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A Disclaimer for Parents Before Result Time

The season of examination has just subsided and few schools are still about to wrap up, the pressure, tension, and seriousness in the atmosphere was about to clear when the parents start with their moles of expectations and unbearable pressure for a good result.

Excessive academic pressure on kids can backfire severely and end up affecting the child negatively. The undue pressure and a constant greed of expectation from them may destroy a child’s calibre and a setback may break down his/her self-respect and confidence.

Worry, Worry, Worry!!

By parent’s constant pressure to perform better a child can feel less inspired and more threatened. You need to know and judge the child well, there are some who are confident and bold but some are shy and introvert. The manner to treat a child depends on his/her nature and behaviour. The pressure can make them feel paralyzed and then they won’t actually learn but just get mechanical about the whole process. They start feeling that they are not good enough and this invites stress and anxiety which can be very dangerous for their mental state. If your child expresses any signs of stress or anxiety take it seriously and talk to him/her about it. Help them feel better through encouraging talks and supportive atmosphere at home.

“I’m not good enough”

Your constant pressure and high expectations can make them fall a prey to low self-esteem and loss of confidence. If they miss your mark of expectation by the minimal difference it can cause bad mental impact in their minds. They will start believing that grades and marks are the only parameters to judge their hard work and efforts, which will cause them harm in the longer run. Spend time with your child and emphasize to them the importance of working hard and giving their best and that marks are just an output and you do not judge them on it.

Bad Behaviour

Too much pressure to do well in school can involve kids in unethical practices as well. Your continuous pressure to get an A+ grade for all subjects can threaten a child and giving up to his/her fear they end up cheating and getting involved in all such practices. At times too much stress and anxiety may also involve them in malpractices of drugs and alcohol, so keep a watch on your Childs behaviour and never stress the fact that marks are the only motive of their life.

Always be there for your Child

Every parent wants their child to do well in life and that’s one reason they pressure their child for academic growth but always remember encouragement is better than pressure. Understand your child and his/her emotions, every child is different so don’t compare. They will know the seriousness of doing well in exams and living up to your expectation but let them live their childhood and enjoy their innocence.

Let them choose their favourite subject and give them the time to go out and play, they will make their future just give them their space.

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Keep-your-classroom-senses-alive

“School is a building which has four walls with tomorrow inside.” A child starts his journey with an innocent heart, a creative mind and number of dreams in his eyes. School plays a major role in moulding the student’s character and personality. A child spends a major chunk of his years in school inside the classrooms; these rooms make their future and give wings to their dreams.

Choosing a school for your child is a crucial task, there are various factors which you need to keep in mind and judge the school accordingly. Classrooms play a vital role in making or breaking a student’s interest in studies. Children are lively soul they love creativity and want to explore. While building a classroom one should think from student’s perspective and watch out for the things which a student would love seeing in a classroom environment.

Here are some tips on how to use the five senses to guide your classroom environment making it inviting for the students.

Sight – See Your Classroom through Fresh Eyes

Students enter a class with various thoughts in mind; they are excited, full of enthusiasm and burning with energy. They need the right direction and the correct destination for this energy to deliver fruitful results. A well thoughtful sight drafted for the students help in developing their interest and engagement in the class. When a student enters the class a neat blackboard, a well displayed smart-class projector, beautifully decorated bulletin boards and well-laid interiors makes them comfortable in no time. Sight has a major impact in a student’s mind, a classroom can leave a lively impact on a student but a little miss of basic ingredients can change it to gloomy as well. So, be careful and make your classroom interesting, engaging and comforting for your students.

Smell – The Scent of School Spirit

The aroma of a place plays a vital role in setting up the mood in the right direction. A bad odour or an acrid smell can put off the mood and is considered to be an unwelcoming sign. Students are fascinated with a good smell and a well-kept classroom. Remember cleanliness is a must, every day the dustbins should be cleaned and properly maintained. A good room freshener is a must which will help to keep the student’s mood fresh and light. Make sure that the moment students enter the classroom they feel at home!

Sound – Creating a Classroom Soundtrack

Once a student is inside the classroom they need to be engaged and involved so that the purpose of them sitting there is sorted. Teachers should be careful that they are audible till the last bench. It shouldn’t be a lecture-centric class rather the theme of the classroom should be conversational. Make sure the volume during the presentations and smart classes should neither be too high nor too low but just the perfect for the students to stay involved and intact.

Touch – Mix Textures & Add Colours

As it is said ‘Look and Feel’, we achieve the look factor by paying heat to the sight of our classroom but the feel also matters. So be careful while drafting the internal infrastructure of the classroom, the furniture should be well placed and in proper condition without any wear and tear. If there are some tables or chairs which have being distorted over the time, they should be replaced. The windows, doors, and ventilators all should be well maintained, any electronic gadgets in the classroom like projectors, Tv screen, fans, lights etc all should be kept in good condition with neatly tapped wires.

Taste – Sweeten the Back to School Transition

Keep your classroom tastefully done, a well kept and neatly drafted classroom is appreciated by both students and parents. Once a student enters a classroom he/she should feel comfortable and get homely vibes. Add some celebration to your classroom, birthdays or good performance of the students can be a call for a little party with some chocolates and sweets in everyone’s pocket.

Knowing that your classroom is a place where a student should feel comfortable to learn and take risks gives you an added bonus right from the get-go!   You should have a classroom that screams out “Welcome to our learning this year!”

Hear out these Parents, to know your child better!

‘School is a building which has four walls with tomorrow inside.’ When we enter the gates we are unaware of what’s next but when we leave them at the end of our journey we know what’s next in life. We draft our personality there, get our identity and prepare ourselves to face the real world.

Now in today’s time, for parents to select an appropriate school for their children is a challenge. The few common questions which revolve around every parent’s mind are –

Whether the school and its’ environment is good for their child?

 Is the school competent enough with good faculty and rehearsed syllabus?

Is the school future ready for this fast pacing world?

Will the school be able to mould the child academically, morally, globally and culturally?

We held a conversation with parents whose children are in different age groups and got to know their point of view regarding what is the school giving their child and where do their expectations lie.

In candid conversation with parents in random:

Question: As a parent of class 1st student what did you initially look for in the school before making your choice?

We were very confused in the beginning as all the schools were advertising themselves at their best. It was like I am out in the market to buy a saree, literally every day I use to end up hearing a new option and getting further confused. This was making the decision tough for us, so we decided to set our parameters and measure the school on them.

As per, our list, what we wanted in our child’s school is to provide a healthy environment to our child. We wanted it to focus on holistic development of my child and should make him future ready 12 years down the lane. We were keen to go for the school which provided latest teaching methods and followed the modern approach in education. We wanted our child to grow on all grounds, with academics, sports, and cultural events should also be the part of the school. We wanted a school which not only benefits our child’s present but his future as well.

(Mother of Class 1st Student, Age: 33)

Question: At the age of 8 to 12, a child is developing the most, mentally, emotionally, socially and physically, how according to you, school plays a role during these years for the right growth and development of your child?

We choose the best school for our child according to our capability and awareness. Once the child is admitted in the school then we come to know the real progress of the school through the child. Our child is an above average student he manages to come in top 10 of the class and is doing pretty well academically. At this age, the bond between the student and teacher plays a vital role; either the child gets comfortable and enjoys the school environment or starts to face adjustment issues. Our child initially faced some issues due to which his behaviour was getting affected. He used to avoid going to school and started lying about things. We got worried about that and decided to meet his teacher.

After several meetings we were able to resolve this problem and finally my son started loving his school. His teacher was a great help, she understood the problem so well and got into my son’s comfortable zone that he no longer had any adjustment issues. In the growing years a comforting environment, an understanding teacher to whom the child can easily approach and speak to and an overall growth of the child turn out to be the key factors.

(Parents of class 7th Student, Age 38 & 45 respectively)

Questions: At the latter part of the school when the children think they are already adults, how according to you, school comes into the role in showing them the right direction and how?

When children enter the school they are innocent building blocks, it is difficult to manage them and give them a direction but latter half of their journey turns out to be even more strenuous. They have already developed a thought process, created an identity, and have left a mark of their personality, now moulding them further is a task. My daughter is average in her academics, her real interest lies in arts. She has been into painting and drawing ever since her childhood. At times she overlooks her studies for that, which was my growing cause of concern. Her boards were approaching and she was not that serious.

I always supported her in whatever she wanted to do and respected her interest for arts but now was the high time she should concentrate on her studies.  Debating and yelling at her was not effective, I decided to visit her school once. After, meeting her teacher I was relaxed she told me that required changes need to be initialled in her without provoking her. At this age children consider themselves to be grown-ups and we should understand that. Keeping in line to this we should develop a bond with them so that we also talk with them as adults and discuss things at ease and come to conclusions with them, not against them.

(Mother of class 10th Student, Age, 42)

Everyone has their roles to be played; some are parents, some teachers and others are students. Every role is important and dependent on the other. Here we had a conversation with some of the parents and got to know how school really helps in turning out the Childs future successfully. It’s not the teacher who is always strict, it’s not the parents who always don’t understand and it’s not that child who is always unmannerly, it’s the right proposition which is required for a successful story.

Let’s break the monotony of New Year Resolutions!

As we begin to roll towards January, we start to think and plan our coming year. With a new year come new opportunities, new ideas, and a new beginning to start afresh. Children are usually more excited for such events; New Year for them is a good party, some celebration and a list of goals to accomplish in the coming year. As parents, mentors and guides it’s our responsibility to make them stress free from the burden of the huge enlisted goals and the forthcoming disappointment from them. Why not make them start off with small things that they can do to not only improvise their lifestyle but also to keep them encouraged with instant success.

Here is something you can pen down to your child’s list of to do’s from New Year.

Add a little spirituality to their daily life

Create a new tradition for celebrating birthdays or anniversaries; make them visit the prayer room on regular basis. Teaching habits like saying a small prayer each morning, thanking God for the day and making them realise that they are lucky and fortunate to have such a life will not only positively modulate their lifestyle but will also build up their trust in the Almighty.

Teach them to be organized

They need to manage their things well, be it preparing for exams, last minute revisions, drafting a project or maintaining their wardrobe, they need to be organized. They should keep their things in place and should avoid last minute rush.

Teach them to be expressive

It’s too easy to forget to tell people that we care about them. This year, make it a special promise to yourself that you’ll tell at least one person, each week, that you love them and that you’re grateful to have them in your life.

Develop Nature love

Buy a plant for them and ask them to maintain it. Not only will they be creating better air quality for your home, but nurturing a plant can help them emotionally as well. They will get to know the importance of Mother Nature.

They should know how to manage money

Although, they are young and are not directly involved in much of financial things but still they should know the importance of managing funds. Monitor how they use their pocket money and try and develop some saving habits in them.

Spend time with your best friend

A one-hour lunch, a movie, a walk in the park, it doesn’t matter what you do together, as long as you spend time with each other. Not only will they get a sense of companionship and love, but they’ll be going a long way towards stress relief.

Health is Wealth

Develop habits like morning work, some exercise in the morning, some jogging etc for them to follow the path towards good health. They should know that staying fit and healthy is the biggest gift they can give to themselves, their family and friends.

Ask them to take a self-test

Tell them the best way to analyze their past year is by taking a self-test. Nobody can judge them better than they themselves; they should analyze their failures and success, their weakness and strengths. They will not only learn from their past mistakes but will also get the energy to strive better the next time.

Help your child to start their new year at a positive note, filled with enthusiasm. Don’t let them burden themselves with big goals and New Year resolutions let them start with smaller steps which will lead them to bigger achievements.
Happy New Year to All!

This is to remember while finding an ideal school for your child!

A school is a place where your child will spend the next 14 years of his/her life.

Is the school your child is going to, offering the best of resources?

Is it helping your child learn outside of textbooks?

More important, is it equipped to meet the future?

After all, the choices you make early on can have a significant impact later.

For many parents, getting admission in the school with the best facilities and a good transport system is paramount after all, passing out from a good school is a ticket to future success.

Parents may not appreciate the gravity of the decision they’re making – after all, the child will spend the fourteen most formative and crucial growth years in a person’s life in the institute they select.

For most parents, a choice of school for their children is driven by perception, word of mouth (reference from other parents), and infrastructure provided by the school. But, it’s just not enough parents need to discover more and realize how important these coming 14 years would be for their child and make a wise decision.

Here are some points enlisted which parents should keep in mind while searching for an ideal school for their ward:

How future ready is the school?

It is more important to know how the school is prepared for the future than its past pedigree. Your child will be in this school possibly for fourteen years. The world will be a totally different place by the time she/he is ready to go to college. It is important to equip children with skills in this context, skills that can help them navigate the uncertain future and succeed in the jobs and workplaces of that era.

How skilled are the teachers?

Very rarely do parents who go school hunting ask to meet the teachers of the school. This is a mistake because these are the people who will mould your child. Your son or daughter will spend over one-third of his/her life with them for the next decade and a half.

Ask to speak to a teacher or two, a short conversation can give you tremendous information on the teacher community in the school.

In this age and time, good schools focus on having a good program for their teachers and make them learners as well.

Does learning happen outside the classroom?

What percentage of the school week is typically spent in the classroom and what percentage in labs and sports?

Do children go on field trips or visits to local museums?

Do they meet achievers in various fields?

Making real world connections to what children learn inside the classrooms are becoming very important. Classrooms are the most artificial of places in the real world. Many schools have started designing programs to ensure children see the purpose of their learning, by being exposed to the real world.

How is the technology used in the school?

Most schools have a computer lab at the very least. Classrooms fitted with digital and ICT aids (smart classes) are fast becoming the norm. In these classrooms, teachers use a variety of digital aids like images, video, and PPT presentations to augment their teaching. Are children being exposed to the application of technology as opposed to just being taught features and functions? How a school uses technology and involves your child in this realm can be a big differentiator for life and careers in the 21st century.

How are children assessed?

Ask to look through a few textbooks. What will children learn in the different subjects?

How are they assessed for what they are learning?

Do assessments consist of observations, interviews, journals and anecdotes beyond the usual battery of pen and paper tests?

Are guidelines for assessment still mired in marks for different subject silos? Usually learning within schools focuses on subjects (90% or more) and every other element of reporting consists of cursory reporting of several ‘co-scholastic’ parameters.

Are involvements and achievements outside academics encouraged and supported?

Children who participate in tournaments and competitions outside school especially children who are gifted in sports or performing arts often miss classes. While schools are willing to give them ‘attendance’ credit, the children are still expected to play catch-up with their peers upon their return and ace the required tests and exams. Is the school supportive enough to provide some kind of extra class or additional aid for such students to manage their studies well.

What is the value system of the school?

Many schools incorporate orphanage visits or community drives or a weekly ‘Value education’ or ‘Moral science’ class to help children imbibe a good value system. Values must be practiced day in and day out within the school — from the management and principal who address the children at the podium, to the teachers who interact with the children for one-third of the child’s day, to even the support staff. Unless value education is driven in a well-structured program in a consistent manner, values will not become integral to the character of the student.

It’s not enough if the school has a great building, play areas, air conditioned classrooms, activity labs, and computers or tablets. There is more to learning than just an infrastructure, real learning lies in creativity, discoveries, and practical approach.