Meditation- Connecting Students to Their Selves- Creating Emotionally Intelligent Environment in School
A very significant life skill imparted to students is Meditation. Students do Meditation twice a day, at the beginning and end of the day. Over 13 years, since we started this practice at DLPS , Sahibabad, we have found that Meditation has helped our children gain…Good behavior, better concentration and healthy peer relation and has made them emotionally more stable and intelligent.
Developing Empathy in Students towards Children with Special Needs
DLPS believes in inclusive education where all learners get equal opportunities to grow despite of the physical/emotional/behavioural challenges. So, the school has initiated the ‘Study Buddy’ Programme, where the Mother Teacher finds a buddy for all the children with special needs in her class. These buddies ensure that their special buddies have no problems pertaining to academics, notebook completion, emotional support and in other areas. Through this programme, the children acquire a very important life skill of empathy and care.
Sessions on Humanizing the Classrooms to Inculcate Life Skills in Teachers and Students
Mrs. Jerath (Principal, DLPS) has been consistently working towards creating warm and happy classrooms where teachers and students are co-learners in the learning process. She has ever been sensitizing her teachers towards imbibing life values themselves through Workshops and sessions and become role models that Delfites can look up to! Be it creating an environment of encouragement, ways to add fun to learning, a focus on positive behavior, encouraging child-centeredness, all the way she has ensured that her happy classrooms are hubs of life skills, values and lifelong learning.
Special Awards Based on the Parameters of Life-Skills
The School awards children NOT ONLY for their special talents, abilities, achievements BUT for the LIFE-VALUES too. Every year the School bestows the three unique awards to inculcate skills that are required to lead a happy and contended life :
- Mahima Kapoor Most Concerned Delfite of the Year Award
- Vranda Mehra Harmonious Personality of the Year Award
- Shri B.K Wadhavan Memorial Award for Innovation and Initiative
- Life Skills Workshops for Students and Teachers
In order to promote life-skills among students and teachers, workshops on varied associated subjects are organized for teachers to equip them to promote life skills education. Some of the workshops organized during the session are- Life Skills by Dr. Anupam Ahuja, Training Programme organized by EZ Vidya, Life Skills workshop by the renowned clinical Psychologist Aruna Broota, and more.
Opportunities for Peer Learning
Peer learning has been an effective tool in inculcating the significant life skill of team work and coordination. The school’s Science Park has been conceptualized for giving platform for peer learning. Group of junior children understand the concept behind the scientific models from their seniors. Thus, senior children learn to express their knowledge and exert leadership and management skills in the real time environment.
Leadership Series workshops for Class 6th-10th
Apart from the life-skills programme, we organize for our children a series of ‘Leadership Workshops’ to inculcate self-reliance and leadership qualities. These workshops are organized by special experts in the field.
Special Peer Educators Programme—Expressions India since 2006 – Launched by Dr. Jitendra Nagpal
In accordance to the CBSE’s Life-Skills initiatives, students participate in Peer Education Programme launched by Dr. Jitendra Nagpal. Every year since 2006, Peer Educators receive a training programme there to carry forward in the School under the guidance of the School Counselor. These Peer Educators conduct sessions for other adolescents on life skills enhancements particularly on:
- Managing emotions
- Managing stress
- HIV/AIDS Awareness
- Handling Peer Pressure
- Opportunity to Create Self Assessment Tools for Students
It is an initiative by the students, a simple ‘ASSESSMENT BOOKLET’ introduced for self-introspection of students. The name given to the scrap book is ‘SIMPLY ME’ and it gives ample opportunity to students to share everything worth sharing and knowing about THEM. Simply Me has been conceptualized, designed and created solely by students. This profile will help children introspect and retrospect their achievements and failures and help them set their targets and goals. It also helps the teachers to assess students’ abilities in co-scholastic domain, as, their behavioral approach, achievements, interests and values.
Books/CDs- a good Medium to teach life values
Stories, Real-life events and different activities in books followed by clear description of concepts are used as motivational tools to inspire children to relate these virtues to real life situations.
At Primary level, not only the books but a set of CDs designed to develop value system in children is introduced. Children watch CDs and learn good things like Helping, Sharing, Punctuality, Sense of Responsibility etc. They also learn to avoid wrong things. It helps them to inculcate values naturally.