|FINDING THE RIGHT SCHOOL FOR YOUR CHILD
Are you still contemplating which school to choose for your child for the coming school year? Here are some things you should consider when trying to find the right school.
At the Junior Study we are trying to move away from competition and we are sure that this will not have any negative impact on children when there is so much competition around. This is the type of school culture that is already being used in a lot of countries.
Finland shines in PISA studies and it is interesting to know how they do it. The Finnish curriculum is far less 'academic' than you would expect of such a high achieving nation. Finnish students do the least number of class hours per week in the developed world, yet get the best results in the long term. Students in Finland sit no mandatory exams until the age of 17-19. Teacher based assessments are used by schools to monitor progress and these are not graded, scored or compared; but instead are descriptive and utilised in a formative manner to inform feedback and assessment for learning.
In Finland, great emphasis is put on pupil and teacher trust and well-being. Outdoor, practical learning opportunities and healthy related physical activity sessions are a regular feature in the curriculum: helping to maintain a healthy body and mind.
People Behind the School
It is important to find a school that is run by people with education background. The Junior Study has been running since 1992 and the management is involved in running the school. We are also learning more about the best education systems in the world and try and implement their best practices to suit the Indian education system. How many schools in Udaipur are run by people with industrial background and no studies in Education? How much are the owners of those schools actually involved in the daily school life? What is their knowledge in the field of Psychology and Education?
It is important to think about your child's English skills. Did you know that The Junior Study is very specific about correct English being used in all the worksheets and in communication between the school and the parents? We take pride in teaching the correct British English to our children.
Every single teacher will need to go through a written English test before being chosen to teach at The Junior Study. Some schools might just recruit teachers based on their academic records and degrees, but that is not a guarantee for good enough English skills. So, if you are specific about your child's English skills, please make sure you check the standard of the English language in your chosen school.
Books and Teaching Aids
Not only English language is being checked here at The Junior Study. We also have a strict selection process for choosing the correct books for the children. There is a trend going in some schools in India where learning is all about learning by heart. What sense does it make if children learn wrong things? It is also important to understand what "learning" actually means. Is learning happening when all the questions in assessments are taken directly from the books, and even in the same order? Rote learning is not preparing children to using critical skills or thinking skills.
Amenities and Extra-Curricular Activities
One of our main objectives at The Junior Study has been to offer a plethora of extra-curricular activities. This has been a route we chose already years ago even knowing that we are a very competitive country, with parents pushing kids to only learn academics will have objections. It is a known fact that not everyone is good at academics. It is also a known fact that sports and arts will help in academics. It is all about the balance. We at the Junior Study want to introduce children with new activities and things that might give them "the push" and help them find what they are good at.
New ways of learning and teaching
Children come to school and sit in the classroom all day long. It has been purely about academics. But there are new ways to teach and learn. This is something we are very keen on doing at The Junior Study. When children enjoy learning and they don't even know that there is a learning process happening, they will learn best. We also make sure that we don't just teach without learning. We make sure that what we teach to the children is also learned and the learning process is completed.
We believe in learning via play. It's play that gives students the opportunity to develop social competence. During these times they also learn to cooperate, communicate, and compromise, all skills they need to succeed academically as well as in life.
School Infrastructure, Size Matters and Teachers
We have teachers who have been carefully selected, we offer transportation and also co-curricular activities. On top of that our school is very well located in a beautiful gardenlike location and the classrooms are not packed with 30+ children. Class size is one factor to consider when evaluating a school's effectiveness.
Studies show that pupils in large classes struggle to concentrate and have little interaction with the teacher. Students are twice as likely to misbehave in classes of 30 as they are in classes of 15. Small classes can be a valuable educational initiative right through school. In bigger classes teachers spend most of their time on crowd control and discipline, rather than teaching.
Big is not always better. Small schools may be the remedy for lots of what is wrong with education. Small schools can increase parent involvement and student accountability. The researchers have found that student achievement is greater in the small schools than in the larger schools. Students, parents, teachers, and community volunteers feel greater satisfaction because they feel more connected to one another.
Teachers expect more from their students because they know them better and care about what happens to them. Teachers report more collaboration with colleagues and more-regular professional development activities at smaller schools. They also have greater contact with parents and understand them as an important element in student success.
We hope this article helps you with choosing the best school for your child. If there are any considerations or any topics you would like to discuss, please contact the Junior Study office.