Thoughtfulness And Understanding - Sukhpreet Kaur

A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference. A little review can make everyone thoughtful. It is our immense responsibility to shape the lives of our students. 

Being thoughtful means making ourselves aware of our inner feelings, gestures and immediate needs and helping us to take necessary actions to help our students. It helps us to shape the lives of others and gives us directions to improve them. Being thoughtful in life changes the lives of those you touch and your outlook on seeing and judging things.

We have inclusive education in our school. Students are different, and their behaviour too.

The role of a teacher is significant to cater to the needs of all the students. All of us need to make Understanding so smooth that even the last child in the class is noticed and helped by his classmates.

We can see many examples which we can observe on thoughtfulness and Understanding. I would like to share a short story from my classroom. During circle time, I was discussing being alone and how it creates a void in a person's life. A family, group and friends' presence impacts the lives of others. It was an interactive session.

One student (X) in my class is autistic. He is brilliant and active. Every day this child eats alone. We shared many stories to make him understand. During the lunch break, students created a circle and started chanting the Sanskrit Shlok —

अन्नपूर्णे सदापूर्णे शंकर प्राणवल्लभे ।

ज्ञान वैराग्य सिध्यर्थं भिक्षां देहिच पार्वति ॥

Student X was also there and chanted. He took his lunch box and sat separately from the others. Another boy came to me and said, I feel sad when he sits alone. Can I take his lunch box and keep it on my table mat? I told that boy to invite him for lunch and not force him. He did the same thing. He asked him for lunch, but his first expression was why?

Student X looked at me and I just blinked my eyes like a mother with silent gestures. Student X took his lunch box and mat and sat with others. I know it was a small event. But for me, each moment of my class is essential. At the session's end, the values I inculcate in my students will undoubtedly guide their path in life. I will not be there with them, but my sessions and stories will help them understand each other and make them more thoughtful. If you think about being more competent, you're already on your way.

I would like to end with a quote "Understanding comes through communication, and through Understanding, we find the way to peace. …"

-Sukhpreet Kaur
Gyanshree School

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