था, मार्गदर्शन के लिए किसी भी व्यक्ति का सहारा नहीं था इसलिए इस काम में थोड़ा समय जरूर लगा किंतु जो कुछ भी सीखा वह स्थायी हो गया।

इन सब के पश्चात मैंने संस्कृत के उन ग्रंथों को पढ़ा जिनको पढ़ने की इच्छा मेरे मन में जागृत हुई थी। पुस्तकों की कमी नहीं इसी कारण यह क्रम आज भी चल रहा है। हाँ, अवश्य ही इन पुस्तकों के पठन की गति में कमी आई है परंतु पठन की यह धारा अविरल बह रही है।

परिश्रम और दृढ़ निश्चय से मैंने अपना यह संकल्प पूरा किया और इसे आगे भी ले जा रहा हूँ। कुछ कठिनाइयाँ भी अवश्य आई परंतु आनंद की अनुभूति भी कुछ कम नहीं थी। अतः अपने संकल्प को पूरा करने के लिए स्वयं ही निश्चय करें। 

Krishan Gopal 

The Fabindia School 

संकल्पशीलता: सुरेश सिंह नेगी

संकल्पशील होना आज के दौर में बहुत जरूरी है क्योंकि संकल्पशील होकर ही आप अपने लक्ष्य  को प्राप्त कर सकते हैं। विजेता कभी हार नहीं मानते और हार मानने वाले कभी नहीं जीतते। चाहे आप इसे दृढ़ संकल्प कहें, धैर्य कहें या मेहनत, चलते रहने की इच्छा सफलता का एक महत्वपूर्ण घटक है। वास्तव में संकल्पशील होना स्मार्ट होने से ज्यादा महत्वपूर्ण है। ऐसा इसलिए है क्योंकि बुद्धि और प्रतिभा स्वाभाविक रूप से निष्क्रिय गुण है, लेकिन दृढ़ संकल्प सक्रिय है। इसका मतलब है कि जन्मजात प्रतिभाएँ अवसर पैदा कर सकती हैं, लेकिन उन अवसरों को साकार करने के लिए वास्तविक कार्य करना होगा। कड़ी मेहनत इतनी महत्वपूर्ण है कि, भले ही आपके पास औसत स्तर की प्रतिभा हो, फिर भी आपके  पास जो कुछ भी है उसे सफलता में बदलने के लिए दृढ़ संकल्प का होना अति आवश्यक है।

दृढ़ संकल्प एक लक्ष्य पर केंद्रित रहने के बारे में है। और जब तक आपके पास एक लक्ष्य है, आप उस लक्ष्य के लिए रास्ता बना सकते हैं, जो आप चाहते हैं।

इसके के लिए आपको छोटे-छोटे लक्ष्यों को लेकर संकल्प लेना चाहिए क्योंकि बड़े से बड़े लक्ष्य को प्राप्त करने के लिए यह अत्यंत आवश्यक है। उदाहरण के तौर पर बूँद-बूँद करके ही घड़ा भरता है, एक कक्षा से दूसरी कक्षा में जाने के लिए भी एक बच्चे को कई छोटी-छोटी परीक्षाएँ देनी पड़ती हैं। संकल्पशील होने के लिए मन की शक्ति का होना बहुत जरूरी है। मन एक चलायमान है क्योंकि पूरी दुनिया में मन से तेज कोई भी चीज नहीं दौड़ती है। इसलिए मन को एक जगह पर एकाग्र करना चाहिए और अपने लक्ष्य की ओर निरन्तर आगे बढ़ते रहना चाहिए।

अतः अपना ध्यान भविष्य पर केंद्रित करें, अतीत को आपका मार्गदर्शन करने दें।

कल की गलतियाँ आपके लिए सबक होनी चाहिए, निराशा की वजह नहीं। अपने आप पर यकीन रखें क्योंकि आप ही हैं जो अपने जीवन को नियंत्रित कर सकते हैं। सबसे कठिन क्षणों में भी, आपको ही तय करना है कि आपको आगे क्या करना है। अपने लक्ष्यों तक पहुँचने की अपनी क्षमता पर विश्वास करें। लक्ष्य हासिल किए जा सकते हैं। यदि आप संकल्पशील और सकारात्मक रहते हैं, तो आप भी अपना मुकाम हासिल कर सकते हैं।

Suresh Singh Negi
The Fabindia School

संकल्प: ज्योति सेन

संकल्प जैसा कि नाम से ही स्पष्ट है कि कुछ भी करने की ठान लेना या उसे करने के लिए खुद से वादा करना उसे निभाना उसे संकल्प कहते हैं। जो यह भौतिक पदार्थ है तथा संपूर्ण सृष्टि में जो हम देख रहे हैं वह भी भगवान विष्णु के संकल्प से ही उत्पन्न हुई हैं। ऐसे अनेक उदाहरण हैं जिन्होंने अपने जीवन में संकल्प लिया तथा उन्होंने अपने संकल्प को पूरे होते हुई देखा जैसे कि भीष्म पितामह का संकल्प आजीवन विवाह करना, परशुराम जी का संकल्प पृथ्वी को क्षत्रियों से विहीन करना, शिवाजी का संकल्प मुगलों का अंत, महाराणा प्रताप का संकल्प मुगलों की अधीनता स्वीकार न करना, गांधी जी का संकल्प अहिंसा पर चलना, पैरा ओलंपिक खिलाड़ियों का जीतना तथा अनेक स्वतंत्रता सेनानियों का संकल्प जिन्होंने देश की आजादी का संकल्प लिया तथा वे अपने संकल्प में  सफल भी हुए। यह सब अपने संकल्प पर सफल इसलिए हुए क्योंकि इनकी इच्छाशक्ति बहुत मजबूत थी

जीवन में सफल होने के लिए हमारी इच्छा शक्ति का होना बहुत जरूरी है यदि हमारी इच्छा शक्ति दृढ़ है तो हमें आगे बढ़ने के लिए कोई नहीं रोक सकता। जीवन में कई परिस्थितियाँ आती है जो हमें अपने संकल्प से दूर ले जाती है। परंतु यदि हमारा संकल्प दृढ़ है तो उसे पूरा होने को कोई नहीं रोक सकता। मैंने भी अपने जीवन में संकल्प लिए हैं और वह संकल्प जब तक पूरा नहीं हुआ तब तक उसे याद रखा है संकल्प लेते हैं तो हमें अपना लक्ष्य हमेशा बार-बार याद आता है

जैसे-बचपन में, मैं बहुत सुपारी खाती थी। वह भी इस हद तक कि वह मेरी आदत में चुकी थी, मैं सोचती थी कि मैं उसके बिना नहीं रह सकती हूँ जब मैं सातवीं में पढ़ती थी तब एक बार मेरे अध्यापक ने उसका नुकसान बताया और इसे खाने के लिए कहा उसी दिन से मैंने यह संकल्प ले लिया कि मैं कभी भी जीवन में सुपारी नहीं खाऊँगी और उस संकल्प को मैं आज तक निभा रही हूँ इसी प्रकार मैं रोज दिन में चाहे कितनी भी व्यस्त हूँ सिर्फ एक घंटा अपने लिए निकाल कर रामसुखदास जी महाराज का सत्संग सुनती हूँ और लिखती हूँ पहले मैं बहुत बार भूल जाती थी, फिर इसे पूरा करने के लिए मैंने इसका भी संकल्प ले लिया अब मैं चाहे किसी भी जगह हूँ इसे अवश्य सुनती हूँ और लिखती हूँ

यदि यह संकल्प मैं नहीं लेती तो यह मैं रोज नहीं कर पाती जो मुझे अच्छा भी लगता है। अंत में, मैं यही हूँगी कि संकल्प से सब संभव है अगर किसी काम को ठान ले तो कुछ भी असंभव नहीं है।

Jyoti Sain
The Fabindia School

The Brewing Knowledge Club - October Reflections

The sound of the train of the Brewing Knowledge Club shows that we are back to our old routine at school!
"An eager child or Enthusiastic teacher" was covered by Ms Veena Solanki. The students in the teacher's class are eager to learn something if the teacher is eager to share.  To make learning better, teachers can add enthusiasm, fun, and other elements as well, but that doesn't mean learning should stop. The teacher needs to make a good relationship with their students to give motivation, and the ‘boring' teacher is the one who is not able to recognize the eager child.

We see that if we want to change, we first need to change ourselves and Ms Monisha Datta made this more graceful by covering "Why Teachers are averse to change" when she boarded the train and shared her voice! Because teachers are playing a key role as changemakers they must update their methodology. As teachers are comfortable with their old teaching process, first they should change or update themselves, then they can change others. Why aren't teachers willing to change? Only a few people are interested in it, and they are doing it as a profession of chance and not of choice. They have lost their high place in history and culture, were stood long ago. 

And our trip into the 2nd Section...

Redefining Education and Learning.

The first station of the second section is called "Reading at the Heart of Education", we've seen a life-long passing in the command of Mrs Bharti Rao. It is possible to make the spark of reading come alive with more logic and relevance.

The energetic and very enthusiastic Ms Nibbrati Rathore took us to the next station “Innovation and Design” shared the pressing need for innovation by students.  The reason why 'Jugaad' is working during a running class is that the system focuses on marks or students doesn't feel safe, it can be changed by some motivation.

The best part of the reading club is reflections. Today's reading left me pondering for a while after the session and I can put my thoughts in the following 4 points.

1) Educators need to have fun while teaching while being at school, else they'll go mental; this rule is fundamental! 

But on a more serious note, we all need to remember the word fundamental begins with fun and includes mental stimulation and that's the key to being a good educator!

2) Educators are effective only when reflective

3) Reading is like Oxygen, we cannot survive without it!  Children and Educators need to read together, to grow together. Children are like seeds, they grow as per the soil, water and air provided to them and that soil, air, and water are their parents, community, and teachers. Their books are the sunlight that everyone needs! Encourage basking in the sun as this stimulates growth.

4) Finally, if the educator knows how to stimulate the students' minds, if they know how to have fun, if they are continuously researching and reading, nothing stops them from innovating. That's what Education is all about. Empowering our students to think differently and making it happen

It was a wonderful session. I'm looking forward to the next one.

Stay here for the endless learning experience, the club’s journey this month was passionate and we say, "Picture Abhi Baaki Hai Mere Dost".

We will return soon with more graceful stations.

- Kunal Rajpurohit and Sukhpreet Kaur

Good Schools of India Journal @ www.GSI.IN

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