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Adminstrator’s Corner

Dear Staff,

Welcome back ! I hope that each of you had a short wonderful break and enjoyed special time with friends & family. Time away from our everyday tasks can be remarkably restorative. I am confident that, as always, you have returned to your work and study community with renewed enthusiasm and vigour.

I hope that you will all feel inspired to build a positive working relationship with students.

Your success with each class will depend on your relationship with it, especially the Class teachers & other Subject teachers must establish positive relationship with their respective classes. In the morning, before Assembly mark attendance, in the corridors and during the Diary period, nod or speak to the students, reciprocate their wishes with a smile. Children can sniff out a weak teacher as he/ she dawdles hesitantly through the doorway, stammers, avoids eye-contact, or speaks in an overly ingratiating manner, you’ll immediately become a target of derision. Always keep your head up, your shoulder back, smile confidently, look them in the eye and speak as if you’re taking it for granted that everyone will cooperate, try not to look apologetic, they appreciate being valued, and remember, aloofness leads to the breakdown of a relationship.

Use the Diary period wisely - by speaking to them about happenings of the day, and by sharing stories with moral value. Resolve, if there are any issues among them. Make the Diary period, a period which the children look forward to. Please don’t make this period boring by just going and signing the diaries.

The key to keeping students interested is being enthusiastic yourself.

Use lots of incentives like :
If you can all finish your project work or class work before the end of the week, I will recommend for one extra sports class. Primary students, and even middle school students, love tangible rewards like stickers or certificates, ten minutes extra play for the whole class, if the Head permits. We all need a reward to work towards.

Thank you for all that you do to make Johnson Grammar School a thriving community.
With my best wishes for a healthy and productive New Year 2018,

B. Chandra Sekhar

Message from the Administrator

Welcome to the Johnson Grammar school website. We hope you will find it interesting and informative and assist you in making the very important decision of joining us. Here, student life is not solely concerned with academic pursuits but also provides plenty of entertainment and leisure activity like regular picnics, local excursions, co -curricular activities etc. With nearly three decades of achievements in top quality teaching, Johnson retains its position as one of the leading educational, institutions in the country. The fact that a large number of students with many distinctions and first classes made it to other higher learning institutions within and outside the country, is a standing testimony to our performance. Johnson offers a wide range of co-curricular activities. We are confident that students choosing Johnson will become one of our many happy and successful students. For further queries please do not hesitate to get in touch or better still, discover Johnson for yourself on your visit to our school.

Child Relation Management

Each child is different and special. There is no absolute or single pattern for the development of a child. No one is a perfect parent and there is no magical way to raise children. We know kids can be challenging.

Similar to their physical growth, a child’s intellectual growth occurs at different rates and in different ways, with some children needing more attention than others. As teachers map students’ learning, parents should have an opportunity to understand how their child is learning and the stages of development they have reached. Teachers and parents become partners in fostering the intellectual development of each child. If parents are concerned about their child’s progress, they should discuss this concern with the teacher.

Adults can nurture children's positive self-esteem by helping them discover what they are good at doing. By creating opportunities for children to explore different objects, activities, and people ... and nurturing those interests, you can play a big role in helping children to be successful and feel good about them.

The best parenting comes from parents who create an environment that produces experiences that affect the growth of the individual child.

The nurturing parent uses a nurturing touch, empathy, empowerment, and unconditional love to ensure the overall health of their child. Abusive parents who use hitting resort to belittling and neglect basic needs, lower an individual's sense of self-worth ...or worse, have a negative impact on the health of their child.

Having said that, it’s time to speak about the experience we have gained while nurturing children from L.KG. to XII over a period of three decades. It’s not only the question of handling children but it’s more about handling the parents of those children. You must agree that behind every child there are two persons, his father and mother with two different attitudes and expectations. Apart from that, the teacher at school, also strives for the child’s upbringing. We see that this kind of multi-disciplined, multi-dimensional and multi-attitudinal forces start working on a “child” either individually or in a group, day-in and day-out.

The issue is that whatever happens to the child – the culprit is always the “School” The reason behind it is that the parents are paying exorbitant tuition fees, in addition to transportation, books, tutorials, uniform etc., naturally, they are investing their hard earned money and they do have the right to ask for “return on investment”.

Having observed, examined, listened and held several meetings with both parents and teachers – as an administrator of a reputed school with a combined strength of more than 12000 students – an attempt has been made to find some kind of a common approach or to bring about a system with innovative or creative methods, to approach the issues in a better way.

Parents need to distinguish the cycle of their child’s growth / development. In other words, change your tactics / strategy or the methodology of handling your child according to the needs of the child, which invariably vary according to the age of the child.

Let’s say:

Upto 4 years (L.KG. & U.KG.)
4years to 10 years (I to V)
10 years to 15 years (VI to X)
15 years to 18 years (Grade 11 & 12)
Stage I
Stage II
Stage III
Stage IV
Slap Management
Reward Management
“Responsible” Management
“Individual” Management

Stage I Slap management (L.KG. & U.KG.)

The first three years of your child’s life are crucial. Those are the years that your child will develop significant intellectual, emotional, multi-language and social abilities. That’s when they learn to give and accept love. They learn confidence, security, and empathy … they learn to be curious and persistent … everything your child needs to learn to relate well to others, and lead a happy and productive life. The first three years form the doorway to forever.

You can make a difference in your child’s development by spending time watching them and responding to their cues. They will feel loved and nurtured if you cradle them and hold them as during this stage it keeps them calm and comforted, and gives them courage to move on.

If used selectively and when only needed, the effects of “Slap Management” can give good results. Slap management may install a sense of fear and the child will look at you before repeating the same act for which the child received the mild slap.

By using the “slap management” you are setting boundaries; you are firm and stay calm, fair and realistic. Most important is that you should be consistent, in giving love as well as punishments. Ensure that you provide a safe place for them to explore and always be there when they need you.

Stage II Rewarding Management (Classes I to V)

If you want your child to behave, then use positive reinforcement. Children are more motivated to do the right thing in order to get a reward and avoid punishment. Rewards should not be used as bribes. Use rewards to show a child that they are doing something good. Rewards should be tailored to the age and tastes of the child as well as to the resources of the parent.

Negotiation makes everyone feel part of the solution to a problem. Young children like to feel they have a choice rather than that they are being forced into something. Think carefully about the choices you offer before starting the negotiations.

Some rewards can be very direct. For example, you could say “Get to bed before 9 and I will read you a story.” These direct rewards work well when you are trying to cultivate a change in behaviour revolving around time.

Rewards have to be given out right after the behaviour to enforce a stronger association between the two.

Honestly, all that children really want is to please us, and they need praise and encouragement to know that their behaviour has made us happy.

Stage III Responsible Management (Classes VI to X)

It's imperative that your child feels valuable and has strong self-esteem.

Spend quality time with your child. Take him for a walk and discuss about your experience of the day (but never ask him about the school). He himself will share his experience at school. He will discuss the issues with his friends which will make him feel more confident since he is sharing them with you.

Accepting your child with his good and bad, allows your child to accept himself. This is the foundation of self-esteem.

Build your child’s self-esteem by trusting him and making him feel valuable. They are under your guidance. At times, trust them to know what is ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ for them by allowing them to make their own appropriate choices.

All actions have consequences. So if rules are broken, then you as a parent have to enforce them.

When a child faces something new and succeeds, their self-esteem grows. If, most of the time, they hear, "yes" or "try it," their self-esteem grows. Praising kids gives them the message that you accept and appreciate them.

Recognize the feelings that your child is expressing through his words and actions. Be calm when your child is upset. Treat your child as you would your best friend, with respect, and love. Get children involved in decision making at home. Take their opinion while making any purchase at home, menu making when you invite a guest and let them choose recipes and cook together. It’s not only a good way for them to learn about food, but it’s a great way for parents and kids to spend quality time together -- cooking, talking and having fun. His pride will go up and he feels he is an important member of the family, which will not allow him to take any decision against the family pride.

Stage IV Independent Management (Grade 11 & 12)

How much independence should I give my child?

As children enter adolescence, they often beg for more freedom. Parents walk a tightrope between wanting their children to be confident and able to do things for themselves and knowing that the world can be a scary place with threats to their children’s health and safety. Some parents allow too much of the wrong kind of freedom or they offer freedom before the adolescent is ready to accept or handle it.

What can I do to be a good parent for my early adolescent child?

Parents often become less involved in the lives of their children as they enter the XI & XII grades. A good relationship with you is the best safeguard your child has as he grows and explores.

Showing love:

Young adolescents need adults who are there for them— people who connect with them, communicate with them, support them as they struggle with problems. Spend time with them and show a genuine interest in them. This is how they learn to care for and love others.

Setting limits:

Young adolescents need parents or other adults who consistently provide structure and supervision that is firm and appropriate for age and development. Limits keep all children, including young teens, physically and emotionally safe. There are three types of parents: authoritarian, permissive and authoritative. Authoritarian parents lay down hard-and-fast rules and expect their children to always do as they are told. Permissive parents have very few rules or regulations and give their children too much freedom and are most likely to have the most difficult time as parents. Their children are at the risk for a range of negative behavioural and emotional consequences. Authoritative parents who set limits that are clear and come with explanations, tend to struggle less with their adolescents.

Be a role model, show respect, be clear, and give reasonable choices.

Suggest TV programs that you want your child to watch. Encourage your child to watch TV programs about a variety of subjects—nature, travel, history, science, biography and news, as well as programs that entertain. Talk with your child about the difference between facts and points of view.

Talk with your child about the risks of visiting computer chat rooms. Let your child know the dangers of “talking” online with strangers. There is a software that can restrict children from chat rooms, even as they allow access to other contents. So, try being a role model. Respect your children, be clear and give reasonable choices.

At the end, we repeat that “No one is a perfect parent and there is no magical way to raise children.” Kids can be challenging! Each parent learns on his own way.

Note : The actual concept is developed by us, few additional information was gathered from different sources like books and internet.

Facebook Policy

Facebook is a quicker means of communication and it’s free. Anything that is free comes with a package of problems, facebook is no less. As students, children are becoming addictive to facebook, they are losing on their values, time and incurring the wrath of friends and the world. At what cost, is the question of the hour.

Fake IDs and profiles lead to children being harassed on facebook. The harassment is so severe that students go into depression and are not able to concentrate on their work and ultimately it affects their performance and results. Since it is free and allows chatting – students get into unwanted gossip which proves dangerous and futile, leading to anger, jealousy thus harbouring malice thoughts about their so called friends. Facebook undoes all that we do in school as teachers. The sanctity of being an innocent child is lost as young children become a prey to the vicious facebook. Parents need to be aware of the online activities of their children. While giving freedom to the children, we as teachers and parents need to supervise the healthy use of the internet as the young students are exposed to matters that are beyond their age. Finally having an account on any social networking site becomes a status symbol rather than a necessity for the adolescents.

To facilitate the children enjoy their childhood and relieve them from these unnecessary anxieties and stress, we at Johnson Grammar School have requested our parents, the main stake holders of the school, to ward off their children of this plague that has hit the society in the name of facebook. The response, from parents is positive and they have appreciated us for this move. We hope that the movement against social networking sites for students that we have started gains momentum and the responsible members of the society actively involve in preventing the youth from getting addicted to such sites.

Tips to Improve the class Management

It takes a clever teacher to master the art of making sure the pupil does everything the teacher’s Way.

Your Ability to manage the class well is largely determined by the quality of your relationship with the class at large. Discipline-wise, the first lesson you have with each class is the most important (i.e., with well prepared content),because it is here that you lay down the foundation for your future working relationship. If you start off well, the rest falls into place more easily. If you and the pupil rub each other the wrong way(like dragging the pupil to your Co-ordinator /Principal for petty matters), it can take a long time to mend the situation. It also acts as an undesirable indicator to the pupil, of your helplessness, which the smart pupil of today is quick to take advantage of. So, devise means of disciplining that would stem from the relationship you have nurtured with the pupil.

Pointer to focus upon

> Never actually lose temper. If you lose control of yourself, you cannot possible control them.

> Never back a child into a corner, try to always give them an opportunity to get out of a tight corner and to conform to set rules.

> Never shout at pupil for misbehavior. Noisy teachers have noisy classes. It has more effect, the less often you do it.

> Never shout to attract attention from a noisy class.

> Never imagine that you know it all. Your outlook should be-‘ I have been teaching for over 20 years and am still learning new strategies’(Be open). If you make mistakes be prepared to learn from them.

> The teacher is no longer a ‘Sage on the Stage’, instead the teacher is a ‘Guide on the Floor’.

> Adopt –New philosophy of teaching-Children Desire Perfection. A teacher with perfection is emulated.

> Try to stick to the school behavior policy rigidly. You can follow the pages 32 to 37 of the Student Hand Book (Student Discipline).

> Be Consistent.

> Always give clear explanation (walk into the classroom with a positive attitude).

> Give positive instructions or remarks.

> Alter the seating arrangement of the pupils to maximize discipline.

> Keep notes about any serious incidents or lapses, to retrieve in case there is any problem with parents later(keep parents updates during PTM).

> Keep the praise flowing but not so much that you devalue it.

> I know that the teaching job is becoming more challenging, but on the other hand it is exciting and inspiring for those with a creative and inventive mind. For those who succeed, there’s the reward of knowing you have guided the pupils toward the ladder of success. Most people remember with affection and gratitude and teacher who had inspired them.

> The satisfaction that comes with such gratitude knows no bounds. Reflecting into such a past of gratifying experiences is surely every true teacher’s endeavor.