Simplicity and Trust - Roopa Bhattacharyya & Mridula Renjit

Simplicity is the state of being simple, uncomplicated or uncompounded. It is the directness of
expression and clarity. The truth is that simplicity is always best because when focusing on
simplicity, your creative work becomes easier to understand, recognize, and use; in other words,
it makes things easy.

In life, simplicity is appreciating the small things. Simplicity is freedom from material
desires and emotional desires. Simplicity avoids waste, teaches economy, and avoids value
clashes complicated by greed, peer pressure and a false sense of identity.

Exercise on Simplicity
In class 3 SST, while teaching the lesson Food, a straightforward activity was carried out in class.
Children were asked to bring plain rice, dal (lentils) and potato sabji (vegetarian side dish).

Impact on students
The whole class brought rice, dal and potato sabji, enjoyed having it with their friends and
also learned about cereals, pulses and vegetables. They discovered the pleasures of a simple meal.

Trust is a two-way street. There are two basic approaches to trust.

1. Start with trust and see what happens; trust the other till the other person disproves
your trust.

2. A person has to prove he/she is trustworthy. Only after the other person has demonstrated,
their trustworthiness will that person be trusted.

In the classroom, the first approach will be successful. We have to give trust and earn the
the trust of the children.

Exercise on Trust
I made each child stand on the desk and fall backwards. The other children were positioned to catch the falling child. What great fun it was! The children caught the falling child; of course, I was there to catch the child in case the children missed the falling child. Trust was earned and learned.

- Roopa Bhattacharyya & Mridula Renjit
Ahlcon Public School
JOL Cohort 2022

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