Know more about the Different School Boards 

Know more about the Different School Boards 

Every parent has aspirations for his/ her child to be a skilled and confident communicator, an innovative entrepreneur and a thinker who has out-of-the-box solutions for problems. In short, to be future-ready for a career of his choice. 

I am often asked this question – “ Which board is good …. Which board will enhance my child’s personality and get him ready for the real world with its many challenges. 

My response is the same over the years. Choose a school rather than a board …!! Even some national schools are doing a good job and so are some international schools. 

With the NEP implementation we will be raising the standard across schools . 

The main boards in India are State Boards, national boards like CBSE and CISCE and international boards like CAIE and IB which are very popular . 

The main USPs are not curriculum of international boards School but the following : 

– small class sizes 

– teacher-student ratio is small 

– ongoing professional development 

– teaching and learning strategies

– better resourced 

– inquiry driven teaching and learning 

– self and peer assessment 

– lifelong learning 

Let’s understand with a few examples – 

  1. The teaching and learning are sometimes gamified to make learning fun using tech tools like Kahoot, pear deck, augmented reality etc 
  2. The curriculum is taught through experiential learning 
  3. Field trips to understand abstract concepts through observation and discovery 
  4. Students analyse and apply the concepts taught 
  5. Skills are enhanced to make students future ready 
  6. Group dynamics in a classroom help in developing  collaboration and team building 
  7. The main pivot in these boards is on applied knowledge and not on rote memorisation 

Thus the content in all boards is age specific but the differentiator is the way this content is taught   If you are aiming to send your child overseas after grade 12, the international qualifications are widely accepted. 

The International Board Schools develop thinking and problem-solving skills, and analytic skills, celebrate diversity and aim at imbibing international mindedness with an Indian ethos. MBIS is one of the best IGCSE schools in Malad that offers the Cambridge Assessment International Examination (CAIE). 

Thus the way forward for parents is to choose wisely and interact with different schools and find the right fit for their child and their family aspirations and budgets. Understand their child’s potential and interests and visit the schools in your vicinity to understand what each has to offer to enrich your child’s learning journey and his dreams and aspirations.

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10 things that you must consider before choosing an International School for your child

10 things that you must consider before choosing an International School for your child

 

Out of the many intriguing questions and crucial decisions faced by parents today, one that boggles most is ‘Where should my child study?’ Parents want their children to receive and enjoy qualitative education. A school is the second home to a child. It takes care of academic learning as well as helps build the social skills and the emotional quotient of every child. For those who travel from place to place, international schools are an ideal option as the quality of education is often consistent and they help in overcoming the problem of the language barrier. The question remains – Where should the child study? We enlist a few key points that need to be taken into consideration before choosing an International School for your child.

  1. Curriculum
    The curriculum options available in International schools are International Baccalaureate (IB), Cambridge Assessment International Education (IGCSE and A Levels) and American Curriculum among others. The first step is to decide what Curriculum you want your child to follow. Once this gets decided you will realise that the list of schools narrows down.
  2. Accreditation
    From the shortlisted schools you will now have to check which of these schools have the Accreditation that matches the curriculum. You will want an accreditation that offers qualitative education for your child and that enables them to seek and join an institution of higher learning of their choice.
  3. Admission 
    ‘The early bird catches the worm’. Most schools have limits on the number of students who can be enrolled. Most of these schools have a monstrous waiting list. Some even hold admission tests and evaluations which sort out for them the students they wish to enrol. Going with the above proverb, it would be wise to get a head start into deciding the school of your choice. This way you can meet the application deadlines in time, put together the documentation required and help your child to prepare for whatever evaluations and tests may be required.
  4. Infrastructure
    ‘A school is a building which has four walls with Tomorrow inside’. The best institutions offer a wide range of facilities and amenities to students to help them excel – within and without the classroom. From the playground to the Library; from the Laboratories to the auditorium; from the black/whiteboard to the Interactive TV – quality schools invest in the best of infrastructure. You need to check what facilities are made available in order to nurture your child. Also focus on the Safety standards of the school.
  5. Fees
    Just as is the case for any commodity, an acceptable price (fees) is what must be kept in mind before deciding the school. The fees vary from school-to-school depending on various factors; a few being the location of the school and the facilities provided by the school. You need to be practical while taking into consideration the amount you plan to set aside for your child’s education.
  6. Student-Teacher Ratio
    Most parents prefer that their child receive personalized attention. International Curriculum does not advocate numbers in a classroom. Hence most schools do not look to push for more students in a classroom. There is a two-way benefit if the ratio is small. The student gets noticed and the teacher is able to equal attention to all.
  7. Teacher Development Programmes
    It’s a given that most parents today come from sound academic backgrounds and hence would insist on well trained and updated teachers teaching their children. Parents understand the impact the teachers will have on students given the fact that school time occupies nearly one-third of the day of their child. It is very important that you take into account not only the academic qualifications of teachers but also whether the teacher shows a personal interest in the development of your child.
  8. Logistics
    It is very important that the home of the child is not too far from away from the school. An ideal distance between the school and home is 6 km.
  9. School Rank
    Although not much can be read into the rank held by the school in the city, it is important to consider it. This refers to how well the students perform in their tests. This is also a reflection of the quality of teaching and teachers the school offers. 
  10. Value based learning
    Many parents today are giving preference to schools which, apart from focussing on academics and co-curricular activities, also give time to value based learning (Morals, Ethics and Value systems). Parents want holistic education for their children. Hence look for schools whose USP is to focus on Academics, Co-curriculars and Value Based Learning.Having said this, you as parents must also consider to what extent Parent involvement is allowed in managing the affairs of the school. ‘Does the school have a PTA?’ is a very important question to ask. You need to represent your views before the management.

    As one of the best international schools in Mumbai, Mainadevi Bajaj International School provides a stimulating environment where every child is encouraged to achieve his/her full potential.

    Team MBIS

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The Benefits of Sending Your Kids To An International School

The Benefits of Sending Your Kids To An International School

Gone are the days when education was focused on the rote learning model of schooling.  Nowadays, schools are working towards making students more confident to take on their future intellectually and propel the student to enquire, think, and research. This is made possible through holistic development and a student-centric approach, this has led to the popularity of international schools drastically over the past few years in India. International schools provide a wide range of learning opportunities for students.They provide various types of educational curricula and teaching approaches, making it a really huge platter to choose from. Becoming aware of the benefits these schools have to offer will aid more clarity.

Here are some out of the many benefits listed for you:

  1. Better Quality of Education

They offer quality education with an up-to-date curriculum, taught by specialist teachers, there is an emphasis on critical thinking and research skills, These schools offer state-of-the-art modern facilities and focus on extracurricular activities to ensure students are well groomed in all disciplines of life. 

 

  1. Quality teachers

These schools only hire qualified teachers and use progressive teaching methods. Indeed, these schools provide your child with an engaging educational experience,  The teachers ensure to use interactive ways to teach different concepts. They try and make learning fun for students. Pedagogical tools that are based on the latest technology are used to deliver the curriculum.

   

  1. Stays Relevant

Subjects such as Global Perspectives, Environmental Systems, and Societies, Foreign Language, etc go beyond the realm of academic study into the real world. The Global Perspectives program focuses on real-world issues. It provides a critical enquiry into key global issues and encourages a reflection from different perspectives: personal, local/national, and global. In Sciences, Interrelationships between environmental systems and societies find their relevance with a wide range of pressing environmental issues faced in today’s times. By the time the students reach their senior classes, they will have a better understanding and knowledge of the world around them.

 

  1. Experiential Learning

Experiential Learning includes field trips, industry visits, and guest speakers, among others. The learning here is focused on providing students with an opportunity to apply their learning to the real world or transfer their practical learning to enrich what they have learned in the classroom. 

 

  1. Emphasis on Critical Thinking and Research Skills

The curriculum of these schools lays a strong foundation for critical thinking and research. Research writing helps students to accomplish their work independently . As a result, students’ critical thinking is enhanced and also improves their writing and research skills. This skill is crucial in the future as many institutions for various different careers have a research-based approach for admissions and thesis. 

Critical Thinking Skills are an essential skill set that encourages enquiry, questioning, reasoning, logic, and rationality, rather than accepting ideas at face value. Subjects like Area of Inquiry and Global Perspectives ensure that this is a transferable skill that resonates in all walks of life. Students learn to become critical thinkers and more observant.

 

  1. Emphasis On Extracurricular Activities 

These schools tend to place greater emphasis on extracurricular activities. In the 21st century it is important for a student to not only excel academically but also in sports and other outside activities, These schools provide with various different avenues for children to nurture any talents they have. It also allows them to explore their interests and develop their skills in areas they enjoy while socializing with other students from around the world. This  is an essential attribute as many students pursue their careers based on their talents that they find through these activities.

    

  1. Smaller Class Size

Last but not the least, the strength of each class is lesser than in public schools. This helps in providing individual attention to every student. The teacher can focus on the strengths and weaknesses of each student. Thus, giving more opportunities and support to students who need it. The teachers help in moulding the students’ personality.

 

International schools may seem unaffordable at first but they’re worth it in the long run. Choosing MBIS, one of the best International Schools in Mumbai can be a great option for parents who want to give their children the best education possible. They are not just for wealthy families. They offer a range of programs that can be affordable for most families in today’s times.

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Why you should consider sending your kids to an international school.

Why you should consider sending your kids to an international school.

Why you should consider sending your kids to an international school.

A new life a new responsibility…

Once your kid is born, a new life comes into existence. Your entire life changes, and now you are excited to enjoy the new phase of your life. It’s an additional accountability you and your spouse have on your shoulder. A lot of thought processes are sorted and you want to give your best to your child. I always made education as the number one priority as I believed that Education is the best gift I could give my child…And as Benjamin Franklin rightly said “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”

Everything in life is a reflection of the choice we have made

Picking a school in which to send your child to, is one of the most important decisions that you as a parent make on behalf of your child as schools set children up with skills and attitudes, along with content knowledge and thinking skills that will make their lives. So choosing the right school for your little one isn’t a task to be taken lightly.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”- Nelson Mandela

There is little doubt that different educational institutions use different ways of teaching in their curriculum, which has a lasting impact on a child’s long-term learning. If you want to ensure a bright future for your child then let your child study in an international school

  • Majority of International schools have holistic education at its core. The methods to implement the curriculum are also constantly updated to keep pace with the changing world.
  • Innovative techniques are used in international schools, as well as experiential Learning. Infused innovative programs are an immensely beneficial aspect as the schools ensure all the best possible programs which relate to discipline, fitness, mental endurance, resilience, and more. This will help your kid to enhance skills in all domains. These schools organize student exchange programmes with other foreign schools and also trips to summer camps, museums, and more, to help your kid’s all round development.
  • Curriculum at International schools (IGCSE & A Levels) empower students as they  are provided with a forum to voice their opinions in class and are encouraged to take an active position in discussions. Application, synthesizing and self-study are also encouraged. As a result, students will learn to think critically and independently while developing their personal qualities.
  • Extracurricular activities at international schools include foreign language lessons, sports, and artistic activities like music, dance, coding, and robotics. A regular implementation of these activities allows the student to develop their interests in extracurricular activities, outline their curiosity and teaches them to be systematic and disciplined in acquiring skills and achieving aims of life. Thus, an international school student has the opportunity to become the best in terms of fitness, knowledge and skills.
  • Most of the Top International schools in Mumbai use the digital world and have developed mobile applications for parents to download and stay up to speed on the latest school happenings.

To sum up, these are some of the most important validations why you should consider sending your kid to an international school.

Team MBIS

 

 

 

 

Easy must-reads about ways to win the Gadget Battle

Easy must-reads about ways to win the Gadget Battle

Are gadgets parenting your children?

Are you familiar with this scenario? You have been invited to your friend’s house for a Friday night dinner party. There are ten others in the living room having a jolly good time with drinks and short eats. It’s 8 pm and the children – a girl of three and a boy of 7 – have had their dinner, have `hello uncle and hello auntie’s all of you and then they vanish. After an hour you wonder where the children are and are informed by your dear friend, the host, that they are busy playing in their rooms. At 10 pm, with the party in full flow, you ask to use the washroom and are told to use any of the many. You are nosy, you are curious and you choose to enter the children’s room. The room is in darkness except for the light shining on the two children’s animated faces from their hand-held devices. You greet them and they stretch and `hello auntie’ you again. You spend a minute with them and find out that the younger one is watching cartoons and the elder one has paused his `kill or be killed the game. When you re-visit the room at 12.30 am, your friend’s daughter has fallen asleep with the cartoon characters busy doing their bit on the screen and her son has slid further down on his bed but is still going strong on his ‘kill bill’ mission.

We have come to accept gadgets as a necessary evil in our lives and some even speak of intelligence enhancing the ability of gadgets. Studies, which are not necessarily conclusive, have shown that gadgets have many positive outcomes. Children’s fine motor skills – the use of fingers, toes, lips, writs and tongue – develop faster when they use gadgets. Their cognitive skills, which help them make sense of the world by processing information, remembering and making connections, are said to improve. Visual presentations, educational videos, interactive programs, learning tutorials and a variety of books as well as educational games, quizzes and apps help children to perform better in their schools. Apart from that, children can be kept occupied for hours and weeks doing nothing other than being on their gadgets. And there is no denying that they have fun as they enter a variety of online competitions with their friends and random opponents and learn to take on challenges.

So then why are some people making such a big hullabaloo over an inevitability? Studies that show the usefulness of gadgets have also come up with some startling results. As they become married to the mobile or some other gadget that they are given access to by parents, children become asocial and resent any attempt to take time away from their gadgets. Parents complain of poor eating habits and of weight gain aided by the junk food that seems to go with a gadget obsession. Children become sulky, moody and some of them lapse into inexplicable childhood depressions. Some of them develop Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) which causes them to be fidgety, unable to focus, restless and easily distracted. There is no gainsaying that this has major implications for their academic life and peace at home. Children hooked on gadgets are often angry at small things and develop anxiety.

In terms of dealing with their childrens’ gadget addiction, many parents have already missed the proverbial bus and have surrendered to their children who become increasingly aggressive about their gadget usage and any comments regarding this. However for those who still see that there is hope for them and their children, here are few tips that could help them.

1. Acceptance: Accept that gadgets are a part of modern-day life and the more you try to keep them away from your children the more they will seek to use them take you into a zone of eternal conflict and family discord.

2. Knowledge: As a parent, you need to operate from a position of knowledge rather than speculation, gossip and ignorance. Know what your children are doing on the gadget, the nature of their occupation, the sources of their information and the good and the bad that can come out of it.

3. Essential agreements: No one – neither the kids nor their parents – is happy with the bickering that goes on regarding this issue. So make essential agreements with your children regarding

a. The duration and nature of gadget usage.
b. The school work they need to complete before using gadgets
c. Sharing of information regarding gadgets with parents
d. The mealtimes and the content of food that they eat
e. The place and posture they may use when with their gadgets
f. The absolute ‘NO’ on junk food in bed or outside when on gadgets
g. Fixed lights out time
h. A compulsory outdoor time.

Above all find out a game that you can play with your addicted child on his gadget so that your child’s best friend is no longer your enemy.