Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Impact of online learning on school education

Online education has found its place in the lives of working professionals, and students in higher education. These categories of online learners find immense benefit in the autonomy, and flexibility, that these courses offer. Online courses can be planned into their schedule, which may include full-time employment, internships and caring for family. It can also help them take out quiet time to study.
Distance learning has been around for a long time, even before technology made it extremely accessible. Traditional schooling is now seeing an increased proliferation of virtual training materials and online courses. Even in a world of tried and tested schooling systems and curricula, the most successful schools are the ones who adapt to the changing times, as well as to the expectations of students, parents and the society. If online education is here to stay, then what are its implications for traditional learning? Instead of focusing on pros and cons, the conversation we should be having today is about leveraging online education to make our education systems more conducive to learning.

Online courses call for a greater amount motivation and self-discipline than a classroom-based course. A classroom has one or more instructors and peers, who can hold a student accountable for their course-work. In contrast, online courses involve setting our own goals, tracking progress and meeting deadlines. One does not learn in isolation, so online courses do offer discussion forums, email and one-on-one support. Technology also adds on to the visual experience by incorporating animations, that can be used interactively for effective teaching, and communication.

The classroom advantage

A school provides structure, support, and a system of rewards and penalties to groom its students. Classroom education has the benefit of face-to-face interactions with peers, which are typically moderated by a teacher. It provides children, especially those in their early developmental years, with a stable environment for social interactions, helping them develop skills like boundary setting, empathy and cooperation. This also allows plenty of room for spontaneity, unlike a virtual learning setup.

Online education in the context of schooling

As students progress to higher classes, they seek more autonomy and intellectual freedom. Online learning can help them pursue highly individualised learning programmes, possibly even college level courses. These, combined with hands-on exercises, real world exploration, and thorough assessments, can be highly beneficial to their learning progress. They can explore their options, by trying out introductory topics from different fields, before committing to a specialization. Online learning platforms can help these students become more independent learners, before they make their way into college. I believe that we must not hold students back from picking any online course, but instead act as their guide as they navigate through it.

Mobile apps that provide enhanced learning opportunities for school children have become mainstream. Since mobile phones have already found their way into their hands, these apps are being used to supplement classroom learning. Teachers and parents need to act as anchors and mentors, curating the kind of educational content students are exposed to, during the tricky phase of finding the right career to pursue.

Virtual public schools, that offer a full scale K12 education, have already sprung up in some parts of the world. They even offer a combination of the traditional system with online education. There are programmes that provide support to families that wish to home-school their children, in the form of online course material. These programmes bring parents and teachers into the fold, by involving them into their child’s education from the get go. However, their effectiveness in the long term needs to be studied.

Online learning programmes will also open up opportunities for children from weaker socio-economic communities, who possess a limited access to learning resources i.e. teachers, text books and infrastructure. It will connect them to a global network of online learners, exposing them to new perspectives. The ideas that they receive, will not be limited by the number of heads in one classroom.

Online education for educators

Online education can also be designed to be accommodating of a variety of learning styles among students. As educators, it is likely that we will have to put in additional efforts to incorporate online learning programmes into the curriculum, in the most suitable manner.
Online training programmes are helping teachers/educators advance their skills in curriculum implementation, policy, education systems and leadership, both independently and with the support of their institutions. It lets them collaborate with their peers, and learn new instructional skills, that are relevant to their career. These programmes can help them develop new skills and capabilities in their students, with the help of technology and interdisciplinary approaches.

As the overlap of the traditional and online educational worlds is becoming more and more inevitable, we owe it to our students to make their education relevant to their future, through our own ingenuity, passion and careful planning.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

The creative approach to math education at Trio World School

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” – Albert Einstein

Mathematics is a pivotal part of our lives. Even a person with an absolute dread for the subject will use it throughout his/her life! The alarm that wakes you up, the time taken by the school bus, school grades and running race timings, all involve math.

When classroom mathematics becomes all about plugging numbers into a formula or following a fixed series of steps, it can lead to boredom, lack of curiosity and drastically reduce the thirst for learning.

Prolific mathematician GH Hardy quoted A mathematician, like a painter or a poet, is a maker of patterns.  He also said, Beauty is the first test. There is no permanent place in the world for ugly mathematics.

Traditional mathematics, taught in the classrooms, may not approach the subject this way. We at Trio World School, Bangalore, believe in putting thought and effort into approaching mathematics more creatively, so that it cultivates curiosity and reduces apprehension among students. At Trio World School, our ICSE wing, we have created frameworks for laying a strong foundation for mathematics and language.

We are an ICSEschool, with a difference. We encourage children and teachers to creatively explore mathematical concepts. We integrate math with other subjects including art. A topic on arrays had Rangoli as a part of the lesson. For a topic on measurement, the entire unit on volume, perimeter and area was taught through measuring different objects inside the classroom, as a team, and presented in class.
Our math programme overcomes the rigid confines of a textbook, by adapting world-class approaches to learning. Our ICSE school math programme has 3 aspects:

1.       Alpha Math Programme
2.       Math Lab
3.       Mindspark Math Program

Alpha Math Programme

Trio, in collaboration with Scholastic, introduced the ALPHA Math programme to the ICSE school. Scholastic ALPHA Mathematics combines the learning practices and teaching methodologies from nations that are performing at the highest level in math education. The Alpha math programme is being implemented by more than 50 countries and is tailored to the needs of the Indian curricula.
Alpha Math program teaches through
·         problem solving focusing on the method
·         develops meta-cognition and mathematical thinking
Each chapter is taught over several lessons, with each lesson focusing on a topic.
Each lesson teaches one or more concepts. Each concept is taught using a two-part structure of Let’s Learn and Let’s Do:
·         Let’s Learn introduces the concept using the Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract approach.
·         Let’s Do provides guided practice and formative assessment. 
At the end of each chapter, students are given a problem-solving lesson to consolidate learning. We explicitly follow the four-step UPAC (UNDERSTAND, PLAN, ANSWER AND CHECK) process, which builds good problem-solving habits.
A checklist accompanies every word problem to reinforce the four-step process.

Math lab

The next stage of creative math education at our ICSE school was giving students the opportunity to learn math through a hands-on approach. The math lab gives them an environment that that lets them explore and realise mathematical ideas. We encourage them to make connections with various mathematical experiences and do not constrain them to any particular lessons. The math lab values the students’ individuality, and varied strategies. Multiple outcomes are encouraged, with emphasis on creative representation of their findings. This helps them develop a spirit of enquiry and confidence in their own mathematical abilities.

These are the key features of our Math lab:

·         It helps students visualize, manipulate and reason.
·         It provides an opportunity to understand and internalize the basic mathematical concepts through concrete objects and situations.
·         It enables students to verify or discover several geometrical properties and facts using models or by paper cutting and folding technique.
·         It helps the students build interest and confidence in learning the subject.
·         It provides an opportunity to exhibit the relatedness of mathematical concepts with everyday life.
·         It provides greater scope for individual participation in the process of learning and becoming autonomous learners.
·         It provides scope for greater involvement of both the mind and the hands which facilitate cognition.
·         It allows and encourages students to think, discuss with each other and the teacher and assimilate concepts in a more effective manner.
·         It enables the teacher to demonstrate, explain and reinforce abstract mathematical ideas by using concrete objects, models, charts, graphs, pictures, posters etc.

The math lab programme involves the following steps:

·         The Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract Approach develops deep conceptual understanding.
·         Students learn to make connections between physical materials, visual representations and mathematical symbols.
·         Gaining mastery involves concept development and understanding mathematical relationships.
·         Students learn to inquire, communicate, reason, conceptualize, formulate and solve problems.
·         Developing problem solving skills addresses both the process and the method of solving problems.
·         Students learn to use different strategies and solve problems effectively and confidently.

Mindspark Math Program

The next aspect of ICSE math teaching is the MINDSPARK programme, that enhances the process of learning even further. Mindspark is a computer-based, interactive and self-adaptive learning programme. The programme comprises of math based problem sets, quizzes, games, and activities. Each of these are accompanied by precise explanations.

The benefits of this programme are as given below:

·         Well-designed quizzes to promote critical thinking
·         Games build engagement and interest
·         Offers rewards and recognition to students
·         Helps students practice topics that they have already explored
·         Promotes application towards multiple concepts
·         Builds computational fluency and provides for effective evaluation, thus helping in remediation.
·         Helps in differentiating instructions

Teachers are given professional development courses throughout the year to help them implement these aspects of the programme effectively.


Saturday, April 29, 2017

Guide for parents relocating to North Bangalore

Moving to a new city involves rebooting your entire life. If you are parents of school going children, who have just moved into North Bangalore, you are probably looking around for facilities to keep your life running smoothly again.

Bangalore city, officially renamed to Bengaluru, is the state capital of Karnataka. It has a population of 8.5 million. The city was established by Kempe Gowda, a chieftain under the Vijayanagar Empire. In the 19th Century, The British developed a Cantonment, that represented the British Military presence.

Bangalore has since then grown rapidly and is famously known for its green spaces and IT industry.  It is famous for iconic food places like Vidyarthi Bhavan and MTR, spaces for theatre enthusiasts like Ranga Shankara & Chowdiah Memorial, shopping hubs such as Brigade Rd. and Commercial Street, and green spaces like Lalbagh and Cubbon Park. It is home to prestigious organisations like the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Indian Institute of Management(IIMB), Indian Institute of Science(IISc), National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) and National Law School of India University (NLSIU).

North Bangalore is one of the most rapidly developing areas of Bangalore city, in terms of real estate, tech parks, entertainment, healthcare and other amenities. It includes areas like Hebbal, Jakkur, RT Nagar, Yeshwanthpur, Sahakarnagar, Yelahanka, and Devanahalli. It is located in close proximity to both the airport and railway station. The KIADB Aerospace park and SEZ is being developed close to the airport. The area will also house new IT parks. Shell, the renowned petrochemical company, has already expanded its presence in India with its global Shell Technology Centre at Devanahalli.
Here is a handy guide of places that are relevant to your life in this part of the city.


The Kempegowda International Airport, previously known as Bangalore International Airport (Code: BLR) is located at Devanahalli, about 30km from TRIO World Academy, Sahakar Nagar. The travel time from the airport to our school is less than 40 minutes.
It is easily accessible via the NH7 or Bellary Road. With a high frequency of flights to various cities of India like Kolkata, Hyderabad, Surat, Ahmedabad, New Delhi, Guwahati and Mumbai as well as flights to countries like Thailand, South Korea, Bangladesh, Nepal and Malaysia, it offers a quick and convenient way for students to travel during weekends or other events. BMTC provides frequent AC Volvo buses to & from Airport. On-demand taxi services like Ola, Uber can be used via their respective apps or Airport taxi can be hailed from the airport.

Railway Station
The KSR Bengaluru City railway is centrally located and easily accessible from Hebbal. The station is connected via the Namma Metro Rail Service and the Kempegowda Bus Station. The distance from City Railway station to Trio is 11.6 km and can be reached with 45-50 minutes time. Yeshwanthpur & Bangalore Cant. are the other major stations close to Trio. Many trains halt or depart from these stations.

Traveling within the city - Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation(BMTC)

BMTC provides a highly organised public transportation facility within the city. It has major bus stations at Majestic, Shivajinagar and KR Market and 10 TTMCs at places including Shantinagar, Yeshwantpur, and Kengeri . The buses connect all major localities in the city. They also provide frequent AC Volvo bus services to IT hubs like ITPL, Manyata Tech Park, and Electronic City, and special Airport Services. They offer monthly passes for regular commuters. It is located at 11.7km away from Trio and is a 40 minute commute.

Intrastate and Interstate road Travel - Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation(KSRTC)

KSRTC offers luxury buses for travel between Bangalore and other parts of Karnataka State and important cities/towns of surrounding states. The KSRTC bus station is adjacent to the BMTC bus stand as well as the City Railway Station. Tickets can be booked 30 days in advance either over their website or mobile app.


Bangalore Metro

The Namma Metro project is developing metro connectivity across Bangalore. Commercial operations began in October 2011 and are further being extended. The current route along the Green Line connect Sampige Road to Nagasandra.
The Purple Line connects Mysore Road to Baiyappanahalli (via Majestic). The planning for Phase III has begun and is said to connect The International Airport to Nagawara.
For the full schematic map, click here:
Taxi Service

Major players in the taxi-on-demand services like Ola, Uber, and Meru ply in Bangalore. They offer convenient booking services through mobile apps for autos, taxis and carpooling. These can be hailed from all urban areas.

If you are looking for a rented flat, Villa or gated community in North Bangalore or near Hebbal area, please visit the below mentioned portals.

Lookup rented properties currently available in North Bangalore.

Relocation and moving services

Global / National Relocation Services:

IGL Relocation : India: +91-22 2222 6666 USA :  +1 (732) 422-3871
Santa Fe Relocation Services: +91 80 4052 2222
One Touch Relocation Services: +91 (0)80 2545 0860, +91 (0)80 2545 0868, +91 99000 41715
Galaxy Relocation and Storage Co. +91 97421 66001, +91 72040 66001
Fastway Express: Bangalore(HEad Office) +91 80414 22222, +91 80 6772 2200, +91 98456 46464
USA  +1 646 627 8055, UK +44 125 226 8805
Crown Relocations: +91 80 4969 1700
Imove Global: Bangalore +91 9538480303, UAE +971-524632727 Singapore +65 86466667
Agarwal Packers and Movers: (24/7) +91 9300300300, +91 9860015001

Relocation within India/Bangalore
Leo Care Packers and Mover:  080 88555561
Lion Packers and Movers: +91 9900500000

Hospitals in North Bangalore/Hebbal

Many prominent, multispecialty hospitals have their branches at North Bangalore. All of the given hospitals are within 2km to 6km radius of Trio.

Columbia Asia Hospital - Hebbal

A multispecialty hospital located en route to the International Airport.
Contact No.  080 4179 1000

Motherhood Hospital - Sahakarnagar
A well-known chain of hospitals for women and child care, located close to Hebbal, and Jakkur. Contact No.  080 4666 0000

Aster CMI Hospital
A multispeciality hospital at Sahakarnagar on Airport road. Aster has several clinics around the locality including Manyata Tech park, Yelahanka New town, and New BEL road. It also offers facilities for international patients.
Contact No. 080 4342 0100

Bangalore Baptist Hospital
Bangalore Baptist Hospital is is a 340 bed multispecialty mission hospital located on Bellary Road at Hebbal.
Contact No. 080 2202 4700

Emergency Services –

Police Control Room - 100
Fire - 101
Nightingales Elders Helpline - 1090
Helpline for Children (Makkala Sahayavani)(24/7) - 10924
Women’s Helpline (Vanitha Sahayavani)(24/7) - 1091
Electricity Helpline (BESCOM) - 1912
Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) 24 Hr Helpline - 08022238888
Traffic Helpline - 1095  / 080-2294 3030 / 131
Suicide Prevention - SAHAI - 080-25497777
Fire Service Control Room     080-22971500
Ambulance - 108 / 105711 / 1062
Karnataka Red Cross 080 2226420

Blood Banks
Karnataka Red Cross Blood Bank 080 22268435
Navrang Blood Bank 080 23521233
Dr. Shivaji Rao's Blood Bank 22224044
HOSMAT 25543746
M S Ramaiah Medical Hospital 23606545 / 23606524

Gas Leakage Emergency Numbers
Bharath Gas:(Search by Locality)
Indane : 1906


Esteem mall
A well-known mall located at Hebbal.

Elements mall
Elements Mall is located at Nagavara, Bangalore, close to Manyata Tech Park. It is known for its shops, eateries and movie multiplex.

Orion Mall
Orion Mall is a premium mall in Bangalore, housed in the Brigade Gateway alongside the World Trade Centre, Sheraton Grand Hotel and Columbia Asia Hospital. It is located opposite to the renowned  the Karnataka Soaps and Detergents LTd. that manufactures the Mysore Sandal Soap. It is the third largest mall in the city with an area of 1.1 million sq.ft. It offers a 11 screen multiplex, bowling alley, gaming zone, food court, lakeside cafes and more.

Mantri Mall
The Mantri Square Mall is located in Malleshwaram. It houses several prominent clothing stores, hypermarket, bowling alley, multiplex and food court.


Hebbal Lake Park
The Hebbal Lake Park is a serene pocket of greenery in the bustling neighbourhood of Hebbal. It is home to many birds.A good location for a jog or early morning walk. The park is open on all days from 9.45am to 6.30pm.

Lumbini Gardens
A park on the banks of Nagavara lake at Hebbal. This park offers amusement rides, refreshment stalls, boating and a children’s park. Visitors are charged with an entry fee. It is open on all days of the week from 11am to 7pm.

Sahakar Nagar Walking Park
The Sahakar Nagar Walking Park is open to the public between 5am and 8pm. A pleasant location for a daily walk.


Here are some of the significant apartments and gated community located in north Bangalore.
TRIO World School offers bus pick & drop from most of apartment complexes in the following localities.To know about our bus routes & timings, visit -

Apartment Name    Locality

Fortuna Grand    Canara Bank Layout, Sahakar Nagar
Purva Park Apt    Cox Town
SOBHA Moonstone    Dasarahalli Outer Ring Road
Sobha Lifestyle    Devanahalli
Prestige Golfshire    Devanahalli
Bcil Zed Woods    Doddaballapura Main Road, Avalahalli
Prestige Oasis,    Doddaballapura Main Road, Rajankunte
Pebble Bay    Dollars Colony
Msr House    Gokula
Shobha Althea    Harohalli
Godrej Woodsman    Hebbal, Airport road
Godrej Platinum    Hebbal, Airport road
Mantri Webcity    Hennur Main Road
Salarpuria Goldsummit    Hennur Main Road
Sobha Emerald    Jakkur
Tata Aquila Heights    Jalahalli
Prestige Kenninington Park    Jalahalli
Prestige Wellington Park    Jalahalli
Purva Pavilion    Kempapura
Manthri Green    Malleswaram
Purvankara    Near Attur Layout Bus Stop
Ncc Aster Park Apt    Near Mother Dairy
Embassy Habitat    Near Mount Carmel College
Century Apartment    Near Sobha Amber
Nagarjuna Meadows    New Town Yelahanka
HM Builder    Next to BDA RT Nagar
Embassy    Next to BDA RT Nagar
G corp / Ramaiya    Next to Elements Mall
Krishna Villa    Opp Sobha city
Hoysala    Opp Vaibhav Theatre
RMZ Latitude    Opp Yelahanka Police station
Hanging Gardens    Opposite to Manyata Business Park
Living walls    Outer ring road
White House    R.T .Nagar
Brigade Gateway    Rajaji Nagar
Sterling Park    Sahakar nagar
Century Corbel    Sahakar nagar
Oscar Orchid    Sahakar nagar
Krishna Diamond    Sahakar Nagar
Beary's Lakeside Habitat (Twin Tower)    Sahakar Nagar
Sobha City    Thanisandra Main Road
Bhartiya City    Thanisandra Main Road
Sobha Chrysanthemum    Thanisandra Main Road
Prakruthi Apt    Thindlu Main Rd
Sriram Apartment    Virupakshapura
Heritage App    Yelhanka


Below are some of the hotels, located around North Bangalore.
•         Chairman’s Club Resort
•         M√∂venpick Hotel & Spa Bangalore
•         Hotel Ivory Inn
•         Sheraton Grand Bangalore Hotel at Brigade Gateway
•         Vivanta by Taj - Yeshwantpur, Bangalore
•         The Royale Senate
•         Rio The Hotel
•         Royal Orchid Resort And Convention Center
•         Liwa

Tech Parks :

Kirloskar Business Park

The Kirloskar Business Park is located behind Columbia Asia Hospital at Hebbal. Some of the companies at this business park are Tata Global Beverages, Strand Life Sciences, Mahindra Comviva Tech, and Hindustan Coca Cola Beverages Pvt. Ltd.

Manyata Tech park

Manyata Embassy Business Park is one of the most prominent tech parks in the city. It is located on the Outer Ring Road at Nagavara and is easily accessible from Hebbal. It houses companies such as IBM, Cognizant, ANZ, L&T Technology Services, Fidelity Investments, Target Corporation India,, NVIDIA Graphics Pvt. Ltd. and so on.

Disclaimer: We have tried to provide you with information that is as accurate and relevant as possible. However, the details given below may be subject to changes and you are requested to verify the same. We do not accept responsibility for any inconvenience, loss or damage arising out of your usage of the information published here.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The right and wrong way to discipline a child

As Parenting and Wellness Consultant – one of the commonest questions I get asked way parents is – “How do I discipline my child?”
Almost every parent I know struggles with discipline.
Parents want children to do certain routine tasks on time and children often refuse to do them. And this usually results in a parent child conflict with the parent eventually yelling at the child and the child either yelling back or beginning to cry.

A lot of parents try to circumvent these shouting matches by bribing children with rewards.
So parents make statements like “If you eat your vegetables – you can have dessert” or “If you finish your home-work – you can watch TV”

While these bribes work the first few times – very soon when the child hears “If you do…..” he starts thinking “What if I don’t do…….”

And as soon as this thought comes into the child’s mind – what was meant to be a bribe becomes a threat.

The child decides to experiment with the threat to see if it will actually be carried out.
So he refuses to eat the vegetables and then cries and begs for ice cream. He refuses to do his homework and then throws a tantrum to watch TV.

And this results in a power struggle.

It is a mistake to get into a power struggle with a child because it is a battle you can never win.
The easiest way to get past this problem is to tag tasks with rewards instead of threats by using the word “when” instead of “if”
So instead of “If you finish your homework – you can watch TV” if you say “When you finish your homework – you can watch TV” it works in two ways
First it tags the task with a reward that can be got by doing a task – so it turns into a game and something to look forward to. Second it hands the child control. The child does not feel like he has to bend down and obey his parent to get something he wants – he is now in control. He can control how soon he gets what he wants. And this motivates him to move faster.

Changing one word can make a world of difference to your relationship with your child in your day to day life.

It is important to remember that children learn how to interact with the world by copying our behaviour. The way we interact with them is the way they go ahead and interact with the world.
One of the most important things children need to learn from us is – how to negotiate with others and make contracts that serve their purpose and yet are not unfair to the opposite party.  
Every interaction we have with our children – every sentence we say to them – is an opportunity for us to teach them something.

When we are in a hurry and focus on getting things done quickly – we use the wrong words. As a result – our children learn nothing.
Always pay attention to what you are saying because that is what your child is learning.
Watch the video – Mind Your Parenting Language



Dr Debmita Dutta MBBS, MD Parenting and Wellness Consultant
Dr Debmita Dutta MBBS, MD is a practising clinician and a Parenting and Wellness Consultant. She conducts workshops on Parenting for schools and corporate organisations. She also consults with parents and hand holds them through their parenting journey. Read Dr Debmita Dutta’s blogs on Contact Dr Dutta on 9611739400 and

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Should my child go to an international school?

When moving abroad or within a country, one of your biggest concerns will be helping your children settle down into their new lives. With a new location comes the challenges of finding new schools, leaving behind old friends and making new ones, figuring out whom to trust, and a host of other stressors. Even if you have no such plans, you may be looking for a new school for your child. One of the important choices you will be making is between state, national and international curriculum based schools.

Studying in a state/national curriculum based schools has its advantages. The curriculum is more widespread, academically less rigorous, has many parallels to entrance exam syllabi, and comes at a relatively lower cost and there are enough schools in each city or village offering our national curriculum.
CIE and IB schools are setting a high bar in education for a competitive world by bridging the gap between a global quality education and the Indian educational milieu. International schools in Bangalore offer high calibre programmes like Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) and International Baccalaureate (IB) that are followed around the world and recognised widely by universities.

-When international school students move out of the school, they will carry with them skills, experiences and knowledge that can help them adapt to a new location with far more ease than a student with a non-international schooling background.

-International school students are much better prepared for college and work life. They are equipped with a higher level of skills in communication, inquiry, time management, organisation, and interpersonal intelligence.

-International schools are more likely to invest in and utilize modern technology to help students accelerate their learning and assist parents in becoming more involved in their child’s education.

-International schools offer community service programmes, structured extracurricular activities and sports with better infrastructure, professional sports coaching, opportunities to compete in competitions with the world’s best institutions, and interesting field trips

-International school students cultivate an open-mindedness that comes from being exposed to  global cultures.

-International school curricula offer a variety of paths for pursuing a future career. Students can select a combination of subjects that suit their interests and strengths.

-Students are given opportunities to gain a strong command over the English language. They can hone their writing, reading, speaking and presentation skills and explore literary works from different cultures and eras.

-International schools offer Indian and Foreign languages in their curriculum, encouraging multilingualism.

.-Teachers of international schools are more accustomed to helping students adjust to new environments in case they struggle.

Whether you choose to enroll your child in an international school or not, your final decision must be based on the specific needs of your child. If you do decide to enroll your child in an IGCSE / IB school, ensure that you pick the best international school for your child. 

Thursday, January 5, 2017

IB: Helping students take charge of their learning

In a school curriculum, the process of learning needs to be given equal or more importance than the content of what is being taught. Children deserve to be taught to “learn how to learn”. With widespread availability of learning resources online, this becomes even more relevant to our times.

International Baccalaureate (IB) courses emphasise the independent learning process. The process is woven it into all IB programmes. Starting with the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP), students are slowly encouraged to develop autonomy in learning. They are encouraged to discover connections between themes and topics. The IB Diploma Programme (DP) puts a greater responsibility on the students, by the means of the Theory of Knowledge(TOK) course. TOK helps them understand the intricacies of learning itself.

The process of self-directed learning

Self-directed learning is a formidable undertaking. Taking charge of one’s learning begins with the need or readiness to learn. IB school students may pursue learning activities individually or in groups. The teacher acts as a guide while students achieve their learning objectives. Students formulate their learning goals, while figuring out the various resources required to achieve those goals. Students then set out to create a timeline, chart out tasks and set milestones for the completion of their learning objectives. One example for a learning objective might be, if we were to improve the literacy rate in a village, what actions can be taken?

While the student completely drives the learning process, learning happens collaboratively, with input from various sources and feedback from teachers. Students of an IB school are guided to take more factors into consideration such as cultural beliefs of others, language barriers, and policies. Ultimately, it is the student who decides if the outcome of the exercise is satisfactory.

Benefits of taking charge of one’s learning

The process of taking charge of one’s own learning is transformational. This format of learning forces students to delve deeper into concepts and challenge their existing approaches to learning. It is a crucial way to pick up skills during the course of one’s career. Communication skills, self-reflection, teamwork, discipline, responsibility and curiosity are some of the skills IB school students develop.

Trio World Academy is one of the best international schools in Bangalore offering IB PYP and IB DP.  For more details about IB admissions at Trio World Academy, you can visit us here.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Demonetization: what you can teach your kids about it

The demonetization of high value currency notes has been undertaken by the Indian Government to curb fake currency and black money in our country. This has been a welcome move. But, as a normal, tax paying and endlessly worrying citizens, we will face short term problems for the sake of long term gains. Even as we fret, we must explain this situation to our ever-observant and curious children, nieces, nephews and students. This is a historic economic move for the country and our future generation should well understand the motive behind it.
At Trio World Academy we have taken extra classes to make them understand the meaning and effect of demonetization in their level.

              What we can tell our kids about demonetization:

Things don’t always go as per plan. You will need to improvise and adapt

All the money that was set aside for groceries, clothes, vehicles, weddings or school expenses could suddenly be no longer used. Albeit with difficulty, the country adapted. We started using our credit and debit cards more often and businesses started accepting different modes of payment. When life throws up surprises, as it always does, we may need to find new ways to get things done.

Pay your taxes fully and on time

A large part of the country’s economic activity happens illegally, outside the government’s knowledge. Cash is hoarded away and spent as ‘black money’ i.e. money that was not declared to the Income Tax department and therefore returns were not filed and taxes were left unpaid. These transactions rob the govt. of revenues that can be used for the welfare of the country. So, the honest tax payer must pay beyond their share to compensate. So, it helps to declare your income and pay taxes correctly. 

Cashless payments are the future (and present)

Majority of transactions in India take place through cash payments. One might argue that in many parts of the country, people aren’t prepared for a cashless economy. However, card payments, internet banking, e-wallets, are here to stay and it is time we started using them as often as possible. 

Be considerate 

The demonetization move inconvenienced a lot of people when they least expected it. Senior citizens were forced to stand in long queues to have cash exchanged. Those who were comfortable with cash had no choice but to seek help to use new methods of doing transactions. Wedding preparations came to a halt. Travellers were stranded with old currency notes.  But strangers, old and young, came together in a heartening way to help each other. From mobile ATM services, bank employees putting in extra work hours, neighbours helping each other, and to families pitching in for weddings. We can start by being considerate to those near us because we are all facing the same difficulties. 

This is a great opportunity to innovate

We can also look to the new generation to come up with innovative solutions which make changes like these more manageable. Do they have ideas for making payments more simple? More transparency? Faster learning curve? It is time to encourage them to change the future!

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