Thursday, July 30, 2020

On My Show This Week - Venus Upadhayaya


Venus Upadhayaya 

"I am passionate about Education...

Aug 2 • 2020
Episode #36: Sandeep Dutt in conversation with Venus Upadhayaya, currently a reporter with the Epoch Times at New York. Venus reports on a wide range of issues. Her area of expertise is in Indian and South Asian geopolitics. She has reported from the very volatile India-Pakistan border and has contributed to mainstream print media in India for about a decade. Community media, sustainable development, and leadership remain her key areas of interest. She helped us give shape to Learning Forward India, she was one of the first few people who joined us for Brewing Knowledge, a little group for Coffee and Conversations in 2015. Together we built the Core-Values module for teachers and the heart tree for helping understand the role of the teacher in building the inner core of every child. She has travelled across the world, in her quest for knowledge and to build learning communities.
Learning Forward show brought to you by the Learning Forward India Foundation.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

विचारशीलता और समझ: राजेश्वरी राठौड़


विचार का अर्थ है किसी बात पर चिंतन के लिए अपने दिमाग का उपयोग करने की प्रक्रिया है। मनुष्य जब भी कोई कार्य करता है तो वह पहले सोच विचार करता हैअच्छे बुरे कार्य के बारे में सोचता हैइस कार्य से क्या परिणाम मिलेगा सोच विचार करके ही कार्य करेगाइस तरह शिक्षा के स्तर में भी एक शिक्षक जब अपने विषय का पाठ्यक्रम और पाठ योजना पर पूर्ण रूप से सोच विचार करके विद्यार्थियों को शिक्षा देता है।

विद्यार्थी का जब मूल्यांकन किया जाता है विद्यार्थी विषय ज्ञान को समझ कर विचार करके परीक्षा देता हैइसी तरह मानव सामाजिक प्राणी है, वह कोई भी कार्य करता है तो उस पर विचार अवश्य करता हैबाद में कार्य की रूपरेखा तैयार करता हैवह कार्य की पूर्ण योजना बनाकर करता हैचाहे कोई भी हो इन विचारों को समझकर ही कार्य करता है। तब ही एक मनुष्य अपने कार्य में सफलता पाता है।

समझ के अनेक नाम है बुद्धि, विचार, खयाल, हमति, जानना, तालमेल, इत्यादि। समझ का अर्थ स्पष्टीकरण या कारण जानने के लिए कोई कार्य करनामनुष्य द्वारा किसी के स्वभाव और संवेदना को समझना किसी के व्यवहार को जानना और विचार करके कार्य करना होता हैएक छात्र की शिक्षा को सुचारू रूप से चलाने के लिए छात्र की भावनाओं को अध्यापक व अभिभावक को समझ कर चलना चाहिएजब शिक्षक व अभिभावक छात्र के स्वभाव या व्यवहार को जानेगा व उसे हँसी खुशी व भरोसा देगे। तब ही छात्र आगे बढ़ेंगे। परिवार हो या समाज, घर या कार्यालय मे हो, सभी में व्यक्ति को एक दूसरे को समझना चाहिए। तभी कार्य सही तरीके से व सुचारू रूप से चलेगाव्यक्ति के किसी भी कार्य में विचाशीलता और संयम उसके आधार स्तंभ होते है।
Rajeshwari Rathore
The Fabindia School, Bali

विचारशीलता और समझ: कृष्ण गोपाल


किसी भी बात को लेकर हमारे मन में विभिन्न प्रकार के विचार उमड़ते  है। सभी तरफ से उचित हो तभी हम उसे अमल में लाते हैं। यह तरीका ठीक भी है, ऐसा ही होना चाहिए। बचपन में बहुत सारी कहानियाँ पढ़ी थी जिसमें हर प्रकार से विचार करने के बाद ही आगे कदम रखने की प्रेरणा दी गई थी। ऐसा कहा भी जाता है कि -”बिना विचारे जो करे सो पाछे पछताए।”

माता-पिता बालक के लिए जो भी फैसले लेते हैं उन पर अच्छी तरह मनन या चिंतन करते हैं। हमारे किसी फैसले से बालक को कोई हानि न पहुँचे। एक शिक्षक भी अपनी अध्यापन विधियों में बार-बार परिवर्तन करता है इसके पीछे भी यही कारण होता है। मेरे किस प्रकार पढ़ाने पर बालक अच्छी प्रकार से समझ जाएगा, ऐसा विचार एक शिक्षक के मन में चलता रहता है।

घर परिवार या किसी भी स्थान पर कोई उत्सव आदि का आयोजन किया जा रहा हो तो हर प्रकार से विचार किया जाता है। छोटी सी भूल या छोटी सी कमी कहीं पूरे कार्यक्रम को बिगाड़ न दे। इसलिए यह जरूरी हो जाता है कि हर बात हर काम के लिए पहले से ही विचार कर लिया जाए। यहाँ विचार का तात्पर्य है हर प्रकार से सोच समझकर कार्य किया जाए साथ ही योजनाबद्ध तरीके से उसे आकार दिया जाए।

जितने बड़े स्तर का काम करते हैं उतने ही बड़े स्तर पर योजना बनाकर विचार किया जाना चाहिए। हम कभी नहीं चाहेंगे कि किसी प्रकार का कोई व्यवधान उपस्थित हो। बालक के भविष्य को लेकर भी अभिभावक चिंतनशील रहते हैं। बालक की रूचि और योग्यता के आधार पर ही विषय चयन करवाया जाना चाहिए। बालकों के पाठ्यक्रम भी बोर्ड द्वारा उनके स्तर के अनुरूप ही बनाया जाता है। इस पर भी संपूर्ण दृष्टि से विचार विमर्श किया जाता है।

एक प्रकार से हम कह सकते हैं कि यह एक समझ की बात है। जैसे-जैसे बालक बड़ा होता जाता है उसकी समझ का स्तर भी बढ़ता जाता है। बालक अपना भला बुरा पहचान सके यह भी एक समझ ही है। हमें कहाँ कैसा व्यवहार करना चाहिए यह समझ ही है। हम दूसरों की भावनाओं को समझें और उनके अनुरूप चलें। जीवन में संकट और समस्याएँ आती रहती है किंतु इनका मुकाबला करना समझदारी है।

समझदारी और विचारशीलता दोनों  मूल्य आपस में जुड़े हुए हैं। कोई भी बालक या व्यक्ति इन दोनों मूल्यों का उपयोग करें कभी समस्याग्रस्त नहीं होंगे। सारा ज्ञान पुस्तकों में नहीं है, बहुत सी बातें हमें वातावरण से,दूसरों से सीखनी होती है। इनका सही दिशा में प्रयोग सफलता दिलवा सकता है। समझदारी और विचारशीलता के साथ आगे बढ़ें तो दुविधाओं से बचा जा सकता है।
Krishan Gopal
The Fabindia School, Bali

परवाह और समझदारी: आयशा टॉक


परवाह का अर्थ है- किसी की सुविधा का ख्याल रखना, किसी की चिंता करना । उदाहरण के लिए एक माँ दुनिया में सबसे ज्यादा परवाह अपने बच्चों की करती है। वह किसी भी हालत में उन्हें दुखी और परेशान नहीं देख सकती है। ठीक इसी तरह एक अध्यापक भी अपने विद्यार्थियों के लिए बहुत ही चिंतित रहते है। उनकी बहुत परवाह करते हैं। उनको हमेशा यही चिंता रहती है, कि जो भी सिखाया जाये, वो सारे बच्चों को आना चाहिए।

इसी प्रकार विद्यार्थियों को भी अपने साथ में पढ़ने वाले अन्य विद्यार्थियों की चिंता करनी चाहिए उनको सहयोग देना चाहिए। बच्चों को बचपन से ही कोमल हृदय वाला बनाना चाहिए। उन्हें सिखाया जाना चाहिए कि जो व्यक्ति हमारी परवाह करता है, हमें भी उनकी परवाह करनी चाहिए। हमें कोई भी ऐसी बात या ऐसा काम नहीं करना चाहिए जिससे किसी दूसरे व्यक्ति को कष्ट का अनुभव हो। यह बातें बच्चों को विद्यालय और घर दोनों ही जगहों पर सिखाई जा सकती है। 

समझदारी का अर्थ है- दूरदर्शी, विवेकशीलता का अपनाया जाना। आमतौर पर लोग तात्कालिक लाभ को ही सब-कुछ मान लेते हैं और उसके लिए बुरी बातों को भी अपना लेते हैं। बल्कि जो दूरदर्शी व्यक्ति होंगे वो बहुत ही समझदारी से सोच-समझ कर कोई भी निर्णय लेते हैं। कभी भी बिना सोचे-समझे जल्दबाजी में कोई भी निर्णय नहीं लेना चाहिए। इसके परिणाम अच्छे नहीं होते हैं।

जो समझदार व्यक्ति होगा वह खुद का स्वार्थ कभी नहीं देखता है। बल्कि उसका हमेशा यहीं प्रयास रहता है कि मेरी वजह से किसी को किसी प्रकार की कोई हानि न उठानी पड़े। समझदार व्यक्ति कभी भी बुरी बातों को नहीं अपनाते हैं और ना ही किसी बुरे कार्य में नासमझ व्यक्ति की कोई मदद करते हैं। उनका प्रयास रहता है कि वह कोई व्यक्ति अगर किसी गलत राह पर जा रहा है तो उसे समझा कर गलत राह पर जाने से रोकने का प्रयत्न  करें। समझदार व्यक्ति हमेशा अपनी समझदारी के बल पर ही जीतता है। वह हर परिस्थिति को अपनी समझदारी से हल कर लेते हैं। 
Ayasha Tak
The Fabindia School, Bali

सावधानी और समझ: उषा पंवार


शिक्षक की हर कोशिश बच्चों को आगे बढ़ने में मदद करती है इसलिए उनको तात्कालिक परिणामों की परवाह किए बगैर पूरे मन से बच्चों को पढ़ना-लिखना सिखाने की प्रक्रिया जारी रखना चाहिए, कभी-कभी बच्चों में परिणाम आने में समय लगता है इसका अर्थ यह नहीं कि हमारी कोशिशों की कोई उपयोगिता नहीं है।

गुरू ही ब्रह्मा, गुरू ही विष्णु, गुरू ही शंकर” ऐसा इसलिए है क्योंकि एक गुरू ही अपने शिष्य को व्यवहारिक जीवन से रूबरू कराता है। एक शिक्षक और छात्र का रिश्ता उन रिश्तों में से एक होता है जिसे हम जिंदगी भर भूल नहीं सकते हैं। बचपन से बड़े होने तक शिक्षक हमें कई बातों का अनुभव कराते है। हमें जीवन में आगे बढ़ने और सफलता पाने का रास्ता भी दिखाते है।

शिक्षक को समाज की आधारशिला माना गया है। शिक्षक व शिक्षार्थियों को विनम्र होना चाहिए। विनम्रता फूल में महकने वाली सुगंध की तरह एक मानवीय गुण है, वह गुण यदि एक स्थान पर प्रकट होगा तो दूसरे स्थान पर भी ठीक उसी तरह प्रगट होगा। जिस छात्र में गुरु जनों के प्रति भावना होती हैं उसकी प्रतिभा अपने आप परिष्कृत होती रहती है और जल्दी से ज्ञानार्जन करता रहता है। गुरू के प्रति श्रद्धा रखने वाला छात्र शिक्षक की हर बात बड़े ध्यान से सुनता है और विश्वास पूर्वक ग्रहण करता है। वह अपना हितैषी समझ कर गुरू के दिए निर्देशों का आस्था पूर्वक पालन करता है जिससे उसमें चारित्रिक बल का विकास होता है। 

छात्रों को चार दिवारी कक्ष में पढ़ाने के साथ-साथ कभी-कभी बाहर पेड़ के नीचे खुली हवा में पढ़ाना चाहिए, पढ़ाने का अर्थ सिर्फ किताबी ज्ञान ही नहीं बल्कि बाहरी ज्ञान भी देना आवश्यक है। शिक्षकों को समझ होनी चाहिए कि प्रत्येक विद्यार्थी की सोचने समझने की शक्ति अलग-अलग होती है और जरूरी नहीं कि हमारा समझाया गया सबको समझ आए। अलग-अलग विधि से उदाहरण देकर समझाना चाहिए। पढ़ाने के लिए उपकरण हो क्योंकि छात्र सुनने से ज्यादा देखकर वे समझ सकते हैं।
Usha Panwar
The Fabindia School, Bali

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

The Fabindia School is now a My Good School

My Good School empowers students by creating an environment for personal and social development of an individual. Experiential learning is made possible through activities beyond just study, this brings to life learning that would otherwise be theoretical and uncoordinated. 
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Opened to the world on 18th July 2020

सफलता - उषा पंवार

"मेहनत इतनी खामोशी से करो कि सफलता शोर मचा दे।"

सफलता किसी को भी एक झटके में नहीं मिलती या रातों-रात हासिल नहीं होती है लेकिन लगातार प्रयास करते
रहने से एक दिन जरूर मिलती है। सफलता उन्हीं को मिलती है जिनके जीवन में एक लक्ष्य होता है और वे अपने लक्ष्य के प्रति ईमानदार होते हैं ।अपने जीवन का एक लक्ष्य निर्धारित करें और सभी दूसरे विचारों को अपने दिमाग से निकाल दें यही सफलता की कुंजी है।

अतः सभी छात्रों को अपने जीवन में एक लक्ष्य निर्धारित करना चाहिए। हर किसी के पास अपना अलग सामर्थ्य और काबिलियत होती है, कोई छात्र पढ़ाई में अव्वल होता है ,तो कोई छात्र खेलकूद में ,फोटोग्राफी में ,संगीत में, नृत्य में ,तो कोई चित्रकारी और शिल्पकारी मेंअव्वल होते हैं। कई छात्र ऐसे भी होते हैं जो सफल तो होना चाहते हैं लेकिन इसके लिए प्रयास नहीं करते ,जरूरी नहीं है कि आप अपने क्लास में अव्वल आए बल्कि जरूरी है आप अपने अंदर की काबिलियत को समझे और सही दिशा में आगे बढ़ने के लिए अपने लक्ष्य को निर्धारित करें।

रुपया ,पैसा, धन-दौलत कोई भी चुरा सकता है छीन सकता है लेकिन नहीं छीनी जा सकती है तो उसकी काबिलियत गुण। अतः हम में हुनर है तो कदर है।

धन्यवाद,
उषा पंवार

Thoughtfulness and Understanding - Nikita Rajpurohit

Thoughtfulness simply means stop thinking about ourselves (stop being selfish for a moment) and
then give that time to understand others. Doesn't matter if we could help them out or not but still act of showing concern and compassion can help a lot to comfort the other person. Whenever we try to understand another person, it's necessary to put our feet in their shoes and then analyse the situation because until and unless we don't visualize the situation from the other person's point of view, we might not be so good with our judgement sometimes. Kind thoughts reflect a kind person, for example, if you see a blind man crossing a road, put an effort to help him reach the other end. It's for sure that the blind man might be enough capable to judge the road and cross it safely but still what's bad in helping them to reach the other end safely

Understanding someone is an art and that art comes from love, emotions and strong relationship bonds. Different people see the world from different perspectives. In our society, there will always be misunderstandings between people and those people's reactions will differ. Some choose to groan and even get angry about the way that themselves or others are treated while some decide to try and do something about it. Understanding is very important for, building trusting, and having open relationships.  Working with your students to develop their understanding of others is a crucial aspect of empathy. Teach them to put yourself in the other person’s shoes. Here are simple steps for putting yourself in someone else’s shoes:

1. Think about what that person has going on in his or her life. If you don’t know, ask.
2. Think about how you would act if you were in that specific situation.
3. Talk to the person about the situation and find out why he or she handled it in that way.
4. Listen to them before judging.
To live a healthy life and maintain strong relationships, being thoughtful and understanding is very essential.

Nikita Rajpurohit
The Fabindia School
nra@fabindiaschools.in

Focus and Diffuse Thinking - Richa Solanki

When we are in difficulty and solving a problem, there are two ways we can solve it: using focused
thought or using diffuse thought. Focused thinking is just straightforward. It concentrates on the main matter. If we adopt Focused thinking it is a highly attentive state of mind where the brain uses its best concentration abilities to ignore all outside information. As you all know when we are in our focused mode of thinking, it’s like we have a sure solution for the matter at hand. Whether we are practising or doing any work or skill, focused thinking allows us to zoom directly in on the most important information.

Another way of thinking in a  diffuse way, it looks at a big way of sight. Unlike focused thinking, diffuse thinking is all of our mind distractions. Diffuse thinking happens when you let your mind freely and think peacefully. The diffuse mode of thinking does not happen in any one area of the brain, but rather all over. Diffuse thinking gives you an opportunity to connect with any situation because it's happened randomly. Between focused and diffuse thinking is the best way to solve a difficult problem. First, we use the focused mode of thinking to understand the basics of a topic without any distractions. Then we use the diffuse mode to learn and make connections to other things we already know. 

Once you have repeated this process a few times, the information will get you.

Richa Solanki 
The Fabindia School
rsi@fabindiaschools.in

Change your Path not Destination - Shivani Rao

'Success is a journey, not a destination.' The doing is often more important than the outcomes.
Made by Adam/ UKG
Focusing on the journey also shines a light on what else you get out of trying to reach your goal. Even you might not need to reach your goal to be successful. Shoot for the moon, even if you missed you will still be among the stars.

In life things happen around us, things happen to us, the only thing s that truly matters is, how you choose to react to it and what learned out of it. Life is all about learning, accepting and converting your struggle into learning. If things go against don't confuse your destination. If plan A didn't work, so what we have 25 letters remaining to try them. Just because it's stormy doesn't mean that you are not for sunshine.

Even rivers never change their destination to merge in the ocean how can we do without trying. Never change yourself for anyone.  We all make mistakes, hurt, disappoint people but do not trap yourself in past happening learn from it and leave it. It's never late to start again, to do what you destined to do. Your circumstances are a reflection of your choice and they can be changed through your power to a wiser decision. Every morning brings a new beginning to use it wisely. You need not required to do great things  to be great, do small things in great ways 

Shivani Rao
The Fabindia School
sro@fabindiaschools.in

Happiness comes from within - Sharmila Vijayvargi

We every day come across many quotes on happiness. But, we actually don't know what happiness is.
It is different for everyone. Today, staying home is making me happy but it is so possible that tomorrow going out and enjoying it might make me happy. At times, we keep running behind things thinking that having it will make me happy but when we achieve it, our level of happiness changes! Hence, it is very important to decide what we want in life. Material things will get us happiness for a limited time and so it is the inner satisfaction that will make us happy. It is important to realize what we want and once we know that, happiness would follow. 

Let us understand this through an example: Having a big house, a fancy car is something we all aim for! But tomorrow if we don't have time to enjoy any of it or have a family to live with, these objects will just be there as our asset in the financial books but in reality, we will be all alone. So, that's where we know that it is family which makes us happy and the satisfaction derived from it, will make us more confident and happier, even if we don't own a big house or car!! 

Being happy makes one more efficient as we synergies all our efforts towards delivering the best. It is a virtue. Happy people also make their surroundings relaxed and work as a catalyst in reducing stress. Thus, avoiding the unnecessary hustle and rat race and trying to be content knowing what is important is a ladder to being happy and once this inner happiness is achieved, there's no stopping success! 

Stay happy always!

Sharmila Vijayvargi
The Fabindia School
svi@fabindiaschools.in

Laughter is the Best Medicine - Kavita Devda

Laughter is the best medicine for a person to be happy. A good laugh has great short-term effects. This medicine is not available at any pharmacy, is free of cost and comes with no instruction manual. In today's stressful life people have just forgotten to live in the present and enjoy the little moments.

Laughter brings positive energy and rejuvenates the relationship. Laughter is the biggest stress buster. When you have a good hearty laugh, the muscles move and expand the blood vessels, which send more blood to all parts of the body. When one smiles, the movement of the facial muscles sends signals to the brain.

A good dose of laughter regulates the blood sugar.  It is considered the best way to relax oneself as it reduces the level of stress hormones. Laughter allows all our senses to combine naturally and effortlessly to give a sense of peace and joy. It also reduces the negative thoughts that weaken the immune system of the body. A happy person has a higher ability to fight diseases since he is in the right frame of mind and hence takes his medicines on time. The immune system goes into a stress-free zone.

Laughter is an excellent exercise for the facial muscles. About 15 facial muscles come together to bring that glee to your face. Laughing increases the blood supply to your cheeks that nourish the skin and makes your face glow. It tones up the face, giving you an attractive look. So always keep laughing,  smiling and stay healthy. 

Kavitha Devda 
The Fabindia School 
kda4fab@gmail.com

Friday, July 24, 2020

प्रकृति का मानव जाति को पाठ - Aysha Tak

प्रकृति का मानव जाति को पाठ पढ़ाने का अपना तरीका है।  जब कठिन पाठ पढ़ाया जाता है , तो प्रकृति भी एक
कठोर शिक्षक बन जाती है। कोविड - 19 अभी हमारे लिए प्रकृति द्वारा पढ़ाया जा रहा सबसे कठिन पाठ है। इस महामारी ने हमें यह सिखाया है कि हम यह सुनिश्चित करें कि हम शिक्षण प्रदान करने के सभी रास्ते तलाशते रहते हैं। शिक्षक कभी भी हार मानकर नहीं बैठते हैं। वह अपने विद्यार्थियों की सहायता एवं देखभाल के लिए विभिन्न रास्ते तलाशते रहते हैं। उनमें से अभी के समय में एक रास्ता जो शिक्षकों ने तलाशा वह है ऑनलाइन शिक्षा का। इसके लिए पहले शिक्षकों को खुद को सब कुछ सीखना पड़ा ,ताकि वह विद्यार्थियों को अच्छे तरीके से ऑनलाइन शिक्षा दे सकें।

 सीखने की कोई उम्र नहीं होती है और ना ही सीखने का कभी अंत होता है। सीखना - सिखाना ताउम्र चलता रहता है। अभी जो हम यह ऑनलाइन शिक्षा चला रहे है यह भी प्रकृति की ही मेहरबानी है। अगर ऐसी स्थिति नहीं आती तो अभी हम ऑनलाइन शिक्षा नहीं कर रहे होते। पहली बार ऑनलाइन क्लासरूम दुनिया पर राज कर रहे हैं। उपस्थिति हमारे लिए हमेशा सबसे बड़ी चुनौती रही है। इस कठिन समय में जब विद्यालय बंद है। उसके बावजूद भी उनके अध्यापक दिन - रात मेहनत करके उनके लिए पढ़ाने के नए - नए तरीके खोजकर योजनायें बनाकर उनको पढ़ा रहे हैं।तो विद्यार्थियों का यह कर्त्तव्य बनता है कि वे नियमित अपनी कक्षाओं में अपनी उपस्थिति दर्ज करवाएँ और जो भी सिखाया जाता है, पूर्ण ईमानदारी से सीखने का प्रयत्न करें। कुछ पाठों को कठिन तरीके से सिखाया जाता हैं ,लेकिन हमें सीखना चाहिए और कोविड - 19 सम्पूर्ण मानवजाति के लिए गंभीर रूप से सीखने वाला सबक है। 

आयशा टाक
The Fabindia School
atk@faidiaschools.in

Self Motivation - Urvish Singh

Self-motivation will always lead one to success provided that one stays committed after being motivated. Self-
motivation is of great help in fulfilling your own objectives and to make your life as you want. Let’s discuss how important self-motivation is for an individual.

The Oxford English dictionary definition of motivation is it’s a reason or reasons for acting or behaving in a particular way. It’s a desire or willingness to do something. Motivation is a psychological process reinforcing one to take action in order to accomplish one’s desired goals or objectives.

Self-motivation definition is staying motivated due to one’s own interest. One should be a self-motivated person, as self-motivation is the key to living a satisfying life. Self-motivation plays a vital role in one’s own life, as it enables one to make self-assessment as often as one can. The process of self-assessment discloses one’s strengths and weakness by which one can strengthen more one’s strengths and begins to strive for overcoming weakness. In this way, self-motivation leads one to the desired success in life.

One of the main reasons why self-motivation is important in your life is that it does not let you depend on others and you can achieve success in your own goals and objectives that you set on the basis of your abilities, while it aids you to eradicate your weakness that hinders your success. In this way, each and every objective you establish for yourself.

Urvish Singh
The Fabindia School
ush@fabindiaschools.in

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Veena Solanki - My Good School

Veena's daughter studies at The Fabindia School, the nursery where My Good School took form. A school helps prepare us for life. Not only can we learn the basic skills to read, write, and do arithmetic but we can learn about peoples, places, and nature. My Good School empowers students by creating an environment for the personal and social development of an individual. Experiential learning is made possible through activities beyond just study, this brings to life learning that would otherwise be theoretical and uncoordinated. The idea of the children doing their own self-reflection, their being able to choose and work on what they love doing makes all the difference. My Good School helps build relationships and strengthens school culture, to further improve the learning outcomes and prepare children for life. Longingness for nature, helping attitude to her peers, excitement to look at the world with a new lens every day and head to school with a sense of belonging, all this has brought learning to real life.


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Be Yourself - Monika Vaishnav

A few days before, I was watching a TV show and in that episode, a famous poet was invited. He was
too good at writing poetries and reciting them in his own way. Meanwhile, the host asked the audience to ask questions to the guest. One boy who was sitting in the audience stood up and said, "Sir, you are a good poet, I would like to recite a few lines of your poem in your way."  The poet said, "yes please." The boy recited and got the appreciation of the audience. Then, he said, "Give me blessings, I want to be like you, you are a famous poet, I hope I could also recite the poem the way you did." Then the poet said, "if you really want to do something in life, don't copy me or anyone else, be yourself, be like you. 

Come up with your originality, create your own version. Write your own poems and give them your own new style of reciting it. This will lead you to success.  That thing really inspired me. He meant that rather than concentrating on becoming like any stars or anyone, we need to give time to develop our own style. It's good to get inspired by others, learning good things from others but until you don't have your own talent or skills, you can't get success. 

I truly believe that everybody is blessed with some or other skills and we need to enhance it with hard work and regular practices. That thing really inspired me. We need to identify our skills and have faith in ourselves. We need to focus on our own style of performing our excellence, this will create a difference in our life. What would have happened if Sachin Tendulkar left cricket and ran for becoming doctor or engineer or what would have happened if he also played like any of the famous players of his time, would he be what is today? The answer is no. So we must observe and be ourselves to go ahead and achieve success in life. 

Monika Vaishnav
The Fabindia School
mvv4fab@gmail.com

मनोबल - राजेश्वरी राठौड़

मनोबल का अर्थ है हौसला। मनुष्य समाज में रहता है उसे जन्म से ही कार्य करने पड़ते हैं। वह शिक्षा हो या अन्य
कार्य, मनोबल सीधे कार्य निष्पादन को प्रभावित करता है। मनोबल  व्यक्ति की आंतरिक मानसिक शक्ति तथा आत्मविश्वास का पर्याय है। जिस प्रकार शरीर बल को बढ़ाने के लिए पौष्टिक भोजन और व्यायाम एवं विशेष उपचारों का सहारा लिया जाता है उसी प्रकार मनोबल के लिए भी ध्यान, धारणा यौगिक अभ्यास की  जरूरत होती हैं । जिन का मनोबल गिर गया वे साधारण  कामों को भी पर्वत के समान भारी मानते हैं ।

वह उत्साह और साहस ही है जिसके सहारे सामान्य लोग बड़े काम कर दिखाते हैं। जिन लोगों के पास मनोबल होता है वह कोई भी कार्य करने के लिए तत्पर होते हैं जैसे राणा सांगा को  80 गहरे घाव लगे थे तो भी वह लड़ाई के मैदान में पूर्ववत अपना जौहर दिखाते रहे ।वैसे ही विद्यार्थियों को अपना मनोबल नहीं खोना चाहिए। कोरोना जैसी महामारी के कारण   बच्चे   विद्यालय नहीं जा पा रहे हैं  । अब ऑनलाइन क्लासेस चल रही है उसमें मन लगाकर आत्मविश्वास और मनोबल को कायम रखते हुए पढ़ाई जारी रखनी चाहिए। कार्य के प्रति उमंग रखनी चाहिए। मनुष्य को मनोबल बढ़ाने के लिए  कई उपाय बताए गए हैं उनका अभ्यास करना चाहिए।

राजेश्वरी राठौड़
The Fabindia School
rre@fabindiaschools.in

Gratitude - Inner fulfillment - Swabhi Parmar

I personally feel that gratitude is affirmation of goodness and when we look at life as a whole, 
gratitude encourages us to identify some amount of goodness in our life. It leads to inner fulfillment and happiness. It makes us more empathetic towards all the living beings as well as things.

We should be thankful of each and every small thing which makes us happy, which helps us, which fulfill our needs and wants. As a human being we often forget to say thank you. Yes, we say thanks to people who help us, who solve our problems, who finds out way for us etc. But we do not say thank you to the things we use. They are also an important part of our life. For example the cup in which you drink coffee, the book in which you write, the glass in which you drink water are the things which fulfill you in the best possible way. We should give them respect and tell them thank you because they have fulfilled our needs and wants. It may sound insane, but without those things we cannot stay a comfortable life. So we should express immense gratitude to them as well.

The second part of gratitude is figuring out where that goodness comes from. We recognize the sources of this goodness as being outside of ourselves. It didn’t stem from anything we necessarily did ourselves in which we might take pride. We can appreciate positive traits in ourselves, because gratitude blocks toxic, negative emotions, such as envy, resentment, regret—emotions that can destroy our happiness. Gratitude could be magical key to inner peace as well. Once we start thanking our surroundings, our ecosystem, our people. We can eventually make the world a happy place to live in. 

Swabhi Parmar
The Fabindia School
bro@fabindiaschools.in

Monday, July 20, 2020

Humility and Appreciation - Jitendra Suthar

To make one person give more efforts there is some kind of encouragement required and that
encouragement comes only when work done by the person is appreciated. Appreciation is praising a person or to the work done by a person.

What is the difference between a leader and a boss? In any company, there are team leaders who lead their team in specific tasks. Later on, work done by that team gets appreciated if they give effective work back to the company. There might be more than 1 Team in an MNC, but the best one gets appreciated. This happens because of the leadership skill of that team leader. The person who is very polite with his team and work always leads better. Humility is politeness with anyone standing in front of us. 

A teacher has both these qualities very well. They are always polite to everyone and ready to appreciate the good work. To implement these values in a school, students should be given a task to collect pictures where they find these values in day to day life and the school can award the one who finds the most. This practice will help students and develop these values in them. 

“Good work always gets appreciated by polite people” – these values are completely interlinked. A person who always wants their opinion to be on top and never listen to the opinions of others can never develop such values.   

Jitendra Suthar
The Fabindia School
jsr@fabindiaschools.in

प्रकृति से जुड़ाव - उर्मिला राठौड़

प्रकृति एक प्राकृतिक पर्यावरण है जो हमारे आसपास है, हमारा ध्यान देती है और हर पल हमारा पालन-पोषण
करती है। ये हमारे चारों तरफ एक सुरक्षात्मक कवच प्रदान करती है जो हमें नुकसान से बचाती है। हवा, पानी, जमीन, आग, आकाश आदि जैसी प्रकृति के बिना हमलोग इस काबिल नहीं है कि धरती पर रह सके। प्रकृति हमारे आस-पास कई रुपों में है जैसे पेड़, जंगल, जमीन, हवा, नदी, बारिश, तालाब, मौसम, वातावरण, पहाड़, पठार, रेगिस्तान आदि। कुदरत का हर स्वरुप बहुत शक्तिशाली है जो हमारा पालन पोषण करने के साथ ही नाश करने की क्षमता भी रखता है।

आज के दिनों में सभी के पास प्रकृति का आनन्द उठाने का कम समय है। बढ़ती भीड़ में हम प्रकृति का सुख लेना और अपने को स्वस्थ रखना भूल गये है। हम शरीर को फिट रखने के लिये तकनीक का प्रयोग करने लगे है। जबकि ये बिल्कुल सत्य है कि प्रकृति हमारा ध्यान रख सकती है और हमेशा के लिये फिट रख सकती है। बहुत सारे लेखक अपने लेखन में प्रकृति के फायदे और उसकी सुंदरता का गुणगान कर चुके है। प्रकृति के पास ये क्षमता है कि वो हमारे दिमाग को चिंता मुक्त रखे और बीमारियों से बचाए। मानव जाति के जीवन में तकनीकी उन्नत्ति के कारण हमारी प्रकृति का लगातार ह्रास हो रहा है जिसे संतुलित और उसके प्राकृतिक संपत्ति को संरक्षित रखने के लिये उच्च स्तर की जागरुकता की जरुरत है।

ईश्वर ने सब कुछ बहुत सुंदरता से देखने के लिये बनाया है जिससे हमारा आँखे कभी नहीं थक सकती। लेकिन हम भूल जाते है कि मानव जाति और प्रकृति के बीच के रिश्तों को लेकर हमारी भी कुछ जिम्मेदारी है। सूर्योदय की सुबह के साथ ये कितना सुंदर दृश्य दिखाई देता है, जब चिड़ियों के गाने, नदी, तालाब की आवाज हवा और एक लंबे दिन के दबाव के बाद बगीचे में शाम में दोस्तों के साथ खुशनुमा पल हो। लेकिन हम अपने पारिवारिक जिम्मेदारियों के चलते प्रकृति की खूबसूरती का आनन्द लेना भूल चुके है।

कई बार हमारी छुट्टियों में हम अपना सारा दिन टीवी, न्यूजपेपर, कम्प्यूटर खेलों में खराब कर देते है लेकिन हम भूल जाते है कि दरवाजे के बाहर प्रकृति के गोद में भी बहुत कुछ रोचक है हमारे लिये। बिना जरुरत के हम घर के सारे लाइटों को जलाकर रखते है। हम बेमतलब बिजली का इस्तेमाल करते है जो ग्लोबल वार्मिंग को बढ़ावा देता है। हमारी दूसरी गतिविधियाँ जैसे पेड़ों और जंगलों की कटाई से CO2 गैस की मात्रा में वृद्धि होती है और ग्लोबल वार्मिंग का कारण बनती है।

अगर हमें हमेशा खुश और स्वस्थ रहना है तो हमें स्वार्थी और गलत कार्यों को रोकने के साथ-साथ अपने ग्रह को बचाना होगा और इस सुंदर प्रकृति को अपने लिये बेहतर करना होगा। पारिस्थितिकीय तंत्र को संतुलित करने के लिये हमें पेङों और जंगलो की कटाई रोकनी होगी, ऊर्जा और जल का संरक्षण करना होगा आदि। अंत में प्रकृति के असली उपभोक्ता हम है तो हमें ही इसका ध्यान रखना चाहिये।

उर्मिला राठौड़
The Fabindia School
ure@fabindiaschools.in

Reading is a good habit - Nikita Rajpurohit

Reading is a very good habit that one needs to develop in life. Good books can inform you, enlighten
you and lead you in the right direction. There is no better companion than a good book. Reading is important because it is good for your overall well-being. Once you start reading, you experience a whole new world. When you start loving the habit of reading you eventually get addicted to it.  It is important to read a good book at least for a few minutes each day to stretch the brain muscles for healthy functioning.

Following are the benefits of reading:
1. Self Improvement: Reading helps you develop positive thinking. It is important because it develops your mind and gives you excessive knowledge and lessons of life. It keeps your mind active and enhances your creative ability.

2. Communication Skills: Reading improves your vocabulary and develops your communication skills. It helps you learn how to use your language creatively. Not only does it improve your communication but it also makes you a better writer.

3. Increases Knowledge: Books enable you to have a glimpse into cultures, traditions, arts, history, geography, health, psychology and several other subjects and aspects of life. You get an amazing amount of knowledge and information from books.

4. Reduces Stress: Reading a good book takes you in a new world and helps you relieve your day to day stress. It stimulates your brain muscles and keeps your brain healthy and strong.

5. Boosts your Imagination and Creativity: Reading takes you to the world of imagination and enhances your creativity. Reading helps you explore life from different perspectives. While you read books you are building new and creative thoughts, images and opinions in your mind. It makes you think creatively, fantasize and use your imagination.

6. Develops your Analytical Skills:  It involves questioning what you read. It helps you develop your thoughts and express your opinions. New ideas and thoughts pop up in your mind by active reading. 
The habit of reading is one of the best qualities that a person can possess. So it is very important to develop a good reading habit. We must all read on a daily basis for at least 30 minutes to enjoy the sweet fruits of reading. It is a great pleasure to sit in a quiet place and enjoy reading. Reading a good book is the most enjoyable experience one can have.

Nikita Rajpurohit
The Fabindia School
nra@fabindiaschool.in

Sunday, July 19, 2020

LEADING FROM THE FRONT

My Good School Day - 18th July 2020

My Good School opened for the world on the 18th of July 2020 with Dr Karl Clauset as the Guest Of Honour, RP Devgan Chairman Learning Forward India, Board Members of Learning Forward, School Heads, Educators and passionate people who love to help schools deliver better. A tailor-made school experience for every individual. We see the possibility of a nation where every school offers young people the opportunity to be rewarded for challenging themselves, rewarded for engaging with adult mentors, rewarded when finishing school, and rewarded for giving back to their communities. We believe we can help connect young people with new opportunities to change their world. How is My Good School tailormade? * Choice of activities - Service, Skill, Sport & Study * Find your own Coach/Mentor * Work with your own Peers * At your own pace * With your own resources The My Good School Digital Portfolio * Imagine if you had a record of what you enjoyed, what you learnt and what actually made a difference to your life, through the fifteen years of school - Early years through K12. This record would help in self-reflection, share the joy of learning and above all help you find a career you love! * Your digital portfolio will help you with your projects at school, prepare your essays for college admission and above all house beautiful memories beyond the Baby Book to your real-life story. My Good School works for the personal and social development of an individual, by offering an environment where experiential learning is made possible through activities beyond just study; this brings to life learning that would otherwise be theoretical and uncoordinated. Encouraging students to become involved in activities in the community outside the confines of the school curriculum will help develop their confidence, knowledge and networks. With teachers’ encouraging young people, they can benefit fully from what both the school and outside interests can offer, this can be a key factor in their progressing successfully through adolescence into a fulfilling and rewarding adult life. Our prime focus is experiential learning for all: 1. We assist young people to follow their passion in Service, Skill, Sport and Study. 2. The four disciplines form the key elements for delivering quality in education. 3. The school may focus on one as their speciality, a good school works to deliver a balance of all. 4. The digital portfolio records your journey, achievements and all the learning that makes your personal school experience very special for you. www.MyGoodSchool.IN #MyGoodSchool

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Saturday, July 18, 2020

My Good School Day!

18th July will now be My Good School Day
Opening Today at 7 PM India Standard Time

A tailor-made school experience for every individual.
  • Choice of activities - Service, Skill, Sport & Study
  • Find your own Coach/Mentor 
  • Work with your own Peers
  • At your own pace 
  • With your own resources
Personalised learning experience
  • Imagine if you had a record of what you enjoyed, what you learnt and what actually made a difference to your life, through the fifteen years of school -  Early years through K12. This record would help in self-reflection, share the joy of learning and above all help you find a career you love!
  • Your digital portfolio will help you with your projects at school, prepare your essays for college admission and above all house beautiful memories beyond the Baby Book to your real-life story.

My Good School works for the personal and social development of an individual, by offering an environment where experiential learning is made possible through activities beyond just study; this brings to life learning that would otherwise be theoretical and uncoordinated.

Encouraging students to become involved in activities in the community outside the confines of the school curriculum will help develop their confidence, knowledge and networks.

With teachers’ encouraging young people, they can benefit fully from what both the school and outside interests can offer, this can be a key factor in their progressing successfully through adolescence into a fulfilling and rewarding adult life.

Our prime focus is experiential learning for all:
* We assist young people to follow their passion in Service, Skill, Sport and Study.
* The four disciplines form the key elements for delivering quality in education.
* The school may focus on one as their speciality, a good school works to deliver a balance of all.
* The digital portfolio records your journey, achievements and all the learning that makes your personal school experience very special for you.

Quality and Love - Bharti Rao

Today’s world is highly dynamic. We are in the era of rapid changes in learning, communication and
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lifestyle. We today are in the digital world today. COVID 19 has forced all to stay at home but this brought everyone to be digital. Those who were left alone and were in remorse also got the love and care when they started staying together.

Quality learning enables students to have control over their own learning. Collaboration and cooperation are the two important attributes of quality learning.  Quality learning promotes innovation and flexibility. We learn best when we interact with each other. Educators to bring quality in teaching should engage their students in activities which are important for them. This will give better learning outcomes.

Educators should possess both quality and love. To be an effective teacher we need to be loving and caring. If our students feel that their teachers love and care for them, this can be a strong motivation for learning. Love brings patience and understanding which is a strong aspect for teaching and learning.  If you love and care for your students then they will trust you. This trust will help them to come out of their shyness and will be able to question. This will help them to explore ad give space to pursue their own interests.

We Educators need to be such examples where such a relationship is created that we take place in their family or friends and help them to explore themselves. Teachers always need to wear a smile for it enriches those who receive it and creates a happy and positive environment.
Oliver Wendell Holmes has rightly said, “Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness”.

Bharti Rao
The Fabindia School
bro@fabindiaschools.in

Quality and Love - Ajay Vijayvargi

Quality means a degree of excellence. Quality, when discussed in terms of attributes, is a distinct
attribute / characteristic possessed by an individual. Also means the goodness of the heart of a person. Quality, when talked about in terms of life, is level of enjoyment, comfort and health in some one’s life. Quality can be abstract, aesthetics or it can be artistic. In Physics we discuss quality as the standard of something as measured against something of a similar kind.

A lot of times in school we discuss that a particular student exhibits leadership qualities or that student has artistic qualities. What does this mean – by this we want to say that the student either excels in that field or has an inclination towards a particular subject or field. When an educator is keen in understanding his student's potentials, his capacities guide him to the best of his knowledge and experience and develop a relationship with each student in a class – a relation of love and understanding.

In our day to day life we often give a gift to someone, use golden words like please, sorry thank you etc, we appreciate others, help them in times of need, and sometimes forgive them too –this is all that love is. Love is a complex phenomenon or attribute which comes out from all values we studied in various sessions of the Joy of Learning. 

It can be defined as Emotions+Behaviour+belief associated with affection, protectiveness, warmth and respect for someone. Some may define extreme feelings of need, attachment and affection. Some others may define sudden dramatic feelings of attraction and respect. It can also be defined as acceptance for others as they are, and other definitions are helping, respecting, and caring for others.
All of us may define love differently but love is the thread that binds together all the values in a garland for an individual. 
  
Ajay Vijayvargi
The Fabindia School
avi@fabindiaschools.in   

Quality and Love - Prerna Rathod

Quality means the degree of excellence in the work undertaken. It also includes the way we
do our work with sincerity, hard work and diligently. Our personality also affects the quality of our work. Qualities like punctuality, discipline, confidence, trust, faith, love and simplicity affects the quality of our work.

Love is an essential part of our life. It is similar to salt in our food. 
“Food without salt is tasteless; similarly life without love is meaningless.”
What salt does to our food, is what love does to our lives.

Love is an emotion that is the reason why we care for the other person. It is the foundation of a positive relationship between two people. A teacher will always love her students and will always wish for their success and betterment. Love is born when you respect, care, support and defend the other person. 

An Educator is the best example to depict both quality and love. To see that her students understand whatever she teaches, an educator has to make her classes interactive, integrate her lessons with real life examples, the child is the centre of attention, praises and motivates the students whenever required and the teacher understands the child’s mood as well. Above all the educator must be satisfied with her own work. 

Love binds the educator and the child in such a way that its imprints are seen even after school life of the child. 

Love is the thread that binds us together like a flower in a garland.

Prerna Rathod    
The Fabindia School
 prd@fabindiaschools.in

  

Making Mathematics Joyful - Prerna Rathod

I attended CBSE Workshop on 15th July.  The topic was “Joyful Mathematics – Creating a Culture of
Mathematics.” The host center of excellence was Dehradun and the resource person was Mr. Shiv Narayan Hari Sharma.

He started with what was the general thinking of people and students about Mathematics.  It is thought of as a boring and difficult subject. But actually Mathematics is the basic of all subjects.  To make Mathematics interesting and joyful we need to keep the following things in our mind:

1. Connect all topics we teach to our daily lives. 
2. Make our lesson plan keeping in mind the learning outcomes for the students. 
3. Use different types of aids while teaching. 
4. Keep every child in our mind and while teaching keep eye contact with all the students. This will make all students to be attentive in the classroom. 
5. Activity based projects can be given as exercises to make students understand topics. 
6. By making our own tricks to learn formulas. 

Different types of examples were given as how Mathematics is connected to our daily life like in our home we need knowledge of area and volume for decoration,  white washing, making furniture, etc. Measurements and ratios are used while preparing food items. Varieties of geometrical shapes are seen in utensils. In sports, knowledge of probability, data handling, mensuration are required. When we go shopping or do investment then percentage and interest knowledge is required. In today’s world all are using mobile phones where knowledge of numbers is essential. 

Many students have difficulty in learning formulas of Mathematics.  A teacher has to find tricks, which students can remember easily. Like in integers same sign numbers we add and different sign numbers we subtract.  This can be written as S.S.A (same sign add) and D.S.S. (different sign subtract). In this way we can create our own trick to learn formulas. 

If we follow all these things then definitely Mathematics will be joyful for all students.  No one will be afraid of Mathematics. 

Prerna Rathod
The Fabindia School
prd@fabindiaschools.in

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