Monthly Archives: October 2018

A fresh perspective on Education – Admissions Open for 2019-20

Main Campus: In front of Crescent Water Park, Indore (Ahead Devguradiya Temple)

Gyankriti School has developed a fresh perspective on education to enhance the value and quality of education.  Here present the education philosophy of the school to show how we are different from most of the schools in India.

  • Mixed Group Learning: A mixed group usually represents reality better and thus prepares children better.
  • Smaller Class Sizes: Individualized attention is probably one of the most important implications of a small class-size. The strengths and weaknesses of a child can be discovered by the educators here.
  • Educators, not Teachers: The Ideal Educator is a professional, who is like a gardener who tends plants. The educator’s job is to educate the child and make her a better human being.
  • Continuous Evaluation: This is a process to help evaluate the child’s development better by continuous day-to-day monitoring and feedback.
  • Enjoyable learning experiences: Diverse activities, puzzles, field visits, worksheets, projects etc makes learning a much more enjoyable and enriching process.
  • Learning beyond classrooms: learning becomes much more effective and relevant through hands-on experiences, dramatizing concepts learnt, applying the learning’s in real life experiences.
  • All-round development: The activities designed not only effect the intellectual formation of the student but also influence the student physically, spiritually and psychologically. This will help the student develop into a balanced personality capable of becoming a productive, effective and sensitive member of the community.
  • Parent-School partnership: Parents are an integral part of the school community. The school learns through their wisdom and experience by maintaining close ties with them, having regular ‘Home visits’, and by interactions where the parents spend time with students talking about any issue of interest to them and the students. The school also educates parents by conducting special workshops and programmes.
  • School-Part of larger community: The school itself is a part of the community. It draws upon the resources of the community and plays a contributory role. Children can go on projects to clean streets or a public place, read to blind, spend time at old-age homes, etc.
  • ‘My Time’ (Proposed): The students after reaching a certain age need time to do reflective thinking in order to bring about an effective change. Students get enough time to reflect on their day to day activities through my time period.
  • Subject Rooms (Proposed): The rooms are created in such a way that an ambience for the subject is created. Students move from class to class, NOT the teachers!

ADMISSION PROCEDURE (Pre-Nursery to Grade 5th)

In line with its philosophy that each child is unique and has her own inborn gifts and talents, Gyankriti believe that it is neither fair nor possible to “test” very young children. Accordingly, admissions to the Pre-School and Junior School are done on first-come-first-serve basis.

A detailed note on admission procedure can be obtained from the school office. Kindly call/whatsapp 7225988273 to schedule a visit to the school. Please visit the school after taking  appointing for your own convenience. The admission process with estimated time is detailed below. It can be completed in 2-3 visits to the school’s city office (Annapurna or Nipania).

  1. Go through the school’s website for basic details: www.gyankriti.com
  2. Either mother or father of the child can visit the school after taking appointment to know about Gyankriti. (15-30 minutes)
  3. General interaction with the parents (both mother and father) and the child. (15 minutes)
  4. Start Registration Process and documentation (Complete at home in a week’s time)
  5. Submit the form, documents e.t.c.
  6. Complete the pre-requisite IT training to become a part of Gyankriti. (30 minutes)
  7. School principal will issue the admission letter with joining date.

Referral Benefits:  We want like minded people to join Gyankriti, that is why we prefer families connected to the Gyankriti Parivaar. If any one joins Gyankriti due to recommendation of an existing parent then in that case both the students, that is the new admission as well as the parent who referred the admission will get fee waiver of Rs. 2000/- each.

Community cooking session by parent

cooking is fun!

Today we had community cooking in Junior School. One of our parent Mrs. Kirti Agrawal (Mother of Dhriti Agrawal – Grade one) conducted this session. Students and educators helped her in preparing corn bhel. Students learned many new things like the peeling of boiled corn, boiled potatoes, coriander and chopping of vegetables followed by the mixing of spices in proper proportion to give it yummy taste. Later they enjoyed eating tasty corn bhel. They were extremely excited after eating corn bhel made by them.  We want to thank Mrs. Agrawal for coming up with such a great idea and making it a delightful day for the children.

Photos: https://www.facebook.com/gyankriti/posts/2092020827486194
Video:
https://www.facebook.com/gyankriti/videos/309388236548635

Hereby, we invite all the parents from our parent community to take part in community cooking at Gyankriti. If you are interested kindly drop us an email. We will discuss the process in detail with you.

Please note: Parents can also take variety of sessions for students ranging from Art workshop to sports, educational trips to showcasing their literary works, story writing session to puppet show. It can be anything which can give exposure to our students outside the regular classroom setup.

Launch of Philately Club at Gyankriti

Philately is the study of stamps and postal history and other related items. It also refers to the collection, appreciation and research activities on stamps and other philatelic products. Junior School students visited the Indore GPO and met the in-charge of philatelic bureau, Ms. Kamla Khatwani. She showed us various stamps in the collection of GPO and formally announced the launch of Gyankriti’s Philatelic Club. We will dedicate an entire wall at Gyankriti for showcasing the stamps issued by post office, in the hope that it will be an excellent way for students to learn about historical events.

Philately Wall

We also gifted each student a specially printed stamp with Gyankriti logo and an envelope. They will use it to complete a homework assignment where they are supposed to send a letter to any of their friends or relatives.

Student posting letter as part of the home assignment activity.

It is also possible to develop philately as a hobby for your children. It is a very easy and simple process. You just need to open a ‘philatelic-deposit-account’ at the GPO and they will send you a copy of all the latest stamps issued by the Dept. of posts.

You can also get customized My Stamps with photos of your child or a family photo.

Gyankriti’s My Stamp

Contact Ms. Khatwani at the GPO for availing these facilities.

Philatelic Deposit Account: https://www.indiapost.gov.in/…/Philatelic-Deposit-Account.a…

Customized My Stamp: https://www.indiapost.gov.in/Philat…/…/Content/My-Stamp.aspx

We would like to thank the entire GPO team for allowing our students to visit them on the National Post Day.

Giving world class learning opportunities to Gyankriti students – Learning from the latest education reforms in Singapore

We already do all these things at Gyankriti. Don’t we? Let us know in comments.

About Education in Singapore: The education system in Singapore is consistently ranked as one of the highest in the world by the OECD. It is believed that this comes from the style of teaching that is implemented in Singapore. Teachers focus on making sure that each of their students thoroughly move through the syllabus before moving on. By doing this teachers in Singapore teach a much more narrow but deeper type of instruction. Singapore’s education system has been described as “world-leading” and in 2010 was among those picked out for commendation by the Conservative former UK Education Secretary Michael Gove. According to PISA, an influential worldwide study on educational systems, Singapore has the highest performance in international education and tops in global rankings.

New Education Reforms in Singapore:   Singapore’s Ministry of Education (MOE) announced on Sept. 28 that it will be removing class rankings for primary and secondary students starting next year. Schools in Singapore will also cut mid-year exams for several levels; Primary 1 and 2 pupils will not be graded.

Aside from abolishing the class and level rankings, MOE will remove the class and level mean, as well as the minimum and maximum marks students may get in their report cards next year, as reported by The Straits Times on Sept. 28. Underlining and/or coloring failing marks will also be removed from the report cards of the students.

For MOE Minister Ong Ye Kung, removing class rankings was made in a bid to make children understand that “learning is not a competition.”

“I know that ‘coming in first or second’, in class or level, has traditionally been a proud recognition of a student’s achievement,” Ong said in the report. “But removing these indicators is for a good reason, so that the child understands from young that learning is not a competition, but a self-discipline they need to master for life.”

MOE also announced that examinations for Primary 1 and 2 students will be removed, the report said. Because grades and marks will no longer be available in the report cards, schools will use “qualitative descriptors” for students in the two levels instead to help students track their progress. Meanwhile, the grades of students from Primary 3 to Secondary 5 will be rounded off to a whole number.

Comparison of the new reforms done in Singapore with the assessment methods at Gyankriti: You will be proud to know that Gyankriti is already following the reforms done in Singapore from the very first day.

Singapore reformsStatus at Gyankriti
Removed Classroom RankingsWe never give any kind of rank to students. Only exceptions are some events and competitions for extra-curricular activities. Subject wise or Class wise ranks are never disclosed.
Examination for Grade 1 and Grade 2 abolishedAt Gyankriti we never conduct formal exams or tests. Teacher check the learning outcomes throughout the year during classroom observations instead of a single day examination.
Schools will use “qualitative descriptors” instead of marks in report cardsGyankriti report cards are already like that. We grade students on age appropriate learning outcomes. There are as many as 100-150 learning outcomes in every term depending on the age group of students.

Parent Blog: ज्ञानकृति की अलग है पढ़ाई – सब कुछ करके सीखो भाई

ज्ञानकृति की पढ़ाई अपनी अलग विशेषता लिए हुये है। अन्य विद्यालय की पढ़ाई और ज्ञानकृति की पढ़ाई में अंतर बताती हुयी कविता।

यह कविता मैंने अपने बालक को कक्षा 1 और 2 में दिये गए होमवर्क और सिलैबस के बारे में जानकार लिखी है।

अन्य विद्यालय:

सुबह पढ़ाई, शाम पढ़ाई
ऊपर से ट्यूशन का बोझ
बिना समझाये, हमे रटाए
शिक्षक जी शाला में रोज़

बारह-खड़ी अभी है सीखी
और किताबें दे दी ढ़ेर
यह बचपन के साथ हमारे
होने लगा बहुत अंधेर

अब ज्ञानकृति के बारे में

वर्षामापी यंत्र बनवाते
और कराते वर्षा की नपाई
वृक्षों से है छाल निकलवाते
ऊपर से बीजों की बुवाई
ज्ञानकृति की अलग है पढ़ाई
सब कुछ करके सीखो भाई (2)

फल-वाले से बात करवाते
किलोग्राम का ज्ञान कराते
और कराते दूध की नपाई
ज्ञानकृति की अलग है पढ़ाई
सब कुछ करके सीखो भाई (2)

कविता पाठ करते हुये श्रेयांश 

https://www.facebook.com/gyankriti/videos/463534047468872/

Written by Ms. Deepa Shrivastava mother of Shreyansh Shrivastava (Grade 2 student)