What is the IB Diploma Programme and why does it open new doors to academic excellence

 

 

Have you ever heard of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program or the IB Diploma Program? Or have you come across this term while having readings or researches about school programs? Well if not, it is a recognized program by the top universities which is designed to address the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students. It is only a two-year course but it contributes a lot and prepares you a lot for your future classes in high school and elementary.

To learn more about the IB Diploma Programme, let us Fishers High School’s article below.

What is IB all about?

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program is a rigorous pre-university course of studies, leading to examinations, that meets the needs of highly motivated secondary school students. It has 1,600 schools in 125 countries. There are more than 676 IB programs in North America, with 15 in the state of Indiana. Fishers High School was accredited as an IB Diploma school in 2007. The class of 2009 represented our 1st graduating class.

Visit www.ibo.org for additional information on the International Baccalaureate Program.

Advantages, Benefits and Significance of IB

ADVANTAGES

  • Challenging and exciting classes, focusing on writing, thinking, communicating, and experimenting.
  • Rigorous and comprehensive education based on a global perspective.
  • A commitment to community and human welfare.
  • High standard of teaching required by the IB program. Read more here.

Wow! Those were some encouraging reasons to take the IB Diploma Programme. You do not just get to join classes that enhance your creativity and thinking skills but you also get to experience a high standard and quality of teaching which is strictly monitored. To know more about what we can get from the IB Diploma program, let us look into one of the schools which offer this program. Concordian International School’s article will explain it to us.

Benefits of the IB Diploma Program

Universities recognize the outstanding qualities of IB Diploma students. Typically, diploma holders are ready to debate real-world issues from an international perspective and to provide leadership and support in the local and global community. They demonstrate a capacity for in-depth study while maintaining a broad perspective of the different subject areas. They are able to ask challenging questions but also know how to research a topic and express their opinion. They have a strong sense of their own culture and identity, as well as the ability to communicate in two or more languages with people who have a different perspective of the world. Read more here.

            That was just one of the schools who offer that kind of program and it already sounds so exciting. The benefits are altogether advantageous for the students especially that they offer a broad spectrum of subjects. The students would really have fun because there are exciting classes that the students will enjoy and not get bored at.

Now, let us look into another school which offers the IB Diploma program. Mountain View High School will share to us the benefits of their programme.

Benefits of the IB DP

Former MVHS IB Diploma Program students frequently cite the following main benefits of completing the IBDP:

  • exceptional preparation for university-level scholarship, particularly in the areas of time management, writing papers, and conducting research
  • exposure to excellent high school teachers and coursework
  • opportunity to earn weighted credits toward the GPA
  • possibility of earning college credit and/or bypassing basic college courses

The vast majority of MVHS IB alumni feel that completing the Diploma Program helped them gain admittance to their university of choice. In addition, many students cite the following benefits: Read more here.

The IB Diploma Programme really presents numerous benefits. Also, the schools who offer this kind of program are really lucky because it is also their asset and they also get to help many students improve their quality of education. This program is worth taking that is why you should not hesitate when you get the chance of having it. It could help you through college especially upon entering the university. It could give you so many opportunities that could help you through the course of your education. We must remember that everything which gives you additional knowledge is not a waste and should not be taken for granted.

 

 

How Could Childcare Centres Help Us

It is the parents’ responsibility to make sure that they meet their child’s everyday needs. That is why they go to work hours a day just to make money and provide for the family. However, if they have young kids, they will need someone to take care and look after their children. Doing this could be scary, so they have to be careful in choosing. Good thing that we have childcare centres around town where we could entrust our children.

At My Little Campus Child Care Centre, lessons cater to children from infants to kindergarten. The school is notable for their primary school focused curriculum, so do check them out if you want to prepare your child for primary school well.

Sarah Jane Glynn, Jane Farrell, and Nancy Wu will tell us about the importance of preschool and childcare for working mothers.

The Importance of Preschool and Child Care for Working Mothers

In his 2013 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama made a historic pledge to provide universal, high-quality pre-K education to our nation’s children. He chose to make this one of his administration’s priorities with good reason: Early childhood education has myriad benefits, including better, more equitable long-term outcomes for children of divergent economic backgrounds. Moreover, investments in these programs help cultivate a future workforce, secure long-term economic competitiveness, and develop our nation’s future leaders. Universal high-quality pre-K and child care would also throw a much-needed raft to families across America that are struggling to stay afloat while footing costly child care bills, missing work to provide care, or sending their children—our nation’s future innovators and workforce—to low-quality care centers. Read more here.

According to what we have read, parents have basically three options. First, parents can stay at home and care for their children themselves. Second, parents can pay for child care out of pocket. The third option for families is to use federal- or state-funded child care, but access to any publicly funded program, let alone a high-quality program, is very limited. Nevertheless, it is really proven that childcare centres have provided a big help for parents.

Next, Childcare Aware will give us steps that will help us find a childcare for our children.

Finding child care can be a difficult task, but following these steps can help:

  1. Start Early

Start looking as far in advance as you can. If you are expecting a new baby, begin researching your options now! Depending on where you live, you may need to get on a wait list even before your baby is born. No matter what type of care you are considering – a child care center or care in someone else’s home – finding the right child care option can take some time.

  1. Make a Call

Begin your search by calling your local experts – your Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agency (search for yours here). CCR&Rs can give you the facts about child care and a list of child care options in your area that may meet your needs. Make sure to ask your CCR&R:

  • Will all of the child care providers on my referral list be licensed by the state?
  • How can I get information about complaints and licensing violations against child care programs?
  • Is there a quality rating system for child care where I live? If so, how can I find rated child care providers?
  • Does my family qualify for any child care financial assistance programs? Read more here.

One of the things you could do is to consult people and ask about the childcare centres around your area. You should ask questions about the adult-child ratio, group size, caregiver qualifications, turnover, and accreditation. Nowadays, parents are already worried about overcrowding. CHAI HUNG YIN will tell us more about it. Let us read below.

Parents worry about overcrowding, standard of care in bigger childcare centres

Is bigger better?

With childcare centres of the future set to take in as many as 300 to 500 children, that question is on some parents’ minds.

While some laud the move to ease demand for childcare at areas concentrated with young families, others are concerned about whether the standard of care can be maintained.

On March 13, Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing mentioned during the ministry’s debate in Parliament that the Government is helping anchor operators develop bigger childcare centres and provide an additional 2,400 new places over the next few years.

This is beyond the original target of adding 20,000 childcare places between 2013 and 2017. Read more here.

They are actually planning to add or expand more childcare centres. This is actually good because we can avoid overcrowding. There will also be more choices for parents. In enrolling our children to childcare centres, we should think about all of these. If we don’t plan well, our money would just go to waste and our children would suffer. This step should be planned well because it will for you and your child’s benefit.

The Vitality of Executive Functioning

 

 

Executive functions (collectively referred to as executive function and cognitive control) are a set of cognitive processes that are necessary for the cognitive control of behaviour: selecting and successfully monitoring behaviours that facilitate the attainment of chosen goals. Executive functions include basic cognitive processes such as attentional control, cognitive inhibition, inhibitory control, working memory, and cognitive flexibility. Higher order executive functions require the simultaneous use of multiple basic executive functions and include planning and fluid intelligence (i.e., reasoning and problem solving).
Executive function skills are the mental processes that enable us to plan, focus attention, remember instructions, and juggle multiple tasks successfully. Just as an air traffic control system at a busy airport safely manages the arrivals and departures of many aircraft on multiple runways, the brain needs this skill set to filter distractions, prioritize tasks, set and achieve goals, and control impulses.
When children have opportunities to develop executive function skills, individuals, and society experience lifelong benefits. These skills are crucial for learning and development. They also enable positive behaviour and allow us to make healthy choices for ourselves and our families.
The Little Executive is one such organization that help children develope their executive functioning skills, more information can be found on their website.

Executive function skills depend on three types of brain function: working memory, mental flexibility, and self-control. These functions are highly interrelated, and the successful application of executive function skills requires them to operate in coordination with each other.
• Working memory governs our ability to retain and manipulate distinct pieces of information over short periods of time.
• Mental flexibility helps us to sustain or shift attention in response to different demands or to apply different rules in different settings.
• Self-control enables us to set priorities and resists impulsive actions or responses.
Children aren’t born with these skills—they are born with the potential to develop them. If children do not get what they need from their relationships with adults and the conditions in their environments—or (worse) if those influences are sources of toxic stress—their skill development can be seriously delayed or impaired. Adverse environments resulting from neglect, abuse, and violence may expose children to toxic stress, which disrupts brain architecture and impairs the development of executive function.
Providing the support that children need to build these skills at home, in early care and education programs, and in other settings, they experience regularly is one of the society’s most important responsibilities. Growth-promoting environments provide children with “scaffolding” that helps them practice necessary skills before they must perform them alone.
Adults can facilitate the development of a child’s executive function skills by establishing routines, modeling social behaviour, and creating and maintaining supportive, reliable relationships. It is also important for children to exercise their developing skills through activities that foster creative play and social connection, teach them how to cope with stress, involve vigorous exercise, and over time, provide opportunities for directing their actions with decreasing adult supervision.
Inhibitory control and working memory act as basic executive functions that make it possible for more complex executive functions like problem-solving to develop. Inhibitory control and working memory are among the earliest executive functions to appear, with initial signs observed in infants, 7 to 12-months old. Then in the preschool years, children display a spurt in performance on tasks of inhibition and working memory, usually between the ages of 3 to 5 years. Also during this time, cognitive flexibility, goal-directed behaviour, and planning begin to develop. Nevertheless, preschool children do not have fully mature executive functions and continue to make errors related to these emerging abilities – often not due to the absence of the abilities, but rather because they lack the awareness to know when and how to use particular strategies in particular contexts.

What is growth mindset and why should we encourage it in children?

 

 

In people with a growth mindset, the brain is most active when they are being told what they could do to improve.
When you praise for effort, you encourage a growth mindset, the belief that intellectual ability can be developed through education and effort. Those with a growth mindset believe that they can get better at almost anything, as long as they spend the necessary time and energy. Instead of seeking to avoid mistakes, they see mistakes as an essential precursor of knowledge.
A growth mindset, however, believes that challenges and learning are opportunities, and that failure is an opportunity for growth. Rather than seeking out evidence that proves we’re not smart, people with a growth mindset focus on process and progress, searching out opportunities to stretch their existing abilities.
Adults and children with a growth mindset believe that skills and intelligence can be grown and developed – that they are in control of their ability to learn and grow. A growth mindset can help you recover from illness because you believe that you can do something about the illness. They can help you achieve in sport, at work and can also help you grow and develop in relationships. Cultivating a growth mindset could be the single most important thing you ever do to help you achieve success.
Growth mindsets prioritize learning:
• People with a growth mindset learn that:
• Trying and failing is part of the process
• Learning requires stumbling, correcting, and growing
• You don’t have to know everything in advance
• Practice and skill-building are more important than embedded talent
• You’re always a beginner
• Life is about life-long learning
There are three key things that you can do to develop a growth mindset:
• You need to recognise that a growth mindset is not just good, but is also supported by science. In other words, you need to be committed to developing a growth mindset.
• You can learn and teach others about how to develop and improve their abilities through adopting a growth mindset. This will help you to take control of your life, which is hugely empowering. Research shows that people who feel in control tend to perform better. It’s a virtuous cycle.
• Listen out for your fixed mindset voice. When you hear that little critical voice in your head telling you that you can’t do something, reply with a growth mindset approach and tell it that you can learn.
All parents want their children to be successful in school, sports, and extracurricular activities. But it’s not just about giving your kids praise or setting them in the right direction. Research shows that success is often dependent on mindset. Hard work, perseverance, and effort are all hallmarks of a growth mindset.
Ways a growth mindset shows up in learning:
Once you know the difference between a growth mindset and a fixed mindset, you can start to notice how it shows up in your everyday habits and your learning. Here are three ways that a growth mindset stands out:
#1: “Those with a growth mindset found success in doing their best, in learning, and improving.”
People with a growth mindset derive just as much happiness from the process as the results. They look for challenges and opportunities to engage with the material, rather than deriving all of their satisfaction from mastery. Rather than focus exclusively on the outcome or the goal, they focus equally on the process.
Rather than desiring a finished book, written and perfected, they are motivated by the process of showing up every day to write and edit. Master athletic champions will continue to find ways to improve their personal best rather than sitting on the bench and buffing their nails.
#2: “Those with a growth mindset found setbacks motivating. They’re informative. They’re a wake-up call.”
“In the fixed mindset, setbacks label you. “You’re terrified of losing and performing badly, because to you, you are your performance. When you perform badly, you’re devastated, because of you, by association, are now no longer valuable or special.”
Whereas a fixed mindset affixes their identity to the outcome, a growth mindset knows that their performance is not the only indicator of who they are. “Wow, that performance wasn’t as good,” the growth mindset might say. “I wonder what I could do differently to get a different outcome. How can I change and grow here to improve my game?”

Private School vs. Public School – Pros and Cons

There are a lot of factors that need to be taken into careful consideration when choosing a school for your child. Choosing the right school can secure a path for your child’s future educational endeavors but one needs to consider the cost of the education to make an informed choice. To find the school that best suits the needs of your child’s education, your’e going to have to do some heavy research. If you are looking for a suitable school for your child, one recommendation is GESS International School in Singapore where they are known to provide quality teaching environment for your child. Generally, the choice between public and private schools has been a headache for parents for a long time. Tracy Tristan recalls how challenging it is to decide between the two school in Singapore…

If you’re an expat parent in Singapore, entering the local school vs international school debate is inevitable. “Where do your kids go to school?” Is usually one of the top three questions asked here. “What does your husband do for a living?” and “How much is your rent?” are usually the other two. The ones we all hear daily. What people generally don’t expect is my response when I reveal that I have two children in the local system (K1 and P4) and one in international (Year 11). “Oh.” Slight pause while that information processes.  Standard reaction: “Really? Why? Is that fair?” Here’s why it works best for us, along with the pros and cons and issues with how hard it is to apply for a school in Singapore… Read more about it here.

There are perks for each but there also downsides. Choosing between the two can be a really difficult decision so here are some of the pros and cons for each to help you come to a more informed decision.

Pros for Public Schools

1. Public schools are known for being the more affordable choice. They are cost-effective and still provide a good education.

2. Public schools usually have a variety of extracurricular activities to choose from when compared to small private schools. They also have a more varied curriculum and a flexible schedule so as to not put too much pressure on your child.

3. Public Schools are funded by the state and are well established. They have access to incredible facilities like swimming pools, sports grounds, and stadiums.

4. Public schools teach children to be part of a community and to be proud of it. They come across people from different backgrounds and varied diversities, and this experience broadens their worldview.

5. Theyre more exposed to different races and cultures which teaches them to be mindful and respectful towards other people.

Cons for Public Schools

1. The greatest issue when it comes to government schools is the overcrowding and big classes. They have limited funding and therefore limited classrooms and educators.

2. The problem with large classes is that students can miss out on individual attention and this may cause them to fall behind academically.

3. Large classes can also result in students with learning disabilities to be overlooked.

4. Public Schools often suffer from a lack of discipline.

5. A few public schools lack in proper learning equipment and resources for the students.

Pros for Private Schools

1. Private school singapore use the international baccalaureate system a more challenging curriculum. Learners who like a challenge will fit right in.

2. The more religious based schools provide regular religion based classes. If you want your child to grow up with faith, then religious private schools are the answer.

3. Private schools have much smaller classes with a limited number of students in each class, which allows the educator to give enough attention to each individual.

4. Private schools are better equipped. They have a better access to study and research materials, supplies, and computers.

5. Private schools have stricter discipline. Children that disrupt classes or break the rules may be expelled.

6. Private schools teach students to value traditions and uphold their beliefs.

7. Students who graduate from private schools have a more established network through the alumni association.

Cons for Private Schools

1. Private schools are more expensive than public schools and this can make admission into them very costly.

2. Most children attending private schools hail from a wealthy background and this puts pressure on the kids that come from middle-class families to act a certain way to fit in.

3. If its a religious private school, the religious effect it has on the students and the religious activities that are regularly performed can provide an alienating effect on an individual from another religion.

4. Private schools often have limited subject choices and follow a stricter, more traditional curriculum.

5. Some private schools that are just up and coming, dont usually have many sporting facilities which means the students are offered a limited variety of extracurricular activities.

6. There isnt a huge racial mix in most private schools and students might find it harder to live in the real world, where there is.

The decision between private and public school ultimately relies on the child and her capabilities, and the kind of education and attention that she needs. The cost is also a key factor in this decision. Now that you know the pros and cons of each option, choose wisely and involve the child in the decision.