Bridging the communication gap between a child and parent is our aim.

When we compare two generations and when there is a considerable difference in the lifestyles, habits, likes and dislikes of the people belonging to these two separate times, problems due to age gap arise. And, it is no secret that these days this gap is widening by leaps and bounds. 
More and more parents and their offspring agree that they just can’t understand each other. This lack of understanding of social, moral, political, musical, sartorial or religious opinions leads to lack of acceptance, which is the primary reason why families break.

Shrinking families and widening communication gap is a big barrier to a child’s growth.
We at PICT make sure that both parents as well as the child take a step forward and bridge this gap with increased family time and engaging in meaningful daily conversations.

Here are a few pointers which can help bridge this ever-widening gap: 

1. SPEND TIME TOGETHER
Have a day out with your kids at least once in a month. This will strengthen the bond between you and your kids and guide your relationship in the right direction. Do things together that you both have a common interest in. Bond over movies or talk to your child about his/her friends and get to know them better through your conversation.

2. SLOW DOWN
 
Do not be in a rush to repeat instructions. Ask a question or make a comment and wait. Your child has heard you. Give him a chance to respond.Please be aware that your child understands what you say, even though he may look ‘inattentive’.

3. HAVE AN OPEN MIND
Don’t impose your views on your child. An open mind is never closed to different perspectives or opinions. Such an attitude provides an invaluable insight that can bring about resolution of conflicts. It is important for you to accept that just because he/she is your child, doesn’t mean they cannot have preferences and interests independent of yours.

4. CARE TO LISTEN

While growing up, at some point we all have been at the receiving end of our parents’ lectures about perfection and doing things in a particular way. But its time to do away with that approach and replace it with one where you try to understand what your child has to say. Remember what your kids are trying to convey is an extension of themselves which they expect you to understand. So, listening to them should be your first priority.

5. SILENCE IS GOLDEN, SOMETIMES.
Yes, sometimes, we need to be silent too. We have to let our children voice their opinions and listen to what they have to say, without interrupting them. Let’s practice what we have always preached.

6. BE THE EMOTIONAL ANCHOR
It’s time we give up being judgmental about every little action of our children. Be it household chores or scoring marks in academics or winning a competition, let’s stop comparing our kids with others. After all, success does not depend on competition, it depends on originality. Encourage your child to analyse success and failure with you and, send a message through your action – you are always there for your child.

The reality of a generation is only in terms of age. If we let go of our egos and look at things from an entirely different perspective, we perhaps would never have a gap between us and our children, this does not mean we do not do what is needed to do as parents. It just means we became a little more understanding and accepting of what our children see as their ‘world’.

Ultimately, the essence of effective communication lies in the beautiful expression. “The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said!"

The Necessity of Vocational Education at Schools


We live in a society that places a high value on the profession and white-collar jobs, and that still considers blue-collar work lower status. It’s no surprise that parents want their children to pursue careers that will maintain or increase their status. In high socio-economic communities this is even more evident.

A few years ago, vocational courses were thought to be for people who did not have the aptitude to study in a school or college and thus, needed skills in a particular field, to gain employment. This bias against vocational education is dysfunctional. It is destructive to our children. They should have the opportunity to be trained in whatever skills their natural gifts and preferences lead them to, rather than more or less condemning them to jobs they’ll find meaningless.

This scenario, however, has completely changed today. Nowadays, people have realized the importance of vocational education and are opting for such courses, both online and offline, to gain skills related to a particular field so that their job prospect can improve.

Benefits of vocational education in school 

- Vocational Education as a term itself denotes that the students are specialized and therefore they have more chances of employment as compared to others.
- Due to the nature of skills it imparts a student doesn’t consider it a futility as compared to academic education.
- Career of one’s own choice is a major benefit of this type of education. A vast majority of people are caught in the wrong jobs because they opted it for the sake of security, money, social status or lack of alternative. Whereas an individual with vocational training is already pursuing his/her dream job.
- Majority of Vocational Skills are applicable all over the world, creating employment opportunities abroad.
- Gives students opportunities to take marketable skills from the classroom directly into the working world.
- It imbibes values of responsibility and independence in students.
- Such training promotes entrepreneurship, which is important for the economy today since recession has left many without jobs.

We believe in imparting “specialized knowledge,” which is the need of the hour.
At PICT, we consider vocational training of extreme importance. Young learners are encouraged to choose their field of interests and further pursue training in the same.
Vocational Education on both a secondary and post-secondary level should be highly valued, well-funded and effectively implemented. The first step can and should be taken on a local level.

“Vocational programs train students for many high-demand (and high-wage) jobs, develop practical skillsets and — because of the focus on hands-on learning and apprenticeship — often engage students at a higher level than traditional classroom learning” – NishaChoksi, Educator

The advantages of less screen time to growing kids


“Whether you are a parent or not, carving out time to turn off your devices, to disconnect from the wired world and engage with the real people who are all around you, is one of the best gifts you can give yourself and the people you love.”
– Alan Brown,entrepreneur, productivity coach

If you've ever wondered whether it's worth fighting with your child over the amount of time he/she spends in front of the TV, computer, or another screen, the answer, according to recent studies, is a resounding "yes." Reducing time with devices makes it more possible for families to actually spend time together interacting and talking to each other face-to-face and can give kids more time to go outside, get some exercise or read a book.

Recently, studies have shown that cutting down screen time can also have a positive effect on kids' physical, social, and behavioral well-being, and can even improve their academic performance.

Why limit the screen time?
Overuse of digital media and screens may put your child at a risk of:
1. Obesity
Excessive screen use or having TV in the bedroom can increase the risk of obesity. Teens who watch more than 5 hours of TV per day are 5 times more likely to be overweight than teens who watch 0-2 hours of TV. This is in part due to the fact that viewers are exposed to advertising for high-calorie foods. Viewers are also more likely to snack or overeat while watching screen media.

2. Sleep problems
Media use can interfere with sleep. Children and teens who spend more time with social media or who sleep with mobiles or I-pads in their rooms are at a greater risk for sleep problems. Exposure to light and simulating content from screens can delay or disrupt sleep.

3. Negative effect on school performance
Children and teens often use entertainment media simultaneously with school work. Such multitasking can have a negative impact on academic performance and grades.

4. Ceases creativity
Watching too much television takes away opportunity from your child to broaden his/her imagination and makes them dull and uninterested.

5. Being lazy and inactive
Sitting or lying in front of a screen the whole time makes children lethargic. Kids find it too comfortable to laze around in front of the TV instead of going out or playing a sport.

6. Expects things to always be perfect
Watching TV, your child believes that everything must entertain and you can change the channel if something doesn’t. They apply this in life as well and are disappointed at every point because they cannot control things here by merely changing the channel.

Not having control over what goes on in their life, children are often annoyed and consider life to not be fair. Because well everything turned out well for that fantasy story they saw on TV the other day. Anything not working out for them makes them feel defective and a failure.

Benefits of cutting down screen time
1. Better sleep
Poor sleep exacerbates symptoms of depression. Numerous studies have shown that blue light from a screen is harmful to sleep. By avoiding screens an hour before bed, your brain starts to relax, resulting in a better sleep.

2. Reduced anxiety and stress
Having a shut-down ritual and avoiding screens before bed, makes your child less prone to depression and anxiety and he/she is likely to be much happier.

3. Wake up more focused
The greatest benefit of avoiding screens an hour before bed is that you wake up more focused. If you’ve avoided screens before bed, you’ll be less compelled to turn on your devices first thing in the morning. When your child wakes up clear and focused, it becomes much easier to spend the early hours of their day on activities that add meaning to their life.

4. Better attention to other activities
When children are not glued to the television sets or video games, they can utilize that time for some other activities such as outdoor games, reading or even drawing or painting.

5. Better grades
Research shows that parental monitoring of kids’ media use leads to better performance in school as well as improved grades.

6. Enhances social skills
Kids spending most of the time in front of television lack social skills. Being outdoors, meeting new people in person and not online, allows your child to interact with the outside world which is extremely necessary for their adult relationships later in life.

7. Makes your child active mentally and physically.
Children who are not addicted to television, spend more time doing other stuff. Be it outdoor games, creative arts or reading a book. All these activities boost your child’s confidence and makes them active learners.

Monitoring screen time and content doesn't immediately lead to changes, but over time, there are a wide range of health and wellness benefits. Remind yourself that its worth the argument. Your child maybe one unhappy camper when his/her screen time is limited and monitored but remember, it’s worth the short term sacrifice. 

At PICT, Sports is more than just play


High fives. School spirit. Team pride.
School-based sports programs can bring out noticeable positive reactions and behaviors in teens.
In addition to social and emotional benefits, sports can bring about intangible benefits to the school and the community as a whole. Sports create important opportunities for students to contribute to the school community, which may cultivate an increased commitment to, or identification with, school and school values.

In India, the domain of sports is largely unexplored by many, until now. This is mainly due to the
social opinion that all students are supposed to pursue a professional degree and then move on to finding a job in the “usual” fields of engineering, medicine or software. A plethora of opportunities go untapped as a result of this mindset and a career in sports is one such
opportunity most children miss out on.

Sports-friendly infrastructure at PICT
Exercise, yoga, sports and other physical activities play an important role in keeping the student active and energetic. Moreover, sports in PICT Model School is not “extra –curricular”. It is a part of main stream academics which cements the foundation for a career in future. Hence, we have dedicated time for physical training and sports such as basketball, football, tennis, etc.

At PICT we consider sports as an equal career option as any other.
At PICT, we strongly believe that a career driven by passion is sure of attaining the success everyone aspires for. Hence, learners at PICT are encouraged to perform and develop in a field of their individual interests, be it rocket science or fine arts, engineering or sports.
Sports as a whole is now being considered a lucrative career option in India. The best way forward in this direction is to pick an activity of interest and begin pursuing excellence in the same.

We ensure that all students are actively engaged in physical activities keeping in mind its health, social as well as emotional benefits. Post this stage, for those who may develop an inclination towards a certain game, are entirely supported, trained to perform better and achieve excellence in that game.

There are multiple career options in sports and playing professional is one of them – albeit the most glamorous one. Students at PICT are encouraged to pursue their passion which brings out in them the drive to over-perform and excel in that field as a professional endeavor.

We are committed to bring in ‘Metacognition’


Why do some students in a course perform better than others of roughly equal ability?
The answers, of course, are as varied as are students. Some spend more time studying, or study more efficiently; some have other priorities; some don’t connect with the instructor. Some of these factors relate to metacognition, defined variously as knowing about knowing or being able to understand why we learn the way we do.

What is Metacognition?
Metacognition, simply put, is the process of ‘thinking about thinking’. It is important in every aspect of school and life, since it involves self-reflection on one’s current position, future goals, potential actions and strategies, and results. At its core, it is a basic survival strategy.

For example, a student with metacognitive skills may realize after a disappointing test that he/she didn’t work on remembering facts or application of concepts or using the key words in the answers and needs to devote more time to academics. A student without such self – reflective skills, may blame the teacher or the circumstances.

How is metacognition incorporated at PICT?
At PICT, we dedicate an hour each day, for students to summarize and go over the contents that they learnt throughout the day. We apply various strategies for metacognitive learning. Some of them are:
Pre-assessment of content
A simple activity such as finding out what students already know about a topic can help students begin to think about how learning works.

Self-assessment of learning skills
Students aren’t going to learn how to be good learners unless we engage them in activities and discussions about how they perceive themselves as learners and to see what approaches are working and not working for their learning.

Think aloud for metacognition
The educators provide opportunities for the learners to talk out loud about their views regarding the concepts taught, sharing their thinking with peers, helping them become more reflective in their own approaches towards the subject.

Reflective writing
Reflective writing helps students make connections between what they are learning in their classrooms or through home assignments and how are they integrating the content into their current learning structures.

Connect-Extend-Challenge
Students are encouraged to connect new ideas to concepts they are already familiar with and then extend those connections to see what challenges may result in their thinking.

Metacognition is an integral part of the virtuous learning cycle, and the one that is amenable to further improvement through instructions.
With metacognition, students learn to accurately predict how much knowledge they have for an upcoming test or requirement. In the long run, students become more accurate with their predictions, be it a test or even life-altering decisions.

We encourage “No Tuition Policy”

 
A world of academics at school, at home and yet again, in the tuition classes - is it really helping your child to perform? Or is it merely increasing the workload, setting unrealistic goals, making your child sleep deprived, anxious and stressed?

Objective of a no tuition policy
At PICT, we stand by a No Tuition Policy. We intend to inform the parents that children do not have to undergo the ordeal of ‘listening’ to extra lectures in the tuition classes to perform better, they need time for reflection.

Why do we say no to tuitions?
The most important reason is that students need to take responsibility of their own learning and become independent learners. Students going for tuitions often consider completing homework or preparing for the next day’s lesson as the responsibility of their tuition teachers. Tuitions cease to encourage self-learning skills in students because they do not have time to analyse their own strengths and weaknesses.

Extra classes, after school, tend to rob the childhood from growing kids. Tuitions often take up the time that should ideally be dedicated for other creative and physical activities in addition to academics. At tuitions, quite often, concepts are repeated, making the sessions monotonous, thus, risking the joy of learning.

How do we make sure our learners don’t need tuitions?
We understand that each child is unique and learns at his/her pace. With our individual learnings programmes, we facilitate every student to learn according to their styles and speed without the fear of being left behind.

Our teaching-learning methodology supports ‘active learning’ which provides opportunity for acquiring knowledge and assimilation of concepts through experiences.
Educators at PICT do not indulge in traditional ‘chalk and talk’ learning method, subjecting learners to passive listening. Instead, they believe in creating a healthy learning environment where each child is encouraged to think and express their perceptions of different concepts, apply the concepts in real life, discuss over various issues with fellow classmates and finally, synthesize a conclusion.
 

We appeal to the parents to spend time with their children, discussing the day’s learning, motivating them through constant emotional support which will help them to become autonomous learners who can take responsibility for their own development. At PICT, parents and educators collaborate to provide a learning environment which enables the learners to grow up with an enlightened mind.

We design in Individual Learning Plans.


In today’s competitive world where the tables have turned from “Jack of all trades and master of none” to “Jack of all trades and master of one”, one really has to possess strong conceptual understanding of various different fields and, master at one of them. Naturally, parents are often worried about the lack of individual attention been given to the development of their child.

What is individual learning?
‘Individual Learning Plan’ or ILP is a method of teaching that is paced to student learning needs and customized to student learning preferences and interests.

How is ILP different from traditional learning?
Traditional learning structure is based on mass production- teaching students in a generic manner and expecting them to adjust to the system. Individual learning structure is based on mass customization- teaching students according to their needs and focusing heavily on equity, ensuring all students get a chance to succeed.

Benefits of Individual Learning:
1. A generic model does not account for students’ different learning preferences or interests. Individual learning allows for learning - anywhere, anytime.
2. Individual learning encourages students to research and refer to a variety of resources, collaborate with experts to gather information, according to individual needs.
3. Students enjoy the liberty to focus on their interests and personalized goals.
4. ILP facilitates learners to learn at their natural pace, without the fear of being left behind.

At PICT, we facilitate individual learning.

Educators at PICT strongly support individual learning. Students are given opportunities to engage in peer or self-review in order to initiate the process of taking responsibility for their own learning as well as mistakes. Our learners are constantly inspired to think and voice their opinions on various different topics. We strongly believe that each student is unique and so should be the method of building his/her future. With us, the child would be motivated to become lifelong learners.

How does ILP help your child?
A personal approach to teaching or training yields better results. It gives learners an opportunity to engage with the content meaningfully. The emphasis is no longer ‘teach it’ but instead ‘learn it’ or better yet ‘apply it’.

With individual learning, PICT offers a different perspective on education, one that positions the students first.
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