IB opens up a forum for lot of discussion and inquiry, which I feel, is a great thing. As educators, I feel, instead of teaching them content we should be teaching them skills so that they are better prepared for college,where no one really asks how one learns the content. If you are skilled, you are equipped to learn
In India, we do not give enough focus on teaching. We give it a secondary status. It is looked upon like a profession open to those who couldn’t place themselves anywhere else. Honestly, before I joined the profession, even my mind-set was also partly that way. But when I got into it, with all the challenges I face every day I realized how futile that thought was. The experience is really good.
In IB students can go into the conceptual side of things rather than only depending on the content. Content, I agree, is equally important. But, we focus on concepts. Primary Years Programme (PYP) is a concept-driven curriculum.
For many, the passport to life is through a professional course. That is what seems to certify you as a person who is worthy of employment. If you change the school system but you don't change the hurdles that they would face later, they will not be able to handle it.
Today, we are in the modern day teaching. Chemistry is perhaps the branch of Science that impacts life of individuals, directly - the clothes you wear, the food you eat, everything you do is directly linked to Chemistry. What you take from nature or give to nature is Chemistry.
Think teaching and we think of schools and colleges. We rarely think of those centers where children flock in large crowds to crack competitive exams and move on to the next phase of their lives. Meet Mr Vinayak Sidana, Senior Chemistry faculty at Akash Educational Services Ltd. and get a sneak peek into the coaching industry.
Sometimes, we can't answer. There is no harm in admitting you don’t know. A teacher is also a learner which he/she should be. It is good to acknowledge that a student has asked a different question. It is nice to introspect if the existing knowledge can answer this question or if one can learn beyond what one already knows.
In India because of the fact that we venerate teachers we see it as a hierarchical relationship. When you are sarcastic with children, although that child may be wittier than you she may freeze and not respond. So, it is very rude and damaging for a teacher to be sarcastic. A teacher may scold and reprimand but do it directly rather than being sarcastic.
While the Gujarat government claims that 100% of children in enrol in schools because of its Shala Pravesh Utsav programme, only 43% of children make it to Class XI, with the rest either failing Class X or dropping out. The dropout rate for girls at the Class XI level is 59%.
Some years ago, at an education conference attended by ministers, principals and other stake-holders, the usual droning about the state of teaching was interrupted when a young girl in a white kurta and jeans took the mike and said, "Where is the student voice on this stage?
Oxford University has been ranked first in an international league table for the fourth year in a row. The annual Times Higher Education world rankings put Cambridge in third place and Imperial College London in tenth.
My dream of becoming a teacher has grown through years since I was a student. Inspired by few of my great teachers, I often envisioned students who would come to class thriving for the information that I was prepared to provide them that day.
Dr. Pranav M. Joshirao has been the Chemistry teacher for grades 7-12 at Mussoorie International School, a residential school for girls in Mussoorie, India, for over 1 year now. The school offers 3 curricula viz. CICSE (ICSE/ISC), CIE (IGCSE/AS & A levels) and IB DP.
The girl, whose name is given only as Ftoun, wrote the poem when she was 14, shortly after arriving in the UK. In The Doves of Damascus she mourns not only the loss of her homeland but also of her memories of what made it special to her.
Interlinking of subjects gives more flavor, depth and meaning to subjects. The logical reasoning it brings along reinforces the concepts and makes learning fun and interesting. Physics reasoned out with Mathematics is Rajeev Gupta’s unique methodology.
A gold medalist and with a Masters in Zoology from the University of Punjab, Ms Priyanka Rana focuses on nurturing, fertilizing and catalyzing the growth of curiosity amongst learners in order to keep up the learners’ learning urge. Learners’ curiosity keeps the learning process strong.
I believed that if only primary education was made a right then we could curb child labour as well. Gratefully, these ideas were backed by Child Society Organizations and we finally got the Right to Education Act in our country.
Individual clarity of why we are in a profession goes a long way in defining our success and the success of people around us. 4 years into her journey as a teacher, Ms Jasmine Sandhu, MYP and DP Physics Teacher seems to be spot on about path to excellence.
Our school is a minimalist school. The children are taught to reuse, recycle, manufacture from whatever they find. The children do a lot of physical work. At school, until 11 they are all in the garden doing something physical.
Global alternative investment firm KKR & Co. has acquired a majority stake in Indian pre-schools chain, EuroKids International Pvt. Ltd., from a consortium of existing investors led by private equity firm Gaja Capital, per an announcement.
The anti anti-tobacco cell of Jharkhand has decided to keep a close watch on the use of tobacco inside schools across the state and take action under Cigarette and other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA) 2003 against the teachers if they are caught chewing tobacco or smoking cigarette on the campus.
A thermal physics class is in progress at Grade 8B of Indus International School, Bengaluru. The physics teacher, Murali Subramanian, is hovering over the children but conducting lessons at the centre of the classroom is Eagle 2.
Children sitting grammar school entrance exams were given "impossible-to-answer" questions, a parent has said. The errors appeared in the 11-Plus exam run by the Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools group's 13 schools.
There’s an old saying that goes, “The best way to learn something is to teach it.” By teaching a foreign language, I am speeding up a virtuous cycle where I become better at what I am doing simply by doing it.
Ahana Mitra, the Biology teacher at Salt Lake Point School Kolkata for last 10 years (with a total experience of 17 years) currently teaches the students of classes 8 to 12. Established in 1976, Salt Lake Point Schoolis affiliated to ICSE and ISC (New Delhi).
I believe that through our national curriculum we are still looking towards creating factory workers and employees. We are still looking at creating people who think only in a particular way. So, it is more of how compliant you are; you must be a conformist to do well in the national curriculum. You have to think in a particular manner, address questions in a particular style.
22 years as an educator has led Ms. Sonia Kedia into many a paths and opened up opportunities to look beyond teaching. Passionate about curriculum planning, she does every bit she can to better the education world by keeping herself updated with reading and podcasts, and expanding her comfort zone by sharing ideas and collaborating with like-minded educators.
Every child has their own individual account, which is the most powerful thing. They get to build their own learning path regardless of what their peers are doing. It is their own journey of understanding a topic.
A visionary, a dream catcher and a passionate educator rolled into one is not an exaggeration when describing Mrs K S Jamali. With a Masters in Psychology and under the proficient guidance of her mother, Mrs K S Jamali has every reason to hold her head high offering inclusive education – the way education is meant
Emsisoft's Ransomware statistics for 2019: Q2 to Q3 reveal a worrying trend. The report shows enterprise ransomware attacks have become more common. Moreover, the threat actors are increasingly targeting larger and more profitable targets, such as schools and government organizations.
Teachers are the torch bearers. As committed crusaders they need to be accommodating and broad minded. First and foremost task of an educator is to make every student sitting in a class respect every culture, religion and language.
I have always wanted to pursue a career in education. I wanted to factor in application into my teaching. That has been my starting and ending point. I have always encouraged and made children ask questions and I still do it. For example, why do we need to learn about fractions or decimals, etc.? It is important to ask questions. My dream is to empower those who are being left behind [or who are at risk of being left behind]; and to enact inclusive, far-sighted and progressiveeducational policies and create a new age in India.
Children won't understand a subject unless they understand a teacher. The first thing you have to do in class is to make children comfortable. I am very particular not to start teaching until I instill confidence in my students and they feel comfortable and confident in me.
Given the extent to which medical science has evolved, there is no unanswered mystery behind how babies are born. Even an internet-savvy teenager will decipher the birds and bees without batting an eyelid.
I grew up in Delhi of the '90s, a time of cable TV, 15-minute news bulletins, and institutionalised and unchecked sexism. As the only child of South Indian parents, I was told from a young age that I have to excel at school. My mother's insistence on waking me up at 5.
As I joined as the Deputy Commissioner of Lawngtlai, Mizoram, I enrolled my one-year-old son in the nearest anganwadi. Though I was happy that he was making new friends in the neighbourhood, I saw that he was coming home with take home ration in small packets mostly of rice and dal.
Peter Tabichi, a member of the Franciscan religious order, won the 2019 Global Teacher Prize. Brother Peter has been praised for his achievements in a deprived school with crowded classes and few text books.
At Mantra, we work with schools to help and deliver quality education to every child that they cater to. The way we go about doing this is via the Whole School Transformation process. We work with government schools and budget private schools in Bangalore too through Cluster Transformation.
Theory of Knowledge is a unique feature of IBDP. It promotes critical thinking skills and helps connecting different subjects and at the same time helps students know about how knowledge acquisition is different in different subjects.