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10 Life Changing Inspirational and Motivational Thoughts/ Do not wait- Start

Life Changing Inspirational and Motivational Thoughts/Quotes 

Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right.’ Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.”—George Herbert

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Life Changing Positive Thoughts of World Great Personality 

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Teachers’ Skill Test-How to Promote Skill Based Teaching

Teachers’ Skill Test

How to Promote Skill Based Teaching


Dear Teachers                                                                                 Time:-15 Minutes


Teachers conduct several activities in the classroom for promoting different life skills among students. Teachers give instructions for completing the tasks. These are designed tasks for you from all core subjects. You have to read the questions and decide that which skills will be developed through this activity i.e. creativity, explorative, problem solving etc—-.

More than one skill can be developed through one particular question, so mention all probable skills—————————–

Read the questions carefully. Which skills will be developed through this question? Teacher needs to identify different skills. First do yourself —check your answer on 2nd page………..


  1. Write ten lines on “If I were a bird”.——————————————————————————————————————————————————————
  2. Draw increasing/decreasing shapes of the moon.————————————————————————————————————————————————-
  3. What happens if (a) there is no fire (b) there is no wheel ————————————————————————————————————————————–
  4. Prepare a list of 10 activities where you have to take help from others. ———————————————————————————————————————
  5. Write correct sentences from these  incorrect sentences —————————————————————————————————————————————-
  6. Creating Dialogues, taking clues from the chapter” How the Dog Find in New Master” creates dialogues between man and dog, when the dogs meet him. ——————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————–
  7. Angle formation :- Take circle cut outs , fold them and make crease to make following angles (90 degree), (45 deg), (60Deg), (180Deg) —————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————-
  8. Whole Numbers: Cartoon Making (Interdisciplinary activity of fine arts). Take A-4 size coloured sheet. Make Cartoon of first 10 numbers. (i.e. Yellow-Smallest Number, Red-Greatest Number )——————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————
  9. Components of Food:- Activity( Staying Healthy and Cheaper Way)-Search internet/any other source and find out easily available local cheaper alternative  food items that could be included in diet to make it whole some and easily affordable. Eg. Expensive dry fruits and nuts can be replaced by groundnuts and chestnuts. Task 2.-Make displayed cards on coloured sheet and put them on class boards. Task 3- Values based – inform your maid, sweeper and other helping hands about these foods that keeps you healthy. ——————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————
  1. Ashoka the Emperor who gave up war, Activity (Designing a national symbol for India), Material Required (A4 Size Sheets), 1. students to design a national symbols for their country India. They will write also slogans under it. 2. Look at the lion symbols and explains what the original symbols had and why?——————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————–

 Teachers’ Skill Test





  • A, vicharatmak bhavaabhivyakti, writing skill
  • Creative skill and thinking skill
  • Thinking skill/ Logical Skill
  • Attentiveness/ Intellectual (baudhhik ) Expertise /Listing Skill
  • Grammatical knowledge/Language Skill
  • Creative writing , thinking skill, imagination , originality, Vocabulary enhancement, Life Skills(Empathy)
  • Creativity, Imagination, Logical Thinking
  • Creativity, Logical Reasoning, Problem Solving
  • I Observation, understanding, discovery, Identify, inquisitiveness , Expression , awareness, Recognise, problem solving , creativity
  • Discover, Critical thinking, cultural value, social thinking , artistic value


Life Skills (UNESCO)

Life Skills(CBSE)

Rajeev Ranjan

Indian Educationist 

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Punctuality-How to develop punctuality in children at home

“Time and tide wait for none” sensitizes all of us about the importance of time. Wise person feels and acts on essence of this proverb. Everyone has only 24 hours in a day. Our fortune is decided by the way we utilize our time. Quality of being punctual is one of the greatest virtues of person. What is punctuality? Punctuality is conscious effort to complete a task on time. Punctuality is etiquette. A punctual person always lives a complacent life.

Punctuality- What does punctuality mean? How do we develop sense of punctuality in children?

Punctuality is an attitude. Punctual people always respect the values of time. Everyone has same time but some people utilize it rationally and some people show carelessness. This makes a big difference in our life. What does punctuality mean? How do we develop sense of punctuality in children? How to we develop self awareness for punctuality in children? Oxford Dictionary defines punctuality as arriving, doing something, or happening at the expected time/correct time, timely, on time etc. In fact, these are essential qualities of a punctual person.

Punctuality is an essential skill to live an integrated life.

Parent, teacher and surroundings play great role in developing a sense of punctuality among children. Parent lays the foundation of developing right habit of punctuality. Punctuality is essential skill to live a peaceful and happy life. Sense of being late develops stress in our life. Stress is mother of diseases in our life. Therefore, if we wish to live a stress free and peaceful life, we should develop this habit right from the childhood. Human being always aspires to explore and learn new things in life. When a child starts forming a habit, we should initiate developing sense of being punctual at this stage. It can be ridiculous to think but this starts with developing habit of waking up in the morning at certain time, going washroom, brushing and bathing on same time. Gradually it helps a child to prepare himself for going to school on time. Generally it is observed that child does not wake up at right time because parent could not make him ready for school at right time so that child reaches bus stop late and story goes  so on and so forth.

Child observes culture of his family.

Punctuality is prime skill that should be instilled when a child’s mind able to recognize and learn new things. Parent creates a positive aura for this. Child observes culture of his family. If he finds a gap between words and action either by guardian, parents, or elder family members then he starts ignoring your moral boost up. It may be difficult task for a parent to follow the sense of punctuality at home, but child copies different habits directly from parent. Habit is not an inborn quality of man. We start learning it right from our childhood.  Generally it is observed, if parent is punctual in performing different tasks at home, child easily grasps it and acts accordingly in different situations.

 Help your child to prepare him in advance before school time

Parent prepares his child to go to school on time. We should instill habit of reaching on bus stop at right time. Sensitize your child to complete all necessary activities on time to reach bus stop timely every day. In fact, the day a child initiates himself to reach bus stop on time, parent achieves his target. When we talk to school driver for reporting late in the school, they always share interesting story of different parent. Driver has to wait to receive the child because parent did not send child on time. It may be ego issue with some parents but sometimes parent fails to prepare their child on time due to various family reasons.

Keen Observation, frequent reminder and check ensure completion of work on time

To complete a task on time is characteristic feature of successful students. We observe in the classroom that out of 10 students in a class 6 students always complete their class work and home work on time, 2 students complete it slight late and teacher works very hard for last two students to complete the work on time even then students could not do. These students’ have habit of delaying the task. They know how to complete the task but use a casual way/disinterestedness. Parent can play a crucial role here. If s/he observes her child on daily basis, remind him to complete the task and follow him to check whether he has completed the task or not can be the best techniques to develop a sense of punctuality in the child.

Rapid change in our life styles and our life

Life styles have been changing rapidly in every 2 years. It is amalgamated in our family life. Wise parent tries his best to maintain a balance. If a parent develops a rule to go to bed daily on a particular time, child starts doing this. It becomes his habit; he cannot stop himself going to bed on time. We ask our child to go to bed on time but do not go to bed ourselves on time. This creates a conflict of interest between child and parent. Parent is role model for his son and daughter. Child learns several good or bad habits directly from coping his father and mother. Do we complete some tasks on time? Can we awake at right time and go to bed on right time? Can we fulfill promises to our kids on time? Do we reach to bus stop/railway station/airport on time to avoid hassle? Our child is noticing us. We need not to talk much but our action speaks a lot and can have great impact on our child.

At Initial Stage of Life:-

Help your child to awake at right time

Help your child to brush and bath on time

Help your child to prepare school bag on time

Help your child to reach bus stop on time

Help your child to complete home work on time

Help your child to go to play ground on time

Help your child to finish lunch and dinner on time

Help your child to do self study on time

At Later Stage of Life:-

Through parent’s keen observation and timely reminder, child will surely develop an attitude to become punctual in his life.

When we talk on importance of time, we should give respect to each task so that we can perform that task on time. Child is completely an empty pot what we show to our kids, that reflects in his personality. Punctuality is an attitude which demands strong will power and determination to complete a task on time. It demands a lot of sacrifice from us. Guardian motivates and encourages a child’s right act at right time so that child can feel intrinsic motivation for performing day to day task with a sense of being punctual. Child does not learn several things on putting pressure.

Wise parent creates positive aura and positive culture at home, so that children develop right understanding for different values of life, which is essential for us and lays the foundation of an integrated personality.


Rajeev Ranjan

Indian Educationist

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Life Skills Teaching-Learning -Beneficial for Holistic Development of Child

Life Skills Education-Beneficial for Holistic Development of Child


Life skills are essential and integral part of education system. National Curriculum Frame work integrates all essential life skills. Educator integrates them in regular teaching learning process. S/he helps learners to identify them, learn those essential skills and implement them in real life situation. Educator sole aim is to fill the gap between textual knowledge and worldly knowledge. A wise educator correlates subjective knowledge in a real life context to develop life skills. It is possible by integrating two or more than two different subjects. Mathematics educator can integrate music or physical work while teaching mathematics.

Life Skills: Importance in Educational Experience


Life skills education seeks outcomes of changed attitude and behaviour.

Life skills education has been introduced in different ways in formal schools. NCF introduces life skills as a new subject and also integrated within the teaching practice and content of other subjects. It is also offered as extra or co-curricular activities.

Life Skills Curriculum:


Integrated life skills curriculum includes textual knowledge and skills; moreover it focuses on behaviour, attitudes and values.

Life skills curriculum is blended with students’ active participation, interactive teaching and learning methodologies.

Life Skills: Key concepts

  • Life skills: Refers to a large group of psychosocial and interpersonal skills that can help people make informed decisions, communicate effectively, and develop coping and self-management skills that may help lead a healthy and productive life.(Nations Children’s Fund, ‘Life Skills: Definition of terms’, web page, <>, accessed July 2011.)
  • Life skills education: Refers to educational interventions that seek to address the above areas.
  • Life skills-based education: Is a combination of learning experiences that aim to develop not only knowledge and attitudes, but also skills (i.e., life skills) that are needed to make decisions and take positive actions to change behaviours and environments.2
  • Skills focus: The focus on psychosocial capabilities for using knowledge (critical thinking, problem-solving), for being decisive and resilient (decision-making, motivation, resilience), and for living together (communication, empathy)
  • Livelihood skills: Refers to income generation and may include technical/vocational skills (carpentry, sewing, computer programming), job-seeking skills such as interviewing, business management skills, entrepreneurial skills, and skills to manage money

Essential Life Skills: – Categories of Life Skills


Problem Solving

Decision Making

Critical Thinking

Creative Thinking

Interpersonal Relationships

Effective Communication


Managing Feelings/Emotions

Dealing with Stress

 Learning life skills occur within and beyond a boundary wall of classroom. Parent, educator and society are crucial stakeholders to develop life skills. I find, ancient education system (Guru & Shisya tradition) was one of the fine example of developing life skills. Guru (educator) used to ask his disciples to arrange their own food or other things. Disciple used to face so many indifferent & intolerable situations to arrange, however they used to come up with various solutions to survive. Blending of academic activity into other various activities helped those disciples to lead successfully in various walks of life.

 Ways of Acquiring Life Skills 

  • Acquisition of life skills is a continuous and comprehensive process. Learning life skills heavily depend upon parent, teacher, institutional curriculum and surroundings. Individual learns relevant life skills through active participation, observation, real life experience and incorporating learning in a real life context.

  • Life skills are acquired through right learning and nurturing individual’s inherited capacity and latent capability.
  • Life skills are acquired when we provide a platform or an opportunity for them to learn and practice.

  • Individual learns life skills through awareness, alertness and by providing him/her required  training i.e “it may happen”/right techniques to tackle”
  • UNICEF’s ‘Life Skills Learning and Teaching: Principles, concepts and standards’, for instance, states that “alongside literacy and numeracy, life skills are essential learning outcomes of quality education.

United Nations Children’s Fund, Life Skills Learning and Teaching: Principles, concepts and standards, UNICEF, 2010.

Modern Education Systems develop and designs various interdisciplinary activities to instill and impart life skills. I firmly believe that, integration of life skills in pedagogical develops a learner into a fine human being.


Only a wise and a skilled educator can provide real ‘life skills’ learning experience to a learner otherwise an individual even learns something from a rikshapular, a beggar or a layman!


  • World Health Organization, Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion, <>, WHO, 1986.
  • 14 World Health Organization, Life Skills Education in Schools, WHO Programme on Mental Health, WHO, 1997.
  • National Curriculum Framework( NCF,2005)
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Parent role in developing decision making skill in a child

Decision making is a process. In fact, it is a thought process. It is a skill. Decision making is an essential life skill. Life skill can be learnt to live an integrated life.

Integration of intuition, emotion and rational thinking help us to take a wise decision.

Child is gift of God. God provides us unique capacity to survive in the world. Child is a spontaneous individual. He can say ‘no’ or ‘yes’ instantly. He can leave good thing and can cry for trivial thing. Everyone realizes the beauty of a child in our life. Child is free from one the biggest worry of the world, ‘what’ other will think for him. A child is spontaneous thinker. S/he is a natural decision maker. Generally, his/her decision is based on his likes and dislikes. A child takes decision without fear of others.

We are world citizen. Our life styles changes very fast. Kids become crazy in this virtual world. They love to spend much of their time on smart phone. Nowadays a child can forget to take lunch / completing homework on time. They may not show much interest in learning but they need smart phone/laptop to see their favourite programmes. Parent faces a big challenge in deviating child’s attention from smart phone or smart laptop. Parent makes aware his kids, ‘what is good or bad’ for life. They are kids. They will show rigidity and stubbornness but parent makes him sensible.

A wise parent develops good habit in child’s habit formation stages. A wise parent establishes the values by providing ample opportunities and facilities rationally right from childhood i.e. when a child does not know the values of his demand but becomes a rigid boy/girl based on his/her likes and dislikes. Experience people remarks that there is a thin layer difference between likes and dislikes at early stage of life. Child may be unable to differentiate between these two. Parent inculcates right values and helps his ward to develop decision making skill at right time and right place.

When we observe children in our family, society, school, market and in a branded national or international shopping centre, we closely observe the decision making skill of kids at different situations. Of course they know what to share, what to demand and at what place to demand. A five years old child never ever demands chocolate/ice-cream in a medical shop. They demand different eatable items in a sweet shop and different toys in a toy shop.

Parent nurtures his kids in a good manner. A wise parent develops decision making skill in his wards through using different tools and techniques at different situations.

A wise parent spends quality time with his child.  Decision making skill should be developed through inculcating good manner at early stages because at this juncture a child only understands the word ‘good and bad’. A parent develops decision making through good habit, and through using external source of motivation. Parent inculcates habit of brushing teeth regularly, taking healthy breakfast timely, and reaching bus stop on time, completing class work and homework on time, returning back to home on time after playing in the evening, watching television and using mobile etc on time. Parent motivates his child, if s/he shows moderate behaviour. It counts as a good habit but right habit formation leads to develop a sense of decision making skill. Gradually, child takes decision that he will go to bed in time because it is 10.00pm. S/he herself or himself can ask for a glass of milk, if he takes it on daily basis.

Decision of buying a laptop by Ms. Sonali of class 6th

A good parent always talks to his wards for involving him in decision making. Mr. Chandan is a primary teacher in a government school. He wanted to buy a laptop. He decided a budget of 25000 for the laptop. His elder daughter Sonali studies in 6th class in a reputed school. She searched each and everything on Google and suggested her father to buy a laptop costs 37 thousands. She was very happy and shared all necessary information with her father. Mr. Chandan has only 25 thousand in the bank account. If he would buy choice of Sonali, he will lend money on interest. Mr. Chandan sat with his daughter and discussed real problems with Sonali. Sonali got upset because that was one of the best laptop and two other classmates’ father had already bought that configuration too; even she had talked her computer teacher regarding this laptop. Notwithstanding, Sonali went to market with her Uncle and bought the choice of her father, and was very happy after bringing the laptop at home. Mr. Chandan had arranged 37thousands in advance but first he discussed with Sonali, gave her opportunity to think what would be the best for family. Sonali came up with rational decision which suited to her and family too. Sonali is only 11 years old and have great passion for latest technology but made right decision although she pressurized her father to buy costly laptop but later on she bought laptop.

What do we think?  What was the role of Sonali father? How did he nurture Sonali? Mr. Chandan helped her to identify objective of buying the laptop. A wise parent makes his/her child sensible enough to indentify the purpose of any task. If a child is able to identify his/her need, surely s/he will take a rational decision.

How to do we get? What are benefits?

When discussing for buying laptop, Mr. Chandan discussed with Sonali about process of procurement of the items. The laptop which Sonali wanted to purchase, it was not available in nearby town. She had to buy it online but one of Mr. Chandan friend offered him discount of 500 Rupee on the laptop. So, Sonali  thought that she will not only buy laptop very soon that fulfils her need but will also save Rs. 500, which can be spent on other family expenditure.

What are the best possible alternatives?

Mr. Chandan helped her daughter to realize that although her choice was very nice but she has only 25 thousands in her hand to buy. He helped Sonali to think other possible alternate (different company) before taking final decision.

What does our wisdom say?

Sonali was very rigid to buy costly laptop because so many of her classmates bought that laptop. She wants to show her high stature among her friends. Her father asked her questions. What do you want? Do you want that I should lend money on interest? Do you know our source of income? How will I pay? Do we really need to buy laptop of such configuration? It was hardly 10 minutes discussion between father and daughter but result is before us. We are experienced and educated people. We know things in a better way. Parent sole purpose is to sensitize his/her kids. Our kids are sensible, they will develop right understanding. Our task is to make them aware because it may be possible that s/he visualizes something according to her age and understanding.

Decision making skills grow in real life experience

Wise parent leads his ward to walk on right path. He initiates ways and provide different opportunity through different means and medium to nurture the decision making skill in his child. He helps his wards to pass through different situations to feel the pulse of right and wrong decision and its consequences in our life.

Mr. Bhola Singh was an astute farmer. He used to ask his son if he had to help other needy farmer in terms of sending his own tractor to plough the field. Mr. Nilabh recalled his childhood memories. He flashed back and shared, “I did not feel the importance of the particular questions, asked by my father. I did not remember now, “what was my father’s decision in such situation, but he used to ask me and I used to give answer at that time”. Now, I felt that my father used to make me a sensible person, indeed a decision maker.

Parent plays central role in developing decision making skill among students. S/he can assign simple task to make them sensible to take a wise decision according to need. Usually, student initiates to complete the task interestingly as well as enthusiastically.

a.       Ranjay’s father announced that his son will do marketing for kitchen. Ranjay will buy kitchen items from Hypermart. His father has given only Rs. 1000.  Ranjay will check kitchen items and make a list of necessary items for purchasing. He will identify essential and luxury kitchen items. He has to decide and buy kitchen items so that his mother would be able to cook today’s dinner uninterruptedly.

b.      Tappu is younger son of Mr. Gopal. Usually Tappu does not eat green vegetable on regular basis and always complains his mother for other alternative vegetables for lunch or dinner time (which his mother could not cook at particular day). Mr. Gopal found out a solution. He has given Rs. 100 for buying green vegetables for the family. He encouraged Tappu to visit nearby ‘Vegetable Market’ for shopping. He will purchase green vegetable of his own choice which other family members will eat in dinner.

Help to set priority in life- essential decision making skill

Mr. Nishant son was appearing for the intermediate board examination. His son was an average academic performer in examination driven education system but was a sensible child. He was properly preparing for his board examination. It was only 14 days remain for commencement of examination. Suddenly, he came to know that his maternal uncle was going to marriage after 8 days. Mr. Nishant knew that there was a great emotional bonding between Ayush and his maternal uncle. Mr. Nishant caught in a dilemma. If Ayush goes to attend marriage ceremony, it will take at least four days. If he leaves Ayush at home then who will take care of food etc. Ayush was doing unique planning for last six month for his uncle marriage I.e. purchased different dress for different ceremony. Mr. Nishant had a discussion with his wife. It was matter of great tension and emotional turbulence in Nishant family. Ayush skipped breakfast and lunch and did not study whole day but everything was normal at dinner table. Finally, Ayush decided to stay at one of his father close friend house for preparing for the board examination. What do we think i.e. how did he decide this, what were points of discussion in the family and what could be other emotional  ups and downs faced by other family member?

Parent shows faith in ward’s ability to take rational decision

A wise parent sometimes takes serious challenges to develop decision making skill in his child. He motivates his child to think his own but provides several points before him to consider before taking final decision. It may be possible that sometimes child may select less important thing or can do useless decision, wise parent accepts the decision of his ward but he also encourages his ward to evaluate and assess the outcome of previously taken decision so that process of learning in real life situation can continue.

Decision making is a life skill. Skill helps us to grow. Decision making involves thousand of factors.  A wise parent nurtures his/her ward’s capacity to take a wise decision. He develops the ability to understand the importance of decision making and decision making process to lead an integrated life. We have to accept the universal truth that “Nobody can decide anything for us. Of course, others can help us to do so, but the decision has to be ours. I am accountable for my destiny. It is “I” who has to take right decision at right time. We remember quotes of French philosopher, René Descartes (1596-1650) who proposed a ‘truth’: Cogito ergo sum (I think, therefore I am). A wise parent develops his ward as an independent individual thinker who can think rationally and accept the challenges of his own decision. He says, “I think it is very well’; I am going to do this. He can say, “I have taken this decision because I think (point 1, point 2 so and so forth). Parent will say ‘yes you can’; I believe in you. Nurture an independent decision maker. A child is unique individual; we will not make him/her a parasite.

Learning is complex phenomena. Learning something is good when we learn it consciously; when we learn something (good/bad) in an awaken and alert mode; when we face it in real life situation; when we believe in our own capability to learn something; when we have strong will power and determination; that day, if we decide to sail the life boat in opposite direction of the wind even then we will certainly reach our destination.

Rajeev Ranjan

Indian Educationist

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“Respect” an essential human value

Character building through value of “Respect”

Educator designs a person’s personality. Our character is a reflection of our thinking process. Educator nurtures our character. He shows us right approach to lead a successful life and to develop oneself as an integrated human being. Indian mythological story insists that our learning starts at our mother womb. Our learning starts from day 1st of our life journey. Gradually, it starts taking proper shape. Our learning grows from abstract point i.e. when a child starts responding on mother’s call; to when we share our own life perspectives with our parent. Our family is our 1st school where the foundation of learning is established. Generally, 2nd phase of learning begins formally at school campus. We get ample of opportunities, where we learn life skills. Our nature and traits are begun to grow as a unique individual. We are unique individual. We have instinct of learning. Human values “respect” promote the principle of “live and let live”. We are rational thinkers who believe in sense of equality, mutual respect and a sense of deep understanding of one and all living with us in our vicinity.

Handling 21st Century Kids a Challenging Task

We are wise educator. We handle 21st century Android apps enabled generation. Kids love to spend more time on Electronic gadgets. They are least motivated to talk with their peers, parent and elder members of family at the same time parents also spends much time on Electronic Gadgets. Intentionally or unintentionally parents are busy with Whatsapp, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social platform. This creates a void between parent and kids. They are sharing same room, same food and same bed but using different electronic gadgets at the same time. Family members are present under a roof but minds are busy consciously or unconsciously in virtual world.

Non-ending but Interesting Story of Elder Family Members:- A drastic paradigm shift

Gone are the days when we used to hear different stories from our parents and elder members. Those stories usually used to consist of values and life skills, moreover included with real life experience. It was not merely act of telling various stories. It used to involve emotion and passion. Nowadays we see 3D enabled movie, moral stories, and rhymes but some where I find emotion and passion are missing which had and of course which have an essential roles in our life in shaping us integrated personalities. We observe that kids are more vocal but lack in life values. We need to awake on right time. We need to instill values. It is possible when parent, elder members of society, teacher and school work closely to develop life values among student. It does not build up in a day, week or month. We need to nurture our kids.

We are unique individuals. We have instinct of learning. Positive effort to inculcate life skills and essential values are the ways to nurture human values.

Show Respect-Receive Respect:- “Respect” is one of the most essential human values in our life.

“Respect” is one of the most essential human values in our life. When we nurture our kids to respect self and respect others, we prepare them to sensitize the greatest virtue. It integrates other life values. The day child feels the importance of mother, father, siblings, elder members in and other society members in his life, that day child starts giving proper respect. Our task is to awake them, make them sensible towards other’s  dignity. When a child starts following parents instruction, using good manners with others, using polite and appropriate language in the circle, and if s/he receives same values from others then only s/he imbibes it.  When a child shows respect to his teacher and receives the same from the teacher, s/he imbibes it. We need to create a culture to respect one another in the family; if s/he feels it, surely s/he learns it. Educator shares and discusses with value of “respect” in our life. A wise educator enables his learners to be rational thinker.

 Family first school of life

When we feel the importance someone and something in our life, we start respecting someone and something. If a child feels that my mother is my life. She loves me and always stands for my welfare. The child starts taking each and every thing seriously which comes from his mother. If a child feels importance of a pet animal at home, s/he starts respecting that pet animal. To respect something and someone is to associate with that person or thing. When we know the worth of other things or other person, it motives us to respect so that someone and something will not be disturbed by our curse of actions. Rohit is a brilliant child and belongs to an affluent business family. He studies in 2nd class. His mother always motivates him to talk politely with workers at home. He wishes “good morning” to his school driver on daily basis. His mother respects his grandfather and grandmother. She speaks politely with each other. Rohit developed this great virtue to respect other from his parents because his parent not only talks much about respecting one another but he observes and feels it at home.

Although Rohit belongs to a rich business family but his parent always discusses the benefits of respecting one another in family and society but they make Rohit a sensible child. One day Rohit visited to his friend Ramiz house. He was playing video game on his father’s smart phone. His father has to make a call to his friend. He asked Ramiz to return the phone but Ramiz wanted to achieve highest point in the game. He did not obey his father and became rigid to give mobile only after completing the game. When Ramiz father tried to take the mobile from him, he ran away from home with phone. Rohit did not feel good to see this event and shared with his mother.

Parent the first and foremost teacher

Parent plays crucial role in instilling values in his child. He creates a learning environment at home. 21st century kids are very smart. They learn well when they observe it and feel it in his surroundings. They not only weigh our words but also consider our action. If parent’s words match with action, they follow it unquestionably. If they find a gap between parent’s word and parent’s action, they seldom consider it.

Teachers make difference- Game changer

School is second crucial place for learning. A child spends so much time in the school. It is observed on various occasions that child loves his class teacher and teacher so much. They are ideals in children’s life. Children keenly observe teachers’ statements and their behaviors at school. It is observed that student of Kindergarten to Upper Primary Level (03-12 years) seriously follow their class teacher and the teacher. This is right age circle to inculcate right attitude towards learning value of “respecting” one another. It is a manner which helps us to be recognized as an individual in our society.  Learning begins in the school assembly. Good school assembly inculcates good manner among students through role play, essay, speech, and enacting short act. Students learn well because it consists of students’ activities and ensure direct participation of students, by the students and for the students.

Dynamic class teacher brings magical change

Class teacher plays pivotal role in school in developing good values. Class teacher shares rules, regulation, anecdotes, real story, own life experience with students with a motive to develop good human values it among students. Class teacher shares various illustration and example on various occasions. Generally students hear their teacher emphatically and try to incorporate in their regular behaviour. If a class teacher inculcate habit of respecting each other in the classroom, respecting other stationary items, respecting classroom items(computer, projector, chalk, duster) , respecting dignity of other students, the students learn it very well. Good class teacher reminds his/her students on regular basis for their good or bad behaviour. S/he sets a good example in the class if some student has done something extraordinary work, teacher motivates him and reprimand as well as discourages for bad acts of student; sometimes individually, other times in a group. Class teacher sets a benchmark of expected behaviour during the school hours. S/he involves students to frame some of basic rules, encourages to execute in real life cases and also timely evaluate assess acts of students time to time. A good teacher handles these smart kids very smartly. S/he ensures that students show good manner with peers, teacher, moreover their behaviour with supportive staffs of school (Peon, Helper, driver, office clerk, demonstrator). Ms. Puspa is a keen observer. She is class teacher of 7th class. She generally talks with parent and asks parent to share student’s behaviour at home. She integrates her own observation with parent’s given feedback and plans accordingly to inculcate human values in students. She hears her students emphatically and guides them to do best.

Ms Puspa quoted once, “I use elicitation technique to inculcate values in our students. I select a contextual story and share it with student. I ask student to find out different values. I usually ask my student, “how s/he will implement in his/her life, what can be hurdles, what can be benefits” etc to make him/her sensible.” Ms. Puspa shared her observation that since this activity ensures students’ involvement, students participate properly, reply rationally and follow it in day to day life. A good teacher is very specific and precise in what s/he expects from students. S/he implements values very firmly but keeps an open eye approach for further evaluation. Teacher facilitates learning and inculcates values among students. Teacher can make a big difference. We should firmly establish a sense of self respect to inculcate good manner to show respect for others.

How do we evaluate the inculcation of human value “Respect?”

When an individual:-

Shows respect in family circle {senior, junior and other family members}

  • Kind behaviour
  • Listen carefully
  • Polite way of talking
  • Show modest behaviour with peer and friends
  • Offer help in time of need
  • Offer water and food

”If you have some respect for people as they are, you can be more effective in helping them to become better than they are.” –John W. Gardner

Shows respect to belongings

  • Use different gadgets properly
  • Avoid destroying homely items
  • Consume/use different items rationally
  • Keep them in right place after use

Shows respect to his/her teacher, peers, friend, and school property———)

  • Reaching bus stop on time (Time Respect)
  • Saying courteous words with driver, teachers, and peers
  • Avoid commenting and criticizing on other weakness (physical, psychological, academically)
  • Polite way of talking with peers, friends and teachers
  • Offer helping hand to peers and friends
  • Help juniors
  • Listen teacher carefully
  • Reply teacher properly
  • Caring for school property
  • Caring for school garden (plant, flower)

Final words: Reflection on Bill Bradley and Ralph Waldo Emerson

Child keenly observes us. It is worth enough to discuss Bill Bradley (American former professional basketball player and politician) statement that ““Respect your fellow human being, treat them fairly, disagree with them honestly, enjoy their friendship, explore your thoughts about one another candidly, work together for a common goal and help one another achieve it. No destructive lies. No ridiculous fears. No debilitating anger.” If educators establish this culture at school premises, no doubt at all we will inculcate the value of ‘live and let live’ in learners’ community. We are educators. We make a big difference. Ralph Waldo Emerson once quoted, “”To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children, to earn the approbation of honest critics; to appreciate beauty; to give of one’s self, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived–that is to have succeeded.”

Rajeev Ranjan

Indian Educationist

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Tips for Developing Decision Making Skill

Decision making is a life skill. Skill helps us to grow. Decision making involves thousand of factors. Educator integrates students’ subject knowledge i.e. facts, fiction, situations, illustrations and correlates them to real life situation for developing decision making skill. Educator nurtures each individual’s capacity to take a wise decision.

Real story
Four students of class 5th approached the principal to organize a cultural programme to celebrate ‘Teachers’ Day’ in the school. They were highly motivated and wanted to do something great for their teachers. Principal inquired minutely about the programme details. He decided to develop decision making skill among them. Principal asked them to chalk out everything related to the programme i.e. programme schedule, details of programme etc. The group decided everything minutely. Principal suggested girls to take help from educator for necessary modification. He deputed two teachers as observers. Group of 4 students took help from other students of their class, assigned duty and instructed them wisely. They organized programme exceptionally well.
It was a risk to give opportunity to a group of junior girls (5th class) to organize a cultural programme for almost 1000 students and more than 70 staffs; however he identified the calibre of students and took the risk for giving a golden opportunity for them. The principal identified, analyzed, evaluated their calibre, and trusted them, which resulted in a good cultural programme. Educator helps students. How we can do that?
1. Evaluate the calibre of students
2. Trust them, “yes they can”
3. Illustrate best possible alternatives
4. Sensitize them and lead them to the best possible point
5. Guide them to take decision carefully and deliberately
6. Give them space and time to think, to plan and to execute
Educator should sensitize students about the process of decision making. We can help them to work on the process. We can make them alert about the essential characteristics and ways of decision making. Ultimately an individual has to make decision while considering, time, situation, problems, facts, other related circumstances and consequence; moreover educator empowers individual to make an independent decision.
(Excerpts from How to Develop Decision Making Skill)
Rajeev Ranjan