Role of Value Education in Reinforcing Moral and Social Values

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“Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.” – CS Lewis

As the 21st century children seem to be smarter than ever, the importance of a value-based education has become a necessity like never-before. Technology has crept into Education and has opened infinite windows to information. The young minds are now exposed to the ocean of thoughts and ideas, without boundaries. In the light of this exposure, educating children on their values have become the need of the hour.

Article on Happiness

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“If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands (clap clap), if you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands (clap clap), if you’re happy and you know if and you really want to show it, if you’re happy and you know it clap your hands.”

This is a song that we were taught in kindergarten and it still brings a smile to my lips and a sweet rhythm to my soul. Happy!

If you're a human being, I am pretty much sure, you want to be happy. What is happiness for you?  In the U.S., there is a minor use of the term to mean luck (“That was a happy accident.”), but generally happiness refers to an individual’s positive emotional state.

According to Wikipedia, ‘Happiness’ is a mental or emotional state of well-being defined by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy.

The movie ‘Sound of Music’ featured a famous song ‘My favorite things’. In this musical, the lyrics to this song are a reference to things Maria (the character) loves, such as "whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens". These are the things she selects to fill her mind with, when times are bad and when she is unhappy.

I like the things Maria chose, surprisingly, it wasn’t money, new clothes, a big house, a whopping bank balance and fancy cars, although, I am sure that these days, these are the things that would make us happy and would probably be on our list of favorite things.  

Okay, so for one long moment, I would want you to think about the ‘what if’ questions, for e.g. what if you didn’t get the morning doze of your nourishing beverage or time to be with friends, time to heal someone with your words or actions, didn’t have your children / or young ones running around you, sharing their little stories, didn’t have the sweet aroma of your mom’s / wife’s home-cooked food, or your spouse telling you about their accomplishment at work or at home, a peaceful nap, or that much awaited weekend, family time, or just the hand over your forehead when you are desperately trying to relax or calm yourself? Can these small trivial things be replaced for the big important things? Wouldn’t these small little things make you just as happy or may be a tad bit happier, irrespective of whether or not we have the big items in our life that we struggle for all our life. Aren’t these small little things less expensive or free of charge most of the time? Off-course, it does cost us our time, however, aren’t we spending so much of our time worrying about the big items on our list?

“I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition.” – Martha Washington, wife of 1st U.S. President George Washington

Well said! So let me come back to my question, “What is happiness for you?

No matter what things (big materialistic ones or the small trivial ones) you choose to make you happy, I am going to help you choose the right disposition, the right attitude, to create the positive emotional state that will bring a smile to your face. And for our reference and ease, let’s call it, ‘The Feel Happy’ factors. So here are a few of the ‘Feel Happy’ factors that if practiced can help us achieve our happy disposition.

  1. Look for two positive things in every situation – chronic complaining is not a sign of happy people. Fault finders are easy to find, let us try being people who appreciate and motivate others.
  2. Feel proud of who you are, no matter how little or how much you have accomplished in life – give yourself a pat on the back. Don’t be overly critical.
  3. Engage in a passion or a hobby, that doesn’t involve whipping out a piece of plastic, or cash. Live your life investing in your mental and physical growth, like reading, cooking, biking, a sport with kids, after all anything brings satisfaction without a debt.
  4. Be addicted to the wellbeing of your family – allow more time with your loved ones, if your child is passionate about an academic subject, spend time with them, trying to understand how they learn, what excites them. Remember once your kids get older and wiser, you will crave this time with them. Live this time with them now.
  5. The past is in the past – Do you remember your childhood? That first bad fall from the bicycle, that injured your legs or hands, the first time you failed a test in school, the first beating you got from your parents, the first heartbreak, the first appraisal that went bad, that first deceit, and the list is endless, so I am guessing, that if you are still alive and reading this, you are pretty much okay and survived everything from your past, and I also believe that you not just survived, but you are doing pretty good. So the point I’m trying to make is, ‘If you are doing pretty good, then why you still lugging on the baggage from the past? You are already a winner, because you SURVIVED!’ - According to Psychology Today, there are four ways to cope with regret, failures of the past (1) learn from mistakes but don’t dwell, (2) if nothing can be changed about the situation, to let it go, (3) make sure too much blame is not being undertaken, and(4) reframing the situation more positively.
  6. Look forward to your future – Most people love being worried, if not about the past then about the future, there are very few souls who say, “I can wait to grow old”, “I can’t wait for life to surprise me”. Everyone has problems, the rich, the poor, the short, the tall, the wise, the naïve, the differently abled, the healthy, just about everyone, what we don’t understand is,  it’s not the problems that we should be worried about, it is the way we will handle it, that should concern us. Happiness is a choice, it’s a gift, and we have got it, free of charge. It is in the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, in the smiles we share, it’s on that pat that we get on our back, it is on the faces we see, it is in the love we hold so fondly, it is in the hope of what tomorrow will bring, the gifts we give away. So enjoy the beautiful simple things in life and experience them fully – Be present – Be happy!
  7. Forgive easily – its simpler to hold grudges, sulk, hate, loathe, detest, abuse, be negative, be angry etc right? If the answer is yes, then it should be fair, that if someone is hurt by you, they should treat you the same way, which is to hold a grudge against you, make faces at you, hate you, loathe you, detest your very presence, abuse you, be angry with you constantly? If not, then start forgiving people, so that they can start forgiving you, don’t carry needless weights on your shoulders. Carry the bag that spreads love and happiness. It is a lighter weight to carry around.
  8. Count your blessings and be a blessing – Make it a point to say thank you to the universe every night for the simple fact that you are alive and you are home safe and your family is safe. Thank the universe for recycling your energy, your love, your determination, your smiles, your positive attitude, your helpful nature, your happiness, and giving you the same stamina and energy to face a new day with its new challenges. Next, teach your family to do the same thing.
  9. Sharing is caring – Happiness is squared when shared. Share it, not just with family, but anyone who comes your way. Try it, it’s simple!

HAPPINESS IS SIMPLE! MAKE THIS CHOICE TODAY! YOU WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE, IF YOU STAND WITH A SMILE, IN THE MIDST OF CONCERNS!

So here is my question once again, just rephrased – So if happiness is simple and its free, won’t you go out there and share your happiness with others?

 

-Regina Lobo

Enrichment Co-Ordinator

Samsidh MLZS Horamavu Branch

Health and Happiness

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The ground work for all Happiness is Health.
Health sometimes cannot be a choice but happiness is a choice we can make.
We are beyond the power of changing the way we look but we can change the way we think and feel. Health and Happiness can be worked together, it is not easy because health and Happiness are the sides of the same coin and one cannot work without the other. When things are good we are happy and when things are not like we want we are unhappy, health can make us feel good and at times make us feel miserable when we don't have a good health .
Everyone wants to be healthy but sometimes our habits and sometimes when we refuse to let go the things that make us sad can make us very unhealthy. It gatherers and bounces back as a result of being unhappy and unhealthy.
So the secret of being happy and healthy is accepting where you are in life and making the most out of every single day. We need to choose Happiness because we need good health. If we have Health we probably will be happy and if we have Health and Happiness, we have all what we need.
Happiness is the Highest form of Health.
- Priti Kapur Prabu
  Mother of Aparna (Grade 8)
  MLZS, HSR Branch

Values are invaluable Assets

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A young boy once asked his teacher, “Teacher, which career path should I choose when I grow up and where I don’t have to compete with anyone?” The teacher smiled and replied “My dear, choose to become a great human being, and this is the only path where is there is no competition, but there is co-operation, compassion and contentment”.

Well, this is absolutely true; in today’s world success is measured in terms of name, fame or money one has earned in his/her life rather than the values one has inculcated. It is the values that make a human, a society or a country great. I would like to share two incidents which depict how the values within us make this world so wonderful.
Once a chirpy, cheerful child returned home after playing and started narrating to her mother how her team won two throw ball matches. The mother however didn’t pay much attention at the beginning as the child had such stories to narrate almost every day! But the child was highly delighted to share her success story. “Do you know mamma, I played two matches, in the first match, my team had members who kind of knew how to play throw ball, and the opponent team had members who didn’t know how to play, except for the captain. The mother reluctantly said, “What is so great in that, it is obvious that your team has won because you had experts in your team”.
The child replied “wait mamma, let me complete, the opponent captain got angry and said I won because I had a good team, and she told me to exchange the team members. I said fine and we exchanged the members. Now I was leading a team which is new to the game”. Now the mother was curious to know the outcome of the game and asked, “So, did you lose this time”? The child with her sparkling eyes proudly said, “No, we won this time too. Want to know how?” The child continued “Every time the ball came near my team members, I screamed, “catch it, you can do it, you are the best!”. They got inspired by my words and were able to play nicely”. The mother said “that’s interesting, didn’t your opponent captain do that?” The child replied “ No, whenever the ball came near her team members, she shouted “leave, you can’t do it, let me handle”, eventually no one was able to catch the ball, they just dashed each other and the ball was on the ground, She simply didn’t trust her team in both the matches”.
Now it was mother’s turn to feel proud. She kept on musing “when did my child learn these values like trust, teamwork etc.”
A few days later, the mother was browsing through the Facebook pages, and saw a post on one of her child’s teachers in the school’s Facebook page. The child too joined the mother to read about her favourite teacher. After reading, the mother started writing a comment on the post, “you are the best teacher, and I wish all teacher were like you” The child immediately stopped her mother from hitting the post button and said “Mamma, please edit your comments, and please delete the 2nd part of the comment, it gives a feeling that we don’t like other teachers. I love all my teachers and all teachers love me. My teachers never judge me, then why should I judge them”.
The mother was surprised how an eleven year child can think in such a matured manner.
In both the above incidents, the child has exhibited the values deep rooted within her. I am so happy to share that the child is a student of Samsidh MLZS and she is my daughter. We owe a lot to the school for inculcating such priceless values in our children.
We as parents, focus a lot on the marks/grades obtained, awards and accolades won by our children, but pay less attention to the mind-set with which our children are growing. Our children need to develop a co-operative attitude rather than a competitive mind-set. It is better to win over others rather than defeat others. The values such as honesty, humility, compassion and love for the world around make a person happy, guilt free and successful in the journey of life. The happy and contented people in turn make a happy society, and a peaceful world. What can be more valuable than happiness and peace of mind?
It is time we value the values, for they are invaluable assets.

Usha Ramesh
Mother of Shruti Hegde (Grade 6)
MLZS, HSR Branch

Five things to do this summer holidays

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It’s that time of the year again when kids have more time on their hands than they know what to do with. Parents, on the other hand, worry about how to keep the kids quiet and make best use of the break.

While parents accept that the children deserve the well-earned break, they are unsure about how to manage it. Their primary concern is to keep the kids away from the TV and also restrict kids’ online activity--a task, all parents agree, easier said than done.

Summer holidays are, by definition, meant to be spent outdoors. Spending a good amount of time outside of the house can benefit the children in more ways than one. There are also activities like reading which give the kids a chance to discover the wonderful world of books.

To help you in this important mission, we have put together a list of activities suitable for children of all ages, after considering the need to maintain the delicate balance between the necessity to be practical and the necessity to enforce discipline:

  • Tidy study desk: Now that exams are over, kids have a substantial collection of old notebooks and textbooks they won't be needing. Get them to de-clutter their desk by selling it to the neighbourhood old paper mart. This can serve as a good lesson to your children about how recycling paper can help the environment.
  • Learn Swimming : Get your kids to take up swimming lessons which is not only a life-saving skill but also a good, all round physical exercise. Make sure to find a swimming pool that is well maintained and does not compromise on safety. Buying quality swimming accessories like goggles and earplugs is also very important.
  • Join a library: It is very important to restrict your children’s video game-playing and TV watching to a bare minimum. Joining a library is the best way to reduce dependence on electronic gadgets and the internet. Reading books also boosts brain activity and promotes creativity and critical thinking in children.
  • Take up a hobby: Our greatest adversary in modern times is technology, which, while being a useful thing can also increase our dependence on gadgets and equipments. Taking up a hobby like gardening makes the children spend time outdoors which can help them to de-stress and get them interested in environmental issues.
  • Visit family: Invite your friends and cousins home or plan a visit to kids’ grandparents. Spending quality time with them can benefit your children a great deal. The interactions are also a great opportunity to teach the kids about the importance of family as a support system they can rely upon at all times.

Mount Litera Zee School (MLZS) urges everyone to have a good time and make the best use of summer holidays-- but be safe and alert while you are at it!

 

Happiness comes from within

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As days are changing people are getting busier day by day. A good home, a good career, good marks, good looks, to sum it up a “Good Life” is all that we need to be happy. Constantly we are struggling to find the best for ourselves and using it as a measure for Happiness. Parents are happy when a child get good marks but not with the effort a child takes to prepare for the exams. Getting admission to good schools/colleges gives us happiness but not the fact that how much our child is able to learn within those fancy buildings and luxurious rules.  A high end mobile handset brings us more happiness than the phone calls made to our loved ones.

Are we really happy with these materialistic objects or are these objects used to camouflage our insecurities, our shortcomings, our dreams which we were not able to fulfil?  Are these all we need to be happy.

As per the dictionary the meaning of Happiness is: joy, pleasure, contentment, satisfaction, gladness. If we take a moment to ponder and observe these words, then these are feelings which relates to our inner self. It’s a state of our mind which tells me that this is what you need and not what you want. Needs can be fulfilled but wants are endless. Happiness is nothing but acceptance of fulfillment, to look inside ourselves and say I am trying my best. The moment we stop comparing ourselves to others, using them as a yardstick to measure our lives, we become contend with what we have, in other words we are Happy. “I “should be a measure for myself.

No one is incharge of my happiness except me. It’s a feeling that comes from within. A voice which praises me for the endless hardships I faced to overcome my difficulties. Acknowledging that as a human I have my shortcoming and accepting that I am not perfect. It’s an encouragement that tells us to dream and let your dreams be your inspiration but don’t let your dreams be materialistic which can be concluded in two words “achieved” or “not achieved”. Dreams can never be achieved, it can be fulfilled and the sense of fulfillment brings happiness.

When we are at peace with ourselves that is the time we are happy, and this happiness is very infectious because this is positive happiness which has come from within ourselves and like the sweet fragrance of a flower it spreads across the garden of life.

  • Mrs. Sakhi Ghosh Dastidar

          Parent of Ayanika Ghosh Dastidar (Sr. KG)

          MLZS, HSR Branch

Conservation of Nature & Wildlife - Why kids need to be made aware of it?

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First, let us look at the importance of conservation of nature and wildlife with the help of some numbers. Consider the following gloomy statistics:

  • According to the World Resources Institute, 100 species die each day due to tropical deforestation.
  • A recent study shows that global warming could drive up to one half of all plants and animals species on dry land to extinction by the year 2050.
  • Around 30 countries today face chronic freshwater shortages. That number is expected to hit 50 by 2020.

 

How can we arrest this downward slide into an abyss? Now for some good news: Children, as one notices, are able to communicate with animals in a language grown-ups cannot comprehend. They are also a lot more sensitive to issues concerning the environment. Therein lies the hope for our planet, which is under tremendous stress brought on by unbridled human activity.

Children are our last hope for the continued good health of the earth and all its inhabitants. In fact, it is the grown-ups that need to be constantly reminded of their duty and commitment to the preservation of our environment. Littering, unscientific disposal of garbage, polluting of water bodies, and deforestation are some of the biggest threats endangering our existence.

Conservation: Impress upon children about the need to maintain the balance in nature between man and animals. Animal products like skin, fur and ivory products should never be bought as ’when buying stops, killing stops too.’

Outdoor lifestyle: When children develop a love for the outdoors they begin to see nature with a fresh perspective which is ultimately beneficial. For instance, taking up swimming can make them aware about the pollution of our water bodies.

Community efforts: As a community, we can achieve great results with cleanliness and awareness drives as has been demonstrated by scores of school children all over the country.

Catching them young: Humans are creatures of habit and it is easier to mould young and impressionable minds. Teachers and parents have an important role to play in guiding students to become environmentally aware and responsible citizens of tomorrow.

Finally,  all of us are equal stakeholders in the good health of our planet and we must act collectively, with children taking the initiative being the more energetic taking the lead. Adults’ role is to encourage them to spread awareness by providing them with logistical and moral support.

MLZS is passionate about conservation of environment and we appeal to everyone to play your part in this noble mission.

TRANSFORMATIONAL TEACHER

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Meet Ms. Shanmugapriya, Primary Teacher from Samsidh Mount Litera Zee School, HSR Branch. She has been working with us for the past 5 years.

1. Why did you choose teaching as a career?

 

Ans: Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world - Malala Yousafzai

All my teachers right from primary school to higher education were stand alone models and they  have influenced me to become  a teacher.I feel that it’s a great opportunity to work with young people and make a difference in their lives. Whenever my students meet me somewhere ,they rush to me to wish me and talk to me. I feel this is the only profession where we are remembered by everyone irrespective of one’s position and status. This is one of the professions,which gives us the job satisfaction. I feel a sense of achievement whenever my students score high not only in the examination but also in the examination of life when they do well in their professional and personal lives. 

 

2.Why/How did you come across/join MLZS?

Ans: A friend of mine was working as a special educator in Samsidh MLZS then. She informed me of a vacancy for Math teacher’s post. So I attended the interview and got an opportunity to work in this esteemed institution.

 

3.What do you like about MLZs?

Ans: I like the vision of our school of “creating 21st Century leaders” and feel proud to be a part of this awesome process.  We are working for a better future. At Samsidh MLZS  the work atmosphere is really good. Right from the Management, everyone is very down to earth and work oriented.  All work towards achieving the common goal of creating the 21st Century leaders.  we are allowed to share our feelings ,difficulties etc with the Management very freely and are guided and encouraged by them in an amiable manner .

 

4.What are the changes that you have brought into a child?

Ans: I made my students free of fear from tests and the importance of having a good mental ability in their day to day life .In my class I make sure that all are equal irrespective of their academic knowledge and their family status. My students follow the same and there is no divide what so ever.
5.Why is MLZS better than the other schools?

Ans: Samsidh MLZS is an Institution which strives purely for the welfare of the children. Here we see what is right for the child  and all our work revolves around it .I feel in that way Samsidh MLZS plays a wonderful role as an ethical and humane Educational Institution.

 

6.What are the achievements in your teaching career?

Ans: Even though I work as teacher, I feel I continue to be a good and eager learner. I gain a cornucopia of knowledge from my students, colleagues and my higher authorities every day which empowers me further. I would like to share an incident .When I was the class teacher of grade 2, I had an autistic child in my class. At the end of the academic year,I asked the students to write a letter /drawing to their favourite teacher. That child drew a picture of lady with the words, “ I love  Priya  ma’am.  I love my math teacher” and he gave A+ grade and a few stars tome.I was really moved and overwhelmed by the touching gesture of the child through his drawing.

7.How long do you wish to work for this school?

Ans: I would like to work till my retirement age, maybe even later if I have physical strength. I believe that this is my destiny and I can’t even think about working in any other place as I am totally attached to this atmosphere.

8.What do you think is the role of a teacher  in MLZS?

Ans: A teacher's role in MLZS  involves more than simply standing in front of a classroom and lecturing.Here  the  teacher understands that teaching involves wearing multiple hats to ensure that the school day runs smoothly and all students receive a quality education.

9.If you need to describe MLZS in one word, what would it be?

Ans: Exuberant

10. Out of the six values of the School, which value is the closest to your heart?

Ans: Open mindedness.  Open-mindedness helps us to learn and grow, to strengthen our belief in ourselves.

Why identifying and nurturing your child's passion is important?

 

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There was a time--not very long ago--when most parents in India wanted their children to pursue either of the two professions: engineering or medicine.

Consider some of the impressions prevailing about other professions at the time: teaching was a noble profession, but paid poorly; banking was a steady job, but required extensive travel; business was an attractive option, but was too risky. And so on…

The children themselves may not have been keen on the two professions but were wary of offending their parents. In addition, they had to deal with peer pressure, family pressure and family pride. If you were ‘good’ at studies, you became an engineer or a doctor, period.

Eventually, most of those who followed their parents’ advice were happy with the career choices their families made on their behalf--but there were also a good many who were not.

The latter set of people continued to pursue the profession sans the requisite passion. Some of them gathered enough courage to make a switch to the vocation they were passionate about, and a few of them still hope to pursue their passion, in spite of doing well in their current profession.

To be fair to the parents--who always want the best for their children--back in the day, the opportunities were rather limited. It was the advent of computers that spawned a whole range of new opportunities. And suddenly, one found, one was spoilt for choices, and selecting the right profession suddenly became tougher than ever before.

Can passion alone decide what career option your child is going to pursue? How important is it to identify your kid’s passion and how can you help them nurture it as best as you can?

 

As parents, we need to:

    • Be free of prejudice: Be prepared to accept what your child has decided to do. All professions are equally important and fulfill a certain role in society.
    • Trust the gut feeling: Parents know about their children best. Has your child shown an artistic temperament, a head for numbers, or a flair for the languages?
    • Respect child’s judgement: Don’t be alarmed by or be sceptical about the choice your child makes. Your only worry should be to provide support to nurture that passion.
    • Support the passion: Being passionate about what they do brings out the best in children and being able to do it with full parental support is like the icing on the cake.
    • Accept setbacks: Don’t let the fear of failure deter you or your child from pursuing the passion. Early setbacks are common, even desirable, for eventual success.

 

 

 

Finally, take time off to identify what interests your child as it may not become apparent straightaway. It may even change several times in the initial stages as your child weighs her options. Be patient, and discuss the topic often, but stand by your child’s decision.

Passion kindles imagination, which in turn unleashes the creativity in your child. As Albert Einstein said, “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.”

Inculcating the habit of eating hygienic & nutritious food!

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Dealing with children is possibly one of the toughest jobs in the world as any parent or teacher would testify. Perhaps, a teacher’s job is even tougher considering they have to keep many of them under check at any given time.

 

Most children love to bend a rule a little bit if they are reasonably sure they can get away with it. After all, kids will be kids and a little bit of mischief  is even expected of them.

 

The right diet and hygiene are vital to a child’s all round development. Therefore, the task of ensuring the right standards of hygiene and nutrition in children’s diet poses a big challenge to parents and teachers at home and school respectively.

 

This calls for encouraging children to follow a set of guidelines at home and school. We will first look at the hygiene part and look at the points related to nutrition a little later.

 

  • Hand hygiene: Encourage children to always keep their fingernails trimmed and wash their hands thoroughly before eating food.
  • Refrigerated food: Encourage children to always eat freshly prepared food and avoid refrigerated food as it may develop harmful mold or fungi if there is a power failure.
  • Clean water: Encourage kids to always drink clean water and from known sources. This protects them from the risk of contracting waterborne diseases like Cholera.

 

A balanced diet is essential for physical and development of your child. Encourage your children to avoid eating the following food items:

 

  • Junk Food: Provides zero nutritional value, and also contains excess salt.
  • Aerated Drinks: Colas and sodas contain excess sugar.
  • Chocolates & icecreams: Result in bad teeth and excess body weight. (Moderate consumption is fine)

 

So how can we ensure our children get a balanced diet that meets their nutritional needs and the prescribed hygiene standards?

 

Sticking to home-cooked food with plenty of fruits and green vegetables and prepared as per the hygiene practices discussed above ensures your child is healthy and active at all times. In addition, the following guidelines should be followed by adults:

 

  • Food handling: Food handlers at home and in school should use spoons, ladles and  protective gloves.
  • Pesticide-free food items: Wash fruits and vegetables with clean water before use to make them free of pesticides.
  • Single-use of cooking oil: Discard cooking oil after a single use as recycled oil may develop cancer-causing free radicals.

 

Children are aware about these issues and are easily convinced once it is explained to them. Our motto should be: Eat healthy and live healthy.

Harmful Impact of Excessive Usage of Gadgets

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Gadgets can be classified as labour-saving or amusement devices. Useful as they are, gadgets are increasingly being regarded as instruments of large-scale change in modern society--changes that may not necessarily be regarded as good or desirable.

In the olden days, women had to walk long distances to fetch potable water from a distant water source; now they use municipal water supplied through pipelines. We washed our clothes by hand; now we use the washing machine. We used to climb stairs; now we use the lift. We used to walk, now we depend on mechanised transport. As a message circulating on a popular messaging service put it recently, 'these days, people drive down to the gym to ride the bicycle.'

Today's children are amazed when their parents tell them that they did not have a television until they were in their late teens or doing a school project meant going to the library and doing hours of research by referring to as many book as the librarian would permit. The kids are even more impressed when they are told calling your aunt in the neighboring town required 'booking a call' and waiting for the network to be ‘free’ for the call to go through. The younger generation just cannot imagine a world without the internet or that one cannot perform a task without a gadget!

As you can see, gadgets have helped hardworking women to save on time and provided them with ready access to clean water. On the other hand, overuse of gadgets has rendered us physically inactive. A logical consequence of the gadget-induced inertia is poor health and stunted growth--both physical and mental--in children. And this is worrying.

Well, like everything else in life, there are two aspects to the use of gadgets--their use is a necessity to live in a modern society, and their misuse is a real concern. The internet, ironically, is awash with articles, blogs and films depicting the havoc electronic gadgets are wreaking on young minds. As parents, we could not agree more. Let us list out some of the ill-effects of gadget over-indulgence both on children and grown-ups:

Health Concerns: The physical inactivity is the primary factor responsible for increased instances of hypertension and diabetes even in young children.

Social Concerns: Human interaction is conducted virtually, eliminating the need for face-to-face meeting. The fallout is social awkwardness and isolation among children.

Developmental Concerns: The ability to think clearly and coherently is what sets humans apart from others. Overuse of gadgets stifles creativity in children.

To summarize, use of gadgets is not the problem, but their overuse or misuse is. Parents need to encourage their children to walk more, watch TV less, use mobile phones sparingly, read more books, take up a hobby such as gardening, play outdoor games when they feel the need for recreation and entertainment. And finally, we adults must set our children an example by following the same rules that we have set for them.

 

TRANSFORMATIONAL TEACHER

 

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- VANITHA K

1) Why did you choose teaching as a career?

Ans. Everyone remembers one’s great teacher. Perhaps one of mine inspired me to work as a teacher and showed me the joy of a particular subject and made the lessons fun. Hence, when an opportunity knocked my way to work with children and make a difference in their lives, I jumped at the chance. Teaching is fun and there are plenty of opportunities for me to be more creative in conveying information to the children. I have been given a chance to inspire students as I was inspired by my teacher. Teaching is a wonderful way to pass our knowledge and passion; hence I chose teaching as my career.

2) Why/how did you come across/join MLZS?

Ans. I was undergoing training and also working in the Montessori school and was eagerly waiting for a chance to join any CBSE or ICSE school. One day an attractive advertisement caught my eye about the new and upcoming school in Kasavanahalli which was Samsidh MLZS (CBSE School). I eagerly attended the interview and was selected for the senior KG. Pre - primary teacher’s post. I was very impressed by the vision of the Management and the words of the Principal which gave me courage to take admission for my children too in this school.

3) What do you like about MLZS?

Ans. Samsidh MLZS is the best school and comfortable place to work with right from the Management, the Principal to the teachers and the children. The teachers undergo various training sessions every year which provides us immense opportunities to learn new things every year and gives confidence to work peacefully. Our school believes in following a different approach to teach students. Samsidh MLZS never forces students to study just for getting excellent grades, but motivates them to understand the values and concepts through activity based methodology. Our school is unique because we are free to discuss our problems and wants to the higher authorities. Samsidh MLZS follows values and teaches the same to the children along with providing discipline to them.

4) What are the changes that you have brought into a child?

Ans. The changes that I have brought in children are:

-I make my concept come alive by making it as interactive and engaging as possible.

-I enjoy every teaching moment to the fullest and to have fun with the children.

-To make them feel special, safe and secure when they are in the classroom.

-Being positive influence in their lives,

-Bringing positive energy in the classroom every single day.

-Teaching them the values in every activity.

-Keeping my head steady and teach happily for the love of education.

There is a saying “with great power, comes great responsibility”.

5) Why is MLZS better than the other schools?

Ans. Samsidh MLZS is a one of its kind organization to work and is a child friendly school. Modern technology is used along with the teaching by the teacher. Our Management, the Principal and all the staff members are very cooperative and supportive. Every day of work is filled with zeal and inspiration and this has taught me how to make my passion more creative and fruitful inside and outside the classroom and the school.

6) What are the achievements in your teaching career?

Ans. I believe that my greatest achievement as a teacher is to have become a wholesome person – a person who teaches and is able to be appreciated, to be listened to and is valuable to the students who gain so much by learning. Being a skilled teacher helps me to contribute my knowledge in a given task very effectively and crestively. I learnt a lot through teaching, gained satisfaction by satisfying the students and parents. I have gained respect in my school through dedication and the quality of work.

7) How long do you wish to work for this school?

Ans. I consider MLZS as my second home. I wish to work as long as I continue to bring some progress and changes in this school.

 

8) What do you think is the role of a teacher in MLZS?

Ans. MLZS teacher understands very well that teaching involves wearing multiple hats to ensure that the school runs smoothly and all the students receive a very high quality of education. We integrate critical thought, emotion and moral values with factual data to broaden the learning experience and make it more relevant to everyday life situations.

9) If you need to describe the school in one word, what would it be?

Ans. Creating 21 st century leaders.

10) Out of the six values of the school, which value is the closest to your heart?

Ans. The value of Integrity is closest to my heart.

Importance of Traditions & Culture for Kids

Kids today are torn between tradition and modernity. Educators and parents are faced with an important question: how to strike a perfect balance between trying to reinforce traditional values, but not be seen as offering resistance to the only constant thing in life--change.

 

Change can be defined as an opportunity offered by nature for course correction. Is all change good and, by extension, do all traditional things qualify to be termed as good by default?

 

The answer to this query does not provide for an unambiguous answer either in affirmative or otherwise--there are multiple shades of grey.

 

Today we live in a multicultural society, which is a byproduct of globalization. Therefore, teaching children about tradition and culture in the modern context calls for a fresh perspective -- one that takes into consideration the modern sensibilities and the environment we live in.

 

While all change may not be good, it may also be argued that there are certain traditions and cultural aspects that are worth preserving and fighting for. But it is great to have an open mind too. Let us take a look at some of the values that are relevant at all times:

 

Importance of Family Life: This is the most important factor responsible for inculcating moral and ethical values in children. We must therefore impress upon the younger generation why family is so important and how it acts as a support system they can rely upon at all times.

 

Respect for elders: India is one of the only few countries in the world where we are taught to respect our elders--in fact, it is ingrained in us. We must continue to uphold this tradition, for, elders enforce a sense of order and discipline in families and in the community.

 

Celebrating Festivals: They are great for learning about our traditions and culture. One must be proud of their heritage but at the same time learn to respect others’ ways and viewpoints too. This is very important in the multicultural environment we live in today.

 

Festivals like Diwali, Id, and Christmas are no longer celebrated only by the respective community, but celebrated as national festivals cutting across all divisions lends credence to the fact that the future of a nation as diverse as ours is in good hands.

Importance of Practical Knowledge for Kids

 

 

Importance of Practical Knowledge for Kids!

It is very important that at a young age, children are oriented towards practical knowledge rather than relying completely over their bookish knowledge. Practical knowledge helps in contributing to the holistic development of a child. Here are some benefits of practical knowledge for kids:

 

Develops a thorough understanding of the subject

Practical experiments help one develop a thorough understanding of the subject. Theoretical matter will help the kids know about a concept but the actual learning comes from practical knowledge.

Kids might be able to understand a concept much better if demonstrated practically to them. When they visualize something happening, they can understand the intricate how to’s of the subject.

 

Practical knowledge requires practice

Theory is all about reading a given set of materials and understanding what the materials want to convey. Whereas to gain practical knowledge, you need to explore various options and see what works the best.

Unlike just reading theory and mugging up things, to get practical knowledge, you need to practice repeatedly and inculcate the habit of letting them go deep to the root to understand the concept holistically.

 

Knowledge is retained in the child’s brain

We tend to retain visual memory for longer than we retain our hearing memory. Similarly, something that the kids experience practically will always have a profound effect on them over what they read or have been taught in the class lectures.

Knowledge gained through practical experiments is retained in the body for a longer time as the kids have understood the concept and know how exactly something is working. Also, kids tend to get bored while the regular lectures or while reading the concepts in a textbook. Instead, the practical experiments are interesting to them and they are able to retain that set of information for a longer period in their brain.

 

Easy to relate to the practical knowledge and easy to understand

For kids, it is always easier if you show them how something happens rather than explaining the process to them. Children are always curious and tend to ask many questions on how things work. If we show the practical implementation of things to them, they can easily obtain the answers for their questions and satisfy their curiosity.

One of the most important learnings from practical experiments is that, children can explain a specific process in their own words when needed. Theoretical information requires them to learn and write answers in a specific way without knowing what it means whereas visualizing it practically can help them develop their own sense of ease while describing it.

 

Cultivates the habit of teamwork

Practical experiments promote group work. Since practical experiments cannot be performed by an individual child, he or she might seek the help of his/her teammates and therefore build a bond with them. Team work is always an enriching experience for children as it teaches them to socialize with other kids and work in a team.

 

Practical knowledge is associated with a sense of outdoor activity for the kids and hence, it not only interests them but also helps them gain deeper knowledge indirectly.

5 Good Habits That Need to be Inculcated in Kids!

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Every parent wants to inculcate good habits in their kids and they want them to grow up and become better people. Though every parent has a list of things that they want to teach their kids, in their daily rush, they may not be able to take time and remember these things.

Here are some habits that can help your kids become better people

Stay Hygienic, Stay Healthy:

Hygiene is one of the most essential things that one should be taught in their childhood. As the kids grow, they continue implementing these habits that they have been taught since their childhood.

Minute hygiene habits like washings hands before and after eating, washing their feet after entering home etc. can help them lead a healthy and good quality of life as they grow up. Hygiene will help them lead a germ free life and disease free.

Sleep well to Stay Energized:

When children are young, they generally tend to run around a lot and exhaust their energy. Appropriate sleep should compensate for rejuvenation the next day. Also, it is very essential that we build the habit of getting 8 hours of sleep every day from their childhood.

As children grow up, they become involved in multiple activities and need to maintain their concentration even while multitasking. Appropriate sleep and rest will help them focus and work towards their goal efficiently.

Litter belongs only in the Dustbin:

One of the most important practices that should be inculcated in kids from early childhood is to keep the house and the earth clean. A cleaner earth and a greener earth is what we should drive our future generations too.

We should teach them the importance of a clean environment and encourage cleanliness at home and outside. Small habits like using the dustbin while you are outside, cleaning their room once in a while will help them understand the importance of cleanliness and they will automatically make a habit out of it.

Family time is Important:

In the era of millennium, it is a growing trend to establish nuclear families. Children are not interested to stay with their parents because from an early childhood, they have not experienced life with their parents.

It is essential that children learn the importance of family and make an effort to bond with them. Always have a small family event now and then which will help everyone mingle and enjoy with each other. Also, encourage family meals every day and try to spend a few minutes every day sitting together and talking about your day, experiences etc.

Being Humble is of utmost Importance:

The most important lesson in life is to stay humble. Teach your children to be polite and empathetic to everyone. Some small examples could be, to teach to greet everyone they meet, teach them to enter with a smile, teach them not to shout in situations which are difficult etc.

Being humble is one of the best qualities and habits that one can have and it can only be developed over time starting from one’s childhood.

 

Good habits are not a one-time thing to teach your children. It should be developed slowly over a period of time so that they can understand for themselves as to why these habits are helpful to them.

5 New Year Resolutions your kid can have in 2017

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Kids are like molten wax, you can shape them however you want in their early childhood. But more than parents and teachers shaping them, it is important for them to realize certain things and be able to make a choice.

Here are some of the New Year resolutions that your kids can have for themselves:

  • Save electricity and Go Green

With so many ecosystem issues coming to light of late, it is very important to teach our kids the significance of making friends with nature. It is essential that they learn to protect and respect our nurture. Kids can take a resolution to make efforts to save the environment and fall in love with it. They can start by saving electricity, switch off the electric products not in use and try to learn to use alternate sources of energy. They can also decide to go green by walking to the next store instead of taking a bus or cultivating a small garden in their balcony.

  • Read more learn more

Reading more books will always help the kids learn more. These days, kids have a lot of exposure to social media and hence, they don’t prefer to read the hard copy materials. It is essential to educate them to read more books. Kids can resolve to read at least a particular number of books throughout the year and as parents, you can motivate and encourage their resolution to do so.

 

  • Learn the art of financial management

These days, the world is very business oriented, hence, it’s important that our kids understand the value of money. They should know as to how money plays an important role in everyone’s lives and how it should be controlled. Kids can resolve to understand the various ways money can be saved. Parents can buy a small piggy bank and encourage them to put a share of their money in the piggy bank to learn the art of saving money.

 

  • Excel in a sport of choice

Sports not only give stamina and energy to the kids but through sports, kids learn a lot of new things. Sports can drive a kid’s motivation and encourage him to reach greater heights. Kids can resolve to excel in a sport of their choice. By excel, it means they should be highly dedicated towards it and make sure that they give their 100% during the process of learning it and practicing it. They should resolve to go to all the practices and learn as much as they can. You can give them temporary goals like coming 1st in class in that sport, bagging a national level medal etc. depending upon the kids’ knowledge level in that particular sport.

 

  • Learn a new hobby/craft

Learning something new always opens your mind to new avenues. You can encourage your kids to take up a new hobby or learn a new craft of their preference which will help them explore and find out new things in the world.

It is important for us to understand that kids need their own space and time. Whatever they decide, let them do it on their own liberty. Give them the freedom to be able to decide and act upon their decision. This will not only help you but it will also help them in the long term.

Ms. Anjum Sulthana - Headmistress Pre-Primary Section, Mount Litera Zee School - HSR Extension

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Meet the ever smiling and the lady who now feels MLZS is her second home - Ms. Anjum Sulthana, Headmistress Pre-Primary Section, Mount Litera Zee School, HSR Extension. Come join us, as we take you through her 5 year long journey from beginning:

Why did you choose teaching as a career?

Teaching came to me as a chance. As I started working with the preschoolers I realized my true calling was teaching, especially to the children of Kindergarten. It has been 7 years now that I am associated with the children aged between 2 and 5 and there is no looking back. I would like to retire as a pre primary specialist.

Why/How did you come across/join MLZS?

My contract with the preschool I was working with came to an end for that academic year. While I was posting my CVs to different schools I also posted one to the MLZS. Fortunately I got a call the very next day which was followed by the round of interviews. Within 2 weeks I had my appointment letter in my hand. Though I received a lot of calls from other reputed schools my intuition always said “Concentrate on what you have in your hand” and hence I never thought of attending any other interviews however tempting they looked.

What do you like about MLZS?

MLZS is purely a “Humane” school. Every person here is treated as a human being rather than a pay-roll employee. Every person associated with the school is given freedom to execute approaches that are the best for the children. ‘The Child’ is the prime focus here and every facilitator of the school is thriving endlessly to tap the unique potential of the child which is also our mission statement.

What are the changes that you have brought into a child?

As an early childhood facilitator it is difficult for me to put my finger on the changes I bring into a child. I believe that “To nurture is to nourish”. Nurturing a child encompasses all aspects of development; social, emotional, cognitive and physical. In every interaction, I nurture appropriate growth and development keeping in mind the child’s happiness.

Why is MLZS better than the other schools?

The highly used word these days “Academic pressure” is something that we don’t come across in MLZS. The children are happy and equally competent in every aspect of learning which I feel does not happen in many other schools. We lay emphasis on working with collaboration rather than isolation ie; the facilitators, the students, the parents and the management work together as a team for a high objective called “Creating 21st century leaders”.

What are the achievements in your teaching career?

Positive and constructive feedback is what everybody craves for. My biggest achievement is when I see my kindergarteners enjoying every bit of schooling. Their laughter, their innocent gestures, their unadulterated thoughts, their charming talks; every little thing is an achievement for me.

Professionally, I have climbed the ladder of success in multiple roles….from a facilitator I rose to become a pre-primary coordinator……from a pre-primary coordinator I am now the Headmistress of the Pre-Primary Wing of the HSR Branch of Samsidh MLZS..

How long do you wish to work for this school?

I have been through the ups and downs, thick and thin of the school. It is my home. Who will ever want to leave one’s home.

What do you think is the role of a teacher in MLZS?

I would first like to replace the word teacher with facilitator. Each one of us here is unique in one’own ways and this uniqueness in us helps us to identify the unique potential of each child. The facilitators go that extra mile here to ensure that students get a rich and stimulating learning environment which imparts knowledge, skills and values in amalgamation with social and emotional quotient.

If you need to describe MLZS in one word, what would it be?

VERITABLE!!!

Out of the six values of the School, which value is the closest to your heart?

“Authenticity” is the value that is close to my heart.

 

Extra-Curricular Activities shaping minds of kids

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For every kid, apart from his regular studies, extra-curricular activities are very important to shape his/her overall personality. Through co-curricular activities, kids learn how to interact with other people, how to work in a team and most of all, how to deal with various scenarios in life.

Below stated are some of the ways in which extra-curricular activities can help shape the mind of your kids:

It aids in classroom teaching

Extra-curricular activities are not only helpful standalone but they also aid in classroom teaching. If the kids are involved in extra-curricular activities that are of various flavors, they can relate to the classroom teaching more easily. Since classroom teaching is based more on presentation of concepts than conducting activities, co-curricular activities will help them grab the concepts faster while they are in the classroom.

Helps the kids to learn the art of socializing

Extra-curricular activities are one of the main things that help your kid develop an all-round personality. During their extra-curricular activities, kids get to interact with other kids from various backgrounds and learn new things. It helps the kids to mingle with each other and socialize with the community. When restricted to their homes, some kids do not get the opportunity to socialize with the community, which might lead to adverse effects on their future. Therefore, extra-curricular activities can be used as one of the best methods to break the ice between kids.

Opportunities to explore various things

There are numerous extra-curricular activities that kids can be a part of, like arts, activities related to science experiments, sports etc. All these fields are a little different from what they learn in their classroom and are more practical in nature. These various opportunities will help them explore the different fields and hence be motivated to learn more.

The diversity of extra-curricular activities is what makes them special. There are a plethora of activities to choose from, hence you can always change if you aren’t interested in one of them. It teaches kids that at any point of time in life, there are always various opportunities to explore and learn outside of their own domain.

Acts as a welcome break from regular classes

Extra-curricular activities are the much awaited time of the day for all the kids. They not only get to mingle and play with other kids but they also get to do something that’s fun and exciting. They act as a welcome distraction from a tiring day and generate fresh thoughts in their minds.

Kids get to think from a different perspective during the activities. Their mind is fresh and they think of it as a passion rather than a compulsion. They make the kids realize that working hard towards your passion can help you achieve higher in your life.

Teaches you to express yourself freely

Often times, kids are unable to express themselves freely in the community. Extra-curricular activities help them express themselves freely, either by speech or by showing their passion towards the activity.

Extra-curricular activities are an essential element of a kid’s growth and we should make sure that we let them choose what they want to be a part of.

How Sports Can Benefit Your Children in the Long Run?

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All studies and no play make Jack a dull boy. True indeed. Every child needs their playtime to complete their day’s cycle. Recent studies show that those people who have been playing some form of sport from an early age, are in a better physical shape growing up. As parents, it is our first and foremost duty to encourage our children to participate in as many sports as we like. If we build their inclination towards sports from an early age, it will be easier for them to adapt to the sport and learn it faster.

Here are some of the ways sports can benefit your child, even after growing up:

Sports can ensure your child’s emotional and physical in the long run

It is a well-known fact that sports can not only boost your child’s physical health but it can also act as a magic potion for your child’s emotional health. Several studies have shown that those kids who have been playing sports from their early childhood have a much better grasp over  their emotional health as compared to those who have not. It is imperative that you encourage your children to get involved in the field of sports as that will not only help them grow stronger but it will also help them maintain the balance between physical fitness and mental fitness.

Sports can develop a sense of passion in your children

Sports can bring out a sense of passion and competition in your children. The more your child is passionate about his/her game, the more they develop a sense of belonging towards something. These days, it is very important to make our kids realize that to achieve one’s dreams, one needs to be very passionate about them. Sports will help shape your kid’s thoughts towards this path. Sports also brings out a sense of healthy competition among the kids which is very necessary for your kids to learn and grow. Unless and until your kids learn how to deal with competition, they will not be able to learn how to beat the competition and move forward. In this changing world full of competition and the plethora of choices, being involved in sport from a young age will help your child move towards the right path and help them take the right decisions.

Sports can boost your child’s self esteem

There’s no bigger joy for a kid than winning a 100 mtrs running race, ranking first in an athletic event, playing for the winning basketball team etc. All these small yet significant victories help boost your child’s self-esteem. Every child wants to feel confident and wants to know that he can also achieve something. Sports is a way of encouraging them to achieve more and reach greater heights.

Playing sports can help your kids become better group workers

Many of the sports not only requires individual effort, but often times, it also requires you to work in groups. Working in groups helps your kids mingle and be comfortable with the idea of co-working. They will grow up to be excellent group workers and will be able to adapt themselves easily in a group.

Sports can not only make your kids stand out but if your kid makes it all the way in the field of sports, he will be very well respected in the community as a hard-working person. Having sports in children’s lives, regularizes their lives and to a large extent, keeps them in check.

 

Transformational Teacher – Ms. Kasturi

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They say that teaching is one of the most satisfying jobs one can have. It’s not only a job but also a service to the society and to the nation.

As Zee School adds more and more success stories to their basket, they have their pillars of support to thank – their teachers. Here is one such teacher whose experience we have shared here, as a teacher, a friend and most of all, a satisfied human being.

Some snippets of Ms.Kasturi’s journey so far at Mount Litera Zee School:

Why did you choose teaching as a career?

It was by chance that I chose this profession but after choosing it, I have however experienced that “Teaching is fun and it’s an opportunity to enlighten the young minds and create a difference in their lives”.

Why/How did you come across/join MLZS?

In order to create a difference, I have to be a school with a difference. The name of the school “Mount Litera Zee School” itself was so different and the school’s vision “To create 21st Century Leaders” made me think deeply and decide that this was the school I was looking for, to create a fulfilling career.

What do you like about MLZS?

  1. a) Child-centric curriculum
  2. b) Children learn the concepts through various activities rather than just write and                     learn. Here we don’t believe in ‘Chalk and Talk’ but believe in ‘Do and Learn’.
  3. c) The values are not just taught as mere lessons in the Value Education classes.  They are inculcated in our curriculum through all the concepts taught and these values are followed and practiced by each and every one belonging to the Samsidh Family.


What are the changes that you have brought into a child?

I teach the Pre-Primary children. “Catch them young” is a very famous saying.  So I inculcate in children, apart from their curriculum, the need to respect all, irrespective of one’s position, to wait for one’s turn, and to help others when they are in need, to be open minded, to respect and to save nature.

Why is MLZS better than the other schools?

The concepts are taught through various activities, using all the multiple bits of intelligences and Higher Order Thinking skills that are enhanced through our learning styles. Through the concept based methodology catering to a variety of learning styles, children gain problem solving abilities, develop confidence, leadership qualities, which helps them in becoming the 21st Century leaders.

What are the achievements in your teaching career?

I believe in teaching with a difference and this has helped me experience the difference I can make as a Teacher and as a person.  I have grown step by step in this profession. From a

  • Teacher to Training Coordinator (handling classes too).
  • Training Coordinator to Jr. K.G coordinator (handling classes too).
  • Jr. K.G. Coordinator to a Pre-Primary coordinator.
  • Conduct training sessions (for Vidyaranyapura & Horamavu branches).
  • Hosting various Pre-Primary Programmes.
  • Leading my team during Sports day as a Training Coordinator.
  • A value add during school events and celebrations.

How long do you wish to work for this school?

A very long future as far as I can see, till there is the presence of “Anandam” in everyone.  As long as I can instil this ‘Anandam’ in children.

     What do you think is the role of a teacher in MLZS?

The role of a Teacher at MLZS is multifaceted.  She is a mother, a caretaker, a grandmother, a facilitator, a friend and confidant. She is the gardener, who nourishes the saplings and nurtures them into plants in the garden, and helps them in their healthy growth.

If you need to describe MLZS in one word, what would it be?

The King/Queen Makers of India (i.e., The Leaders).

Out of the six values of the School, which value is the closest to your heart?

“INTEGRITY” –is that value which helped me reach here.

All success are in the name of GOD