Teaching life skills to students is an important part of the Samashti curriculum. These life skills training is based on various tried and tested methods which improve the overall growth of the students and enhances their cognitive ability.
The life skills practices taught at Samashti are:
Thinking skills are critical for an all-round growth and for increasing mental strength of students. This enables students to become critical thinkers and explore, identify and evaluate content and information.
Thinking skills are instilled in students through:
Self-Awareness: It is all about teaching students to be aware about their feelings, emotions, and understand their thoughts. ‘Zones of Regulation’ and ‘Thinking Chair’ are the two methods that the schoolteachers use to teach students self-awareness.
Problem Solving: Problem Solving is all about using knowledge, logic and imagination to understand a problem or future situation and to look for a viable solution. This is taught through Creya and brainstorming sessions.
Decision Making: Taking and implementing decisions is an important aspect of critical thinking. Students are asked Objective case-based questions, which enhance their ability to take decisions on the go and under stress situations.
Critical Thinking: This involves the ability to reflect on an idea through a Multidisciplinary approach that aids students in making logical connections between different ideas, subject and ideas. Creya, Case based questions, Philosophy for children, Mindfulness are some methods that help in enhancing critical thinking.
Students are taught important social skills for effective communication through various methods.
Interpersonal Relationships: They are important for everyday communication and interaction with people: We time, Zones of regulation, and some collaborative projects are a part of the program to improve the communication skills of students encouraging to express themselves better.
Effective communication: Students are inspired to participate in various school activities to communicate and articulate better. SAM Ed talks, debates, Role plays, Speaking/Writing assignments are all part of improving both written and speaking skills of the students.
Empathy: It is important to connect with other students, and empathy plays a powerful role in understanding other students and their behaviour. Bucket fill, Zones of regulation, Being Wise, Heartfulness, Shinrin Yoku are some of the methods through which students are taught to connect with nature and the people around them. These methods inspire students to help others, do good deeds and empathize with the support staff of the school.
Strong and well-developed emotional skills help students manage emotional impulses and perform better in academics and life. An important aspect of development is recognizing their feelings and managing their emotional outcome in a particular situation.
Managing Emotions: Methods like Zones of regulation, Heartfulness and Mindfulness help students understand and analyze their feelings. It also helps them connect with themselves at a higher level and managing their impulses and prevents emotional outbursts.
Coping with Stress: To break the stress and monotony of studies and 100 other things the students deal every day Samashti has includes techniques like ‘We Time’ and ‘Pomodoro Breaks’.
Learning 21st century life skills make the students independent and ready for the future. They are better equipped to deal with the problems and situations of life in a balanced manner.