Thursday, 16 August 2018

The choice of school and curriculum have a big influence on one’s course of life. The right choice can only be made when one is fully aware of all the facts about different educational approaches. With International curriculum like IB (International Baccalaureate) now gaining more relevance then ever, it pays to be aware of some of the most prevalent myths surrounding international schools and curriculum in India.
Do not miss out on a world-class education for your child on basis on a myth!

Let us dispel some of the most common ones:

Myth #1 

International Boards are only for students who wish to go abroad in the future.
Many of us aspire to send our children to a foreign university for higher studies. But the fact that students from other boards too went abroad for further education directly busts this myth.
However, in a globally interconnected world, studying a curriculum that is accepted and recognized all over the world certainly works as an added benefit for students and makes them stand out from the crowd. 

Myth #2

An International School curriculum does not help with competitive exams.
A lot of people believe that only traditional Indian curriculum provides 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. Students of International Schools are more prepared to crack such exams based on logical reasoning, problem solving, etc. and hence they have a slight edge on these parameters compared to other students.
Also, cracking competitive exams is a not entirely a measure of student’s success. The real success to career is achieved when students identify their line of interest and develop skill sets specifically in their interest area.

Myth #3

International boards do no have very high academic value. Indian boards are tough compared to them.
This, once again, is not true. Indian boards are now moving towards application-based learning but in terms of academic value, International schools offer a much deeper level of understanding. The practical thinking, facing the exams, problem-solving skills etc.are given more emphasis in the international schools and that is the key differentiator.

Myth #4

In International Schools, children keep doing projects. There are no textbooks (hence no authentic study).
Yes, International Schooling is far more practical and project based but it is by no means without rigor. There are textbooks that are prescribed in International Schools based on the curriculum they follow (IB or Cambridge). The emphasis is more on projects, writing essays, presentations, exhibitions, games, etc. It is a strong belief that these activities provide more room for creativity and self-learning.

Myth #5

International School students do no get admission in Indian colleges.
Absolutely not. The International boards are well recognized by the higher education institutes in India. More than 50% of students from international schools take up admission in Indian colleges and they do exceedingly well. Not everyone with an International Degree moves abroad.

To sum up, International Schools are different in their pedagogical approach which is more global in nature. A degree from such school talks about one’s global outlook but does not make one lesser Indian. Also, the rate at which national boards are changing, they will very soon adorn a new avatar. And our nation needs that.

At Edify International School we believe that your child deserves a childhood that is filled with play, discovery and learning. Exams are not and cannot be the end goal of a student’s life. With IB education, your child learns how to learn, develop broader perspective, appreciates complexity and gains confidence to ultimately become an internationally minded individual winning at global level.

Thursday, 26 July 2018

Children are certainly their parents’ bundles of joy but they also are the foundation of a promising future of the nation. It is important to teach them well, for on their tiny shoulders rests a bright and wonderful tomorrow. But along with the knowledge of science and mathematics, it is crucial to inculcate in your child a strong character and mindset as well for a combination of both will propel your child’s journey on a path of constant success.

An interaction between you and your child has always proved to be the most effective form of learning for your child.

Here are a few questions you can ask your child for developing a good mindset:

1. What do you like daydreaming about?
What is your kid thinking about when he’s spaced out? Ask your child what he daydreams about and you’ll find out his thoughts and wishes. This would help you to get to know what appeals to your kids and what goes on in their subconscious.

2. If you were a superhero, what would your powers be?
Every kid loves superheroes. Children secretly wish they could possess superpowers as well. Ask your child what he wants his superpowers to be and how he would put them to use. This will help you get an insight into the mind of your kid and find out what his opinion of ‘superpower’ is.

3. Which of your friends do you think I’d like the most? 
This will give you an idea of what their idea of right and wrong traits in a person is. Your child’s answer to this question will tell you what they think about your opinions of a good kid are. It will also inform you about what company your child keeps.

4. What is the worst thing that happened to you and what did you learn from it?
Sometimes, grown-ups don’t quite realize what their child is going through and something negligible can also be significant for your child. Asking them about their worst experience will let you know about what counts as a bad experience in their lives and help you check if what they learn from it is negative or positive.

5. What is the best thing that happened to you and what did you learn from it?
Checking their point of views on good and bad things is important. This will help you know what their perception of good and bad in the world is. Children’s minds are vulnerable and undeveloped and hence it is the parents’ responsibility to make them understand what is right and what is not.

6. If you could make three rules that everyone had to follow, what rules would they be?
This will highlight the things your child finds intolerable and aggravating. For a child to grow into a responsible and mature adult, patience is a value that will help him/her overcome any challenging situation with a cool head. If you find that your child is intolerable of the immoral events happening around him, then you can safely say that he/she is on the right path.

7. Out of all the things you are learning, what do you think will be the most useful when you are an adult?
Your kids are going through a constant learning process, at school, and at home. But it is important that they understand the purpose behind all the new things they’re learning and understand how and where to apply the knowledge gained.

8. What chores do you like doing the most?
Your child should learn to organise his/her personal and domestic lives. If your kids already do that, this question would make you realize what chores they like doing and which ones they don’t. You can further try making the chores more interesting.
If your kids don’t do that, this question would motivate them to do their own chores.

9. What are your favourite subjects at school?
This will give you a clear idea of what your children want to pursue in their career. Guide them to excel on a journey of a career of their choice and they will grow up to be strong and confident and intelligent adults.

10. What skill do you have that you think you can teach others?
This question will help your child identify his/her strengths and skills. It may also push them to work with an aim to improve their skills so as to be able to share their knowledge confidently.

11. What are 5 words you would use to describe yourself?
This will give you an understanding of how your kids perceive themselves and where they stand in their own world. It will help you improve their self-confidence and make them mentally strong to achieve their goals in today’s competitive world.

12. What do you want to be when you grow up? 
This question will direct your child towards thinking about their future. If your children’s dreams, aspirations, ambitions start to develop at a young age, it helps them start their journey towards their goals sooner. It helps in motivating them, increasing their concentration and focusing skills.

13. What is it about a race do you like the most?
A child’s holistic development is essential. If your kids are participating in a race, teach them that participating and having fun while playing or racing is as important as winning. Be it winning or losing, taking it your stride is what matters for a peaceful mind.

14. Did you help anyone today? 
The basic nature of children is to be selfish. But they must be taught that they live in a society and helping others and progressing with everyone is a valuable characteristic.

15. Who do you consider to be your idol?
At a young age, children learn quicker from the things they see rather than the things they are taught. Children follow the people around them, they imitate the behaviour of people they admire. But what matters is who they think is a personality worth following and who they think is worth idolizing.

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

An increasing number of parents are now choosing International Baccalaureate (IB) programs over the state curriculum options. This trend is particularly strong in the senior second year, where the IB Diploma has almost tripled in popularity since the early 2000s.
Globally, the IB is now offered in nearly 4000 schools across 148 countries. Its reach has been extended beyond the senior years to offer primary and middle year programs, and a vocational career-related certificate.
Once considered the preserve of international schools, IB is an emerging rival to state-based certificates – such as the CBSE and ICSE boards. The IB programs are offered in a range of public and private schools.
But what is it about IB that makes it such an alluring option for parents? And how is it different from existing state-based curricula and certificate?

We analyzed parent testimonials on why they choose IB?

Here’s what they have to say:

“Holistic Development for future”
Jatin Shah, father of Nisarg Shah from Mumbai, India talks about how IB helped his son follow his passion of transforming lives through biomedical innovation. Nisarg is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in chemical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). “Nisarg was always passionate about science, research and potential for revolutionary change that it can bring. His education through IB further helped fuel this passion. In school, the flexibility of IB program really allowed him to sample a wide variety of topics and make an informed choice for his major. Choosing the IB program for Nisarg was one of the best decisions we took!” says Jatin Shah delighted with his son’s successful education and the glorious years to come.

“Inquiry-based learning
“Our experience of the IB started as our kids first entered international schools in grade 5 and 7. With my background in education, I was fascinated by the program’s presentations which seemed to pour content into all those theoretical concepts we learned in teaching seminars. Inquiry-based learning, teachers as partners, creativity, all joined by the charm of the resourceful International school promised an educational paradise.”, says Dr. Taly Goran, a long-time traveler between nations and continents, a relocation specialist and mother of two adolescents.

“Global opportunities”
Traci and Peter Pietra from Washington, USA, while hunting for the best education for their three young children were attracted to the IB emphasis on global understanding. “IB success means not only admission to global universities (with 18% higher chances) but also scholarships and even course credits. But beyond the rates of college admissions, it seems that the IB program prepares its students for the world of tomorrow. And in what seems to be a better way compared to many other programs.”, Traci said.

Edify International School practices the pedagogy of IB program and CAIE curriculum. With 14 years of proven expertise and experience and 25 schools across pan Asia, Edify now commences in Pune at Hinjewadi. One of the top IB school in Pune, Edify International School aims to create a 21st-century learning experience in which students can build connections between their studies and the world outside their classrooms.
Lead your child to embark on a true world scholar journey through Edify International School and the world is their oyster after succeeding in the renowned IB programs.

We are currently accepting admissions till grade VIII for the academic year 2018-19.

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Friday, 29 June 2018

Google the definition of play and the first thing that pops up is this: “[To] engage in an activity for enjoyment and recreation rather than a serious or practical purpose.”
Jack Shonkoff, the director of Centre on the Developing Child at Harvard University, finds this language supremely frustrating. “It’s not taking a break from learning when we talk about play,” he says, rattling off a litany of cognitive, physical, mental and social-economic benefits. “Play is one of the most important ways in which children learn.”
We have all heard the old saying “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” It’s necessary that schools start putting this phrase into perspective and bringing in the importance of sports in education.
This is where Edify, as the top international school in Pune, excels and delivers.

Sports at Edify

Sports Programme at Edify International School emphasises on the development of knowledge, attitudes, and skills related to a range of physical and health-related activities. 

Our sports approach is divided into two categories:

  1. Supervised 
  2. Unsupervised
Supervised is a focused approach with coaches in different sports, which children can choose. But too much-supervised sports can be a detriment as it may seem like a chore and lead to pressure, especially for younger kids. 
Unsupervised sporting activities give children a choice of sports and let them loose on the field, with just basic monitoring to ensure everyone is safe. Children are allowed to form their own teams, rules, etc. it is a fun and creative flow without adults for intervention.

Through school sports programme students will:

  • learn about body control and spatial awareness
  • master new skills and techniques across a variety of physical activities
  • manipulate sports equipment or apparatus
  • recognize the importance of fair play
  • understand how strategies can assist when participating in physical activities
  • use co-operative behaviors in order to function as part of a team
  • use proper safety precautions when engaging in physical activities
The school with its National and International size courts and sports infrastructure and also expert professional coaches support different sports like swimming, skating, lawn tennis, squash, cricket, and basketball. The campus offers a wide array of sports facilities with access to an indoor sports arena, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, different courts for tennis, basketball, squash, badminton, volleyball and a skating ring. 

We, at Edify, believe that sports are an ideal way to increase physical fitness in students while improving their academic performance. Our goal is to see healthier and happier students reaching higher potentials in academic and personal growth.

We are currently accepting admissions till grade VIII for the academic year 2018-19.

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Monday, 18 June 2018

International Baccalaureate is an overarching organization that administers a number of different educational programs for students of ages 3 to 19. Its curricula are used by specially trained teachers at certified schools throughout the world, and it prides itself on providing rigorous, high-quality education to its students.

The IB system offers programmes for three different age groups: 
  • Primary Year Programme (PYP) that is meant for the younger lot up to the fifth grade.
  • Middle Year Programme (MYP) for students between 11 to 16 years of age.
  • Diploma Programme (DP) for the 16 to 19 years age bracket.

The most familiar IB program for high school students is the IB Diploma Programme or the IBDP. 
The IBDP is a two-year academic programme, that, as mentioned above, is open to students aged 16-19. Upon successfully completing the program and all its requirements, students can earn the IB diploma, which is a significant credential for college applications and other purposes. 

IB DP curriculum
The curriculum is made up of the DP core and six subject groups. 
Made up of three required components DP core aims to broaden students’ educational experience and challenge them to apply their knowledge and skills. 

The three core elements are:
  1. Theory of knowledge – in which the student reflects on the nature of knowledge and on how we know what we claim to know.
  2. The extended essay – which is an independent, self-directed piece of research, finishing with a 4000-word paper.
  3. Creativity, activity, service – in which students complete a project related to these three concepts.

The six subject groups are:
  • Studies in language and literature
  • Language acquisition
  • Individuals and societies
  • Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • The arts
Students can choose courses from the above subject groups.

Benefits of IB diploma

Earning the IB diploma means that you have done much more than take a few IB courses. Instead, it means you have undertaken a kind of high school education that is meant to teach you not only regular subjects like History, math, and others but also how to better analyse and understand the information you’ll encounter in school and beyond.

Some of the advantages of earning an IB diploma are:

1. Satisfying intellectual experience
The IB programme is designed not only to provide you with rigorous content but also to help you learn how to think, analyse and critically consider materials in a way that your college will eventually expect.

2. Universality
The respect that IB diploma enjoys means that no matter where you go, colleges will understand and positively view the effort you’ve put into earning your IB diploma.

3. Standing out
If you have an IB diploma, you are among the relatively small portion of the college applicant pool with this qualification. Not every student can present such a prestigious qualification when they fill out their college application forms, and this relative uniqueness is an advantage.

4. Shows your willingness to accept intellectual challenges
IB diploma is a transcript that shows student’s enrolment in the International Baccalaureate courses serving notice to the admission officer that the applicant is someone who accepts rather than avoids educational challenges. 

Earning an IB diploma shows you’re willing to take on special academic challenges. You’ve chosen to go beyond the typical high school curriculum and pursue a goal that asks more of you, including substantial independent work on topic of your choice. This is something that every competitive college values. 

Edify International School, Pune is an upcoming IB world school at Hinjawadi, Pune.
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Monday, 28 May 2018

For every parent, their children are the most precious and their children’s education the most valuable investment done for the future. Every parent goes through the dilemma of ‘choosing a right school’ soon after the child is born. Honestly, there’s no right or wrong way of doing things because as parents we all care about our kids and want to give them the best possible learning experience.

It is a very exciting time for education in India. 
As a parent, we get to learn the difference between various boards of education.
SSC – has a curriculum designed within the context of State.
ICSE and CBSE – follow the same nationwide curriculum.
IGCSE – offers a curriculum designed at the Cambridge University and affiliated schools follow their syllabus.

Best International School in Pune
Well-known among top International Schools is the IB (International Baccalaureate) curriculum. IB provides a framework for the curricula to be taught within classrooms, but educators are actually in charge of developing the curricula, selecting books, which content to cover and how to assess students.

Edify International School is the 1st IB world school. With 14 years of proven expertise and experience and 25 schools across pan Asia, Edify now commences in Pune at Hinjewadi. One of the top IB school in Pune, Edify International School aims to create a 21st-century learning experience in which students can build connections between their studies and the world outside their classrooms.

Programs offered by IB:

  • FYP (Foundation Year Programme) – for age 1.6 years 
  • PYP (Primary Year Programme) – for age range 3-12 years 
  • MYP (Middle Year Programme) – for age range 11-16 years
  • DP (Diploma Programme) – for age range 16-19 years

Beyond preparing students for critical thinking and college-level work, the full IB program calls for students to express themselves through writing, community service and aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help create a better and more peaceful world. 

All-round development of young learners.
Apart from classroom and academics, learners are also encouraged to engage themselves in various extra-curricular activities. Different innovative programs, sports, arts and cultural activities, clubs and committees are provided with an aim to transform a child by fostering skills which will help him/her build their own identity through good values, manage emotions, build relationships, resist peer pressure, incorporate positive behavior and lead a healthy and productive life.

Abiding by the pedagogy of IB school, Edify education works to ensure that our programs have graduates that are inquirers, balanced, open-minded, thinkers, caring, knowledgeable, communicators and risk-taking individuals. Whether you are referring to the PYP or the MYP or the DP, the goal is to develop students in these Learner Profile attributes. A typical IB graduate has cultivated international mindedness and emphasizes on the process more than the product.
Edify International School aims to develop individuals who are lifelong learners and true global citizens.

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Wednesday, 16 May 2018

When it comes to selecting a school for your child, parents are faced with a plethora of options these days. It is no longer only about the quality of education and other services that schools have to offer, but also about the curriculum they follow.

Your child needs a school that inculcates in him strong interpersonal values, promotes opinion formation and encourages healthy relationship building. All this, while ensuring that the education he gets helps him excel in his personal and professional life, no matter what part of the world he is in.
For generations now, CBSE and ICSE education has been considered the best in class. But with the introduction of IB schools in India, the scenario has changed dramatically. People are increasingly realising the benefits of opting for IB over anything else.

Edify International School is one such school with IB curriculum providing best international education bringing out the best in students and developing successful learners through a skills-based approach to teaching and assessing.

What is International Baccalaureate?

IB or International Baccalaureate is an international curriculum which involves more practical and application-based education. IB examinations test students’ knowledge, not their memory neither their speed, because it teaches how to learn rather than what to learn. Moreover, it has a broader spectrum of subjects which lead to all-round development of a child. There are no prescribed textbooks as the children can choose their own books. With high-quality international education programmes, the IB aims at producing global citizens.

The IB system offers programmes for three different age groups: 

  • Primary Year Programme (PYP) that is meant for the younger lot up to the fifth grade.
  • Middle Year Programme (MYP) for students between 11 to 16 years of age.
  • Diploma Programme (DP) for the 16 to 19 years age bracket.

As the stages advance, the content matures, teaching and learning methods become more refined and assessment becomes more rigorous. Yet the underlying principles of learning through inquiry and experience along with research remain constant.

Why IB world school for your child?

Here are 3 primary reasons that make IB education the best that you can give your child:

1. Application based education
One of the biggest advantages of IB education is that things you are taught are at par with the industrial demand and hence, easy to apply to your work life. IB encourages students to learn, analyze and understand what they are being taught instead of mugging up from a prescribed textbook.

2. Study subjects according to your interests
Unlike any other education system in India, IB curriculum exposes students to a vast variety of subject, giving them the choice of selecting whatever that interests them. Unlike traditional Science, Commerce and Arts where students can study only particular prescribed subjects, IB gives students the option to mix and match subject according to their interest.

3. A globally renowned curriculum
If you plan to move overseas in the future or have that American dream for your child, IB must be your obvious choice. Students with an IB Diploma have a higher acceptance rate at
universities abroad. Also, its simpler for IB graduates to find professional opportunities around the world.

Edify International School is located at Pune’s premium IT hub. With 14 years of experience and expertise, Edify school has over 25 schools across Asia. Abiding by the IB and CAIE curriculum standards, Edify education aims to provide the finest quality education that will evolve in sync with global changes in education, science, commerce and arts.

We believe that involvement of students in learning is one of the most important parts of education. It not only helps them experience it in real life but also to remember the experience for a lifetime.

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