A few days ago, while walking in the morning, I passeda few school going kids. They were carrying bags on their shoulder, whichlooked so heavy that, I was afraid, those kids might fall backwards due to itsweight. Luckily, none of them did.
They were students of a reputed school andcollege. I asked one of them, who studies in class 4, why is his bag so heavy? Hereplied, because of the homework copies and books for 7 periods. Now, this isnot a very uncommon scenario really. Even my sister at home carries a bag, thatis tough even for me to carry around. After coming back from school, she getsso tired, that it’s hard for her to stay awake properly. That heavy bag, evencaused her back problem and she had to go see a doctor for that. So, now the question is, why do the students who are justkids and teenagers get tired so easily? What causes this stress.
The reply tothis is certainly, their classes. The lack of proper management in the class,causes the stress, that makes them tired and affects both mentally andphysically. Pointsto be followed for proper class management: • School is the first place, where the students startsocializing first, but nowadays the number of classes snatches away thatopportunity from the student. Most of the students on an average have to attend5-8 classes every day. Is it really possible for a student who is barely 10? Evenif the student is older, it causes so much stress in them, that it hamperstheir other activities. To manage that, it is really important to decrease thenumber of classes the students need to attend each day. They will then get ridof that heavy bag and will feel more enthusiastic during and even after theclass ends. • One of the students hate is the need to do homeworkat home.
If the works are done in the class or extra classes, then it becomesconvenient for them to complete it. They will even get the help of the teacher,if they cannot understand anything. Besides, doing most of the thing in class,will help them to trust their teacher even more. That way, the relationshipbetween the teacher and the student will strengthen. • Most of the time, the students get so tired and boreddue to consecutive classes, they don’t even bother to pay attention to the nextclasses. To reduce this stress, a 10 minutes gap can be introduced in betweenclasses. That way, the students will be able to move around or fidget a littlebit. They will get rid of their boredom and will definitely feel fresh.
• Most of the schools in our country provide a lunchperiod of only 15-35 minutes. In such a short amount of time, the studentscannot even eat properly. The lunch period should at least be 45 min to 1 hour.This will give them ample amount of time, to refresh themselves, eat properly,move around, take rest and get ready for the next subject. • Every day, any kind of recreational activity shouldbe added to the regular schedule of the class. Be it music, games, or any otheractivity. This will help the students to let out their stress and focus more ontheir regular classes.
This will also be an opportunity to discover theirtalents, to mold them accordingly. • Even though, there are rules against physicalpunishment, some schools, even the reputed ones, use physical punishment todiscipline the students. Physical punishments affect their mental health adverselyand decreases their self-confidence. They feel low, narrow, and small. In orderto reduce this, physical punishment is to be banned in the classroomscompletely and the school authority should take proper actions for it.
If necessary,detention or extra homework can be served as punishment, but never a physicalpunishment. • Whenever we think of a teacher, we get reminded of adreadful and horrifying entity. No matter who is asked about their teacher,they always reply with the name of the teacher who made their student life miserable.But, should the teacher-student relation be like that. The teachers should bemore generous and must handle each student individually according to theirneed. They need to communicate and understand the student, not just talk tothem. If a student start trusting a teacher, then the teacher will becomesomeone, on whom the student can rely upon and can follow as a guide.
So, it isimportant to build a teacher-student relationship, that is full of trust andreliance. This comforting relationship will help in reducing student stress inthe classroom. The usual, typical classroom system and rule cannot bechanged overnight, but it can be done slowly, one at a time. Besides, todaysstudents are the future, tomorrows leader. So it is important to guide themproperly in a friendly and comforting manner, where they will not be stressedout.
Rather, they will get excited and enthusiastic about growing up, aboutlearning and about going to school.