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It was one of those regular days when I was taking rounds and visiting classes and checking on my students whom I counselled. Suddenly a nursery teacher comes running to me saying that a boy in her class had just used the f*** word. Having a blank expression on my face I said, “So what?” She was so terrified that how a 4yr old could use that word for his teacher. And just like it takes seconds for a fire to spread, this had spread throughout the school by the recess time.

Do you really think this boy knew the meaning of the word he had just used?? Not at all. But the teacher had hyped all of this out of proportion.  So much that he really didn’t know what crime he’d committed.

Why do we do this??? Hyping our expressions of such words, not talking about the so called “bad” words, not speaking to our kids about the three letter word “sex”??

The more we hide these from them, the more curious they become as to what it might be. And we do not know in that curiosity, what they might do to get their answers.

Does it really have to take a murder and a rape to prove to us that we need to break away from that taboo and start educating our children on sex. A child as young as a 3 yr old could be “sexducated “. Sexducating your child right from the beginning and talking about the touch, the good, bad or no touch is very important. If they are using abusive language, talk to them from where they heard the word and if they know the meaning of it. Sometimes, children don’t even know the meaning of and just use the word because they heard someone else use it. Explain them the meaning of it in a language they understand and then let them choose/ decide whether the word they used in a particular context fits in or not.

Food for thought:

Young children are like that lump of mud on the potter’s wheel. We can mould them accordingly with our gentle touch. The onus is on us for how we mould them and in turn how we mould our future.

I am sure all of you would have had pulao (rice cooked with various other vegetables) once in your life. So what do we put in the pulao? Peas, beans, potatoes, carrots, corn…and the list goes on. And then there is of course the main ingredient, rice. Each of these veggies have a different color, different taste and different nutritional value to it. If peas are a rich source of vitamins, potatoes are high in potassium. Similarly, we all know that rice is rich in carbohydrates and corn is rich in fiber and phosphorous.  All in all, the pulao makes up for a balanced diet.

Your classroom is just like this pulao, made up of different kinds of students.  The rice is the majority of the children, whom most of you might consider as the normal kids, while the veggies are those special kids which require your additional, special help. In the same way as all the veggies have different nutritional values and characteristics, these kids too have their uniqueness.  Each of them has a different way of looking at things and a different way of learning things.

Learning Styles refers to an individual’s unique ability to learn a concept. Broadly speaking, there are 6 different learning styles that we all use: Visual, Auditory, Physical, Verbal, Logical and Social.

So what can you, as a teacher do, to integrate all these in a classroom?

Use as many images, and pictures as you can for all the concepts that you can

Engage children in role play

Make the concept interesting by putting it in a jingle/song form

Put up colorful and visually attractive charts in the classroom for difficult words or math tables.

Use some form of body movement (snapping fingers, pacing, clapping) while reciting material to be learned.

Food for thought:

A good education can change anyone, but a good teacher can change everything.

Happy Teachers’ Day to All

Erectile Dysfunction is still not openly discussed in our society. It’s still very difficult for many couples to talk about sex, and especially about erection problems. Couples talking and communicating is the first step toward getting help and enjoying a better sex life . A few simple strategies can help you communicate easily.

Find a Comfortable Way to approach the subject

If you feel hesitant about starting the conversation with your partner, spend some time by yourself preparing your approach. If it helps, rehearse your opening and then choose a time and place that feels comfortable.

Be Open and Supportive

When problems happen in the bedroom, emotions can run high. If you’ve begun avoiding sex for fear of not getting an erection, your partner may begin to think you no longer find them attractive. Feelings get hurt. Couples begin to feel less intimate. Resentment creeps in.

That’s why it’s so important to talk about sexual problems like erectile dysfunction in an open and supportive way.

Talk to a therapist

Talking to a therapist about these issues, in an anonymous format can clear various doubts and mis-conceptions associated with the above. Our anonymous counselling app zyego enables users to communicate freely in complete anonymity and get professional help when it is much needed.