Release The Trigger

Rashmi Raj Biswal

Principal, DAVPS, Pushpanjali Enclave, New Delhi

“A young child aged twelve hits his class mate injuring him over a small tiff of seat sharing in the school bus.”

“Fifteen year old school girl attacks her school friend as she was denied the permission to be amongst the first row of dancers in the school programme”.

The above are random examples of a school scenario where anger, a strong feeling of annoyance, displeasure, or hostility is evident. The reasons maybe myriad – frustration, defensive response, poor self control etc. but it is important that it should be identified and controlled .In a school, students come from different backgrounds but they get uniform treatment which at times is not accepted well. At school, we observe angry behavior of many children manifesting from primary classes itself. Therefore, we have had to start ‘Behavioral Intervention’ from early years. In order to make our school an Anger-Free Zone ( as per CBSE guidelines) , we collaborate with a good team of counsellors , parents , teachers and students in an organized and phased manner.

We depend on ‘teacher observations and feedbacks’ to identify the children suffering from this issue. We believe that a ‘PARENT – TEACHER Team’ together can make a difference. Our school day starts day with a ‘Meditation Session and thoughts on anger- management and human values’. Students do ‘Pranayam’ and Yoga teachers conduct their relaxing ‘Yoga Asanas’ .Language and subject teachers make the environment light by exchanging short, humorous stories, poems, anecdotes etc. Occasional puppet shows and cartoon displays also help in relaxing the students. They are regularly involved in physical exercises to channelize their energy so that it doesn’t get bottled up or get released in a negative way.

A ‘LET’S CHAT SESSION” of fifteen minutes in held in the zero period where kids just talk to their teachers sharing the events and happenings of previous day in school or at home. The students involved are just asked to speak or write their part of the story in case they were engaged in any unpleasant episode and these are taken up by the teacher or counselor to plug the issue.

Another tool used is a ‘My BEHAVIOUR RECORD SHEET’, with the help of this, a child self- analyzes his behavior for the day and marks his behavior as – Good (Acceptable) or Bad (Non-Acceptable) action, date wise. At the end of a month, their frequency of good actions is analyzed and they are ‘certified’ for their good behavior record.

Thirdly, a ‘BEHAVIOUR RULE BOOK’ is created by the students of each class where they write the ‘acceptable’ and ‘unacceptable’ behavior as a checkpoint to analyze their own behavior. This way any unacceptable behavior or act gets pointed and realized easily. The environment is also kept happy by showing them interesting stories promoting morals and values in the class.

Every ‘Parent –Teacher meeting’ is a great opportunity to abreast the parent about their child’s behavior and teach him to ‘apply little intervention techniques’ ’customized for their child’ in need. Intervention at school and home shows a positive result. As young children learn and pickup a lot from surroundings so we encourage parents to ‘keep a check on company’ of their ward in the locality and suggest to ‘avoid any use of abusive word and act at homes’.

‘Mindfulness’ is the need of the hour .How we react to a situation shows our emotional strength and positive interventions can give successful result and keep the happy emotions flowing all around.

‘Group work’ maybe noisy at times but it also promotes development of ‘social skills’ of adjustment, cooperation and collaboration , so, lot of ‘fun element’ gets added when students are engrossed in ‘games and activities ‘promoting happy learning and co-existence.

Students are given ways and tips to ‘react positively’ to the same situation which annoys them. The students are told to ‘share anecdotes on self-control and self –discipline’ in a group. Some students need a ‘mentor to control’ their anger and we allot in the form of our counsellors. ‘The positive behavior of each student is celebrated’.

‘Life skills’ remain our focus and we keep developing them through our devoted periods for Life Skills. There are ‘student mentors’ also who are senior students, they share interesting, real life situations as funny presentations to the juniors where they share success story of ‘effective handling of their anger and rage’.

‘Happy schools lead to happy societies’…..So, it is vital to create a conducive, peaceful, cooperative environment in the schools for the benefit of all.

Rashmi Raj Biswal

Principal, DAVPS, Pushpanjali Enclave, New Delhi