CURRICULUM - THE CORE FACTOR
International Baccalaureate (IB) is an almost 15-16 years (3-19) Child Personality & Career Development Programe with three stages of growth namely Primary years, Middle years & Diploma Programs. The Primary Years Programe (PYP) for children starting from the age of 3 years (upto Class – V – Junior School) does not provide for a prescribed curriculum, in order to provide full freedom for the development of the inherent & nascent attributes in the child, under the guidance of specifically trained Mother Teachers.
As such PYP aims to develop students’ academic, social and emotional wellbeing, focusing on global view and strong personal values. The PYP nurtures independent learning skills, encouraging every student to take responsibility for learning his / her programme incorporates local and global issues into the curriculum, asking students to look at various related, transdisciplinary themes and to consider the links between them. The themes include ‘who we are’, ‘where we are in place and time’ and ‘how the world works’.
The Middle Year Programe (MYP) does prescribe a Curriculum covering next five years (Class VI to X) which permits the student to select areas & subject of his / her interest from out of various Arts, Science & Language subjects.
The next two years pre-University stage Diploma Programe (DP) concentrates on the choice of subjects with emphasis on Creativity, Activity & Service (CAS) aspects of education. The IB, PYP, MYP & DP Programs create a unique combination of academic framework that provides a solid foundation to the child not only for getting into Top Universities but also for career growth & for life & living.
THE THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE FACTOR:
The Theory of Knowledge is a timetabled class that explores the process of knowing, rather than learning a specific body of knowledge. Students analyze knowledge claims and explore knowledge questions through the lenses of eight ‘ways of knowing’ (Language, Sense perception, Emotion, Reason, Imagination, Faith, Intuition and Memory) and eight ‘areas of knowledge’ (Mathematics, the Natural Sciences, History, The Arts, Ethics, Religious Knowledge and Indigenous Knowledge) on the roots of critical thinking & training that is extremely relevant today in an era of biased & prejudiced information including fake news.
THE CAS FACTOR (CREATIVITY, ACTIVITY & SERVICE):
The ‘CAS’ component reflects a student’s involvement in ‘creativity,’ ‘activity’ and ‘service’ outside of the normal school day. It supports whole-child development, ensuring well-rounded individuals who can express themselves creatively through the arts, stay healthy through physical activity and create meaningful connections with the community through service to others.
BEYOND THE CORE:
IB Programs are broad & balanced in that students are free to choose & select subjects of their choice (over six subject areas). This not only allows the students to pursue their interests & aspirations but also helps the Teachers to provide requisite guidance & support in their endeavor. All IB Teachers are trained to assist each students so as to achieve a composite personality in order to grow into an adult who is physically, mentally & spiritually mature enough to face the vicissitudes of life with optimism, courage & fortitude.
Since the IB offers programs that develops international outlook & orientation not only for tertiary education but for their post-graduate & career pursuits as well it has attracted Universities & Corporates world-wide looking for competent & capable Excevutives. The world continues to be interconnected with many companies operating globally, with a culturally diverse workforce. Rather than a separate unit, this aspect is built into the foundation of every IB course, thus becoming part of the DNA of an IB student. As people become more interconnected, it is important they are able to collaborate, be flexible and show they are open-minded. This is a combination of critical thinking skills, broad knowledge and emotional intelligence from CAS components.
TEACHING METHODS AND PEDAGOGY:
The Teaching Methods / Pedagogy and Assessment processes of the IB programs benefit students with both approach and credibility. The student teacher ratio is 12:1, which further strengthens the teaching learning process. During their academic journey students are assessed using a variety of techniques to really get to the core of what a student is capable of, rather than measuring by infrequent exams or projects. The IB programs are ‘broad and balanced,’ in that students choose subjects over six subject areas that match their interests. This allows students to pursue their interests and aspirations while also ensuring they are stretched beyond their comfort areas.
ACADEMIC SUPERIORITY OF IB:
IB students become more interconnected, they are able to collaborate, become flexible and show they are open-minded. This is a combination of critical thinking skills, broad knowledge and emotional intelligence from CAS components thus making them Global Leaders / Citizens.
Since the IB offers programs that are a passport to reputed Universities worldwide, the students are trained and groomed for a decade (five years in PYP & five years in MYP), it is important to note that students throughout the program are persuaded to develop international attitude not only for tertiary education but for their post-graduate pursuits as well to finally adapt to the environment and to be the best of the professional workforce as required by the Corporate Houses. The world continues to be interconnected with many companies operating globally, with a culturally diverse workforce, look at educated persons to be part of their Teams of Global Executives.
The IB student is like a “Bunyan Tree”, when nurtured for a decade and a half, finally emerges with an international vision & all – round attributes large enough to cover a vast area & tough enough to weather storms in life.”
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