Reflection on life class….

The 7 habits life class helped me to look at the same thing from multiple perspectives. I could understand the concerns of other people on a particular thing and how they approached it and resolved it.

My humble suggestion for the life class is to have more activities. I also feel that each one need not be asked to share compulsorily. This can be done voluntarily. When something is made compulsory, people might share things not genuinely but for the sake of sharing. Also, the same seven habits can be instilled in the minds of participants through more activities than more sharing. I am not undermining the need for sharing, but I saw participants losing interest after a point when there was mostly sharing and no/less activities.

Lessons of life

The other day I was taking circle time in my class.

Classroom scenario- Teacher standing in the center and students sitting in a circle.
Topic going on – as usual their complaints!!!
Round 1 – students to teacher- He is teasing me, they are calling me names, first he hit me so I also hit him back ma’am, I don’t like to sit with her, she is so irritating……and so on and so on…
Round 2- Teacher to students- trying to settle the students and bringing their attention to cooperation, understanding and tolerance.
The moment I said that you need to develop the power of “Tolerance” within you, one of the students asked me, ” ma’am, I knew you would say “Tolerate” but for how long should I tolerate?” ( I have tolerated and I can’t tolerate anymore.)
The class went quiet, all the eyes were at me with a question that what answer will  ma’am  give now?.
But…. this question had rewound the tape of my memories and had taken me back to my Integrity life class where we participants asked the same question to Vardan Sir and Parag sir.
After a while I told my students smilingly “Tolerate as much as you can. You should have the attitude of tolerance till you are living. (Bringing down the conversation to students’ level).
Next day, the same student came to me and told me , “ma’am this time I am tolerating but next time I will not, I am telling you now only”.
I smiled and told him that I am happy with you as you could show the power of tolerance today. Try and do the same even next time.
Again after few days, the same child comes to me and tells me the same thing, “ma’am,  see I spoke to him and told him that I am uncomfortable with his behaviour but next time I am not going to tolerate. I will take action, then you don’t tell me anything.
I again appreciated him for showing the power of tolerance. I spoke to him little more this time and explained to him about how he can control his anger.
The amazing thing which I could witness is that the ‘NEXT TIME’ was in control of the child. I was happy to raise the bar of tolerance each time for that child.
I can just say that the lessons of life for each one of us, be it a child or an adult, remains the same, only the situations differ.
It also gives me the sense that how often we use the word ‘Tolerance’ as a part of PYP vocabulary and in our day to day life. But it really takes a toll on our head to understand the real meaning of it and apply it in our life. It’s not as easy as we just speak it out lavishly.
I am happy that I could do a bit in my students’ life.
(It also took me back to the principles of 7 Habits, ‘The best way to learn is to teach and the best way to teach is to learn)

Gratitude for the Arts and Skills workshop

Just few days back when I received the feedback form for the life classes workshops, it reminded me of last year when  we had to select a life class for the current year. But somehow, I chose to attend Arts and Skills classes inspite of filling up the form for ‘Critical Thinking’ workshop. (However, no offense to the Critical Thinking workshop : ) )
Being a part of this Art and Skill life class for the entire year, it has stirred me to write this to you.
Personally, if I tell you I am not an artistic person neither inclined towards Arts but the time I spent in Art and Skill class, has helped me to be with myself. It has given me time to think about what I want, what are my wishes, desires or what I want to do. Or rather I would say it has helped me to express myself. All the sessions were wonderful, soothing, calm and so peaceful. The way you all conducted it was amazing.
The most important thing that I want to mention is by attending all the life classes in FS, I really had a good brainstorming about my problems and how to deal with them and  the fact is that, these classes have really helped me in my personal as well as professional fronts.
But while I was attending Arts life class, it helped me to be relaxed mentally and also gave me an opportunity to think about myself and not my problems.
Throughout this year, I really looked forward for the Arts life classes to happen as this was like ‘My time’.
I have no words for appreciation but through this mail I tried to express whatever little I could .Please accept my heartfelt gratitude to you all.
And once again, I am very proud of being in FS, which has given me an opportunity to understand and experience my life in a deeper and different way.
Special thanks to Neha, Payal and Mary ma’am for making the Arts workshop so interesting and captivating.
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