Schools are the formative years for children. Primary schools and the way these are managed can leave a life long impact on students and therefore all important interactions need to be planned well. How many times we hear the reports of angry students taking revengeful and fatal actions in the campus. How can we ensure to manage the school environment in a way to create Anger free school campus?
The first step is to acknowledge the fact that a student in a CBSE school is still a kid and he needs to be handled that way. So no child can be defined as naughty or someone with a bad temper. Instead of punishing a student for bad behaviour, can we use an approach where everyone in the school is encouraged to take responsibility for his/her own behaviour. I would call it a Reconciliatory approach. The reconciliatory approach invariably means –
- Respect – listening to other view-points and learning to value them
- Responsibility – Everyone being responsible for own actions
- Repair – Helping people to develop a way to repair the damage caused by their bad behaviour (One needs to be courageous to say Sorry)
- Re-integration – working through a structured, supportive process that aims to solve the identified problem and allows pupils to remain in school and focus on education
Allowing children the freedom to make – and subsequently learn from – mistakes is one of the key messages of this Reconciliatory approach. “Learn to Love” and “learn to Improve” are the two basic principles to achieve this. Learning to love is about teaching students the skill of emotional stability, to have control on their emotions, to be aware of who they are as individuals, and how they can be better. We all should be improving all the time in order to be better learners and better citizens. The school should also commit itself to a nurturing culture come what may. The school administrators should be working on a principle that no student will be ever stopped from receiving education.
While saying this is easy, executing it will be a tough task. That is where the special trainers from TutMe help. They are specially skilled to help students understand and find out their cause of anger and depression. They help a school work out a detailed plan to create Anger free school campus taking into cognisance various socio-economic factors that are important. Through school-based play therapy and planned support, a student can overcome her anxiety and become a happy and enthusiastic learner. The basic principle used to develop all such programs is to respect the individuality of every child – helping understand his unique background and situation and create a relationship to his behaviour.
Treating all students equally doesn’t mean treating them in the same manner – one person’s thoughts and value system can be very different to another’s. In a punishment-free and reward-free environment, we can sit down and challenge each other if it is felt that someone has behaved poorly. If the pupils feel threatened, they will not open up and learn. This why most of the times we find students behave very differently when the teachers is there compared to when teacher is not around. We need to ensure the school operates in an environment which is not too focussed on a reward and punishment model. By creating a suitable environment in the school, one can help pupils with bad behaviour and create anger free school campus.