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May 5th, 2020
Vol 20, Page 1

Teacher Appreciation Week
Teacher Appreciation Week
What They Say?

“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”
– Albert Einstein

“Teachers teach because they care. Teaching young people is what they do best. It requires long hours, patience, and care.”
– Horace Mann


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This Day for You - May 5


World Asthma Day - World Asthma Day was started by the Global Initiative for Asthma in 1998 as a way to raise awareness about the disease and improve its care.
Teacher Appreciation Week - Though, in India, we celebrate Teachers’ day on our favorite teacher S. Radhakrishnan’s Birthday. But as the pandemic has brought the globe together as a community, we would love to share celebrations of 'Teachers Appreciation Week' in the west, to thank our teachers for working so hard to ensure that there is no lockdown on learning.
Look at the Teacher’s Blog Page 5 for the first story.

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Famous Birthdays:

1813 - Soren Kierkegaard, Danish philosopher, theologian, social critique and father of existential philosophy.
1818 - Karl Marx, German philosopher, sociologist, political revolutionary, and father of communism.
1988 - Adele, British singer-songwriter, and multiple Grammy Award winner.
1956 - Gulshan Kumar, Founder of T-series music label and Indian businessman.


1821 - Death of Napoleon Bonaparte, French military leader who rose to power during the French Revolution.
1891 - The grand opening night of the Carnegie Hall is celebrated with the first public performance. It is located in New York and is the most prestigious venue in the world.
1927 - Virginia Woolf’s experimental novel To the Lighthouse was published.
1930 - After midnight of 4th May, Gandhiji was arrested for breaking the salt law, and put to prison without any trial.
1945 - Denmark celebrates the joy of Liberation day from the rule of Nazi Germany.
1973 - The world famous race horse Secretariat wins the 1973 Kentucky Derby.

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Art Work by Students
Avnee Gupta
Jiya Duseja
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Jiya Duseja

Oprah Gail Winfrey-A True Hard Worker

Oprah Gail Winfrey born on January 29, 1954 is an American media executive, actress, talk show host, television producer, and contributor. Despite how most people view Oprah, she has not led an easy life. She was born into poverty in rural Mississippi to a teenage single mother. She was raped at the age of 9, because she was pregnant 14 and lost her son while still in infancy. She has seen desperate times. But Oprah would make history in her heroic transformation to eventually become one of the most powerful women on earth. She is a multi-billionaire and is regarded as the “Queen of Media”. Oprah has done so much in her career it’s dizzying. But the most inspiring thing she’s done is showing you that your circumstances don’t dictate your life, only your desire does.

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She is best known for her talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, broadcast from Chicago, which was the highest-rated television program of its kind in history and ran in national syndication for 25 years from 1986 to 2011. Dubbed the "Queen of All Media", she was the richest African American of the 20th century and North America's first black multi-billionaire, and she has been ranked the greatest black philanthropist in American history. By 2007, she was sometimes ranked as the most influential woman in the world.

Winfrey had re-invented her show with a focus on literature, self-improvement, mindfulness, and devoutness. Though she was criticized for unleashing a disclosure culture, promoting questionable self-help ideas, and having an emotion-centered approach,she has also been praised for overcoming affliction to become a patron to others. Winfrey had also emerged as a political force in the 2008 presidential race, delivering about one million votes to Barack Obama in the razor close 2008 Democratic primary. In 2013, Winfrey was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama and honorary doctorate degrees from Duke and Harvard. In 2008, she formed her network, Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).

In 1993, Winfrey hosted a rare prime-time interview with Michael Jackson, which became the fourth most-watched event in American television history as well as the most-watched interview ever, with an audience of 36.5 million. On December 1, 2005, Winfrey appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman to promote the new Broadway musical The Color Purple, of which she was a producer, joining the host for the first time in 16 years.

Winfrey has co-authored five books. At the announcement of a weight-loss book in 2005, co-authored with her trainer Bob Greene, it was said that her undisclosed advance fee had broken the record for the world's highest book advance fee, previously held by the autobiography of former U.S. President Bill Clinton.

Credits: Tarini Kaushik
Reach me at 705tk@theschoolsocial.in

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Inspiration 101, 5 Mins
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Be Better, 5 Mins
Unlearning is the new Learning!

The simplest way of describing unlearning would be to say to let go of what we know in order to make space for new things. As futurist Alvin Toffler mentioned in his book Future shock, “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.” While learning is an important part of who we are, who we become and who we were, it is unlearning which will help us adapt to the future!

How can this be achieved?
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The times are changing and rapidly at that too, and in these quick changing times, information and methods to process information have increased a great deal. Therefore bombarding the individual with all sorts of knowledge. While knowledge is good and very much needed, too much of anything is bad. It would be a wise call to know what sorts of knowledge is needed and what is not and to retain just that.

Another reason why unlearning is important is that it fills the gaps of what was unknown while you first learned to do something. For example, let’s say your math teacher in middle school taught you to do something in a particular way. Once you reached high school, you had something to do with a simple topic but had to dig deeper into it. The best way to go about it would be to let go of what you already know and to relearn everything from scratch! And in doing so, you would’ve learnt something or understood something better that you hadn't previously done!

Learning in itself is something that comes naturally to human beings as flying does to birds. And in an era where almost everyone is carrying a device that is connected to a satellite which can impart knowledge in a fraction of a second, It would be futile to not use this opportunity in the pursuit of knowledge.

While that is so, we can only learn and evolve if we are open minded and willing to let go of anything that might be holding us back whether this is an old experience, habit, or method. This does not mean that we forget and get rid of old knowledge, but instead, adopt new ideas, approaches, and skills.
With the ongoing pandemic, society has been forced to adapt to newer ways of going about their lives, schools have taken their classes online, most professionals have taken up working from home and people are learning to grow vegetables and fruits themselves! This is a classic example of how mankind has unleart what they knew to give way to newer, better and adaptable ways of doing things.

To put it into simple words, all learning is just unlearning! It may seem counter-intuitive, but the goal is to not be deliberate about unlearning. All you have to do is to replace the old with the new, and the unlearning will happen all by itself!

Here’s a scenario for you to consider — you want to overcome the habit of drinking coffee. Instead of obsessing over the act of giving up on the habit of drinking coffee, focus all your attention on drinking water. Do that each time you think of getting that cup of coffee. Slowly, you’ll find yourself thinking of the water, more, and less of the coffee! It’s really that simple. A free, open mind and a commitment to the new is all it takes to unlearn and relearn.

Credits: Rohit Menon
Reach me at: rohitmenon@theschoolsocial.in

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Curiosity, 5 Mins
The Story of the first Internet - ARPANET

In the modern world, dictated by information, the internet is an indispensable tool. We have come to depend on it in so many different ways that if all of a sudden, the internet was shut down, we'd lose our minds. That is exactly what happened with my neighbours and me when we were subject to a widespread internet shutdown by the West Bengal Government. The advent of the digital age has ushered a new wave of creative content creators, the concept of digital learning for all, information technology, and a thousand other things that can’t all be described here. However, have you ever wondered where the internet came from? Who discovered it? How did it all start?

Well, let’s find out.
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Okay, first things first, the internet is unimaginably vast. Ergo, in no way can we say that a single person was responsible for, what is quite possibly, one of the greatest inventions of all time. A thousand brilliant minds built the internet, each working on a, never before discovered, niche of their own. It took engineers, computer scientists, physicists, and other people from diverse fields to create what we know today as “the internet.”

With that being said, let’s look at its story.

Long before we even had the technology to bring something like that to fruition, Nikola Tesla, in the early 1900s, put forward the idea of a ‘worldwide wireless system of information’. On the other hand Paul Otlet, an author, and Vannevar Bush, an engineer, toyed with the idea of an automated. indexed system of storage for media and books.

It was only in the early ‘60s that the first real, workable idea of an “intergalactic network of computers” was conceived by MIT professor, J.C.R. Licklider. Subsequently, computer scientists began working and developed the system of “packet switching”(transmission of information over a digital relay through the use of small bits called “packets”) which is considered one of the most fundamental building blocks of the modern-day internet.

Shortly after, the first prototype of the internet, the ARPANET(short for Advanced Research Projects Agency NETwork) was developed in the late 1960s by the U.S. Department of Defense. The novel idea that went into the development of the ARPANET was to use said “packet switching” to allow for the communication of multiple computers over a single network. On 29th October 1969, the first attempt was made to send a message over the ARPANET using a “node-to-node”(a node is a communication endpoint or an information distribution point in a network) communication. The message was “LOGIN” but the system crashed after sending the first two letters of the word.

In the 1970s, Robert E. Kahn, an electrical engineer, and Vinton Cerf, a developer, created the Transmission Control and Internet Protocol, popularly known as the TCP/IP protocol. These sets of protocols, or “rules”, dictated the way that information would be transmitted across multiple networks.

Unsurprisingly, ARPANET adopted the TCP/IP protocol on 1st January 1983. After that, computer scientists began working on it to create a “network of networks” aka the Internet(inter-network). In 1990, Tim Berners-Lee, a computer engineer, developed the World Wide Web at the CERN laboratories in Switzerland. The WorldWide Web is often mistakenly known as the internet when in fact, it is just one of the easiest ways to access the internet via user-friendly websites and the use of hyperlinks.

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Credits: Arko De
Wanna talk about it, Reach Me at iisharpp@theschoolsocial.in

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Your Official School NEWS Repo-s-ter

Facebook launches Messenger Kids in 70 countries, including India.
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Home schooling ‘is a tough job’: Telford mother reveals pit falls and triumphs of teaching from home .

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Model United Nations - Let’s Prepare (5)

FUN in the MUN:

Hello everyone! To be able to express your views in front of a large audience may seem scary to a few of us, but relax it’s just as normal as goose-bumps are. But MUNs provide you the opportunity to learn while having a lot of fun. You will be able to meet new people, introduce yourself, and discuss current affairs with them. Sounds cool right? Let’s dive in.

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So, you might have wondered why is it necessary to participate in the MUN conferences? Well, to begin with, the MUN Conferences are a great platform to learn. It will help you advance your critical thinking, debating skills, learn about diplomacy and public relations. More than that, the most fun part is, you can get to make a lot of friends from all around the globe.

So, how do you create connections in the MUN?

1) Knowledge: Gaining reliable information will give out an impression that you know what you are talking about in the conference. It will help you participate in debates, prepare your arguments and negotiate with clarity.
2) Listening: Always remember that the MUNs provide a platform where you can absorb more knowledge. So, it is very important, as a delegate, to always give the other person a chance to speak their ideas and arguments.
3) Negotiating: The more flexible you are, the better. MUNs are structured for students to solve problems through discussions and debates. You may not agree with someone, but negotiating a mid-way solution is a sign of a responsible delegate.
4) Public Speaking: It is the best way to develop communication in the room. Highlight the strong points in your speech first. Be precise and to the point, while introducing your opinions, this way, you can easily interest other people to work with you.
5) Team Building: This is one of the most crucial ways you can run and represent your committee. Find interesting people from around the globe, build connections, hear them out, provide feedback, etc. this way you will have an enjoyable experience in the MUN.

So, by following these tips, not only will you make a long lasting impression in the conference, but also you will make great friends from different parts of the world. This way, you will participate in a fun-learn experience that will change your life for the better.

Credits: Lovely Sarkar
Reach me at papris791@theschoolsocial.in

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May 5th, 2020
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Student's Blog

The Circle of My Circumstances

Life is a package of emotions. At every stage of your life you will have different options to choose among and you will be forced to choose one. It may be very confusing but one has to make her choices in order to move ahead. So guys it is obvious that as a teenager I have also faced this situation. I will recommend that you be firm and face the situation with all your determination. Just pull yourself together, must up your courage and just relax.

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The life drove me into a situation,
Which made me a totally confused person.

Everything just survived in my brain,
Even that garbage, which should be taken away by the crane.

Either love or leisure,
Either leisure or future.

All seemed to be amusing,
But choosing one wasn’t interesting.

My heart chose love,
Brain chose future,
Destiny chose leisure.

Everything chose something,
But my faith, it chose nothing.

Thank god, I was not terrified,
Otherwise the equation would have remained unbalanced.

Besieged by greed of pleasure,
I preferred the future.
I didn’t owe an explanation of my choice.

Without any worries,
Oh sorry, with all the worries,
I moved ahead,
And tried to relax.

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Teacher's Blog

Giving Opportunities, Giving Life - Teachers’ Appreciation Week

Geetika Arora,
Former Teacher at Teach for India

With an appointment letter in my hand, I couldn’t wait to start my journey with a bunch of teenage girls at a community named ‘Majnu Ka Tila’. I was nervous to be surrounded by girls who were at an age that will form the foundation of their being, but excited as well as it gave me an opportunity to build a stronger foundation in them. My vision for them was to make them self aware individuals who are authentic and humble in their being and who can make informed decisions in their lives.

With initial interactions with them and other stakeholders present in the community, I reckoned that violence at home was the biggest problem that they faced and added to it was the lack of self belief and empathy. So, my belief that investing them in education and values can only make them goal oriented and better human beings, got stronger.The belief that a change is possible was fueled by their natural instincts and actions wherein I saw them holding hands and coming together to make their own goals and the plans for achieving those goals. All I have to do is to give them the right opportunity and a little push.

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They started writing poems imagining a world where everyone is given equal opportunities irrespective of their identity, wrote letters to their moms where they questioned the patriarchal society we live in, they took ownership to spread the message of ‘Kindness is their Religion’ by creating awareness programs in their community about different people that exist among us and how the boundaries are created by us. They wrote letters expressing their feelings and problems to their pen friends, taught in different classes and shared their knowledge. They even have a book reading club where they share their learning.

Some of them gave a musical performance at the United Religious Initiative which gave a message that the world is ‘One‘. They started keeping workshops where they would teach art and craft, dance, jewelry designing to learn skills and spread their learning. They joined hands to make their community a better place and to spread joy with their actions. To spread awareness in their community, they have decided to educate teenage girls about ‘Sex education’ in the holidays, as the rate of teenage pregnancy is increasing at an alarming rate. They also consider food wastage as one of the major problems in their school, thus started a ‘Mindset Changing’ drive where they took responsibility and gave duties on every floor of their school to keep a check and aware kids of the among of food they waste daily and they saw a reduction of around 60% of food within a week.

Recently, over a discussion on how to celebrate Christmas this year, we came up with an idea to celebrate it in its true spirit by ‘Spreading Joy Around’, so they planned a donation drive. I had no idea what their plan was, all I knew was where and when I was supposed to meet them the next day. They made teams, took ownership and went from one door to another asking for clothes, money and food. They collected around Rs.1500 and around 500 clothes in a day. The next morning they came together and made around 150 Chapatis, Dal, Rajma and Salad from the raw materials they collected and from the money they had collected they bought Frooti, Biscuits and Chocolates. I remember the moment I met them, I couldn’t believe they had done all of that by themselves. With tears in my eyes and a heart full of pride, I was overwhelmed and my 1.5 years flash backed in front of my eyes. Every effort seemed worth it at that moment.

All of this was possible because of their determination to make the world a better place. I as a teacher have constantly tried to give them opportunities on a regular basis to interact with different people, listen to their stories and get inspired to believe that they are the light bearers of their life. I took them to the storytelling festival, Kathakar, to build expression in them, to Women Economic Forum to hear ideas of women around them and build self belief, to Kidzania to build perspective so that they can make stronger career choices, to a summer camp for building stronger basics and personality traits. I took them to Oxford bookstore to build love for reading and now they have their own library and have a weekly reading procedure. They went for their first movie ‘Secret Superstar’ and connected so well with Insiya, that they decided to never step back because of fear and inspire their mothers to show courage. These days I have started getting emails from them as becoming digitally literate is one of the 21st century skills. I have one to one conversations with them on a regular basis to keep them on track and that has helped them to be even more goal oriented. So all of this has helped me inculcate values that, I hope, will stay with them forever and they become better human beings and make this world a better place to live in.

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May 5, 2020 Credits

1) Lovely Sarkar - papris705@theschoolsocial.in
2) Ipsita - ipsita@theschoolsocial.in
3) Arko De - iisharpp@theschoolsocial.in
4) Tarini - 705tk@theschoolsocial.in
5) Rohit Menon - rohitmenon@theschoolsocial.in

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