Are we preparing our students for the future?

November 27, 2019

Education is no longer about employability. It is more about building skill sets and building character. It is also about building knowledge. If we want our children to succeed in the future workplace, we need a strong content-based, skill-building transaction in the classroom–where student agency is the focus. In this process, we need to be […]

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Daily practice to improve self-management and organizational skills

November 7, 2019

Good working habit helps to lead an organized and balanced life to deal with oneself and the dramatically changing world. It saves time, improves efficiency and helps us to relieve ourselves from workloads. At Oakridge International School, we believe developing a good working habit is a crucial factor for our achievements and accomplishments. The two […]

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An expert’s view on the present and future of education

October 24, 2019

As platforms like Coursera, Byju etc continue to disrupt the education ecosystem, schools today across the world are trying to find the right balance between technology in the classroom and the human touch. The reality of the matter is that today, the technology has already brought about a major change in the way “Education” happens […]

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Discipline without damage : one effective strategy to get young children to cooperate

October 17, 2019

We often hear harried parents and teachers grappling with the issue of young children not listening to them. This is often ascribed to a lack of discipline. Adults want to discipline children and make them comply. So much so, that many a times it becomes a tug of war and leads to more damage than […]

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Strategies for emotional well-being

October 15, 2019

“Loka smastha sukhino bhavantu” is a Sanskrit chant often recited in Indian schools. Put simply, it means, may the entire world be happy and peaceful. It germinates from the belief that all of us, the entire world is a huge family and every event is interconnected creating a ripple effect of good or bad across […]

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The Forgetting Curve—and Changing its Shape

September 23, 2019

Forgetting curve is described as the decline of memory retention over time. Hermann Ebbinghaus, a German psychologist who pioneered the experimental study of memory, in 1885, coined the term Forgetting Curve, for explaining the exponential loss of information one has learned over time¹. Forgetting curve is quite relevant for students. On day 1, at the […]

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How can parents help children achieve their goals

September 13, 2019

Laughter ripples in a small house in the suburbs and happy shrieks of a child can be heard! You walk into the house and you see the mother, grandmother loudly clapping at the toddler for his first attempt at walking independently. From a very early age, a child is motivated to keep trying and keep […]

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Future-ready through international curriculum education

August 5, 2019

The parent generation, even the new-age parents come from a time where survival was dependent on being better than someone else is. No matter how strong we bonded with our classmates, secretly we were trying to beat them and outdo them in all aspects of school life. It seemed perfectly natural and acceptable. “Life is […]

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Social Intelligence – An Important Life Skill

August 5, 2019

A child acquires skills and imbibes certain behavior by keen observation of the environment he/she lives in on a daily basis. Children “model” their parents, friends, peers, teachers in mannerisms and behavior. For example, if a child sees a parent watching TV while eating, then the child feels that it is an accepted behavior. So, […]

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How thinking by design develops 21st-century skills?

July 10, 2019

Education today should be something that prepares the students for the time to come. Acquiring 21st-century skills should be at the core of education. Educators should plan learning and teaching in such a way that students get experiences that develop skills such as Critical Thinking, Creativity, Collaboration, Problem-solving. It is said that it’s easy to […]

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School Readiness and Transition into Formal School

June 24, 2019

Quick tips to help children become comfortable in a new school The beginning of a school year often elicits mixed feelings in the hearts of young parents. There is elation at the child entering a formal school or many times a child transitioning into a new school. Along with this, there is a niggling sense […]

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Five best classroom teaching practices for effective student learning

June 18, 2019

With a dynamic environment, the classroom brings together students from various abilities and personalities. To involve students in high-density reading and writing instruction, a teacher requires to have the ability to deal with each and meet students’ individual needs. Well, there is no one-size-fits-all solution to it. However, Oakridge brings in a set of best […]

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Five best classroom teaching practices for effective student learning

June 12, 2019

With a dynamic environment, the classroom brings together students from various abilities and personalities. To involve students in high-density reading and writing instruction, a teacher requires to have the ability to deal with each and meet students’ individual needs. Well, there is no one-size-fits-all solution to it. However, Ms. Pallavi Mishra, Principal at Oakridge, one […]

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Indian Hockey player Sandeep Singh inspires Oakridgers

hockey player at Oakridge Mohali

March 1, 2019

Be punctual. Be disciplined. Be sincere. Be a hard worker. Be positive. Be fearless. And, respect everything that life tosses at you. These are the key lessons Indian Hockey Player, Sandeep Singh learnt from his life experiences. “Nothing can break you if you have these lessons with you,” said Sandeep Singh a.k.a. Flicker Singh, the […]

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Bringing together the best and most innovative classroom practices

July 17, 2018

First of its kind magazine for the teachers and by the teachers launched by Oakridge Understanding concepts and subjects can be made more interesting and memorable for when teachers adopt innovative teaching practices. Oakridge put together a collection of all such innovative classroom practices in their first of its kind teacher magazine, titled INSPIRED TEACHERS. […]

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Ordinary teachers to effective facilitators

Ordinary Teacher to Effective Facilitator

January 9, 2018

Kindling within children the interest to be involved in and to know about the unlimited diversity of life is the most difficult challenge for teachers. Young students seldom respond positively from within to teachers perceived by them as either “ordinary” or a “know-all.” What, then, are the qualities that make teachers “extraordinary” and “inspiring” in […]

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7 exceptional things a great teacher does to ensure kids believe in themselves

7 exceptional things a great teacher does to ensure kids believe in themselves

January 8, 2018

For many students, self-belief and confidence are a natural personality trait. But for the ones who struggle, life can feel like swimming upstream. Teachers have a powerful influence on their students and thus can create the feeling of self-belief and confidence. Some of the strategies that are practiced by effective teachers are: Gradual transition in […]

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5 ways a great teacher goes beyond classroom for kids to influence their personal behaviours

great teacher goes beyond classroom for kids to influence their personal behaviours

January 2, 2018

We grew up hearing the phrase that teaching is a noble profession. Nobility comes from the fact that teachers are instruments of change in raising the next generation of citizens. So there is no doubt that the destiny of a nation is in the hands of teachers. Good teachers have a profound bearing on the […]

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5 ways in which great teachers inspire accountability and responsibility in students

December 26, 2017

The late President of India, Hon. APJ Abdul Kalam was one of the foremost space scientists India has ever produced. During his stint as the Project Director for the launch of a space shuttle, he failed the first time as the rocket plunged into the sea! He was sorely disappointed and worried about how he […]

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5 ways great teacher inspires love for learning in children

5 ways great teacher inspires love for learning in children

December 18, 2017

Teachers play a huge role in inspiring a lifelong love for learning in children. Here are some of the ways I have seen this happen. 1) Building relationships with parents If teachers and parents of students constantly work together, the students continuously get the same message. This ensures that there is no ambiguity regarding what […]

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3 ways in which great teachers build confidence in kids at an early age

3 ways in which great teachers build confidence in kids at an early age

December 11, 2017

The first five years of a child’s life determine their success in the future. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that habits, values, skills, and ethics imparted to a child at this age will have a definite impact on the child’s future. As I have always maintained: the impact of a single day […]

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4 things a great teacher does to develop social skills at early age

4 things a great teacher does to develop social skills at early age

November 29, 2017

Early childhood is a unique period when the development of a child’s personality and character is happening at a rapid pace. An empathetic and loving teacher along with a progressive school is critical for nurturing happy and socially adept children. Social skills, problem behavior, and academic learning are interrelated and a child’s social skills are […]

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5 ways in which great teachers challenge kids to think big

GREAT TEACHERS DON’T TEACH YOU. THEY CHANGE YOU

November 22, 2017

It is said that every child is a reflection of his teacher. So at the very heart of learning lies a connection between students and teachers. Here’s how great teachers inspire and challenge their students to think big and go further. Through Ownership and Passion Teachers with a high degree of ownership and passion for […]

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3 ways in which great teachers inspire global awareness in children

3 ways to inspire global awareness among students

November 14, 2017

“Global Awareness” or “International Mindedness” are key concepts that teachers are required to address as links to their Unit plans. They are often interchangeable. These are the essential focus topics of teaching and learning that help to establish cross-cultural and global connections in pedagogy. Students are challenged to reflect upon issues that have an impact […]

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How a great teacher develops the nature of inquiry in kids?

great teacher develops a nature of inquiry in kids

November 9, 2017

Children are such curious creatures. When they want to know about something new, they want to explore it and while exploring they learn. But, what makes children want to learn? According to research, it’s the joy of exploration — a hidden force that drives learning, critical thinking, and reasoning. This ability is curiosity. A great […]

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