Careers360 interviews Vinod Singh, Head of TRIO World Academy, Bangalore who shares his views on the importance of grooming students according to individual needs.
Read the full interview to know what the TRIO World Academy head shares about crucial role of student evaluation and role of teachers and students in this process.
Read below excerpts of interview.
Careers360: What are the unique learning practices adopted by TRIO?
Vinod Singh: At TRIO we understand that sometimes a student might find it difficult to keep pace with the rest of the class and could fall behind or even lose interest. To try and address this we ask teachers to practice differential learning practices with individualized lesson planning and also to spend time with students during a mutually agreed free time to help them catch up or spend a little man time explaining concepts to students. We also offer a reasonable flexibility in the choice of subject clusters.
Careers360: Do your students stay back or go abroad for higher studies?
Vinod Singh: Seventy percent of our students opt to go abroad. To help this we have a college counsellor who helps them in their choices of colleges, application processes and arranges college and university visits throughout the year.
Careers360: How crucial is the role of student evaluation?
Vinod Singh: Student evaluation plays a crucial role, be it the mid-term or internal moderation test or end of term exam. For the school, it keeps the teachers focused on syllabus requirements and gives them an accurate idea of a student’s progress and corrective measures to be taken, if any. For the students, it shows their progress with portions corrected, performance in evaluations and what corrective measures need to be taken, keeping the final exam in mind.
Careers360: How has technology impacted the teaching-learning process in schools?
Vinod Singh: Technology has a positive impact on the learning process when used responsibly and used to complement the learning process. In this regard teachers are encouraged to use the overhead projectors as well as the iPads that the school provides as part of its iPad programme in the Middle School.
Careers360: Do boarding schools have an advantage over day schools?
Vinod Singh: We have found from experience that in boarding, students are kept focused on studies during supervised prep times. Access to media and social websites are also done under supervision to encourage responsible use of the Internet. Students are encouraged to become independent, responsible persons accountable for their actions and for the way they use their time. TRIO is also one of the few schools in Bangalore offering weekly boarding. This allows students to experience boarding life and escape the daily commute from home.
Careers360: Does your school handhold a student to select a stream after class X?
Vinod Singh: Students are regularly reminded in grades 9 and 10 about the requirements of subjects in grade 11 and the rigorous nature of the syllabus in grades 11 and 12. The school arranges a counselling session for the students of grade 10 and their parents with subject teachers of grades 11 and 12. In such a session teachers introduce the subjects to the students and their parents and familiarize them with the nature and content of subjects. Parents and students are also encouraged to visit the website of the programme that is offered to know more of the philosophy and objectives of that particular programme.
Student evaluation keeps the teachers focused on syllabus requirements and gives them an accurate idea of a student’s progress. For the students, it shows what corrective measures need to be taken, keeping the final exam in mind.
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