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.

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.