Kindness is a word somewhere lost in this ever-changing world. The present-day children do not understand the need to display the same unless they are asked to do so. Thus, it is a binding obligation on the part of the parents and teachers to instil this rare but precious quality in students.
A child learns through observation, therefore both parents and teachers should mind their way of life thereby giving them reasons to emulate us. A classroom set up throws a lot of challenges at the teacher who needs to ensure that kindness is bestowed upon all, by all. This is where the Value Education and Scripture classes come to our rescue. Again, the Aesop fables/the Bible stories will do no good unless they are related to the present context. It depends on the teacher how carefully she picks the right teaching methodology or aid which can create an impact on the minds of the students and help mould their thinking process. A few teaching methodologies could be Group Discussion, Case studies, simulation activities, role plays etc., and aids could be videos of short films, animated stories, Ted Talks, motivational speeches, autobiographies etc. and for all of this to work, the teacher should be an epitome of kindness.
Kindness is contagious; thus, one act of kindness will surely lead to another and to ensure that the link is not broken the teacher needs to reinforce the same at frequent intervals.
I have taken a few basic steps to ensure that this value sustains in the long run in a classroom or rather a school set up, you can try it too.
N.S. LAKSHMI SENGUPTA
BOMBAY SCOTTISH SCHOOL, POWAI