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In your hunt for the right school for your kid, one the early questions that you will face is the decision on type of school based on duration of the school and then decide which one to go for. From duration of the school, we mean the number of hours that a child is supposed to spend at the school before he / she comes home. As per this classification, there are primarily 3 types of schools 1. Day School This is by far the most common types of schools in India or anywhere else in the world. The child spends ...... [More]

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In our previous post, we discussed what is a day boarding school and why should you go for it. It is going to be a second home for your child since he/she is going to spend almost 10 hours every day here. That is more than 60% of his waking time. So you need to ensure that you find a great school. Here we list 7 things that you must understand and be aware of, to make a right decision. 1. Find a good school first and then a day boarding - You are looking for a school for your kids. So make sure that it is a ...... [More]

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Continuing our series on finding the right schools for your kids, we now classify the schools based on the duration and categorize them in 3 types as day school, day boarding school and boarding school. In this blog post, we will discuss all about day boarding schools and why, if at all, should you choose it for your kids. As the name suggests, it is a school that provides boarding facilities for the day i.e. the child can stay at the school for the day. This is a hybrid between a ...... [More]

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We often wonder what is the best way of learning? If left alone, can kids learn by themselves or do they always need a teacher an adult supervisor to guide them? Can they learn and still enjoy themselves i.e. can learning ever be enjoyable and how? Amidst all this talk of child centric education system, can the education process be really driven by kids? Can they decide what they want to learn and how? Can they be motivated to learn interesting things while working together? This excellent talk on TED.com by Sugata Mitra explores these ...... [More]

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Should we go for a newly established school with a shiny building and computer enabled teaching approach or should we go for the prestigious old school located in the middle of city and established 50 years ago. Its a tricky question that we are faced very often these days. We decided to look at it and help you make up your mind about a young school vs an older school! First we try and understand why is age an important factor to be considered while selecting a school ...... [More]

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This is a continuation of our discussion on finding good schools for kids and understanding what role does age of school play, if any, in its quality. Let us look at reasons why we think you should prefer a newly established schools over an older school. These schools are coming up now and they vary well realize their limitations vs older, more established schools in the same city. To overcome those, they also rely on new techniques and it is these that are potential advantages. We list down 5 advantages here...... [More]

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In our previous blog post, we talked about what is age of school and what are the 3 ways to look at it. Let us now take one at reasons why you should prefer an older, more established schools over new ones. We see there are 5 reasons for preferring older schools over newer ones. Older schools have strong cultures, traditions and systems As schools grow older, they develop cultures, traditions and systems that invoke pride amongst older students and facilitate path for present students. Traditions could be academic, cultural or ...... [More]

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In this post, we will discuss ways in which schools can hide real information behind a simple number and how you can uncover the truth. There are 3 main things you should be aware of when looking at Student teacher ratio quoted by a school. Student teacher ratio is NOT equal to number of students in a given class: Student teacher ratio is simply the ratio of total number of students in a school with the total number of teachers in a school. Just for our understanding, consider a school with just one class and one section. This school has 60 students in that one class. Also, this school has 5 teachers, one for each subject of English, Maths, Science, Social Science and Hindi. The teacher student ratio of this school is 12 (60 students and 5 teachers). However, the number of students that will be taught by one teacher is still 60!... [More]

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Student teacher ratio is a ratio of number of students attending the school the school with number of teachers employed by the school. As an example, a student teacher ratio of 25:1 shows that for every 25 students attending the school, there is a 1 teacher. This ratio indicates (indirectly) the attention that a student is likely to receive in a class in that particular school. A class will have students with diverse interests and different learning abilities. Large student teacher ratio, say 50:1, means more students to be managed for each teacher and thus lesser individual attention. This metric of student teacher ratio has become an important factor to be considered while selecting new schools for your kids. Schools with low student teacher ratio realize this and actively advertise this and also charge for this. What is an optimal student teacher ratio: Is smaller student teacher ratio always better?... [More]

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Its the result / report day for your young one. Most parents are more jittery than their kids who actually took the exams. We want to know how did they perform, will they be rewarded for their and our hard work, will they score well in maths and science and are they skilled in lan guages? Thousand questions that need answers from the report card. But are their some answers that need to be looked independent of the report card? I think results day is a very important day. Not only because you get the report card, but because you get a chance to see the teacher/s who have taught the kid for one year and have had a chance to observe him/her and evaluate his/her performance in comparison to 50 other kids in the same class. They have a perspective that we lack because they are exposed to hundreds to kids of that age over the years and can spot some real trends which we can not. Its important to use this opportunity to dig deeper than the report card. So what must you really ask the teacher and how?... [More]