Ever Helpful Worry Box in the SchoolIn my class, a girl who was sitting on the last bench these days earlier used to sit in the front row. She looked anxious and in a hurry all the time. Once she was a good student but nowadays her performance was gradually declining day by day. Nobody knew the reason for her anxiety. Despite asking so many times, she shared-nothing, neither to any of her friends nor me. I was teaching in this school for a long time so I was well aware of the performance of that girl. And somehow I wanted to take her back on track and start thinking to know the reason for her anxiety hence discussed the matter with the Principal. She suggested calling her parents. I dropped a message in her notebook. But it didn't work.
I read somewhere on the internet that there is some concept of keeping "Worry Box" inside the classrooms in some schools. However, our school was not following this. Then I convinced the Principal to keep a box called "Worry Box" in the classroom and instruct all the students to share their worries in writing and dropped to the box. We also assured them that nobody all of us will share nobody's problem hence; everybody has to share their worries. We set timelines for two days for putting their worries in the box.
On the third day, when the box was opened, we all were surprised that every child had some worry. After sharing their worries, they seemed relaxed and much secured. Then we shared their worries personally with their parents. The idea worked well to reduce the stress of the students and the school put "Worry Box" in each class.
My entry to the A school box - creative writing contest.