Sunday, November 1, 2015

ESTUDIAR EL ESPAÑOL, VIVIR EL ESPAÑOL


Todos sabemos que hoy en día el español es el tercer idioma más hablado del mundo después del mandarín y el inglés, y parece que en los próximos años tomará la segunda posición. El español se habla en prácticamente todo el continente Americano, Brasil es el único país de Latinoamérica en el que se habla portugués y, a día de hoy, podríamos recorrer prácticamente todo Estados Unidos y no decir ni una sola palabra en inglés. Probablemente éste sea un gran motivo para comenzar a aprenderlo.

En la sociedad en la que vivimos las prioridades cambian según las necesidades económicas, según dónde se halle la oportunidad de negocio, y así, los sistemas educativos han ido cambiando de idioma dependiendo de hacia qué continente viren los mercados internacionales que generan mayores ingresos.
Mi experiencia como profesora, pero sobre todo la personal, me ha enseñado que, para aprender un idioma, hace falta tener una buena motivación y cada uno debe encontrar la suya. Los niños en edad escolar necesitan encontrar su “porqué” para estar interesados en cambiar (unas horas a la semana) su idioma materno por uno que se habla a miles de kilómetros de su país. A ésta labor nos hemos de dedicar los profesores; ayudarles a buscar una motivación que les haga desear aprender otro idioma es parte del trabajo en el aula, y una vez la encuentran, el aprendizaje se hace fluido.
Soy una viajera incansable, he vivido en varios países y he conocido a mucha gente maravillosa gracias a hablar inglés y español. He recorrido Sudamérica con mi lengua materna y me he comunicado con gentes de Paraguay, Argentina, Venezuela y Cuba. Aprendí inglés para poder vivir en el país que me acogió, en Reino Unido, y gracias a eso hoy estoy aquí y puedo comunicarme con ellos, conocerles, enseñarles. Aprender un idioma, sobre todo uno que habla tanta gente alrededor del mundo, es un regalo porque da la oportunidad no sólo de trabajar en diferentes países sino también de conocer a muchísima gente de diferentes nacionalidades, disfrutar de los lugares y ser capaz de desenvolverte en ellos. Si soy capaz de transmitir a mis alumnos la maravillosa experiencia de poder comunicarse y conocer a otros seres humanos a través del idioma, si consigo que cada uno encuentre un motivo por el que desea viajar por el mundo, ver otros lugares, conocer a sus gentes y comunicarse con ellos, entonces, mi labor está hecha, porque yo les podré enseñar los primeros pasos del español, pero ellos y su motivación personal harán el resto.


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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Myths vs Facts about the international school curriculum | Cambridge IGCSE | IB international baccalaureate



The choice of a school and curriculum have a big influence on one's course of life. The right choice can be made only when one is fully aware of all the facts about different educational approaches. With international curricula like the IB ( international baccalaureate) and Cambridge IGCSE now gaining more relevance than ever, it pays to be aware of some of the most prevalent myths surrounding international schools and the curriculum that they offer. Do not miss out on a world-class education for your child on the basis of a myth! Let us dispel some of the most common ones:



-An international school curriculum does not help with competitive examinations

Many people believe that only traditional Indian curricula provide in-depth understanding of subjects and problem solving skills required for cracking competitive exams like CET, COMED-K, AIEEE and so on. However, this is completely untrue. The Cambridge curriculum exams include Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) that can help students with their competitive exam preparation. International schools provide as much rigorous training in academics as traditional curricula, but with a more holistic approach. They also explore the realm of a student's inherent strengths and interests and help them chart a perfect career path. That path can be towards anything the child can dream and work towards: photography, fine arts, entrepreneurship, humanities, law, even engineering and medicine!

 Recognition of  IB in India - http://www.ibo.org/contentassets/d883e8b8f46446079f14679a9a6971c3/india-recognition-guide-2016.pdf


 Recognition of  Cambridge in India - www.cie.org.uk/images/122860-india-recognition-statements.pdf


-But wait. My child should have more options!

Success happens when one finds the right combination of interests and talents. An international school student is on a continuous journey of discovery. They discover their passions, limitations and strengths starting from a very early age. This helps them find the skills and activities that bring them happiness, success and a deep sense of accomplishment.
The curriculum offers a wide range of subject choices and combinations depending on which university and country they are applying student guidance counselor helps them selection of subjects. So your child can even choose to be specific or be an all-rounder! They can then direct a laser sharp focus on a set of realistic and motivating goals for their future. Teachers can help them plan and select subjects based on their preferences. The school can guide them right up to their university placement in a prestigious college and major of their choice.


-The international school examination schedule interferes with the competitive exam schedule

The Cambridge curriculum exam can be undertaken in March, giving students ample time to prepare for and face their entrance examinations. The results will be declared in May, similar to the CBSE and ICSE schedule, when colleges start their admission process.

-A student who has passed out of an international school may face difficulties during job interviews

An international school hones each student's personality, skills and character and prepares them to conquer any real world challenge. As opposed to mere extrinsic achievements like grades and certifications, an international school steadily inculcates confidence, an innate knowing of one’s strengths and a clear purpose. They possess utmost clarity about what they can offer at their job, which is a huge determinant of career success.

-International curriculum is tougher than CBSE / ICSE and other Indian curricula

On a certain level, comparing an international curriculum like Cambridge with CBSE or ICSE is not as simple as it seems. They both offer comprehensive yet different approaches to education. India curricula are thorough, knowledge enhancing, in-depth and are academically challenging. International curricula are equally thorough in development of practical thinking, problem solving skills and facing life in general. Each student may respond differently to each of these curricula. However, the international curriculum honours these differences. Students can choose their goals and pace themselves based on their own unique qualities. One may conclude that the international curriculum is not necessarily tougher. It does require qualities like discipline, time-management, commitment, confidence and independent thinking to succeed. However, understanding your child well may be the more important factor that drives this choice

-The international curriculum is only for NRIs and foreign nationals

In a globally interconnected world, a curriculum that is accepted and recognized world over definitely puts the ahead of the competition. Practical skills like the ability to connect with people beyond boundaries, leadership, innovation, and initiative can put children ahead on the world platform. Any child would deserve to benefit from the advanced teaching methodologies of the international curriculum. This becomes more important than ever, if they want to beat the global competition and get into universities of other countries. Thus, anyone can benefit from studying an international curriculum.

-Content of the international curricula are different from the Indian ones.

International curricula like Cambridge impart the same knowledge as the Indian curricula in an age appropriate manner. The approach may involve many more hands-on activities, outdoor activities, interaction with experts, exploratory activities and so on. A student who studies at an international school will be as proficient as a student from the CBSE or ICSE curriculum when they pass out of school.
If you have any doubts about international curriculum, do share it with us in the comments so that we can help you out with them.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Best School ranking in India | Best International school in Banglore



                                       Education World International School Ranking 2015

Education World magazine has recently published its list of best schools in the India. We are listed in the category of International Day and Boarding Schools. This survey was jointly conducted by c fore and Education World magazine. over the past four months 120 c fore field personnel interviewed 11,660 parents, principals, teachers and senior school students in 27 cities countrywide and persuaded them to rate schools in their region on a ten-point scale across 14 parameters of education excellence.
This year i.e. for 2015, Trio World Academy - Best International School in Bangalore is ranked at 13th in India and 5th in Karnataka. Category wise our rankings are given below.

1. In the category “Teacher welfare and Development”   we are ranked 6th in the country and 3rd in the state.
2. In the category “Academic Reputation” we are ranked 5th in the country and 3rd in the Karnataka.
3. In the category “Co-curricular education” we are ranked 7th in the country and 2nd in the Karnataka.
4. In the category “Individual attention”, we are ranked 8th in the country and 3rd in the Karnataka.
5. In the category “Safety and Hygiene”, we are ranked 11th in the country and 3rd in the Karnataka.
And in the category “Community service”, we are ranked 12th in the country and 3rd in the Karnataka.

Mr. Vinod Singh (Head of School) receiving the award.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Teaching children financial literacy | Best international school in Bangalore




Being patient while answering any finance related questions that children may ask you as you go about your own financial matters is a challenging task. But it has a very worthy long-term outcome!
TRIO World Academy Bangalore is a thriving hub of students from many cultures. Each culture has its own lifestyle: a blend of myriad qualities, behaviours, attires, and cuisine. However, there is one thing that is common across several cultures: the concept of money.

Why talk about money?

Money provides a means to trade any assets you own in return for something that you need. Life skills like discipline, hard work, and politeness, subjects such as history and calculus are things that students are expected to learn as they go through their growing years. Financial literacy, although very crucial to a childs future, is sometimes overlooked. Parents and educators often assume that it is a skill that can be picked up on the go.

Teaching children about money

Money and finance are tightly interwoven with our careers, success and life in general, whether we choose to admit it or not. It is our responsibility to teach children to be financially literate.
Money can be a difficult topic to speak about depending on our own cultural beliefs and upbringing. It might be especially challenging to be open with our own financial setbacks and their consequences. We might also not consider ourselves as experts when it comes to matters of finance. As with all other behaviors, children model their money habits around those of their parents, guardians, close family and peers.

Steps to financial literacy


  • One may begin speaking to children about finances early with age-appropriate money topics. You can begin by teaching them how money holds value and how it can be exchanged for goods or services.

  • Creating a bank account for your child and introducing them to the concept of saving and various operations of banking one step at a time will be helpful.

  • Teaching them to plan their allowance and maximize its utilization is also a valuable activity. It is necessary to set limits on indiscriminate spending.

  • The concept of credit cards and loans can be introduced to older children. One must make them understand that using a card creates a debt against their account, which needs to be repaid. Clearing misconceptions about credit cards and interest payments goes a long way in cultivating healthy spending habits.

  • Marketers might take advantage of kids need to fit in by promising them a place among the in crowd, in exchange for buying certain products. Teaching them the concepts of needs vs. wants, and helping them allocate a suitable portion of the allowance for the wants, can help them counter the strong influence of marketing and advertisements.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Connecting children with nature



Human beings are becoming more and more conscious of the importance of nature in their lives, with every passing day. We might be at a point in history where our survival depends on this environment consciousness.  Time spent in nature is as much a human need as food. We might be, in fact, hardwired to be connected to nature.
In the process of losing our connection to the habitat that human beings evolved in, younger generations were deprived of their exposure to nature. The ways in which this affects children are only being uncovered now.

What does it mean to connect with nature?


A connection with nature means that one understands how interlinked we are to every aspect of nature. It is a deep understanding of the fact that any actions that lead to adverse effects on our natural environment can affect us too. In order to sustain ourselves, we need to nurture this connection and honour it.
Many obligations & barriers may get in our way of connecting with nature. This would include loss of open spaces, increasing traffic, population rise, concrete jungles and more. Creating opportunities, both small and big, on a day to day basis, can fix our chronic nature deficiency.

How to help children connect with nature:

  •  The first and foremost step would be to take them out to spend time with nature as often as possible. This could range from an outdoor nature camp to a simple observation of a potted plant or pet animal.  Encourage them to be quiet and observe without interfering.
  • Help them safely interact with plants, insects and animals under supervision. Take all the necessary precautions. Encourage questions & exploration.
  • Encourage and help them to grow their own plants, preferably food crops.
  • Explore natural objects like rocks, shells, leaves, insects, seeds, vegetables, flowers etc. with them.

Benefits


  1.  Connecting with nature helps improve social, psychological, academic & physical health.
  2. Children can cultivate an appreciation for the beauty, calmness, complexity and power of nature.
  3. They can understand the impact of their actions on their surroundings and how their surroundings affect them.
  4. It will encourage them to be less wasteful of resources and more thoughtful when it comes to spending them.
  5. It helps in cultivating curiosity, imagination and peace of mind. It shows them how be respectful of all creatures and plants, no matter how insignificant.
  6. Reduced exposure to artificial lighting enhances health.
  7. Playing in open areas encourages coordination, cooperation and improves physical health.
  8. Outdoor camps promote development of discipline, social skills and self care.


To know how International School Bangalore Trio makes use of natural lighting at TOTS, click here.
To know about Trio World Academys extracurricular activities like Wildlife club and Gardening, click here.