Student-Teacher Relationship

The most important factor governing a student’s learning is dependant on the relationship he shares with his teacher(s).

Gone are the days of “spare the rod and spoil the child“. Today, teachers, better known as ‘facilitators‘, are making students aspire to be better graduates, better working professionals and even better individuals.

A teacher is faced with many daunting tasks. She needs to put herself in the shoes of her students in order to understand them well, and quickly get a feel of their hang-ups. Taking up this profession means taking up responsibility of many young, unexposed children. It requires devoted listening ears and a compassionate heart to her students.

Empathy is an indispensable quality for all teachers to possess. Besides IQ, it is very important for teachers to understand every student’s EQ (Emotional Quotient) as well.

That’s how the beautiful relationship of a mentor and a mentee is nurtured. The ‘growing up‘ phase is one dilemma for the students, when they usually fall back on their peers for advice.

Mistakes committed at this age can at times prove to be scarring. Since a child spends a majority of his time at school, it is more likely that his teachers would be in a better position to influence his decisions, after his friends.

Those blessed with facilitators who can guide them correctly, should consider themselves lucky. According to a survey done in the United States, a teacher-student relationship has been identified as a significant influence on the overall school and behavioural adjustment. Positive teacher-student relationships, defined as “warm, close, communicative” are linked to behavioural competence and better school adjustment. Other researchers found that conflict in teacher-student relationships are related to unfavourable outcomes such as a negative school attitude, school avoidance and hostile aggression among students.

A healthy student-teacher relationship is a vehicle that contributes to optimum student learning; a relationship that becomes a motivator for those involved in the learning experience.

Sunayana Gupta | Sr. Academic Coordinator | Samsara School

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Celebrating Women | The Most Creative Creatures of Nature

A full circle of ethics, ocean of patience, sacrifice, forgiveness and mercy; born with the prowess to create, nurture and transform. That’s a #Woman!

People talk about women empowerment, making them stronger.

I say, look deeper they were born strong and already are the most powerful. Undeniably women have always shouldered more responsibilities than men. From being a doting mother, a perfect home-maker, an ambitious corporate achiever to an inspiring symbol of work-home-life balance.

Historically, women in India have been considered an embodiment of Goddess Durga, birth of a girl child is believed to mark the arrival of Lakshmi- The Goddess of wealth and riches. They are the whole-so bearers of life, begetting values, ethics, knowledge, emotions and all that moulds a new born into a human. With the most powerful appearances they make in life and the ferocious roles they take up to voice out the unfair, they can literally send chills run down your spine.

Undebatably, this cant be a fort upheld by someone weak. The only thing that needs a shift is in the mindsets of the Society and the way they perceive strength.

Besides, Indian women also play entrepreneurial roles in cities and contribute significantly to agricultural activities, handicrafts, village art and crafts. SBI Chief Arundhati Bhattacharya, ICICI bank head Chanda Kochhar, Biocon founder Kiran Mazumdar- Shaw and HT Media Chair Shobhana Bhartia are among the world’s 100 most powerful women, according to the Forbes’ annual list , and clearly not even close to the idea of weak or dependent.

There are millions of other women in India and worldwide who are marking their paths with modern ideologies and breaking the cliche rule of ‘women can’t have opinions’.

Contradictorily, discrimination against women is reflected in recurrent incidences of rape, acid attack, dowry & honor killings, forced prostitution, female foeticide etc. Women continue to suffer from kitchen to keyboard. This is a real picture of our so called male dominant society, to put it more aptly worst mentality dominant society.

Gender discrimination  is a parasite that hampers the development of a nation. Living in a nation where women statistically constitute almost half the population, putting them aside with labels of weak and non-equal won’t ever lead to a fully grown, developed or flourishing country. It’s the prevalent ignorant minds of few blinding all, and at times even trying to influence the wiser lot. Like they say ‘A rotten apple will spoil a great many sound ones’.

The oodles of strength a home-maker constitutes in this country is un-defying and unmatchable. So, why shall there even arise a need to prove as a woman, for being a woman. Neither should be the need to prove the superiority of either over the other, as that’s exactly what we are fighting for, equality of men and women. See no one as less or more, only each one equally worthy of respect.

Stop demeaning and judging women based on their basic choice of working out (a job) or working in (homes). Being a home maker or in a cabin at a MNC, is too trivial a criteria to gauge a woman’s strength. They are the thoughts, the ideas, the visions of a woman, the fire in each one that defines her. Not whether she earns & how much, rather how driven is she to give the future a better set of individuals, working towards more peace driven society than wars, making this world more civilized than promoting the ongoing jungle approach.

The fruitive mentality of the society to enjoy women, that all give room to, is what needs to be given up. This is what making us weak, not what nature made while creating women.

Much more needs to be done. The under-representation of women and the attitudinal bias against women is reflected in several areas of employment as well, say in the police, the judiciary and the law, etc. The fixing of this downcast requires focused intervention targeting education, training, child & health care, nutrition, employment, social welfare services, support and legal safeguards are the most vital, calling us all for action.

Start with the ground work, target the roots and work on the first and foremost- AWARENESS. Self-awareness and that of your rights.

Know why you need to respect and love yourself before anyone else. God didn’t make you by fluke. He had his best ideas while creating you, you are flawless and you were meant to be this way. Don’t try to change, embrace yourself fully and then you’d know what it means to be a woman.

Awareness, Not Ignorance Builds Confidence!

Its not a very fortunate situation to stand and ask for your rights. There never should have arise the need of demanding them. But we did, a lot of us did, putting our positions at stake, compromising and accepting the wrongs we opened doors to exploitation. Remember, we get exploited when we let others do it, accepting and not voicing out the wrong make us a part of the injustice done. It’s a chain that needs to be broken. We let it all happen, and now, we have to stop!

Put your educational academic degrees to use, bring your knowledge gained through the years, into picture and have your well-read and traveled experiences and insights open up your minds. It’s contagious, you breed it, you pass on and the chain gets longer, wider, broader and stronger.

Affirmative actions in areas such as education, health and welfare to overcome entrenched discrimination caused by gender bias, denial of opportunities at work and apprehensions about not getting a fair deal, are all the clock is ticking for.

You need to rise, to give a hand to others. You need to know your rights first, to generate awareness in others and train them for economic development. Gender specific policies with emphasis on activities and resources beneficial to women would definitely help in providing greater opportunities and leaving smaller rooms for unfair practices against women.

Don’t focus on bringing about the change in the outside world without cleaning within. Work towards bringing about a radical change at home as well, where it all starts. Teach your sons to respect women, impart lessons of humanity and not encourage suppression and shutting down the voices of women. Devise atmospheres that let equality brand the personalities of all.

You are a woman, Be One! In full spectrum. Stop feeding your minds with anything or anyone that makes you feel less. Forgiveness is not the weapon of weak, but accepting unjust is.

Don’t exploit nor be at the reach of someone’s exploitative hands. This world is as much yours as of anyone else’s. Life will come at a halt if your existence is halted. Respect thy self, grow out of what you perceive as flaws as that’s the real you with no error in your human design and keep this world going. We are the life makers, we are The Chosen Ones.

It’s about celebrating womanhood, so salute the epitome of dynamism and the symbol of human strength on this International Women’s Day!!

Smita Singh | Admin | Samsara School

Edited by: Namrata Gupta | Blogger | Samsara School

 

 

 

 

Connecting School life to Real life

Core Skills journey started for most of us in October 2015. The two days session on development of (Critical Thinking) and (Problem Solving) skills through connecting classrooms, had been an exciting roller coaster ride. When I registered for the workshop, I had no idea that some day I would come so far in achieving this objective of imparting these skills to my students.

The training session by the British Council opened our minds to exploring new possibilities and pedagogy for class room teaching. The perception, questioning and group discussions were some of the tools that I used to direct students to the objective of teaching Critical Thinking and Problem Solving.

I decided to take the plunge into this challenge after doing my research. I had discussions with Parents, teachers and learners. We reached a conclusion that once these students pass out of school, they need to be assets to the society. These assets should be able to critically analyse any given issue and reach workable solutions to the unforeseen ones.

I decided to teach (attitude and tolerance) in Value Education class and I integrated it with another lesson in English in which protagonist fails to achieve his goals because of his negative and condescending attitude.

And, lo and behold…my students did me proud when they were not only receptive to questions and participative in group discussions, but also emerged with very viable and practical solutions and suggestions.

What more, they all volunteered to take up leadership roles bringing into play healthy discussions and reaching to decisions on various issues, with their friends, families, neighbours and school mates. The change reciprocated in their turned-up attitude and perception towards other people and experiences, putting them on the broader platform of tolerance and civilization.

I left the class with a smile on my face and hope in my heart. My class 9 rocks!

Capt. Praveen Roy | Principal | Samsara School

Staying Put In Here Is Being In A Constant State of Flux | The World of Books

Soaring on the carriage of imaginations steered with wings of reality…Galloping us away from the purgatories of life, and sometimes imperilling us with the hardships of emotional gamut, our oldest and BFF (best friend forever, just in case you don’t have your dictionary on millennial slangs handy 😉 …they are The Books and our eternal love for them.

We have one life, but with these storehouses of knowledge, the allusions to literature and to life and with their endless yarns of fantasy we live a new one, with every good read.

It’s an exploration without crossing the ranges, going to adventures without having us risk our life and solving treasure mysteries swivelling right in our living room rockers. They engross us to the extent of enduring the risks, sorrows, entrapments while touching happiness, romance & freedom in others with the empowering words making us live each story and every character.

When fiction becomes reality and reality liven these paper leaves, they make an essay, an edition, a fiction, a novel, a manual…A BOOK!!

What will be a world without books, devoid of our epics & legends, missing our virtues coming down through the lineage of cultures & traditions, and our insights to our ancestral life. They are the world, our guides to life and civilisation – everything comes from them, reflections, knowledge and our get-away fantasy worlds. Without a doubt, a world deprived of books can be nothing but totally barbaric…isn’t it ?

Books are the dare to dream & the dream fillers and being amidst them, is an eventful world within reach. You feel like an explorer one day and a dreamer on second….that’s the magic spread by books and how mystical it can get when its a house full of art, histories & mysteries, literature & ancient artefacts, fables & science fictions.

For book lovers it’s the best playground, the playwright of feelings, thoughts, emotions and imaginations.

By forming the source of our evolving thoughts and opening up closed mindsets, they are the lanterns to a good man, always torching out the path of wisdom and righteousness.

So, let’s have it straight from our young babbling (many) horses’ mouth 😉 with their experiences captured in these few lines and how can we forget their inspiration..their wondrous library teacher.


As we all know books are our best friend in life. They share our emotions like sorrow, happiness and joy with us. As books play an important role in an individual’s life, it has the power of fulfilling one’s knowledge with entire world. So, my experience as a librarian has been wonderful. I felt a huge change in myself, I started loving reading various novels & exchanging thoughts among children. In these years, I have observed a change in my thoughts and it continues with each day, and this was the lightening path showed by the grace of books.

Every day I try to imbibe the same respect for books through the lens of my acquired and ongoing journey towards the ocean of knowledge. Guiding Samsarians through this journey so they can evolve and carve out their worlds, with better sanity and foresight for humanity and for the assets of this planet, reads a long chapter of my life voyage.

Naina Dhingra | Librarian


The story I’d read was very good. There is a sea monster who ride motorcycles and it talked about races also. Overall the book was very interesting.

Vishal Bhati | Class VI


A.J., the child in the book hates going to school but I feel it’s wrong, we should go to school regularly. 

Kajal Bhati | Class VI


Vampires don’t wear polka dots- In this book, a teacher loses it because of naughty troublesome students, so reading this one makes it more interesting. Also, there’s a dare too!

Shaireen | Class VI


My true friends are my books as they remain forever.

Somya | Class VIII


I like Thursdays very much because on this day there is Library period. I feel so quiet and peaceful while in the library and so, I try to read as many books possible, especially Noddy.

Harsh Yadav


How not to babysit your brother- In this book the boy loves to play video games. And he enjoys them more when his mom is out for shopping.

Anshika | Class IV


I love this place ‘Library’ just because it is the ‘Home of Books’.

Vanshika


I love to go to library because I have so much interest in books. It’s always a pleasure for me to read and study in silence.

Manisha Bhati | Class VI


I simply like to read because books are exciting.

Akanksha | Class VIII


I like reading very much. I never miss going to library period on Tuesdays and when I get there, I’m always thinking on which book to read today. Mostly I pick up fairy tales because they are very interesting.

Priyanshi | Class III

So, long live reading. Give your life the choice of reading ‘coz everyone’s a reader, it’s only some haven’t found their favourite book yet!

Namrata Gupta | Blogger | Samsara School

Inclusive Education | An Embrace To Special Needs

On the Footway of Education, every Teacher can recount numerous highs and lows experienced while walking their journeys across it.

To break my story, I experienced both; great moments withe days starting with hope-excitement and contentment seeping in with the fall of dusk, assuring me that I chose the right path while on the crossroads of career choices, just sometime ago.

Flipping sides, were days of contemplation questioning the same career choice; an obvious fallout of uninterested students and shying away attitudes, or worse unanticipated blow-ups with zero accomplishments.

My journey of Inclusive Education started a year ago, growing from 8 special students to 10 beautifully evolved beings now. One of the simplest qualities we as humans should attribute (but we often fail) can be seen in abundance in all these children- Truth & Loyalty of the heart.

I started my career only as a fresher with these children but with their support and smiles, I grew to work harder with full enthusiasm and devotion, casting out all the inhibitions in me of a Fresher.

As a Teacher, your relationship with a student starts the moment you meet him/her. No matter how difficult a student may be, you need to embrace the challenge of getting to know him/her. Every child is different and each one deserves love.

Life has enough hard knocks in-store for a child who struggles with education in different ways but you may be one of those few people the child believes can take care of him/her. This could make a difference in the choices they make everyday in life, or to the least in their decision of not to disrupt the regular class. They all have the courage to do something good in life. All we need to do is Hear them, Know them & Trust them.

It has come quite naturally to me that I feel bonded with my students and form endearing relationships in no matter of time. This acts as strength in getting my learnings across, improvising their attention spans and building responsiveness in them.

As a Special Educator, I firmly believe that one needs to build a healthy rapport with the students first, for them to really listen and do their best.

Teaching is a very active job, especially with these sensitive areas where establishing relationships with students is imperative, before exposing them to the regular academic curriculum.

For me one thing that holds vital importance while playing the role of an Educator is to form a positive relationship with parents in order to make them aware and give an in-depth understanding of the child’s areas of assistance. I quickly feel defeated when that doesn’t happen. I am often discouraged when parents are not ready to accept the reality of their child, which in-turn only leads to child’s loss.

Regardless of the level of Education a child can attain in life, whatever they learn today should clear their concepts for life, which is unattainable without the support and comfort of the Educator as well as of the Parents.

It’s heart breaking to see a child who was once highly motivated, now no longer shows interest because his/her parents fail to understand the true value of Education and download this expression to their child.

Children are people who have feelings, who don’t want to feel cornered. They want to learn but they also want to feel as if they have some control over themselves. I never make assumptions about a student before they come into my class.

Every student is different; no two students react in the same way. It’s our role as teachers to find out what motivates each student for learning and also what triggers them to misbehave. If we can meet this disconnect in them and drive out the negative stimulants, we can go a long way towards a more effective classroom and learning environment.

In the end, all these challenges are equally difficult and when combined, as they often are on a daily basis, almost impossible to juggle. On most days, I feel like I’m part of the juggling act in a circus. But-despite the hardships I’ve faced in my teaching – I’m determined to beat the odds and not be a statistic.

Special Education Is My Calling & I’d Always Want To Feel The Same Love For My Job As I Do Now !!

 

Ritika Tomar | Special Educator | Samsara School

 

Edited by: Namrata Gupta | Blogger | Samsara School

Lack of Harmony & Upsurge Anxiety | The Millennial Youth

Lack of the right attitude (Indiscipline, if I may say so) and Restlessness are homing in the Generation X these days; triggering and forcing us to contemplate on WHY?

We often witness problematic behaviours in our Children, and around. But have we ever tried bringing to light the reasons behind? As I give you the core, I know for sure it won’t come across as the most palatable or an anticipated marking, atleast for most of us.

We (The Adults) are more to be questioned, fairly blamed for such ado patterns in our Children.

Children have been and’ll always be Children: raw and callow, ready to experiment with and explore the world with their age-hemmed vision of life.

Their angled habit of years, make them obey their Parents, WHILST we as Parents start to obey our Children, either out of excessive love and/or benighted indifference. That’s when we open up a whole new can of worms.

The problems start to seep in, with the unruly teenage stimulating them to not just lose their control over themselves, but also make way towards uncontrolled exercise of freedom and improper behaviour.

It’s then, the word ‘NO’ sets them off, making them Defiant Children.

The Parents who do not put their foot down at the right time usually have Children, crushing the dreams of Parents and never having one, of their own. Therefore, it becomes imperative for every Parent to remember that

“Discipline Is Not a Punishment But It Is The First Act of Love, which stops a child from getting astrayed and wasting this precious gift, Life.”

As Parents, Teachers & Mentors, it is our duty to bring them up giving the right values-The Samskāras, and as the word says “that which has been put together’ and ‘that which puts together’. Absence of values will only lead to disposition of volition, turning life full of regrets and repentance.

Children are soils with the most fruitive tendencies. Don’t force, Inspire them. Not just Teach, Make them Live these values.

-Values are more important in life than fortunes

-Being together is more important than getting ahead of others

-Accepting responsibility is more important than asking for rights

-Obeying is more important than commanding

-Admitting mistakes is more important than accusing others

-Being gentle is more important than acting tough because gentleness is a sign of strength and culture while violence and cruelty are inhuman, animal traits

Give the younger generation these few simple values and it will surely help to carve a better, more responsible human being out of them and ultimately a Better Nation.

Misha Gurjar | Educator | Samsara School

Edited by: Namrata Gupta | Blogger | Samsara School

Values in the Trivialities of Life

Micro and Macro Economics are two major branches of Economics. I remember how my Teacher used to make us understand the difference between the two, “Macro economics is what is applicable at the National or society level while Micro economics is the application of same concept at a smaller level of an individual or family etc.”

With the wisdom of these growing and passing years, I now, know the veiled relevance behind it.

If to run and develop a Nation, contribution of all on a whole is required like in Japan & Korea, similarly, to run a household contribution of each member is a must. If we just keep using the resources of a country and furthermore in homes, it will only won’t put us in the position of a GUEST, temporary to the nation & to the house.

To be treated like one of the family and to boot the luxuries of having one, we need to start contributing and air the attitude of service. Put aside the egos we home in us, for taking up small tasks and aerial spire Humility. Absence of it will only lead to regret & resent the benefits of others.

My contribution to the household today was:

  1. Dusting the house as it is for everyone
  2. Setting clothes
  3. Filling water bottles
  4. Filling water in cooler
  5. Watering plants
  6. Soaking clothes
  7. Removing and later fixing curtains after wash

My contribution to myself was…

  1. Eating healthy breakfast
  2. Doing little yoga
  3. My blood check up at a camp in society
  4. Talking and chatting to my friends
  5. Later reading a book/writing my book
  6. Fixing and sewing my dress

Even to the smallest of acts like cleaning cheese cage & opening main door to the bell also serve as mindful hand-outs.

So, Get up….Gear up & Show up for all the small & big jobs of the house, do the daily chores, be responsible for yourself, your family-friends-neighbors, to your society/nation and topmost towards this human form.

Respect it! Play your role of a humanitarian.

Capt. Praveen Roy | Principal | Samsara School

Edited by: Namrata Gupta | Blogger | Samsara School