Finding the right balance is the key to success!

Find the right balance between your intellectual and creative interests“, says Oakridger Divyansh Saksena, now studying at the University of California, Berkeley. Divyansh has dabbled in various areas throughout his schooling journey and now finds himself on-course to pursue his dreams. He also received offers from University College London and Edinburgh University.

What really makes him click today and be pursued by some of the world’s best universities?

Apart from being the Headboy and CBSE Nationals Basketball Player, Divyansh has also taken the roles of Valedictorian, Indian Delegation Member for the Mandela Gandhi Youth Summit in South Africa 2014, Panelist at University Guidance Conference 2017 held by Univariety, Under-Secretary-General Of Policy for OakMUN, Delegate for 8 MUNs, Executive Board for 11 MUNs, TEDx speaker at TEDx Youth@Gachibowli, Team Leader for MIT Launch at Oakridge, Organiser for BizBlitz -Oakridge’s Business Fest, Founder of Project Prism— an event spreading awareness for the LGBTQ Community.

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“As a recent high-school graduate, I, too, had to go through the labyrinth of college applications competing against thousands of children from across the globe. It’s hard setting yourself apart when you compete at such a grand scale. However, I was lucky enough to be part of a school that not only helped me develop my interests but explore fields, too. As a keen international relations enthusiast, I was able to participate in MUN conferences across the country using them as a platform to develop my public speaking skills which became my “hook”, says Divyansh.

Speaking about the academic skills, he has scored remarkably well in 10th Grade with 10 CGPA while studying at Oakridge, one of the renowned IB Schools in Hyderabad. He has been the School Topper for Accountancy in 12th Grade Board Exam securing 95.6% and has also received Academic Excellence Awards for four consecutive years.

It was his ability to balance his co-curricular activities along with his academic pursuits is what sets him apart today. In all respects, Divyansh is a testimony to what the top-world universities prefer, academically sound, multi-faceted and world-ready student.

“Having found my interests I was able to stand out from the crowd and streamline my focus to exploring these further: something I continue to do at college! I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to pursue meaningful extracurriculars which eventually led me to find my academic major in Economics and Data Science”, says Divyansh.

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Tvisha, a girl who has grown with Oakridge

Oakridger Tvisha Mehta, who was recently graduated from NYU, was part of one of the first badges of students to join Oakridge, way back in 2001. With her blue eyes and ever smiling face, little Tvisha walked into the school each day filled with curiosity and a spirit of exploration. Over the years, Tvisha took part in many school events. She was an Academic topper, national level swimmer, Scuba Diver, Harvard MUN Delegate, Debater, the youngest member in of NYU MUNC team, City/District level Chess player, Dancer and more.

Tvisha always believed in taking an active part in activities beyond academic studies. She was on the Prefect council and executive board members and has attended 9 MUNs including 2 MITMUN, 2 OAKMUN, Ecole Mondiale MUN, and 2 Harvard MUN Hyderabad. She had participated in Elocution and Debate competition, debated at the Oxford Union during Oxford and Cambridge summer school.

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She had a keen interest in the French language and has been learning the language during her 11 academic years at Oakridge, one of the top IB Schools in Hyderabad. She possesses Barcelona and Paris immersive cultural experience through Oakridge. She even started mentoring and tutoring kids in French in Francophone Exchange Program at NYU.

She also gained industry exposure during her internship with PWC and always was a champion for the social cause. Tvisha has been handling and volunteering multiple CAS activities & school events as the CAS Prefect at Oakridge, during which she organized a Health Awareness drive for underprivileged children, as well as voting awareness drive for the students. This apart, she addressed the lack of accessibility to food to areas experiencing scarcity with the help of the Nandi Foundation.

Let’s hear it from her on what it takes to make it a success in life.

 

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Your Child’s Big Break During the Summers

From matriculation through graduation, the goals for expected student learning have become ambitious and wide-ranging. Students of today’s age have to not only excel in academics but are also required to be exposed to sports, social events, and co-curricular activities; to become a holistic individual. This is because Universities across the globe look for students who can integrate years of learning into a connected and functional whole.

Summer programs provide high school students with opportunities to explore their academic interests and spark new passions. These programs also allow high school students to get a taste of college life and meet other students from all over the world. Attending these programs diversifies a student’s portfolio and enhances their demeanor as someone who has a global understanding and is market-ready, subsequently increasing their presence over other candidates. Keeping this in mind, Oakridge, also one of the top International Schools in Hyderabad hosts summer courses ranging from entrepreneurship to leadership programs involving global concerns.

Explore the business world with Columbia Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program

Entrepreneurship can be quite stressful but starting at high school allows a student to gain the necessary life skills and confidence to make it in the “real” world. This one-week course gives students an opportunity to be taught by the faculty of Columbia Business School™ where they will learn all about the venture-creation process. Mentored by Daniel McQuade, students will be assigned projects where they implement the leanings to test and develop their ideas. They will then showcase their project presentations to the panel of entrepreneurial tutors, for constructive feedback and reviews.

Columbia Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program

Students are guided through the new venture creation process and are taught to apply it to their own original ideas by Columbia Business School Faculty. Giving an early push to students through this university-level course, students are exposed to the theory and practice of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. These techniques are used by successful entrepreneurs all over the world, skills that took many of them years to develop but that students will be exposed to before they enter college!

Join a community of global leaders with the Student Global Leadership Institute 2019

Proven leadership ability is a sought-after ‘skill’ in college admissions. Being a leader can benefit students not only in high school and college but also in their professional lives. SGLI is an annual student leadership conference initiated by Punahou School, Hawaii, USA with an aim to induct an elite network of young leaders who understand common global issues. This 2-week residential program gives students the opportunity to implement projects in a dynamic peer-group of national and international students from 10 different countries, which helps them enhance their interpersonal skills. Anchored by a global theme, students have the opportunity to interact with a diverse network of mentors and industry experts, like Santosh Bakaya, Navin Gulia, etc.

Student Global Leadership Institute 2019

There’s nothing quite like being in a diverse group of people, living and collaborating with students from around the world. Imagine the things you’d share and learn! SGLI entails several real-time experiences such as field trips across the city to niche organizations and activities, session reflection through cyanotyping, extempore, Socratic dialogue case studies, and much more. It gets them attuned to the nuances of a global world that will reflect an emerging community of dynamic leaders. Apart from hands-on experience, the learning environment and certifications play a vital role in the overall takeaway from these summer programs. Applications are open for these programs and for additional information, please mail to ankit.bhasin@peoplecombine.com or visit the websites – Student Global Leadership Institute Program and Global Entrepreneurship & Innovation Program.

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Night Time Brushing Initiative – Inculcating Good Habits for Life in Children

Wouldn’t you agree acquiring good habits is an important part of the learning process?

Because a child’s mind is innocent and believes in whatever they see or being told by elders, it’s important to develop good habits before they reach their teens. They should be shown the right behaviors in the right way, in a fun manner of course. In the hope of putting our little ones in the lifelong path of good habits, the ‘Night-time brushing’ initiative was launched at Oakridge.

Oakridge, one of the best International Schools in Hyderabad launched a “Night-time Brushing” initiative where children were encouraged to brush their teeth in the night for 21 consecutive years. The school conducted this activity to evaluate the effectiveness of the 21-day programme and the analysis revealed that it helps to educate children to brush their teeth twice a day.

 

This activity involved parents as they have a key role in helping their children to develop proper oral hygiene. Parents led to getting their kids to brush their teeth twice daily. Research has confirmed that kids are more likely to brush their teeth if they do it together with their parents in a fun yet educational way. They can easily communicate their kids about the importance of nighttime brushing which is considered a chore by both the parent and child.

It’s easy and important to prevent cavities, only if you establish healthy habits in early childhood.

 

At Oakridge, students were given a sheet wherein they marked each time they brush in the night. With so much enthusiasm, kids participated in this initiative and the parents captured these amazing moments through videos and pictures. Not only this but there were many other interesting activities were conducted at the school for encouraging kids to successfully complete the activity and continue this as a habit.

GUEST LECTURE ON NIGHT TIME BRUSHING

TOOTH FAIRY ENGAGEMENT

To encourage others to develop this good habit, the videos of our little tots were published on online platforms as well. After, the completion of the activity, kids were awarded participation certificates as well as badges.

In a nutshell, the school aimed at creating a lifetime of healthy smiles.

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How to make Students Responsible for their own Learning?

Let your students own their learning

Allowing children to take responsibility for their learning is the first step towards establishing a solid foundation for their education. We need to take more responsibility to actively encourage students to take adequate responsibility for what they learn and this essentially means, they on their own figure out what is worth reading and what needs to be learnt, rather than the teachers telling them that. While the teacher may have ten or more responsibility with matters related to the students, the students have just one; learning. The teacher sure cannot learn anything for the students, as much as they would love to, but rather any actions that will channel them to do so.

Taking responsibility for their own learning

It is time you actually think through these lines. For one, we know the schools actually hand out curriculum every year, but that’s not the learning we are talking about. The curriculum of the school is about the holistic idea of the things they should know and the basics of higher learning. But encouraging them to learn on their own and thus take responsibility means, to have them pick out books and ideas of interest that they like. And, how can you as a teacher or parent help? Here are some ways the Best IB schools in Bangalore achieve this.

  • Let them make the decision: Allow them to make the decision on how they think they will learn the best. Let them create their own opportunities to pursue their interest and find out the many means to put to practice, their skill set. To foster a creative expression of learning, bring in technology as the next medium of learning.
  • Do minimal talking: Expecting all the students to respond the way is not the right approach. Thus, it is at best you as a teacher do very less talking and allow your child to effectively share their ideas with each other and communicate to all in the class. Allow them to construct meaning on their own and you don’t have to give them a nod to all what they speak. This way, they are more responsible and that their ideas and interests do matter.
  • Goal setting: The next way is to ask them to set goals. Once they do, by the end of a period of days, allow them to reflect on their goals and how much they have reached. Let them define their goals for learning and make sure to provide constructive feedback. Create small blog spaces around the classroom or through computers and let them jot down what they feel. This way, the student will take more responsibility towards their goal and by all means, take measures to appropriately act on them. Since blogs are not forced and are purely based on their interest, you don’t need to give them the push.
  • Focus on Learning: Focus on what the students learn. Always start with the why question and give them the route to discuss further and deeply. Using the right tech tools to help their learning will be an added advantage.
  • Never control learning: This means, don’t plan out your class. If you do so, you are actually controlling their learning and directing it to a planned out lecture. Instead, you can plan out some thought provoking ideas and this will automatically lure the students to active participation in the class. This, way they will direct the class and you will merely provide feedback.

There are umpteen ways of bringing your child to actively participate in the class and allowing them to take ownership of their learning. Chart out the many ways of doing so. Our suggestion is to not, you as a teacher, channel their thoughts and what they learn, but allow them to take route to what they like and how they see and want teaching to be.

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How to Assess Students’ Performance in Class?

Assessing a student’s performance in class need not always be in marks. Like they marks don’t determine your intelligence, they have no role to play in a student’s overall performance too. The key to this lies in understanding how you can assess them right; look for their classroom performance that includes their grade sheets and internal assessments or their assessment in terms of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ behavior? However, here are some of the ways through which it is done in one of the best School in Bangalore. The blog is an overview to the many key issues that are related to assessing the student’s learning.

Assessing student learning in classroom

There is no one way to do this. Assessment will vary bases on the grade they are in and the discipline too, extending over to departments and institutions. However, there are four parameters that contribute to successful grading.

Charting out a neat grading criteria;

Vocally explaining to the students the grading criteria;

Giving them constructive feedback for improvement, and,

Efficiently managing time when having to grade huge load of students work.

Following these four parameters will give you a head start to taking the right path of assessment. But how do these help?

Grading criteria

One of the best ways to introduce the grading criteria to the students is to make it clear to them at the start of the course. Once the assessment standards are clear, it will enable the students to appropriately plan their syllabus, as to where they should concentrate much, thus enabling the students’ control of attention, to what to retain for further learning and what they can let go. Students are sensitive to grades and thus when you roll out a grade pattern for each assignment and test; they will channel their attention to what it is necessary. This also means it can have higher implication on their future academic necessities.

Quick picks

The next major step in the direction is to end the class by quickly asking them to list out they have learnt and the major concepts covered in the class. This way, you will see how effectively you have contributed to their learning and how much they have really understood. As we said, assessment is not always about the marks, but actually assessing what they have gained. The quick one minute questions like these will ensure they have the grasp of the core concept and are also a measure to keep them aware and focused in the class hours.

Do lecture them

Assessment does not come with them being prepared with your lectures alone. Of course, lectures are a necessary thing in the classroom, but the major part of their assessment through this comes from using technology driven measures in classroom. While we could say that the Earth revolves around the Sun, it could take a while for them to picture something like that. It will therefore become very useful if major teaching techniques are used to foster efficient learning.

Grading and assessing are the two terms people often get confused with. Grading is the process of ranking on a scale of certain measure, while assessing is actually understanding how much they have picked from what you taught. Therefore, curriculum plans are a much-needed thing to rightly direct them to appropriate time management strategies they need to employ.

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How to Assess Students’ Performance in Class?

Assessing a student’s performance in class need not always be in marks. Like they marks don’t determine your intelligence, they have no role to play in a student’s overall performance too. The key to this lies in understanding how you can assess them right; look for their classroom performance that includes their grade sheets and internal assessments or their assessment in terms of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ behavior? However, here are some of the ways through which it is done in top International Schools in Bangalore. The blog is an overview to the many key issues that are related to assessing the student’s learning.

Assessing student learning in classroom

There is no one way to do this. Assessment will vary bases on the grade they are in and the discipline too, extending over to departments and institutions. However, there are four parameters that contribute to successful grading.

Charting out a neat grading criteria;

Vocally explaining to the students the grading criteria;

Giving them constructive feedback for improvement, and,

Efficiently managing time when having to grade huge load of students work.

Following these four parameters will give you a head start to taking the right path of assessment. But how do these help?

Grading criteria

One of the best ways to introduce the grading criteria to the students is to make it clear to them at the start of the course. Once the assessment standards are clear, it will enable the students to appropriately plan their syllabus, as to where they should concentrate much, thus enabling the students’ control of attention, to what to retain for further learning and what they can let go. Students are sensitive to grades and thus when you roll out a grade pattern for each assignment and test; they will channel their attention to what it is necessary. This also means it can have higher implication on their future academic necessities.

Quick picks

The next major step in the direction is to end the class by quickly asking them to list out they have learnt and the major concepts covered in the class. This way, you will see how effectively you have contributed to their learning and how much they have really understood. As we said, assessment is not always about the marks, but actually assessing what they have gained. The quick one minute questions like these will ensure they have the grasp of the core concept and are also a measure to keep them aware and focussed in the class hours.

Do lecture them

Assessment does not come with them being prepared with your lectures alone. Of course, lectures are a necessary thing in the classroom, but the major part of their assessment through this comes from using technology driven measures in classroom. While we could say that the Earth revolves around the Sun, it could take a while for them to picture something like that. It will therefore become very useful if major teaching techniques are used to foster efficient learning.

Grading and assessing are the two terms people often get confused with. Grading is the process of ranking on a scale of certain measure, while assessing is actually understanding how much they have picked from what you taught. Therefore, curriculum plans are a much-needed thing to rightly direct them to appropriate time management strategies they need to employ.

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