Saturday, 27 April 2013

Winners of National Science Olympiad

Oakridgers' Road Safety Campaign

Ask Your Kid - Innovation in Teaching Pedagogy

Oakridge initiative “ASK YOUR KID” series won the World Education Award 2013 in the Innovation in Teaching Pedagogy category.

‘Ask your kid’ is an initiative where mobile technology is used in a unique and interesting way for knowledge transfer. Kudos to the Oakridge Visakhapatnam team for their innovative approach towards the advancement of learning process.

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Experiential Learning!

Hands-on learning is always the best learning experience for students. Many get a chance to work and gain the experience at their graduation phase, while very few students like Oakridgers get a unique chance to step into the board room at their school phase itself.

Oakridge International School, Visakhapatnam has commenced the student internship for grade XI and XII this year; with students getting a chance to work at Tata Steel, Bhilai Steel Plant, ACC Cements, Aptech Computer Education, Bothra Shipping, HPCL, Siyarams Pvt Ltd and many more!

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Time To Celebrate…

Oakridge initiative “ASK YOUR KID” series won the World Education Award 2013 in the Innovation in Teaching Pedagogy category.

‘Ask your kid’ is an initiative where mobile technology is used in a unique and interesting way for knowledge transfer. Kudos to the Oakridge Visakhapatnam team for their innovative approach towards the advancement of learning process.

Monday, 22 April 2013

A Role Model who Inspires children

Having a role model is healthy and helps serve as an inspiration to a child. Importance of role models in your child’s life is that they can help your child aim high and work to achieve goals. But it is important that your child choose a good role model, a person who has overcome adversity in their own life and achieved things. A role model does not have to be someone famous. It could be a Little League Coach, a grandparent, teacher, or neighbour. Often a person who actually interacts with a child makes a better role model than a sports or movie star. A role model can have a positive impact upon a child's life in various ways.
When we are growing up we look to our role models for inspiration and use this as a blueprint for how we should behave when we’re older. This is likely a survival function designed to help us to mimic the traits of those successful members of our society and thereby help us to be successful too. At the same time in later life its thought that our happiness is very much based on our perception of how our life should or could be and the gap between that and how it is in reality. In other words it’s striving for that same kind of success and achieving it that brings us happiness or otherwise when we’re older.

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What all makes someone a role model? Is it only the characteristics they have or the behaviour or their success? There are lot more things which make some one role model or someone can be imitated.
Role models show passion for their work and have the capacity to infect others with their passion. Role models live their values in the world. Children admire people who act in ways that support their beliefs.  It helps them understand how their own values are part of who they are and how they might seek fulfilling roles as adults. Related to the idea that role models show a commitment to their communities, students also admired people for their selflessness and acceptance of others who were different from them. Young people develop the skills and abilities of initiative when they learn to overcome obstacles.  Not surprisingly, they admire people who show them that success is possible. 

Children develop as the result of many experiences and relationships. Role models play an important role in inspiring kids to learn, overcome obstacles, and understand that positive values can be lived each day. Whether you are a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, teacher, civic leader, clergy member, sports coach, after-school program leader, or a person who just happens into a child’s life, you have the ability to inspire!

Thursday, 18 April 2013

An Extra Effort for a Better Result

Life is about more than work. It is about family and community; it is about you, the individual. Helping your children lead truly balanced lives involves both modelling balance in your own life and helping them find balance in theirs. Extracurricular refers to things your children do outside of normal school classes. Adults also engage in extracurricular activities when they do things outside the normal duties of their job or profession. Extracurricular activities are important for all of us.

The major players in education industry are keen on providing an extra effort to boost up the co-curricular activities of their students. Because it is an understood factor that co-curricular activities help children to focus more widen their thinking and brain development. Children who are involved in sports get higher school grades, have an increased sense of self-worth, and are more likely to complete high school than children who are not involved in sport. Children involved in sports are also generally healthier due to their increased activity, and have stronger social networks than children who do not participate in sport. Children involved in music activities (such as learning a musical instrument) are often better adjusted, with increased academic performance, ability to think creatively, emotional understanding, and emotional expression. Children involved in music typically have better memory skills than those who are not musically trained.

The importance of extracurricular activities at school is well established. The primary goals of extracurricular activities focus on the individual student level, the institutional level, and the broader community level. These activities exist to complement the school's academic curriculum and to enhance the student's educational experience. Research clearly shows that almost any type of student involvement in high school and middle school positively affects student learning and development. Extracurricular activities provide a setting to become involved and to interact with other students, thus leading to increased learning and enhanced development. Specifically, a student's peer group is the most important source of influence on a student's academic and personal development. By identifying with a peer group, that group may influence a student's cognitive development as well as his or her behaviour. And the players in education sector puts all their effort to make this possible.

Student involvement in extracurricular activities also positively impacts educational attainment. Research indicates that extracurricular involvement has a positive impact on attaining a college degree and on educational aspirations. Students who are actively engaged are more likely to have higher educational ambitions than uninvolved students.

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

How to Improve Education Sector in India

India's constitution stipulates the Universality of Elementary Education. In layman's terms, the government is promising that all children between the ages of 6 and 14 will be fully educated by a municipality. However, according to the World Bank, while 95% of Indian children attend primary school, only 40% go on to secondary school. Many organizations offer solutions to improving primary education in India.

But at the same time we know we have good education system with 10+2 and college pattern. There could be many factors which affect the education system in India to boom and bane. If we take a closer look at things we can understand this with better examples as well. Till now people were only discussing about the reasons. But now we should be thinking and working to find some solution for betterment.

India must not only improve its funding for primary education, it needs to insure that the money is going where it’s meant to go. Many civic projects are left unfinished because the funding ends up in the pockets of bureaucrats. This sum could drastically improve primary education in India, but only if it ends up in the right place.

For the improvement of education sector in India high levels of enrollment look good on paper, but improving the quality of education in rural areas is essential. The education sector is also fraught with issues of quality, which leads to poor learning outcomes, especially among children in primary school, who, without a good foundation, continue to be at a disadvantage in later years. Change the education system from the primary level (reduce work load, put more importance on physical activities, encourage original thinking etc). There should not be any form of evaluation (exam or so) till age 10 years. Teacher’s absences in many of our schools in villages are another major reason which stands in front of the education system. They find better opportunities and possibilities and migrate to cities.

 But as Gandhi said any development should start from our villages, education should also get kick start from rural areas for better tomorrow. Because education not only helps people to read and write but it structures a generation for tomorrow. And we have an obligation to give something back to our country which will have a long term impact on the whole society. Improvement of education sector in India was the dream of our freedom fighter and we should work to make the dream come true.

Monday, 15 April 2013

The Third Generation

Groucho Marx says “I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” In 21st century’s context this statement is absolutely perfect as the influence of visual media is on the peak. It has become a part of life or may be more than that.
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The overflow of technology could be the main reason behind it. And if the influence on elders is like this then there is a lot to worry when it comes to children as they love to imitate us. As Newton said, “every action has an equal and opposite reaction”, this social scenario also will have reactions either positive or negative and in the curious case of media influence there aroused certain negative reactions too. The distance between people and books got increased. Though there are many digitalized books these days, very few prefer them. These phenomenons will slowly leading to a generation who does not have the strength of imagination and thinking as they are becoming mere couch potatoes.

For our previous generation reading was a daily activity which goes along with their routine. Their days were incomplete without a newspaper. But situation and technology changed and accordingly habits also changed as people started lacking time to sit at a place and spend some time for reading. Especially when it comes to our young age group most of them prefer social networking sites rather than a book. Should we let this happen or try to bring in the old method will be based on the level of intellectual and quality output given by each individual in various spheres. If the rating is very low, there has to instant procedures to improve the situation.

Monday, 8 April 2013

Oakridgers Part of Global University League

Oakridge International School constantly seeks to provide our students with academic and career opportunities beyond the years that they study with us. Nowhere is this more evident than the emphasis and guidance we place on the university placement process.

As a college preparatory school, the future success of our students is of paramount importance, yet we also know that this success does not happen instantly. Therefore, preparing our students for the demands of university-level studies requires us to develop a rigorous academic environment, make their studies real-world relevant, and support and guide students in their chosen academic and career paths.

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Saturday, 6 April 2013

University Prep - Seattle @ Oakridge..

The students from U Prep are here at Oakridge as part of the student exchange program. They were given a traditional welcome in school today. 

It is a pleasure to have them with us and we extend a warm welcome to them. Our association with U Prep has been a long one with students coming from Seattle for the fourth consecutive year. We hope they have a pleasant stay and take back fond memories with them.

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Encourage children to study through understanding their requirements

Remember the days when you used to sneak out of your class behind your teacher’s back and constant shouting of your parents and even cane beatings were not able to motivate you to study. Even though you learnt on your own some time later, it was hard to keep yourself motivated when you were not used to spend time studying. You don’t want your kids to have the same problems which you had to suffer because of not studying from the childhood. However, your kid doesn’t want to relent to studying. Kids are like that, they don’t want to study, especially when they are small. However, motivating is important to help them achieve success and confidence in their life.

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The first thing, which you have to do, is never to compare your child to anyone. Every child is different and special and even if behind your comparison lays the motive of encouragement to study, it is not right to compare. Avoid comparing and use encouraging language for your kid. Tell them motivating stories. Tell them why they should study and what will it do to their future. Give your child a reason to work hard. Don’t bargain with your child. Many people are in habit of telling their children that he/she would get a bike if they get good marks etc. Even if it urges your child to study, it is not the right way to motivate. They should know that they are studying for themselves and not for anybody else. Schools, especially teachers need to take care of these special needs of children. 

Be patient and remember that they are kids and it will take time for the idea to sink in. Reinforce the importance of studies in them and be persistent. Keep in mind that even though you cannot insist your kid to study, you can assist him/her. You need to use affirmative sentences in order to let your kids understand the importance of studies. Don’t shout and yell or even criticize your kid. It will only appall him/her from study. Studying doesn’t just mean completing homework. So instead of allotting time for completing the homework, allot time for studying.

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Check your child's work. Every night is unnecessary, but checks it often enough that he or she knows you might - and that you care. Insist that sloppy or careless work be redone, but don't correct errors; teachers need to know what students don't know. Give praise whenever possible and appropriate. A sincere expression of pride in your child's academic accomplishments can go a long way toward making studying a habit. If parents and schools club to bring out these differences through various methods, then study will be play area for children.

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Why women should be educated?

Women are an integral part of a family, a culture, a society and most importantly, a nation. In order for a woman to excel in all these spheres, she needs to be backed by quality education. This, sadly to say, in many countries, is not being carried out. Why is this so, when so much emphasis on education is being placed nowadays? An ancient Sanskrit saying says, woman is the home and the home is the basis of society. It is as we build our homes that we can build our country. If the home is inadequate, either inadequate in material goods and necessities or inadequate in the sort of friendly, loving atmosphere that every child needs to grow and develop then that country cannot have harmony and no country which does not have harmony can grow in any direction at all.

That is why women's education is almost more important than the education of boys and men. Gender inequality in education is extreme. Girls are less likely to access school, to remain in school or to achieve in education. Education helps men and women claim their rights and realize their potential in the economic, political and social arenas. It is also the single most powerful way to lift people out of poverty.schools plays a particularly important role as a foundation for girls’ development towards adult life. It should be an intrinsic part of any strategy to address the gender-based discrimination against women and girls that remains prevalent in many societies.

Everybody has the right to education, which has been recognized since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in 1948. Cultural and traditional values stand between girls and their prospects for education. One reason for denying girls and women their right to an education is rarely articulated by those in charge: that is their fear of the power that girls will have through education. Basic education provides girls and women with an understanding of basic health, nutrition and family planning, giving those choices and the power to decide over their own lives and bodies. Women's education leads directly to better reproductive health, improved family health, economic growth, for the family and for society, as well as lower rates of child mortality and malnutrition. Therefore, we must realize the value of women’s education and make efforts to bring about change so that the whole country benefits.