पिता - पूजा जोशी

 अविरल बरगद -सा पेड़ है वो
धूप में नित छांव देता है, 
चाहे किसी भी आए आँधी ,तूफ़ान 
अडिग खड़ा रहता हैं ...

सूरज सा चमकता तेज़ प्रकाश है वो,
परिवार की ऊर्जा का आकाश है वो,

कभी है चाँद सी शीतल छाया ,
समय संग बदलता नित वो अपनी काया,

समंदर सा संयम भी, कभी उठता ज्वार भी,
पृथ्वी सी सहनशक्ति भी,क्षमताएँ अपार भी,

छोटी -छोटी बातों में डाँटने वाले पापा,
बड़ी से बड़ी ग़लती माफ़ कर जाते है।

बेटे के साथ अक्सर होते सख़्त वो,
बेटी की विदाई पर फूट -फूट रो जाते है।

घर की क़श्ती की पतवार है वो,
हम सब के जीवन का आधार है ।

सख़्त हो कितना उनका बिस्तर,
बच्चों को मख़मल का बिछौना लाते है।

क़मीज़ हो उनकी चाहे सालों पुरानी,
हर त्योहार बच्चों को मनचाहे कपड़े दिलाते है।

ज़रूरतें हो या ख़्वाहिशें अपनी भुला के,
बच्चों के सपने सजाने रात दिन जुट जाते है।

हाथ पकड़ के चलना सिखाते है,
कंधे पर बैठा मेला घूमते है,
फिर भी लोग कहते है पापा प्यार नहीं जताते हैं।

मेरे अस्तित्व की पहचान है वो,
हर दम मेरे नाम से जुड़ा उनका नाम है।

अपनी पूरी ज़िंदगी बच्चों पर लुटाते है,
पिता ने कुछ नहीं किया, कैसे बच्चे ये बात कह जाते है।

Pooja Joshi
Saint Paul's School

Why go to school? - Veena Solanki

Every person is important and unique. Everyone's life is an intricately designed jigsaw puzzle that necessarily remains incomplete if a few pieces go missing or the mosaic that life is might remain serrated. As a personal growth junkie myself, my definition of a school has broadened to the ' School of Life'. Learning is every child's prerogative, and finding affordable quality education is a task in itself. 

A good school certainly brings together all the stakeholders to actively tout and contribute to sensitivity to the children's social, emotional and psychological bend, eliminating the conundrum of hyper dependence on marks and boards. And such an elaborate concoction takes significant ingredients as skill development from early years with soft skills first, social adaptability, decision making especially for crisis response, focus on aesthetics as much as cognitive skills and many more such quintessential traits. All this can be certainly achieved by upskilling teachers(the anchors and agents of learning), prioritizing their training based on a learner's needs analysis.

My Good School program is conceptualised as a roaring cascade of chronicles that drenches, revives, records and awes students to acclimatise and acknowledge their learning throughout the schooling years. In this way, the school does carry a touch of alchemy.

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Thoughtfulness and Understanding - Neelam Waldia

 - Neelam Waldia, The Doon Girls' School, Dehradun

Thoughtfulness and Understanding- Anubhuti Sharma

“A door is much smaller compared to the house, a lock is much smaller compared to the door, and a key is the smallest of all, but a key can open the entire house. Thus a small, thoughtful solution can solve major problems.” A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

Education can enhance the personality of any human being. And this is possible only when all the values are included in us since childhood. Schools are great places where children spend more time and understand most things from there, whether through the syllabus, educators, or companions. Teachers and students have a huge influence on the formation of values. Thoughtfulness means making someone feel important, being kind and empathetic towards others, the quality of thinking and caring about others unconditionally.

As HM, we interact with our children in the dorm daily, we not only interact with the children in our house, but we are always there for every child. We don’t just focus on the problems because we believe that every child is exceptional and needs attention. We sit and interact with everyone individually to listen to them and make them feel importantWe inculcate values like thoughtfulness and understanding by showing care and respect towards children. With this, they learn to respect their elders and their juniors and all the helpers who take care of them. We also incorporate thoughtfulness and understanding by allowing children to perform various activities like taking care of the environment, preserving our culture, taking care of public property etc. And when they do a group activity, they learn almost all the values. They understand each other, care about each other, enjoy freedom in a group, and always feel important and contented. Thus, happy children can make every corner of the school happy.

The most important area where I would like to develop thoughtfulness in students.

First of all, I will try to reduce the feeling of competition among students. I will share my thoughts or stories from my childhood to make them believe that competing with others may make you happy for a moment, but it takes you away from certain values. I will not stop my students from competing. Rather, I will tell them to be their own competitors only then you can enjoy the true meaning of all the values. When we start competing with others, we forget to pay attention to; our goals, team spirit, and patient. Due to which there is a lack of understanding among themselves. I would always encourage my children to celebrate and enjoy success but never get discouraged if they don’t win. Whatever you do, give your best.

Thoughtfulness in action inside the classroom.

We can have circle time, where children can express their views, and they will learn to listen, communicate, respect and understand each other. This ability to understand someone else’s thoughts and emotions will make them empathetic. We can do this once a week. We can celebrate this week in many ways. This will help children build relationships and learn to pay attention to the other person.

Extra-curricular activities such as debate, story-writing or telling, art & craft and dramas are proper ways to explain values. It enhances the skills of critical thinking among the students.

Game 1 Game 2  (Tap on the link to play the game)

Word Wall Game quizzes were conducted in the classroom to teach the meaning of values to the children.

This week I was teaching the lesson on Being a Good Citizen, and I am glad that I had the opportunity to teach values like thoughtfulness and understanding to my students in the classroom. I did an activity with the children to understand the meaning of these two values.

I gave Sentence Stems to all the children and they were not allowed to change the given words, but they needed to add something to it.

- Anubhuti Sharma, The Doon Girls' School, Dehradun

Thoughtfulness and Understanding - Kirti Bisht

A thoughtful person knows what other people want, need or feel and try not to upset them. Being considerate or thoughtful towards others makes one a great human being. You really feel content and peaceful when you think about others above yourself. It does not require much skill, just a deep thought before you act or do something and realise how your actions affect the other person. Be it leaving your seat for an old person in the bus, helping someone who finds it difficult to cross the road, offering food to a child who is begging or turning off the tap you find on the road just to save water- it all requires thoughtfulness. While doing all this does not require much effort, skill or energy, it surely will make a difference in society!

Understanding is the synonym of thoughtfulness. One cannot be thoughtful without being understanding. They are the two sides of the same coin. Being understanding help us predict what people might feel in a certain situation. It means taking a look at a situation from another’s point of view. As there are different personality types, circumstances, situations, so it’s hard to know exactly how two different people will react to the same environment. Being understanding doesn’t involve much. It only takes opening your heart to appreciate what someone feelings or experiences.

To understand what understanding is, someone has rightly said:

“Walk a mile in my shoes!”

- Kirti Bisht, The Doon Girls' School, Dehradun

Thoughtfulness and Understanding - Reah Sikand

Thoughtfulness and understanding are two values that go hand in hand. Thoughtfulness means to be considerate towards others. Children start interacting with others at a young age. Thus, this value should be instilled in them from a young age. Kids should understand the meaning of thoughtfulness as this makes them caring individuals.

My grandmother always taught me that we must put ourselves in the other person's place before we judge them or react to their actions. This made me realise that circumstances make people behave in a certain way. Everyone needs love and care.

One day I entered the class and started teaching the kids, and a few of the kids came to me after class and asked me if I was doing okay since they noticed I wasn’t myself in class that day. I was surprised to realise that the kids had noticed I was sad.

We need to treat kids like adults and communicate with them. We need to tell them to help others and care about others. Kids learn this quality very quickly because they are pure souls. When children visit NGOs, they become more sensitive towards others. Thus, schools must encourage their kids to do social work.

Understanding is to feel an emotion another person is feeling. We must understand individuals, and we must learn to empathise with others. We tend to become selfish and only think about ourselves, but if we only think about ourselves, no one will think about us as well.

If there is open communication between children and adults, these values will be easy to understand for kids. Being a good human being is very important for a better world, and for that, teaching kids moral values are the most important thing. When adults are happy and calm, and peaceful, kids will automatically develop this attitude.

- Reah Sikand
The Doon Girls' School, Dehradun

Thoughtfulness and Understanding - Mezhu Chopra

“I will never forget the thoughtfulness of Mrs Lynn.”, said the caretaker's wife. The expression was of a mother who desperately needed help and another mother reaching out to her at a crucial time.

 The year was 2002. It was in the evening when all the mothers were busy preparing dinner for the family. I saw black smoke coming up from the church from my kitchen window next to my compound. As I rushed down to take stock of the situation, I saw my neighbours standing there, each holding a bucket. Due to the dry season, there was a scarcity of water. A human chain was formed as we passed the buckets of water to hold fire till the fire brigade arrived. The fire brigade came, and the fire was doused. It was an exhausting experience, and everyone was drained. The next morning, I visited the caretaker's family, and that's when she narrated her ordeal to me. When the fire broke out, she had just laid the dinner for her family and was about to call her children. Her first instinct towards the scenario was to take her children to safety. Her children clung to her as everyone tried their best to save the church. It was way past their dinner time, and she knew they were all sleepy and famished, but none of her children complained. Just then, Mrs Lynn came with some casseroles packed with food for her family. When the whole neighbourhood was preoccupied with saving the church building, a mother empathised with the caretaker’s wife. This thoughtful act touched her family in such a manner that the mother was eternally grateful. At times, we are so lost in our own worlds that we fail to see or understand the need and pain of others. However, even a small act of thoughtfulness and understanding from the heart goes a long way in touching people's lives.

- Mezhu Chopra 
The Doon Girls' School, Dehradun

पर-चिंतापूर्ण, सावधानीपूर्ण, संवेदना से भरा व्यवहार - किरण जयाल

मनुष्य निरंतर सीखता रहता है, अपने उत्थान के लिए हमेशा प्रयासरत रहता है और इस सफर में thoughtfulness, पर-चिंता एक मुकुट मणि की भांति है.

Thoughtfulness यानि कि पर-चिंतापूर्ण, सावधानीपूर्ण, संवेदना से भरा व्यवहार.  जितना ज्यादा हम संवेदनशील रहते हैं,  हमारा ध्यान स्वयं से हटकर 'हम' पर चला जाता है. यही भाव हमें पूरी सृष्टि के साथ एक कर देता है.

एक बच्चा  बाल्यावस्था में स्कूल में प्रवेश करता है और किशोरावस्था आने तक यह संबंध बना रहता है .यही उपयुक्त समय है जब thoughtfulness, पर-चिंतापूर्णता के नैतिक मूल्य का बीज उसके अंतर्मन में रोपा जा सकता है .पर यह कैसे किया जाए - विशेष तौर पर किशोरावस्था में जब एक बच्चा जहां ऊर्जा का भंडार है, वही अपनी पहचान बनाने बनाने में पूरी तरह अग्रसर. . . चलिए समझते हैं . . .

स्कूल में रंग-जाति, सामाजिक भेदो और मुखौटो का कोई काम नहीं . फिर भी  ज्येष्ठ छात्रों द्वारा अन्य छात्रों को डराना, धमकाना ,धौंस दिखाना कोई नई बात नहीं . अगर कारण बच्चे हैं तो निदान भी बच्चे ही हैं . यहीं पर संवेदना पूर्वक पर-चिंतापूर्णता को बच्चों को सिखाया जा सकता है.

हम में से कई लोगों ने नानी- दादी के मुख से महापुरुषों के जीवन और चरित्र के बारे में जाना है . उन्होंने ही प्रथम बार इनसे हमारा परिचय कराया था. यही कार्य आज का किशोर भी कर सकता है. माननीय मूल्यों के बारे में समझ कर, औरों को ललित कलाओं का उपयोग कर ,समझाता है, तो वह केवल thoughtfulness की तरफ डग भरता है अपितु अपनी क्षमताओं का संवर्धन भी कर सकता है.

किशोरावस्था में बच्चे आपस में क्लब बनाकर, कुछ स्थानीय मुद्दों को उठाकर उन पर काम कर सकते हैं जिससे कि वे मुख्यधारा में खुद से जोड़ सकें.  यह चाहे नेचर क्लब हो या पशु प्राणी की सहायतार्थ कुछ कार्य . जो भी हो वह ज्वलंत मुद्दों को उठाकर उनका निदान सुझाकर अपनी भागीदारी दर्शा सकता है. ऐसा करने पर वह स्वतः ही पर-चिंतापूर्ण अपना व्यवहार प्रदर्शित करता है

इन सभी पक्षों के पीछे संवेदना पूर्ण समझदारी है . यह नैतिक मूल्य हमारी बुद्धि को बहुआयामी रूप से प्रभावित करता है और  पर-चिंता भी इससे अछूती नहीं रहती.

 एक मुद्दा भी विज्ञापन के द्वारा कैसे समझदारी और पर चिंता को श्रेष्ठतम रूप से दिखा सकता है,  यह जानने के लिए साथ में दिए लिंक पर क्लिक कीजिए



 -किरण जयाल 
The Doon Girls' School, Dehradun

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