1. More one to one Student – Teacher Interaction
Students in small groups exercise a more personal relationship with the teacher with more teacher time per student. Less number of students in a class allows for better availability of teaching aids, and other learning resources for each child, leading to first hand learning.
2. Better use of teaching aids
Less number of students in a class allows for better availability of teaching aids, and other learning resources for each child, leading to first hand learning. A small class size will allow each child to participate in the class activities and experience learning first-hand, resulting in better learning.
3. Every child participates
A small class size will allow each child to participate in the class activities and experience learning first-hand, resulting in better learning.
4. Better class discipline
Having less number of students in a class leads to increased student-teacher interaction allowing for the students to stay on task more consistently. The teacher can get to know the individual students better, which allows her to better identify areas where the student needs help and plan for their growth.
5. Increased teacher feedback
In a small classroom the teacher can provide more detailed feedback specific to each child. This is especially important in case of weak students.
6. Encourages independence in the learner
Students in small groups exercise a more personal relationship with the teacher with more teacher time per student.
7. Better learning & growth
The teacher can get to know the individual students better, which allows her to better identify areas where the student needs help and plan for their growth.
Class size: Is the number of children who study together in a classroom. International standards prescribe a maximum class size of 25 students in the nursery and primary classes as optimum.
Student-teacher ratio: Is the total student strength of the school divided by the total teachers in the school, including all kinds of part-time, sports and other teachers. This may not be the same as the class size.
VMWC has 20 to 25 students per class in Grades Nursery to Fifth; 30 to 35 students per class in Grades VI to XII
'He that plants trees loves others beside himself.'
- Thomas Fuller
Earth day on 22nd of April was celebrated in school on 21st of April, 2017 with full excitement and zeal. Classrooms were all set into ambience of earth and its safety. Pre-Primary took an initiative to spread the message to save earth by saving water as the essential source of life on earth. Charts and slogans were displayed in the premises so that the message can be reached to entire community. The day was accomplished with the activity of ‘Artful artists’ in which jewels of age group from
3-6years drew their imaginations and understanding for saving earth and saving water.
It was good to see that our young generation is so aware and awaken for social causes.
A special assembly of PYP was conducted in the school to spread awareness among students to ‘Save Earth’. Students of Grade 1-5 participated actively in the celebrations. Slogans and poems were presented by the students of grade 1 and 2. Presentations and speeches to conserve mother earth were staged by the students of Grade 3 and 4. A drama was conducted by the students of Grade 5 where they compared and portrayed the role of the Earth during 1970s, 2015 and 2050s and threw light over the brutality humans have done to the Earth over times.
The students made posters and collage on the occasion of Earth Day and learnt about the deteriorating conditions of the Earth. They also learnt about the importance of conservation of the Earth.
Vidyatree Modern World College hosted a workshop for Parents about Inquiry based teaching and learning. We would like to thank all the Parents who attended and contributed to the experience.
The workshop was conducted under the guidance of Primary Years Head and Coordinator Ms. Shalini Fate and was aimed towards bringing the awareness to the parents’ community about the purpose and importance of inquiry and to make them 21st Century Parents.
It was an amazing experience for our Parents as they got the first hand experience of how inquiry feels, looks like and sounds like.
The participation and involvement from Parents’ side was commendable and applaud worthy.
This workshop gave Parents a wider view of the picture that how kids get involved in various classroom activities and how they understand the concepts of Science and Maths.
Our students are currently learning about Products and Its Origins. In this unit, they are also learning about the changes a natural product goes through. In our school’s International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program (PYP) learning is different from that of a traditional classroom. We do not hand out lists for children to learn. Instead, for every task we list out Lines Of Inquiry (LOI), because our teaching is inquiry-based. In the current unit, our LOI is how a natural product goes through different stages to reach our tables.
So first, we talked about milk and its products. For this, the children were asked to bring a milk product from home along with their lunch. I was surprised to see how much thought these tiny tots put into the task. The next morning, I had a table full of eatables, ranging from the obvious ones like butter and milk to kheer (“because it’s made out of milk”), rasgulla (“made out of paneer which is a milk product”) and even pizza (“it has cheese on top which is a milk product”). I was glad we were on the right track. We also made a collage with pictures of all these products.
Next up was wheat. Again, the children brought products made out of wheat. So first we had wheat flour. Then our enthusiastic bunch got to knead the dough. Since we always discuss with the children how we will go about a topic, which is a very scientific approach, they had come prepared with aprons. Faraaz had even brought a rolling pin! So once the dough was ready, they learnt how to roll out chapatis. At school, we had already arranged for an induction cooktop and the chapatis were cooked under my supervision. “Ma’am, it smells like popcorn!” said Rishita and Aanya. The entire activity was such fun that some older children, who were passing by, couldn’t resist joining in. The more, the merrier, I thought, and allowed them.
While all of this went on, Nabeel, who had set his heart on cooking a chilla, did so. As a teacher, it is heartening for me to see that what we are working so hard for is bringing the desired results. Because just a couple of days ago, when the class XI were organizing their farewell and my class was out, playing, they watched the food being prepared and even talked to the cook about how the paneer he was using was a by-product of milk. That’s how education should be, making our children inquirers for life and training them to connect the dots themselves. They don’t forget their lessons once they’ve left the class.
The IB methodology of language and learning implemented at VMWC; immensely helps children to develop original ideas, organize them and create their own pieces of writing; may it be a paragraph, story, dialogues or persuasive writing. Our children outshine their counterparts when it comes to independent writing.
We familiarize the children with how authors think and create stories and what the different parts of a story are, introducing visual or written prompts that inspire them to think of story ideas, and encouraging them to plan before starting to write, make a complete and imaginative story.
And result of the process of thinking, imagining, planning and organizing thoughts and ideas obviously is the original pieces of work done by our champions. Take a look!!!
Theatre being the one of the most emphatic way to express ourselves is one of the most important part of our curriculum. Theatre provides students an edge over other students as this gives them a platform to, not only express themselves but also get rid of their stage fear. We bring you the 10 best reasons that why it is good to have theatre as a part of curriculum.
#10 Human Beings
Human beings are the only species that creates theatre. Understanding theatre helps us understand what it means to be human.
Theatre teaches us how to express ourselves more effectively. It develops our ability to communicate our thoughts and feelings to others, improving our relationships and improving the world around us.
Theatre teaches us about ourselves. It helps us understand how our minds and the minds of others work. It helps us to see how the environments in which we live affect who we are and who we will become.
Theatre is a great way to lean about history. Rather than learning history from reading it in textbooks, theatre makes history come alive right before our eyes.
#6 The Body
Theatre reminds us that, even in this ever-changing digital age, there is a human body at the center of every digital transaction. Accounting for the body in the design of the future will help us make technology that works for us rather than us working for technology.
Theatre helps us understand people from cultures other than our own. We can learn a lot about people from cultures all around the world by studying their performance traditions. In learning this, we learn to accept each other.
Performance permeates every aspect of our everyday lives. Power relationships are constructed through performances. Understanding how performances unfold around us can help us to recognize and take control of the power dynamics that affect us.
#3 Social Change
Theatre is a cultural space where society examines itself in a mirror. Theatre has long been looked at as a laboratory in which we can study the problems that confront society and attempt to solve those problems.
Theatre is a great way to learn. Going to the theatre teaches us about people, places, and ideas to which we would not otherwise be exposed. Learning in a theatrical setting makes learning fun.
Theatre helps us to develop our creativity. As our education system increasingly puts an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and math, we cannot forget the importance of art.
Hence, we definitely can say to develop such attributes and qualities in an individual from an early age, we have the best dramatics in the city as a part of our curriculum.
Learning is social in nature. Those who develop good social skills go on to become very successful in life as they have the ability to deal with people and have a sharper EQ.
Collaborative learning teams are said to attain higher-level thinking and preserve information for longer. But why is this so? Groups tend to learn through discussion, clarification of ideas and evaluation of others’ ideas. Information that is discussed is retained in long-term memory. It is widely accepted that we learn approximately 10% of what we read, 20% of what we hear, 30% of what we see, 50% of what we see and hear, 70% of what we discuss, 80% of what we experience and 95% of what we teach others. Collaborative learning is vital for enhanced learning in the classroom and students who demonstrate lower levels of achievement improve when working in diverse groups.
Collaborative learning is a salient feature of IB PYP classrooms at VMWC. Here students work in collaboration with their peers, each having a specific role but each role being equally important and vital to the overall success.
Students use this powerful tool of collaboration to tap into new ideas and information; it allows them for challenge, enhanced confidence and self-esteem. Collaborative learning experiences help them to deeply engage in non-judgmental interactions; acknowledging each person’s point of view which fosters critical thinking skills for life and empathy towards others.
Students use this powerful tool of collaboration to tap into new ideas and information; it allows them to be challenged, enhance confidence and enhance self-esteem.
Learners of grade 5 were tuned in to the new theme How we express ourselves through the activity called ‘Jumble Words’ wherein the learners were given words of the central idea and they were asked in groups to frame the sentence and write its summary relating it to the theme. It was interesting to see most of the groups were able to frame the correct sentences. They related the central idea with the theme descriptor and explain the reasons for their connections .They were able to demonstrate Communication Skills and Social Skills.
I, as a parent, what I like about IB is, it develops independent thinking, yet appreciating that people with different views could also be right, and that the international mindedness is getting exposed to other world languages, cultures and practices, yet remain rooted in one’s own.
The Class Teacher
Grade 5 Red
Vidyatree Modern World College
“Baccalaureate” a French term meaning ‘Pre-University’ wherein the curriculum is designed by a group of leading educators from different countries with the focus to prepare students to enter and successfully pursue programs offered by premier university of the world.
During the course of year, as a parent, we have seen the inculcation of “attributes” in the learners with the expectation of displaying their traits.
- Is a comprehensive program with inter relatedness between subjects and concepts.
- It has a ability to relate classrooms learning with real life situations and apply in
- Conducts research into knowledge
- Develops a deep understanding of important and enduring concepts
- It engages in structured, purposeful inquiry. Thus helping learners to construct their own learning and understanding.
I, as a parent, what I like about IB is, it develops independent thinking, yet appreciating that people with different views could also be right, and that the international mindedness is getting exposed to other world languages, cultures and practices, yet remain rooted in one’s own.
To conclude, I would re-iterate myself –
“My child is here to make his/her own choices
Exercises his/her freewill and experience the consequences.”
“My task is to allow him/her to ponder
And see my child grow into a wonder.”
Tanu and Ankur Agarwal
Following are seven primary reasons why VMWC is the best when it comes to creating capacities among students to give them lifelong success at work and personal life.
1. Systematic development of innovation, creativity
and thinking skills
Innovation, creativity and thinking skills are important skills for success in life. At VMWC, development of the same are ingrained in the curriculum and teaching methods:
- Cognito: Bi-Annual Fair on Innovation and Creativity
- Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) Program
- Inquiry method in IB PYP
- Fear-free and stress-free enviroment
In 2015, the VMWC team stood fourth in the city-wide inter school competition to present original projects for environment sustainability. All reputed schools of the city participate in it.
The VMWC team stood first in the 2016 state-wide edition of the same competition, with 100+ reputed schools of the city and the state participating. Thus validating the superiority of VMWC students in innovation, creativity and thinking skills.
2. Best preparation for university admissions
With cut offs to the best of colleges and universities being as high as 100%, our children have to be taught to aim for the highest. The school does exactly this by enabling children to score 100% through the special Centurion program and the Advanced Level Centurion Tests.
Also, to help and guide children to have the capacity for admission into good colleges and succeed in competitions, VMWC has engaged one of the best career guidance and counselling service in the country.
3. Meditation and yoga is part of the curriculum
In leading schools of India and the world, meditation and re?ection is an important part of the curriculum. VMWC was the ?rst school in Lucknow to introduce this critical life skill, since 1979 – summarized in the school’s motto ‘Know Thyself’ and the daily morning prayer.
Meditation and Yoga make children improve in life and work skills like: concentration, self-discipline, creativity, sincerity, emotional intelligence. Yoga improves physical ?tness, endurance and ?exibility.
4. First and only school to run IB PYP - best 3 to 11 years curriculum in the world
VMWC implements the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program in Grades Nursery to Fifth, which is the best curriculum in the world to make children future ready. Each child is enabled to have the maximum possible development in the most critical period of life: 3 years to 11 years.
The program aims to develop in each child the attributes of the IB PYP Learner Profile and important life skills: thinking skills, research skills, communication skills, social skills and self-management skills.
The International Baccalaureate (IB) was founded in 1968 at Geneva, Switzerland. Schools which maintain the highest of standards prescribed by IB, and are evaluated regularly, become IB World Schools.
- The Doon School, Dehradun
- Kodaikanal International School
- The Shri Ram School
- Pathways World School
- Scottish High International School
- The British School
- Sarala Birla Academy
- Bangalore International School
- The International School Bangalore
- Ecole Mondiale World School
- American School of Bombay
- Dhirubhai Ambani International School
- Cathedral and John Connon School
- Aditya Birla World Academy
- The Aga Khan Academy
- Oakridge International School
- Mahindra United World College
- Symbiosis International School
- Mercedes-Benz International School
- Vidyatree Modern World College
5. Leading Visual Arts Program in the City
VMWC has the leading Visual Arts Program of Lucknow. Right from Grade Nur to Grade XII, visual arts is a part of the curriculum, developing capacities of expression, thinking, communication, motor skills, concentration and persistence.
6. Leading Basketball Centre in the city
The VMWC basketball centre has children of all ages developing sportsmanship, courage, teamwork, persistence, thinking and resilience. The centre has also been one of only two Jr. NBA centres in the city. Teams from all over the city regularly practice and participate in tournaments at the VMWC center. Many students have been part of district & state teams.
7. Leading Dramatics Centre of Lucknow
The VMWC Dramatics program teaches students numerous important life skills, like: self-con?dence, social and emotional intelligence, creativity, problem solving, patience, concentration, verbal and non-verbal communication, teamwork, courage, authenticity and integrity. The program is lead by a celebrated teacher.
Learners of grade KG green learned about the life cycle of a chicken
through various ways. First of all they saw a video of lifecycle of a
chicken and had a group discussion. After understanding clearly the
concept of the life cycle of a chicken they drew pictures and coloured
them in their drawing books. After drawing they danced on the cock
song and enjoyed. Next day they did the craft activity to show their
understanding regarding the lifecycle of a chicken. To do the craft
activity they used water colours, grass, paper etc. Through all these
activities learners enjoyed and completely understood the lifecycle
of a chicken.
Our tiny tots of Nursery thoroughly enjoyed playing ‘Sinking and Floating’ game while exploring the properties of water and its uses. Through this activity they not only understood the concept but also enhanced their Social and Communication Skills contributing to the process of becoming “Lifelong learners”.
They were given objects to put inside the water. They saw that some objects were sinking and some were floating which increased their curiosity to inquire about the reason of these phenomena.
They tried with many objects and could conclude with the help of the discussion facilitated by the teacher that heavy objects sink in water while light objects float.
Three things that never come back: the harsh word, the spent arrow and the lost opportunity.
EDUCATION FOR LIFE
A good life means: physically and mentally healthy life, good relationships and most important, an enjoyable career where you have great chance to excel, be a leader & be well paid.
If you do not plan now, when you have the chance in school life, you will be forced to get admission to the local or low grade institutions of Lucknow or India after class twelfth, where admission is easy but there is poor preparation for careers and limited choices. If you pass out from poor quality colleges / universities, the salary as per current rates is 4 to 6 lakhs per year in 2-3 years of passing. By low grade is meant, institutions who do not care for their students, classrooms are overcrowded, facilities are poor, teachers are low paid, school leadership is poor or dishonest, owners are not focused on the best development of students, etc.
The better colleges / universities admit on the basis of all round strong personality, care for the students – train them well for careers, teachers are well paid, school leadership is strong and honest, etc. The top hundred best in the world are outside India. The next hundred include IITs and a few others ranked about 140 to 150. But the admission to these are solely based on one aspect of your personality – mental ability and competition that ranks children. Those students who want to take this route, as it is very popular in the city, for them, the school is tying up with a coaching institute for special arrangements.For children passing from these institutions, the salaries can be about 15 lakhs per year within 2 to 3 years of getting employment. As for admissions to IIT, for example, if 100 children apply for IIT, generally only one gets in.
For those children, who think that they have other strong personality characteristics or personal potentials, which are actually more suitable to modern work environment of the future – like five skills, courage, guts, resilience, mental strength for thinking-learning-research, who want greater flexibility in choosing courses and careers, they can seek to get into top 300 hundred universities of the world. In the top universities you have flexibility of studies: you can change your courses midway in most cases as you discover more about yourself. For this and the upcoming new private universities in India, which will admit you and may give scholarships on the basis of your CV, your outstanding record of skills, services, co-curricular activities, hobbies, projects,etc. And your report and personal interview. If the students are outstanding, because of your school’s outstanding educational program and opportunities for outstanding development plus your efforts, then the universities will take you and very likely, offer scholarships. We have already appointed an international consultancy for guiding students for admission to top universities / colleges of India and the world. Students passing from the top universities shall command salaries between 25 lakhs to 100 lakhs per year, depending on their school school and university record.
For admission for top universities, the school has made special arrangements for enriching the personality of the child & CV, as is required – providing CAS opportunities (Creativity, Action, Service). The CAS guideline booklet is enclosed. Children class XII can start during the summer vacation and finish by September, before the admission process starts. In fact students right from class IX to class XII can take up team based CAS projects. Exceptional projects and making real difference to the world will make you outstanding and enable you for university’s consideration.
Vidyatree Modern World College believes in all around development of the students. A sound health is the product of healthy cooking! To make them aware of this fact and to experience the self – management and social skills, students of grade V were taught to make healthy sandwiches. The importance of cooking without fire to conserve energy was realized by the learners. They enjoyed making sandwiches and of course loved eating them too!
Students of grade Nursery were engaged in the reading of The Very Hungry Frog. They got exposed to the life cycle of a frog under the theme ‘Sharing the planet’. The little learners were very enthusiastic and demonstrated the attribute of inquirer and communicator throughout the session. We discussed questions like:
- Where did the egg come from?
- What changes did the caterpillar go through on its way to becoming a butterfly? What surprised them?
Students watched video which showed the changes that happen to several different organisms over the course of their life cycles. They saw a tadpole develop into a frog. They were asked to pay close attention to the changes that occurred. Later the students watched the video again and then arranged the life stage cards in the correct order to show the life cycle of the frog and a hen. Finally, the students coloured the worksheet given to them which showed the life cycle of the frog and the hen.
PYP exhibition is the most important part of grade 5 curriculum. It involves deep understanding of Transdisciplinary themes to make our children life long learners. This is the last week of exhibition inquiry children devoted their day for inquiry, painting and various activities.
Right from the day the school was founded in 1979 it had these Vidyatree Modern goals:
- Learning without cramming
- Excellence without stress
- Discipline without fear
- Empathy without conditions
The first two statements above, aim at stress free learning and love for learning – for this the teachers have been regularly trained in numerous modern methods and best teaching practices, which create stress free learning in the classroom. One of the most important teaching modules has been the book ‘Mathematician’s Delight’.
The ‘Mathematician’s Delight’, though primarily focussed on Mathematics, talks about stress free learning, creating interest, understanding and confidence among children for all subjects. Vidyatree Modern World College, has been that rare school where most students were never afraid of learning mathematics, and in fact mathematics has been one of the favourite subjects for a majority of students.
The second two statements above aim at stress free relations between the teachers and the students. For this the teachers and the students are oriented through various activities, specifically: imbibing the meaning of the morning prayer, Vipassana meditation, class agreements, student participation in school administration through the house system and understanding the educational approach of Carl Rogers.
Freedom from chronic stress in learning and chronic stress in relationships, has created a very positive and nurturing environment for children at VMWC. This environment has directly resulted in a high self confidence and high resilience among all students.
The credit for the Vidyatree Modern goals goes to the founder’s teacher Shri J Krishnamurti (1895-1986), a leading neo-Buddhist of 20th century, who taught in the Samkhya tradition as of Patanjali’s Yogasutra. The founder of the school Shri Rakesh Kapoor also wrote a book on Yogasutra, called ’Total Presence of Mind’, (Rupa, India, 2005) which has been endorsed by His Holiness The Dalai Lama.
The school has been always been very progressive, adopting the best and latest in the world of education, always endeavoring to do the best for student development. VMWC students have always achieved very good ISC results and have settled well in life – generally in leading positions in businesses and organisations.
In the continuous desire to do better for children’s development, the founder came across the International Baccalaureate (IB) educational system which closely aligned with the Vidyatree educational system. More and more leading schools in India are getting authorised for this educational system, headquartered at Geneva.
With just 25 students per class, the IB program with its unique inquiry based learning methodology aims at a more systematic and intensive approach to building lifetime capacities in children – including five skills (research skills, self learning, independent thinking, social skills, communication skills & self management skills); it also aims at building ten attributes (inquirer, knowledgeable, thinker, communicator, principled, open-minded, caring, courageous, balanced, and reflective).
The IB program strengthens the Vidyatree program’s goals and makes it more systematic. Additionally the continuous development of teachers through international training, creative lesson planning, individual attention methods and continuous supervision, makes for best possible teaching-learning. It provides a more intensive framework for stress free learning, love for learning, stress free relationships and no fear of any subject. The mission of ‘Education for Life’, is being more systematically and intensively carried out for each child, because just 25 students per class, large rooms, better facilities and use of latest technology in teaching, learning and its supervision.
Please see the list of top schools in India opting for IB at www.ibo.org
VMWC is currently authorized for the IBPYP and hopes to also implement the IBDP, as soon as finances allow, though ICSE and ISC shall continue to run.
Vidyatree Foundation had got done a research on ‘Stress among school going children’, in 2015, under the supervision of Dr. Vivek Agarwal MD, Professor, Child Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, King George Medical University, Lucknow. The research was done among school going children in the city of Lucknow and also among students of VMWC who study in the IB Program. This documented research is very important in showcasing reasons regarding what makes VMWC teachers and teaching superior and the development of VMWC children superior than most other schools.
PYP Exhibition is an important part of grade 5 curriculum .It involves deep inquiry by the students into their own chosen topics .Their Research skills ,Thinking skills ,Communication skills , Social skills and Self-management skills are improved and children relate their understanding in solving a real-life problem .This Monday was devoted to the research and presentation of their first Line of Inquiry .
Grade 7 students, in groups of two, researched insectivorous plants using iPads in the Inquiry Lab. Thereafter they presented their findings and had an amazing session of knowledge sharing.
When students research in teams and then present their findings, they automatically develop their self-management skills, social skills, research skills, thinking skills and communication skills. All these skills are important for children to be successful in life.
The purpose of a school is to prepare children for life. Vidyatree Modern World College not only focuses on imparting knowledge to a child but it ensures that each child becomes an independent learner so that he/she can face any challenge in life.
The school’s mission is to make each child an independent thinker so that his/her knowledge is not just restricted to the text given in the book but he/she develops a deeper knowledge and understanding of the subject.