Humility and appreciation - Dynamic DGS

Humility is like a warm glove to our calloused hand of overconfidence and false pride, helping us to maintain self-control, to keep us rooted and grounded when we could go blind with our own success stories, remarkable achievements and much more. Humility to me is very important as it helps me to stay connected with my true self. It helps me to be better than before. It instils in me a sense of composure which makes me look at life positively. It is very essential to be humble at all times, especially when we are required to help one another without having a superiority complex. For example, when we, as educators, need to help our students, we need to remember to be humble enough to make our children comfortable in our presence so as to use our power of teaching to provide knowledge, but not intimidate them with our profile. Children idolize their teachers and it would truly help them to be humble as well with each other if they saw their teachers being the same. Humility strengthens relationships; it provides solace. 

How do we recognize humility? It is a belief that every human being is equally important and valuable and that we are no more or less than anyone else in the world. Some of my students and I had the opportunity to meet Dr Kiran Seth the founder of SPIC MACAY, at the 1st winter convention in Roorkee. A simple and humble person. We could not imagine that the person standing before us is a Padma Shri awardee. He came up to us and talked so affectionately that we felt we had known him for years. Expected him to talk about his achievements and how he had started SPIC MACAY. I was wrong. Instead of talking about himself, he spoke about how the youth can promote Indian cultural heritage and how we should work hard to make India proud. He was modest and unpretentious about his achievements.

Children learn by examples, and the best example was set by Dr Kiran. We could see his reflection in SPIC MACAY’s volunteers (mostly IIT students) who dedicated their time and energy to serving all the participants round the clock with smiling faces in a very humble way. A week's stay over there enlightened us. It was a way of life.

Dynamic DGS @ THE Doon Girls School, Dehradun - , Reena Gusain, Reah Sikand, Meenakshi Panwar, Shilpika Pandey, Rachna Bhardwaj and Sumali Devgan

Humility and Appreciation - Flyers DGS

                                                             विद्या ददाति विनयम,

विनयम ददाति पात्रता।

Humility means being humble or grounded. It means putting others’ needs before our own and acknowledging that I am not always right. Humility enables us to stay open to new learning.  It prevents us from judging others, serves others and wins people. Humility makes us real & hopeful and gives us peace. Humility doesn’t mean to think about yourself, but to think less about yourself and more about others. It is the foundation stone of all the virtues. We cannot have a good personality if we are not humble. It helps us to think wisely. It means to appreciate others’ strengths and accept your mistakes or weaknesses.

Humble people do not try to impress others with titles, money, achievements, in fact, they just pull out the best in others. They are more responsible and handle stress more effectively.

Appreciation is a feeling of gratefulness. Appreciation makes us feel valued, responsible and acknowledged. It gives us confidence and motivates us to work hard. The word “appreciation” fills us with joy and zeal. It is difficult to work wholeheartedly in the absence of appreciation. Somewhere in the corner of our heart, we crave appreciation, it’s like medicine. But appreciation that is not real or honest loses its value. Only a real critic can honestly appreciate you.

One of our member shares, “Humility is the only virtue that can be practised in both success and failure. When I meet someone who radiates humility, my shoulder relaxes, my heart beats a little more quietly, and something inside me lets go. Why? Because I know that I'm being heard, fully seen and accepted for who I am. It allows my protective walls to come down. The same treatment I would like to give people who meet me or are in my circle. Humility allows us to make real-world. I accept the strengths and limitations of other people and of my own as well without defensiveness or judgement.

Appreciation has magical powers. I often appreciate things, behaviours and deeds that I want the person to repeat till it becomes his/her habit.  If there are some vices that I want the person to change, I appreciate his other qualities but remind him/her that his qualities are bigger than the small vices he/she has."

Another member writes, “A newly married girl once cooked a crooked shaped parantha for her father -in law for the first time she went inside the kitchen knowing deep inside that it was not as it should have been ... she apologized to her father-in-law while serving the same and also reassuring him that he would be served a perfect one next time as she did not know much of cooking... her HUMILITY! The father-in-law was all appreciation for the taste of parantha saying it was filled with love till the brim and he never had a better one till then ever...*quality of appreciation*!!

Today, the daughter -in law is the finest cook for family today.

प्रोत्साहन एक ऐसी चिंगारी है जो जीवन की निराशा, हताशा, नीरसता को एक ही शब्द से दूर भगा देती है ।जब व्यक्ति इस परिस्थिति से बाहर आता है तो वह समझ पाता है कि प्रोत्साहन देना ,प्रोत्साहित करना, प्रोत्साहित होना कितना बड़ा गुण है , कितना बड़ा सहारा है, संबलता का प्रतीक है। किसी भी सफल जीवन में विनय तथा प्रोत्साहन चोली दामन का संबंध रखते हैं। एक ही सिक्के के दो पहलू हैं।इन्हें समझना, संवारना तथा उपयोग में लाना मनुष्य के लिए अति आवश्यक है।

 विनम्र होने का मतलब होता है, दूसरों के प्रति लगातार ,बारंबार कृतज्ञता का भाव प्रकट करना। दूसरों के कार्य के प्रति सदैव आदर का भाव रखना। प्रोत्साहन वह चिंगारी है जोछिपी हुई, दबी हुई, शक्तियों को उजागर कर एक ऐसे स्तर पर ला लाकर उसे प्रज्वलित कर देता है कि कि प्रोत्साहित करने वाला व्यक्ति प्रोत्साहित होने वाला व्यक्ति अनुमान ही नहीं लगा सकते हैं असीम आकाश अब उनकी मुट्ठी मैं है।

संक्षिप्त में यह कह सकते हैं कि जहां हतोत्साहित करने वाले अपनी कल्पना में हारने वाले व्यक्ति के नुकसान को देखते हैं वही  विनम्र तथा प्रोत्साहित करने वाला व्यक्ति भावी भविष्य की उड़ान की परख रखते हैं।

Our humility teaches us to appreciate others’ qualities. One cannot appreciate anything until and unless one is humble. That means humility and appreciation go hand in hand.  Our Humility makes us approachable and Appreciation helps us to win hearts.

Written with co-operation by FLYERS DGS - Vijaya Jugran, Nandini Arora, Urvashi Uniyal, Vandana Goel, Bhumika Vyas & Ritika Tyagi - at The Doon Girls' School in Dehradun.

Humility and Appreciation - Triumph DGS


Being a teacher sometimes we start considering ourselves as the owner of the students. We are filled with a feeling of arrogance and insolence while treating them. On the other hand, a humble student will never react to this unexpected behaviour of a teacher.

Sujata was rebuked by me for reporting on time for the rehearsal of the play. So annoyed, I was that I did not let her enter into the hall. The anger and bitterness she faced from me that day brought tears to her eyes but she did not utter a single word. The period got over and I carried on with the usual routine.

The next day I was informed by one of my co-teachers that Sujata’s name has been recommended for the Uttarakhand Natya Academy.

The meetings for the same had been going on in the principal’s office for the last few days. This was the reason for her not reporting on time to me. Realizing my mistake, without delay I went to her in the field. The moment she saw me, she rushed toward me and hugged me. “This is just because I have an amazing teacher like you, ma’am,” she said,

“Thank you for always guiding me, I dedicate this award to you”  I was speechless.


विनम्र होना हमारे मनुष्य होने की सबसे बड़ी पहचान है |हम विनम्र हैं इसीलिए मनुष्य कहलाते हैं वरना असभ्य तो पशु भी हैं | संभ्रांत, शिष्ट, अनुशासित, भद्र,सौम्य,शालीन, विवेकशील तथा सभ्य ये सभी विनम्रता के पर्याय हैं और मनुष्य की प्रवृति को दर्शाने वाले शब्द हैं |

This virtue of HUMILITY in her earned all the APPRECIATION from me. The appreciation for her for being so modest, for not boasting about the recognition she was to get.

याद कीजिए वो पल जब पहली बार हमारी माँ ने हमारा पहला कदम उठाने और गिर जाने पर हमारा मनोबल बढ़ाने के लिए जरूरत से ज्यादा शाबाशियाँ देते हुए हमारी प्रशंसा की थी| शाबाशी पा कर बढ़ाए गए वो कदम आज हमें ऊँचाइयों की इन सीढ़ियों तक ले आए हैं | अभिभावक होने के साथ-साथ हम आने वाले भविष्य के पथ-प्रदर्शक भी हैं|

I shared the entire incident in the class and motivated to be like that all her life. She was valued and appreciated by her class mates also for her humbleness.

Today Sujata is a theatre artist and performs all over the world. She is renowned, famous, rich but most important still ‘HUMBLE’ and ‘APPRECIATED’ more for this than anything else.

Proudly created by the inspiring team of Triumph DGS @ The Doon Girls' School, Dehradun - Prachi Jain, Mansi Sondhi Arora, Ritika Chandani, Shalu Rawat, Mohini Bohra Chauhan and Prachi Parashar

Humility and Appreciation - Magnets DGS

           Team Magnets DGS believes that Humility is the quality of accepting challenging situations even in the times when you are lying low, moving ahead with trust, taking help when required by putting your ego aside and keeping a positive frame of mind.

          Appreciation follows when you work with responsibility, patience and tolerance, and show respect for the cooperation you get from those around you. All the values are linked to one another.

The Fragrant Sweetpea

The seed lived in its humble abode; it was dark inside the coat.

Buried in the soil, it showed trust, trust that the root will come soon to hold it firmly and gently, and there was hope that freedom is not too far away.

Patience and tolerance helped it to sprout and grow out.

The stem cooperated with true honesty, and the plant grew in simplicity.

The stem held on to the leaves with responsibility as it opened up with cooperation, in humility.

The friendship it received, for the cooperation it gave, the tendrils reached out with trust in appreciation for support all the way, reaching farther and farther.

Moving upwards with courage, the buds peeped up.

With the courage, trusting the surroundings bloomed, in simplicity and humility uncurling the petals so delicate and soft, Spreading fragrance and happiness with compassion and tolerance.

The appreciation it received for the beauty displayed was possible when in unity worked the sun, the air, the soil and water taking on the responsibility with respect for each other.

The plant bent down in humility and respect for the appreciation showered on the fragrance it spread.

Back to the earth, the pod fell down to re-live the cycle from the seed to the crown in humility and appreciation for nature around.

Magnets DGS: Kiran Juyal, Manju Srivastava, Mezhu Chopra, Pooja Sharma, Pratima Singh and Renu Sundriyal

Humility and Appreciation - Medley DGS

to be Educator 

Medley DGS

Anubhuti Sharma, Chandralekha Negi, Kirti Bisht, Mamta Kandpal, Neelam Waldia, Sugandha Ahluwalia and Rudrani Ray

Where passion meets education - Arvind Passey

How many students in these past few decades in independent India use words line zest, excitement, energy, fervour, eagerness, enjoyment, delight, zeal, liveliness, vitality, vigour, and devotion for their teachers and their school days? I am one of those who will say yes, but when we look around and probe hard, the truth is that education in our country generally lacks passion. Most schools have slowly walked straight into the lair of ‘promoters and entrepreneurs’ who hardly ever think ‘beyond just investment and the ROI’. A school after all, is ‘not a venue or a building, but an environment. It is not an escape from the misgivings of life, but a haven of opportunity.’ Sandeep Dutt in his book ‘My Good School’ goes about dissecting the real needs of students, teachers, and community and even points out the sort of actions that may lead to a turn around and send out creative and well-rounded individuals on their sojourn to the next phase of their lives and who not dispensable and inconsequential clones of each other. 

This book is almost like a conversation where a concerned parent, a well-intentioned teacher, and an entrepreneur who is aware of the reality of education today discuss everything from the what, the why and the how of teaching to what it will take to redefine education and learning. The author has been intuitive enough to locate and mark every possible battle-front where school education has been fighting valiantly. The author has taken care not to miss out any vital aspect and has addressed the individual needs of our students, reflected on the kind of school that must be planned rather than keep harping on the need for going to school. The book explores the benefits of experiential learning and involved learning through participation. This obviously brings us to the vital area of having the right kind of teachers. The author quotes A N Dar, former principal of Scindia School as agreeing that ‘many well-known schools are floundering because the school is not giving them the space required by them. There are appraisals and increments and even sacking but the quality of staff is not growing.’ Look at some of the schools and this statement will transcend any doubts that a reader may believe. We know that for a student a ‘school is simply an ecosystem for their personal and professional development’ and that ‘without teachers, a school is just a building, without trained teachers, schooling is not education, and without trained teachers for all. Education for all will never be a reality’. Therefore, those individuals who have been using ‘teaching as a way to pass time as they study, pursue other academic programmes and prepare to get better jobs’ generally end up not giving their best because ‘good teaching is as much about passion as it is about reason. It is about caring for your craft, having a passion for it, and conveying that passion to everyone’.

If readers of this review get a feeling that the author is simply putting forth problems and issues, Sandeep Dutt takes no time in pointing out that the school administration has an equal responsibility. It is a part of the duties of the administration to make sure that their staff must be involved beyond the classroom, that is, also in the decision-making and effective functioning of the school as ‘leadership at the school is a major catalyst in helping build a good school’. Among the plethora of these ponderings are teacher-student ratio, quality of teachers, academic and administrative support, access to contemporary research, awareness of new pedagogic trends, updated curriculum, academic options for students, and even the often grossly overlooked role of hobbies, sports, and spare-time activities. The book takes no time in pointing out that it is skills learnt at school that build employability and thus grooming teachers to be leaders and mentors, the role of parents and community as equal stakeholders, an intelligent use of the latest technology, and updated curriculum can be just as important as communication skills and proficient English.

What really attracted me to the content in this book is the fact that it says a lot that even the new NEP or our National Education Policy has envisaged and has already begun moving towards making education wholesome and healthy. In my cover story on NEP a few months back I had written that a ‘vital component of this policy is the visible shift from rote learning through modified pedagogy aimed to enhance critical thinking, creativity, scientific temper, communication, collaboration, problem solving, ethics, social responsibility and digital literacy. The objective for this dynamic transformation is set to be achieved by 2022’. This article also points out that the NEP has elements that make training interventions for teachers sturdier as this is the only way to upgrade the doddering literacy and numeracy that exists today. Besides strategic placements of focused training for teachers (other points of focus will be recruitment, motivation, continuous education and career development), a positive increase in the use of technology is aimed at. Even Mr Anil D Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, AICTE  was quoted as saying that our ‘faculty today must be prepared to bring in creative thinking and thus their critical analysis of the entire system will become note-worthy in multiple ways.’ This obviously cannot be possible unless there is an equally powerful thrust of public investment in education. These are the two pillars besides a single-minded focus on vocational and adult education that are going to lead the nation towards universal access to education by 2030. I have also asked as to why NCERT did not think of developing a national curriculum framework for adult education all these years? The question that I’d like to ask here is if all the giant procedure and process generating institutions work only when a policy pushes and catalyses them? Are terms like ‘being proactive’ actively prancing around only for junior executives in multi-nationals? Yes, policy makers believe that certain changes will improve governance, but isn’t it time that our thinking bodies stopped just waiting for instructions and began generating ideas to maximize resource utilization? Thus it is correct and timely for this policy to suggest the creation of an independent State School Regulatory Authority to handle all sorts of school regulations including the oversight of the system and implementation of accreditation. A separation of functions to eliminate conflicts of interests is obviously included.

This book is definitely an engrossing one because the author expressed issues and their solutions without sounding preachy and text-bookish. He has even remarked that these wonderful things so far as school education is concerned will have to face difficulties of acceptance at all levels, however, ‘to overcome resistance to change, we must win over teachers’ as ‘our education system and policy must encourage innovation and learning’.

Education today is not a choice between an eager child and an enthusiastic teacher but goes way above it. This is all achievable if the elements of change are expressed well as ‘any change in the world must be brought about by the power of expression’. At any level, be it school or higher education, the basic premise for any long-lasting change is a relationship between the teacher, the taught, the administration, policies, society, and parents. It is only when passion meets education that a literacy revolution is born.


Details of the book

Title: My Good School
Author: Sandeep Dutt
Publisher: Rupa Publications India Pvt Ltd
ISBN: 978-93-90547-40-1

First published by Arvind Passey on

Responsibility and Cooperation - Visionary J.M.M.S.

Responsibility is the faith that others have in you. When you are giving responsibility, people believe that you can do it. So now it becomes your responsibility to complete it, and that too with complete dedication and sincerity.

When a child comes to school, he is only 4 to 5 years old. The parents believe that the teachers will teach their child and grow him up into a good citizen. That's the responsibility of a parent towards their child and faith towards the school. After this, it is the teachers' responsibility to take care of the child, teach him and help him grow. The child's development is the result of cooperation between the parents and the teachers and sincerity towards their responsibilities.
Responsibility and Cooperation are the 2 major values of our life.

For teachers, these two values are influential as they are shaping the future. 

Our school takes students in grade 4 and 5 for outstation trips. There was a boy who was a bit shy and less active in the Class than other students.  Every student registered their name for the trip except the boy. As he wasn't confident enough and his mother was also not ready to send him away from her for a week.  As she  said, "मेरा बेटा नहीं जा सकता, वह जल्दी घुल मिल नहीं पाता और उसका ध्यान रखना दुसरे बच्चो के बीच मुश्किल होगा।" 

The class teacher and the other staff members built the mother's trust to let the boy go with the rest of the students, and the school staff will take his responsibility. The boy went on the trip; we noticed that he cooperated with the teachers very well, and the trip turned out to be progressive in his personality; he tried to interact more.

Responsibility creates cooperation, effortlessly and effectively. 
If the person is responsible enough, the other person will initiatively take interest and cooperate with them.

Visionary JMMS @John Martyn Memorial School, Salangaon Dehradun - Parineeta Negi, Ambika Gurung, Manmohan Kaur and Bharti Dangwal.

Responsibility and Cooperation - Achievers JMMS

Responsibility is something that we are supposed to do. It is something related to trust. A person is responsible when he is honest and if he has the courage to do something. It is responsible for something you are expected to do.

Responsibility is promising someone about the task, duties or anything. It means to be confident and have the ability to make decisions. Responsibility is being prepared from mind about handling the situations. When we take responsibility, it allows us to prove ourselves. When someone has trust in us that he or she can do it, then only we can be responsible. 

For example: In school, a teacher's responsibility is to treat her or his students equally. A teacher is responsible for teaching the students in the best and simplest way so that each child can understand. 

Similarly, the students are responsible for completing the given work to them by the teacher on time.

Cooperation is something similar to collaboration. It means putting efforts together to gain the same motive. It is working together with others to achieve something. When we work together to achieve good results in everything or work, we need cooperation to complete that work.

It is the process of groups working together for the benefit. Cooperation is respecting everyone and building friendship.

For example, Children and teachers work together to take out the best from the students. In the same way in any function in the school teachers and students can say the whole staff of the school co-operate to gain the same motive.

Giving responsibility to someone makes them responsible, and they also gain the courage to do the work.

This is a story of one boy who used to be quiet in the class. He used to feel shy about talking to the teachers as well as his peers. He has the habit of doing all his work all alone. Seeing him like this, the teacher thought of distributing the class's little task to the students. She divided the work of the class to each and every student. The teacher asked all the students to do the survey of the school. For this, she made the group by dividing the class. She trusts that boy that if I give him some tasks, he would surely come up with good results. Keeping that child in the group help that child to gain confidence and made him responsible. And with the help of the team members, they come up with the best results. They cooperated with each other and did the survey of the school.

"Alone we can do little, but together we can do so much. "

Achievers JMMS 
John Martyn Memorial School
Salangaon, Dehradun 

- Sweta Thapli, Jyoti Joshi, Meena Kukreti and Nisha Pundir 

Responsibility and cooperation - Tarang JMMS

What is Responsibility?

Responsibility is the ability to respond and accept that you are the cause and the solution of the matter.

I am responsible for my words, my behaviour, my efforts, my mistakes, my ideas, my actions and the consequences of my actions.

Being responsible is something that is important because it allows you to be depended on even if others can’t be. When we are responsible it means that we are capable of making moral decisions on our own and we are ready to be answerable to others for our behaviour.

Responsible people are the ones that many look up to. Responsible people are always the ones who help out. This quality helps people to find a fondness and trustworthiness towards those who are responsible. Each step we take towards being responsible helps to raise our self-esteem and our relationship with others.

Cooperation on the other hand is also an important value because it allows people and groups to work together to achieve a common goal. Cooperation allows us to gain and exchange knowledge, ideas, thoughts and workload.

At school the children learn to cooperate through activities like playing together in teams, doing project work in groups and even simply building puzzles together enables children to learn how to work together. Part of cooperation is learning how to overcome challenges together.

Trust is the foundation of cooperative behaviour.

 In our school we always see the children picking up the dry leaves from the ground and putting them in the dustbin before the assembly. It has become their habit even the little ones help in cleaning the campus. As a part of the institution, it is our duty to keep it neat and clean. As teachers, it is our responsibility to teach the children these little responsibilities from a young age. When the little ones watch their elders even they try to contribute by cooperating with them.

 We all have our own Responsibilities.

As teachers, we are responsible person in society as we build the future of our nation. Other people can point it out to us but we can't point it out to anyone.

 It is believed that teachers are the epitome of knowledge. They have solutions for every problem. But what a teacher has is other teachers. Every teacher has her own perspectives but only by collaborating with each other we grow together and discover new areas and gain more knowledge.

Even the students help the teacher in the learning process. It's the responsibility of the teacher to impart knowledge. A teacher has the knowledge but the learners cooperate and collaborate and carry on the learning process.

Cooperation is not always an easy thing to achieve in the workplace, but the effort is worth it because it leads to a harmonious and productive space. Cooperation can make the difference between success and failure. When people dedicate more time to their duties in a cooperative manner, they are more productive and things get done more quickly and efficiently.

 'If we all don't grow, the boat won't go'

Tarang JMMS@John Martyn Memorial School, Dehradun- Neelam Bhardwaj, Dolly Pharasi, Shalini Gurung

Responsibility and Cooperation - Aspiration JMMS

The Aspiration group has created an audio podcast. It is an interesting story of a ‘Gulmohar’ tree, who is afraid of shedding its leaves and flowers during the autumn season. The surrounding trees, animals, and insects take responsibility for making him understand a tree's life cycle. 

Two important values, ‘Responsibility’ and ‘Cooperation’, has been the focal point while narrating the story. We have taken care to do collective storytelling, so that value of cooperation and responsibility is on everyone. While creating this story, the process was essential. It was a combined effort of everyone. We realized the power of co-operation and its positive energy.

This story gives a strong message to how educators and peers can help a child develop his inhibitions and be a part of the group. 

The ‘Nanha Gulmohar’ is narrated by the four enthusiastic learners of John Martyn Memorial school. 
Aspiration JMMS@John Martyn Memorial School, Salangaon, Dehradun - Renu Raturi, Sandhya Thadani, Sonali Sharma, Asha Bhandari 

तनाव को कम करने के तरीके - Ayasha Tak

जीवन के किसी बिंदु पर हर कोई तनाव का अनुभव करता है, तनाव काम या नौकरी से संबंधित हो सकता है ,परिवार से संबंधित हो सकता है या आपकी पढ़ाई ,खराब स्वास्थ्य , वित्तीय समस्याओं आदि के कारण हो सकता है। कई बार किसी करीबी व्यक्ति की मृत्यु भी तनाव का कारण बनती है। 

कुछ लोग तनाव को सही ढंग से संभालते हैं , जबकि कुछ लोग अपने जीवन को फिर से व्यवस्थित करने में  विफल रहते हैं। तनाव के लक्षण मानसिक , शारीरिक या सामाजिक हो सकते हैं , इसमें सिरदर्द , हताशा , भूख का घटना या बढ़ना , नींद न आना या बहुत ज्यादा नींद आना शामिल हैं। 

कुछ आसान तरीकों को अपनाकर हम अपने जीवन में तनाव को कम कर सकते हैं।  जैसे - 
 ज़्यादा मुस्कुराए - जितना हो सके मुस्कुराओ। जैसा की मदर टेरेसा ने कहा था - “ शांति की शुरुआत मुस्कान से होती है और हर बार जब आप किसी पर मुस्कुराते हो, तो यह प्यार की एक कार्यवाही है ,उस व्यक्ति को एक उपहार ,एक सुंदर चीज़। “

संगीत -सॉफ्ट और शांत संगीत एक महान संकटमोचक है। संगीत एक व्यक्ति को खुश और हल्का रखता है। आप अपने पसंदीदा गीत को सुन सकते है और साथ में गुनगुना भी सकते है, इससे आपकी आत्माएं जाग उठेगी और आप फिर से खुश और अद्भुत महसूस करेंगे। 

वास्तविक बनो -अपने लक्ष्य को पूरा करने में अपने आप को ज़्यादा जोर न दें। धैर्य रखें , तार्किक और यथार्थवादी बनें। एक ही दिन में सब कुछ पूरा करने की कोशिश करके अपने आप को तनाव न दें। “नहीं” कहना सीखें। 

हँसना - हंसी एक बेहतरीन दवा है। जितना हो सके हंसें , कॉमेडी धारावाहिक और फिल्में देख सकते है। 

दोस्त - अपने दोस्तों के साथ घूमने और अपने जीवन का आनंद लेने के लिए कुछ समय निकालें। आप अपने जीवन का आनंद लेने के लिए पैदा हुए हैं , इसलिए कम चिंता करें और खुश रहें। 

Ayasha Tak
The Fabindia School

चरित्र का महत्व - राजेश्वरी राठौड़

चरित्र से ही मनुष्य का जीवन गौरवपूर्ण बनता है, धन, पदवी , आदि से नहीं ।समाज में महत्व और सम्मान जितना सदाचारी व्यक्ति का होता है, उतना धनाढ्य तथा ऊंचे पद वाले व्यक्ति का भी नहीं होता है।धनवान के यश से सबको ईर्ष्या होती है, इसी प्रकार धन, विद्या या योग्यता वाले में अभिमान होता है परंतु शुद्ध चरित्र वाले से न तो    कोई ईर्ष्या करता है और न उसका मन और अशुद्ध होता है। 

चरित्र के कई अंग है जैसे सत्य पर अटूट विश्वास, शांत आदि। जो व्यक्ति अपने सिद्धांतों पर दृढ़ होता है, उसी का चरित्र शुद्ध होता है। सरल हृदय व्यक्ति में विश्वास, प्रेम, दया ,कोमलता तथा स्वानुभूति के भाव स्वयं ही उत्पन्न हो जाते हैं। इनमें से एक भी गुण पूरी तरह आ जाए, तो व्यक्ति शिष्ट कहलाने लगता हैं। अच्छे चरित्र वाला व्यक्ति डरता नहीं है, निराश नहीं होता। है। पवित्र चरित्र के प्रधान अंग है छल कपट ना होना, लेन -देन में सफाई, वचन पालन,  दया -भाव, परिश्रम पर विश्वास ,अभिमान का अभाव जिस के चरित्र में उक्त सभी गुण विद्यमान हो, वह सज्जन व्यक्ति की श्रेणी में आता है।

राजेश्वरी राठौड़
The Fabindia School

समय का महत्व - जफ्फर खां

समय का हमारे जीवन में अति महत्वपूर्ण स्थान है । समय सभी वस्तुओं से यहां तक कि धन से भी अधिक शक्तिशाली और अमूल्य वस्तु है यदि एक बार ये हमारे हाथ से निकल गया तो फिर यह वापस लौटकर नहीं आता है । व्यक्ति बलवान नही होता बल्कि समय बलवान होता है। यह बात भी सत्य है कि जो व्यक्ति समय की अहमियत नहीं समझता, समय भी उस व्यक्ति की अहमियत को नहीं समझता। एक बार ये कीमती समय हमारे हाथ से चला गया तो यह हमेशा के लिए चला जाता है फिर कभी वापस लौटकर नहीं आता क्योंकि यह समय हमेशा आगे की ओर चलता है, पीछे की दिशा में नहीं। हमारे दैनिक कार्य जैसे स्कूल कार्य ,जागने का समय ,व्यायाम, भोजन करना आदि योजना अनुसार और समय अनुसार होना चाहिए हमें कठिन परिश्रम करने का आनंद लेना चाहिए कभी अपनी अच्छी आदतों को बाद में करने के लिए टालना नहीं चाहिए। 

हमें समय के महत्व को समझना चाहिए और इसका प्रयोग रचनात्मक ढंग से करना चाहिए । जो घड़ी हम हाथ में बांध कर चलते हैं वह हमसे कहती है कि मेरे साथ चलो, भले ही आगे चलो पर मेरे से पीछे हो कर नहीं चलना क्योंकि साथ चलने से सदा जीवन सुखी रहता है। मानव जीवन नदी की धारा के समान होता है। जिस तरह से नदी की धारा ऊँची - नीची भूमि को पार करती हुई लगातार आगे बढती है उसी प्रकार जीवन की धारा सुख-दुःख रूपी जीवन के अनेक संघर्षों को सहते-भोगते आगे बढती रहती है। जीवन का उद्देश्य लगातार आगे बढना होता है इसी में सुख है, आनंद है।  जिस किसी ने भी समय के महत्व को पहचाना है और उसका सदुपयोग किया है, वह उन्नति की सीढियों पर चढ़ता चला गया है। लेकिन जिसने इसका तिरस्कार किया है समय ने उसे बर्बाद कर दिया है। समय का सदुपयोग ही विकास और सफलता की कुंजी है।

जफ्फर खां 
The Fabindia School

Jenny Finn "I am passionate about Education...

Learning Forward Podcast 13th Feb 2021
Jenny is the Head of School at Springhouse in Floyd, VA and is committed to designing and activating vitality-centred education to more courageously respond to the world's emerging needs.

Episode #64: Sandeep Dutt in conversation with Jenny Finn, Hundred Ambassador, Country Lead and Academy Member from the United States. Jenny is the Head of School at Springhouse Community School in Floyd, Virginia, where they are reimagining the purpose and practice of education and articulating educational design oriented around vitality and the Earth's wisdom. Jenny Finn’s research, mentoring, and teaching invites people to deepen the relationship they have with themselves to serve the world with greater clarity, courage, compassion, and creativity. Her work has taken many forms including non-profit leadership, trauma and hospice care, chaplaincy, private clinical practice, community building through the expressive arts, and education. Jenny holds a PhD in Sustainability Education and is co-founder of Springhouse Community School in Floyd, Virginia. She sees education as a primary agent to transform culture and its reimagining education in ways that foster the vitality within and around us all. In a candid conversation, she shares how she became a teacher and the fivefold path for educational transformation.

You will love the stories shared by our happy teachers and passionate educators. We grow your people's capacity to improve student achievement and transform your school into a culture of trust and collaboration in less time with fewer resources. Each person in your school contributes to the culture of your school. School culture is built on the actions and interactions of the people. You make your school stronger by adding value to others and making others feel valued. 

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स्वंय पर विश्वास - उस्मान गनी

संस्कृत में कहा गया है कि मन ही मनुष्य के बंधन और मोक्ष का कारण है-  ‘मन एंव मनुष्याणां कारण बंधा न मोक्ष्यों।’ मन की स्थिति अत्यंत महत्वपूर्ण है। मन ही व्यक्ति को सांसारिक बंधनों से बांधता है, मन ही उसे उन बंधनों से छुटकारा दिलाता है। मन ही उसे अनेक प्रकार की बुराईयों की ओर प्रवृत्त करता है, तो मन ही उसे अज्ञान से ज्ञान की ओर, अंधकार से प्रकाश की ओर ले जाता है। भाव यह है कि मन चाहे तो क्या नहीं कर सकता। 

इसलिए एक विचारक ने कहा है - 
जिसने मन को जीत लिया, बस उसने जीत लिया संसार
मन के कारण ही इच्छा-अनिच्छा, संकल्प-विकल्प, अपेक्षा-उपेक्षा आदि भावनाएं जन्म लेती हैं। मन में मनन करने की क्षमता है, इसी कारण मनुष्य को चिंतनशील प्राणी कहा गया है। संकल्पशील रहने पर व्यक्ति कठित से कठिन अवस्था में भी पराजय स्वीकार नहीं करता, जबकि इसके टूट जाने पर छोटी- सी विपत्ति में भी निराश होकर बैठ जाता है।अर्थात दुख और सुख तो सभी पर पड़ते हैं, इसलिए अपना पौरूष मत छोड़ों। हार-जीत तो केवल मन के मानने अथवा न मानने पर ही निर्भर होती है।

ऐसे अनेक उदाहरण हमारे समक्ष हैं, जिनमें मन की शक्ति से व्यक्ति ने असंभव को संभव कर दिखाया, और पराजय को जय में बदल दिया। अकबर की विशाल सेना को केवल मन की शक्ति के बल पर महाराणा प्रताप और उसकी सेना ने नाकों चने चबवा दिए। शिवाजी अपने थोड़ें से सैनिकों के साथ मन की शक्ति के सहारे ही तो औरंगजेब से लोहा ले सके। मन की शक्ति के बल पर ही कमजोर दिखने वाले गांधी अंग्रेजों को भारत से निकालने में सक्षम हुए। इसी शक्ति के बल पर द्वितीय विश्व युद्ध में जापान पुन: उठ खड़ा हुआ और कुछ ही समय में पुन: उन्नत राष्ट्रों की श्रेणी में आ गया। इसी प्रकार के अनेक उदाहरण दिए जा सकते हैं।

उस्मान गनी
The Fabindia School

Lissette Rojas "I am passionate about Education...

Learning Forward Podcast, Saturday 6th Feb 2021.

Founder of Trix and Trax: The Super Hero Talent Program “Peer to Peer learning” Making Learning a great experience Discover and Develop Talent Trough Live Events - Content Creation - Social Media. Social Entrepreneur. Passionate Life Skills Developer through Talent Nurturing. Country Lead, Global Innovator Ambassador & Youth Academy

Episode #63: Sandeep Dutt in conversation with Lissette Rojas from Venezuela, a Country Lead and Ambassador of Hundred. She is skilled at discovering and mentoring top multicultural talent; instilling a success; and creating leaders, not followers. Lissette is the co-founder and CEO of Trix and Trax, an educational program that encourages students to discover and develop their talents. A lawyer by training, with a MIB degree from the University of Wollongong in Australia, she has won multiple awards as TV creator, entrepreneur, and educator. Today, she spends her time implementing Trix and Trax's, “Superhero Talent Program: Peer Learning and Role Playing”, in Venezuela and elsewhere. She's a passionate believer in talent nurturing through fun and creative experiences that ultimately lead to building self-confidence, and long-lasting relationships with students who are encouraged to dream big. Activities such as Trix and Trax are essential to encourage the development of talent in arts, music, and sports and teach values that are important to our educational institution such as creativity, leadership, teamwork, and self-confidence. 

You will love the stories shared by our happy teachers and passionate educators. We grow your people's capacity to improve student achievement and transform your school into a culture of trust and collaboration in less time with fewer resources. Each person in your school contributes to the culture of your school. School culture is built on the actions and interactions of the people. You make your school stronger by adding value to others and making others feel valued. 

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Courage - Prerna Rathod

Courage means an act of bravery.  It is to do something that you are frightened of. Courage has different meanings for different people. For example, for a dancer, courage is to be able to perform in front of everyone. For a speaker, it is to convey his views in front of everyone. For a leader, it is to keep up the team spirit in difficult times. But,  most importantly, courage is to take a stand for the right cause. 

We need the courage to conquer our fears. When we are trying to climb the steps of success, we must have the courage to face failure and accept it. It is only courage that will help us to try again and achieve success in our life.
There are 6 types of courage:
1.  Physical Courage: It means to do something against your fear like entering a dark room even if you are afraid of darkness. 
2.  Social Courage:  It means standing against others for what a correct cause. It may be to stand against your parents, society, for example, like organising a charity event, standing up to peer pressure.
3. Intellectual Courage involves asking questions and giving ideas during discussions or taking a risk in life to become successful. 
4. Moral Courage:  It means using our values into doing the right thing like helping a blind man cross the road or picking up litter and not caring what others will others say. 
5. Emotional Courage:  This implies always having positive emotions even if you are surrounded by negative ones. For example, caring for injured animals, helping friend grieve over the loss.
6. Spiritual Courage: This means asking questions or finding answers to questions like is there life after death? What is life? And so on.  It means opening to mysteries of life.

As Educators and parents, you must make our children understand why courage is important in our life. We can give them examples of our freedom fighters, who sacrificed their lives to achieve freedom for India. We must make our children understand that it was due to their courage to live in free India.

If children are taught to be courageous from an early age, then they will be confident to take the risk in their life. I would like to end with Walt Disney's quote "All your dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them".

Prerna Rathod 
The Fabindia School

Ambition - Nikita Rajpurohit

Almost everyone dreams of something while growing up. We all have ambitions when we are little, which change as we grow up. Ambitions lead us to a definite aim in life. Furthermore, they help us focus on our goal no matter the cost. It drives us to do better in life. Ambitions differ from one person to another.

However, one common thing usually found is that over time, people switch their ambition to something else than that which they wished to be when little. We have many people in the medical field who wanted to be dancers. Similarly, some of the greatest politicians wanted to be artists. So we see how easily one gives up on their dreams and ambition to adapt to society.

Ambition is a great incentive to work. A life without ambition is like an arrow without a target. Seneca rightly said, "If one does not know which port one is sailing, no wind is favourable". Ambition is a dream with a deadline. All successful people have ambition. No one can get anywhere unless he knows where he wants to go and what he wants to be or do. Precisely, ambition is the path to success. So we all should have ambition in our life to become successful.

Nikita Rajpurohit
The Fabindia School

Believe in Yourself - Swabhi Parmar

We could all do with a little more self-belief. Well, that is because: Nothing can be done without believing in yourself first.
True, they are a lot of factors that will contribute to your success but the biggest factor that will determine whether you achieve something significant or not is self-belief.

How much of what you will achieve will mostly depend on how much you believe in your abilities. And yet most of us, me included, often lack self-belief during the times when we need it the most.

We could all do with a little more self-belief. Well, that is because: Nothing can be done without believing in yourself first. True, they are a lot of factors that will contribute to your success but the biggest factor that will determine whether you achieve something significant or not is self-belief. How much of what you will achieve will mostly depend on how much you believe in your abilities. And yet most of us, me included, often lack self-belief during the times when we need it the most. Rather than having unshakable confidence, we often allow doubt and insecurities to easily shake our resolve and make us believe that we are not capable of achieving whatever it is we have set out to do.

I can clearly understand why that is the case, we all do something wrong quite a number of times in our life span and this will make us question our abilities. We know it and we have been told so on numerous occasions. But then again, we also do a lot of things right too. And this is a fact that we often forget. We all have shortcomings and strengths but most times on our journey in life, our brain will choose to believe the negative, the shortcomings, and the anxiety and so on instead of choosing to believe in our natural ability to overcome all our obstacles. And because they may have failed or are currently struggling to succeed, people will often point out your faults and constantly remind you of your failures. Couple all that with jealousy, it will be very hard for you to find someone who genuinely believes in you especially if you do not have any record of public success.

It is no wonder why most of us are lacking in self-belief. But, as stated earlier if you won't achieve anything worthwhile: You have to believe in yourself first before anyone else ever does. And you have to do it more than anyone else ever will. A lack of belief in yourself will limit you no matter how great the ideas or opportunities are that you are exposed to.

Fortunately for us, believing in yourself is a skill that can be learned. The only catch is that ‘it takes time’.
Here are a few other reasons why you should believe in yourself first. It is the first step to success. How else will you take the first step towards your goals if you don’t even believe you will do it? The biggest most important questions that you will have to answer at the beginning of your journey are mostly about self-belief.

Am I capable of achieving this? Can I really do it? Can my idea really work? Once you really believe that you can do it, you will find a way to make it work. You will navigate through all the problems and get up when you fail. No idea will work for every person on the planet, but many ideas can work for most people … if you believe that you can make them work. You have to be willing to not just think differently, but to also to experiment with new ideas and trust that you’ll discover a way to make them work.

Believing in yourself is the first step to success.

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Swabhi Parmar
The Fabindia School

Friendship - Punita Chouhan

A person can share his happiness, sorrow and every kind of thing that he can share. Friendship can come from anyone and in any course of life. A father can be a friend of his daughter; similarly, a mother can be a friend to a son, a husband and wife can be friends.

True friends are always caring, loving, loyal, passionate, mildly critical and most importantly, trustworthy to their friends. Friendship is a relationship where friends listen to each other's problems and try to understand. These qualities make a friend a good friend. The person who cheats you talks behind your back and laughs at you can never be your true friend.

Friendship is never tied to the financial status of people. A king can be a true friend of a poor beggar, and a poor labourer can be a good friend of a rich industrialist. Lord Krishna was in an unconditionally true endearing friendship with poor Sudama. The friendship between Krishna and Sudama is a milestone for all of us. They were like soul mates. Their friendship was at a level where if someone hurts another one feels pain.

Friendship is good for your school-age child's self-esteem. Friendship helps children develop important life skills, like getting along with other people and sorting out conflicts and problems. Children with these skills are less likely to have social and emotional difficulties later in life. 

Friends can help you celebrate good times and provide support during bad times. Friends prevent loneliness and give you a chance to offer needed companionship, too. Friends can also increase your sense of belonging and purpose.

Punita Chouhan 
The Fabindia School

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