What Makes A School? - Reflection January 2024

List 5 words that come to your mind when hearing the word "School"?

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The five words that come to my mind when I hear the word School -

 Learning, teachers, friends, activities & bell. "Building a relationship with children is by far the most important thing a teacher can do. Without a solid foundation & relationships built on trust & respect, no quality learning will happen." The role of school in building social skills is vital as it will ensure that students develop the ability to interact with people from different backgrounds and understand them better. The role of school cannot be stressed enough when it comes to building interpersonal and communication skills among kids. It not only helps them find new friends and expand their social circle but also helps build close ties with teachers through class discussions, activities, group work, celebrating festivals together etc.

- Carol Henrick, Sunbeam School

I see school as a place where a community comes together to learn, collaborate and experience growth. It's like a mini-world where everyone plays a unique role. The admin and rules act as the bones, providing structure, while teachers and students bring it to life, like flesh and blood. If we view the school as a place of work, learning, sharing, and conscious engagement, it becomes a dynamic space resembling the play of life. 

Each person's role in this play is in their hands, shaping the overall experience. Considering this, I feel a sense of responsibility and excitement. It's like having a part to play in this mini version of life, contributing to the collective journey of knowledge and growth.
- Shivangi Gupta

Five words that come to my mind when I hear the word 'School' are -

1. Learning
2. Community
3. Knowledge
4. Growth
5. Interaction

In a nutshell, for me a school is a vibrant ecosystem where minds intertwine, creating a dynamic blend of community, workplace, and a stage for lifelong learning. Indeed, the school mirrors a microcosm of life, with administrators, buildings, rules, teachers, students, and others contributing to a symphony of shared experiences. And, yes, the lead of each person's role in the school is similar to a delicate dance, influenced by their unique steps and rhythms, ultimately shaping the collective narrative. Reflecting on this, there's a sense of being part of a complex mosaic, where every thread woven by individuals contributes to the rich and diverse fabric of the school, leaving me intrigued and curious.

- Shreyanshi Agrahari

School life - "The leaves of memory make a mournful rustle in the dark"... School life is filled with its unique share of joys and sorrows. Even if one is at the pinnacle of success, School memories are an inseparable part of the journey. I have had some amazing Angels in the form of Teachers helping, and guiding me. Just like our heroic character 'Roma' in the book, I have had Teachers who made me a beautiful individual irrespective of the caste, religion or gender that I belonged to; and that has made all the difference. Maybe that is the reason why I chose Teaching as my "calling" (it would be sacrilege to call it a 'profession'). My School, my Alma Mater... forever and ever etched in my memories and soul.
- Kapila Yadav

Reflections by Carol Henrick, Shivangi Gupta, Shreyanshi Agrahari, Kapila Yadav

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