Showing posts from October, 2016

Citizenship – (responsibility towards the country) – Savitribhai Bhai Phule

1.     Citizenship - To strive towards excellence in all spheres of individual and collective activity.    Civic strengths that underlie healthy community life   Vocabulary to be used :  Lawful Responsibility Citizen Freedom Equality Community Rights Character Gender Story is suitable for  children above 7 years. Some parts can be edited out as is required by your audience. (pencil sketch by Sangeeta Kamath - inspired by the story!)  Hear the story by clicking on this sound cloud link: Go, Get Education Be self-reliant, be industrious Work, gather wisdom and riches, All gets lost without knowledge We become animal without wisdom, Sit idle no more, go, get education End misery of the oppressed and forsaken, You’ve got a golden chance to learn So learn and break the chains of caste. Throw away the Brahman’s scriptures fast. — Poem by Sa

BRAVERY - Emotional Strength of Courage

1.         COURAGE  – Emotional strengths that involve the exercise of will to accomplish goals in the face of opposition, external or internal   • Bravery [valor]: Not shrinking from threat, challenge, difficulty, or pain; speaking up for what is right even if there is opposition; acting on convictions even if unpopular; includes physical bravery but is not limited to it   copy write - VIA Vocabulary that can be used :  Courageous Bold Gutsy Dauntless Gamely Gallant Valiant Heroic I have not used the word Fearless / Intrepid which means that fear doesn't exist in a person. I believe Being Brave implies overcoming fear and not a lack of it. Here being Brave implies a courage required not only to set out to do difficult tasks such as mountain climbing but it is also the same strength required to step into a new class. You can listen to this story here: 1.      

SOULTales - Stories,Character Strengths,Vocabulary

Welcome to a new muse for my Soul. Stories that act as triggers to talk about character strengths in children and us. Simple, yet profound. These stories have been told over the ages by many. But I aim to provide fresh perspective while telling them in this new space I have created. Words are powerful tools for growth and stories create a garland of words that are strung together for us to wear and celebrate. I am inspired by a Coursera Mooc that I did. Here is a link if you are interested. Character Strengths came out of a study by famous Wellness Psychologist Martin Seligman.  His journey through this is field comes with a legendary story. He invented the word Positive Psychology, but a question raised by one of his students on such a uni-dimensional nomenclature of happiness led to an entire new and larger, grander umbrella of study called Wellness Psychology.  He then went on to identify and classify the character streng