The Right Approach

The Right Approach

Explore

Step one of learning starts with exploration. The neurons in the brain of young children ands

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Experience

Stage two of learning is shaped with experience. Having already explored with the senses

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Implements

Stage three of learning, ‘implementation’, is the goal of all education

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Explore

Step one of learning starts with exploration. The neurons in the brain of young children are connecting at a furious pace and need stimulation from the five senses. In this stage learning is based on hands on experiences that lead to thinking and logical skills. Exploring ideas, thoughts, shaping and reshaping projects are all integral aspects of this stage. For a learning based project it is important that children immerse in the idea and concept to explore it from all angles. Our model helps support this exploration in children.

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Experience

Stage two of learning is shaped with experience. Having already explored with the senses, in this stage children connect that exploration with past knowledge and create their thoughts and shape their ideas that leads to knowledge and understanding of the world around them. Analyzing, optimizing, restructuring are some of the high end pre-frontal skills developed at this stage. John Dewey’s model of “Project Based Learning” along with Jean Piaget’s “Cognitive Learning Theory” are incorporated at this stage to help children experience knowledge with understanding.

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Implements

Stage three of learning, ‘implementation’, is the goal of all education. Knowledge is not complete unless it is applied and used to bring about change both in the individual and the society. At this stage students are encouraged to implement their ideas and bring about a change in their practice and their thinking. Implementation also helps the students understand ‘what works’ and ‘what does not work’ so that they can work on restructuring and redesigning the idea to suit the needs of the project. At the implementation stage students are encouraged to be independent and experience opportunities of success that help define their self-worth and self-esteem.

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The Right Curriculam

About Us

Since its inception in the year 1927, the Podar Group has taken giant strides

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Curriculam and Content

Curriculam and Content Development is at the core of

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Edutech

Step one of learning starts with exploration. The neurons in the brain of young children ands

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Teachnique

Step one of learning starts with exploration. The neurons in the brain of young children ands

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PODAR INNOVATION CENTER - ABOUT US

Since its inception in the year 1927, the Podar Group has taken giant strides to extend their reach not only in the cities but also to the interiors of our motherland, with the ideology that quality education is the right of every child.

As the Podar fraternity spread across geographical boundaries, it became indispensable to ensure that the quality of education is maintained and enhanced further.

Thus in the year 2008, the Podar Innovation Center (PIC) came into being with five veterans - not only skilled academicians but also exceptionally creative, energetic and zealous people who wanted to bring about a change that mattered.

Today, PIC encompasses a team of more than 80 such academicians, educationists and experts who work to facilitate teaching and learning at various levels of the Podar educational system, starting at the primary and ascending up to the senior secondary school.

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The advantage of having a centralized and a standardized system is that irrespective of where a school is located, the Podar standard of education is maintained. Right from selecting textbooks, building syllabus, making of the yearly planners, developing lesson plans using Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and other teaching aids, formulating worksheets, designing question papers and internal assessments, developing guidelines for activities, projects and lab work, the PIC team ensures that only the best goes to our students.

This team aims to provide high quality academic and non-academic support to all the Podar Education Network Schools based on the curriculum guidelines from the various boards including Indian boards like the Central Board for Secondary Education and Indian Certificate of Secondary Education, the Maharashtra State Board and an international board like the Cambridge Assessment of International Examination.

CURRICULUM AND CONTENT

Curriculam and Content Development is at the core of the Podar Innovation Centre. The team specializes in creating curriculum and content based on the guidelines of various boards including CBSE, ICSE, CAIE and the Maharashtra State Board. The Curriculam and Content Team of the PIC provides a wide range of academic solutions to schools, within and outside the Podar Education Network, including those aligned to the Podar Curriculam Consultancy and the Podar Learn Schools.

The Podar System of Education values the child as a strong, capable and resilient individual, rich with wonder and knowledge. Every child brings with him deep curiosity and potential and this innate curiosity drives his interest to understand the world and his place within it. Our curriculum allows the child to reflect, solve, create, grow and most importantly, think. The core elements of the PIC Curriculam are as follows:

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Curriculam Solutions Period Allocation

For optimal effectiveness of the entire teaching – learning process it is important that the time devoted to each subject is well planned. The syllabus designed for a particular academic year needs to be carefully distributed for successful learning to happen. Thus the PIC team provides the schools with a period allocation plan that synchronizes completely with the syllabus laid.

Syllabus

Schools are provided with a syllabus for each grade and subject. The syllabus provides the teacher with the number of periods required to complete a particular lesson. The syllabus is planned keeping in mind the tentative number of working days that each school is expected to have in a single academic year. While formulating the syllabus care is taken to include sufficient time for revision of topics. The syllabus also accounts for the loss of teaching time over various events like the school annual day, sports day and other activities.

(Click here to view a sample syllabus)

Teacher's Manual

Teachers need to make wise decisions about the strategies and methods that they would apply to help learners understand & move systematically toward learner centric goals. Lesson planning is a vital component of the teaching-learning process. Proper classroom planning keeps teachers organized and on track while teaching. The better prepared the teacher is, the more likely she will be able to handle whatever unexpectedly happens in the lesson. PIC provides user friendly Teacher’s Manuals to guide teachers on how to facilitate successful lessons. The Teacher's manual is the instructor’s road map of what students need to learn and how to deliver the lesson effectively during the given class time. The manuals recommend the use of stories, poems and other stimuli as set induction. They incorporate instructional strategies that lead to fruitful thinking. They provide the teacher with tips to integrate learnings together and make the lessons interactive.

Assessments

Assessment resources include Question Paper, Blue Print and Answer Schemes to these Question Papers.

Academic solutions also contain Practice Sheets / Question Banks and Revision Tests as per the requirement of each subject. These resources provide the needed revision and help to the students to prepare for their exams.

(Click here to view a sample question paper, Question Bank and Revision Tests)

ACADEMIC PRODUCTS AND PROGRAMMES

Theatre in Education

Podar Innovation Centre took one more step beyond academics in enhancing the teaching learning experience for its students with its program on Theatre in Education. TiE uses interactive theatre and drama activities and practices to help aid the educational process. The foundation of the program lies in the belief that students learn best by doing. Theatre and drama provide opportunities to students to experience and perceive the concept in an individualized way. Over and above the drilling of the concept, TiE also helps in enhancing communication skills and developing and honing the performance related skills, thus building the students’ confidence.

Podar Innovation Centre took one more step beyond academics in enhancing the teaching learning experience for its students with its program on Theatre in Education. TiE uses interactive theatre and drama activities and practices to help aid the educational process. The foundation of the program lies in the belief that students learn best by doing. Theatre and drama provide opportunities to students to experience and perceive the concept in an individualized way. Over and above the drilling of the concept, TiE also helps in enhancing communication skills and developing and honing the performance related skills, thus building the students’ confidence.

Remedial Learning

Every child achieves learning at their own pace. Some students pick up faster than the others, while some others require additional support. PIC provides resources that aid the teachers to provide additional support for students who require remediation. These resources are broadly in the form of worksheets on Literacy and Numeracy. These worksheets assist students to accomplish expected proficiencies in core academic skills.

Senior Secondary Plus Program

Most students from the science stream of Grades XI and XII pursue competitive exams like the JEE and NEET. We understand that one goal is as important to the student as the other and so we support them in the pursuit of both of these goals.

PIC has collaborated with GuruAankalan for Senior Secondary Plus Program.

GuruAankalan provides study material and assessments for four subjects (physics, chemistry, biology and mathematics) for 2 years.

Academic Guidance for Std. IX & X

Robust academic guidance is given to teachers for grades IX and X. It is ensured that the students are provided with exam oriented content which will prepare them systematically for the Board exams.

Symphonics

Symphonics is the in-house phonics program that spreads from Pre-school to Std. V. The program aims to develop a strong foundation in English language learning by integrating phonics into the learning of reading, writing and spelling of words. The program incorporates the use of colourful flashcards, interesting stories and melodic rhymes for making learning joyful. The journey to reading is made easy and enjoyable with the help of read-along books which are in simple decodable text. Extensive lesson plans and illustrated teaching and behaviour manuals support effective teaching.

Spell the Beans

Spellings form an integral part of not only Languages but for all other subjects too. Yet, the learning of spellings has always been a dull and drab activity for learners.

Keeping this in mind PIC designed a programme by the name of ‘Spell the Beans’. This programme incorporates the use of fun-filled activities intended at retention of spellings. This program targets the students from Grade III to Grade IX.

Math Gym

Math gym sheet is an exercise designed on particular concepts in mathematics. Students are asked to solve 4 – 5 questions on the concept every day. It provides the brain the required exercise to ensure that the concept is not only drilled and retained in the brain but also provides opportunity to practise formulae and calculations. Thus building a strong foundation of every mathematical concept taught at a particular grade level.

Math Lab

All Podar International Schools have a specially designed Math Lab. These labs are equipped with state-of-the-art tools and equipment that provide students with hands on opportunities to apply the learning from the classrooms. The Podar Innovation Centre design Math Lab activities that help in strengthening mathematical concepts by providing hands on experience to students in understanding the concept clearly. It helps in making math more enjoyable and student friendly and thus develops their interest in the subject.

Khan Academy Math Program

PIC has introduced the Math Program of the Khan Academy to selected schools. This program contains practice exercises, instructional videos and a personalized learning dashboard that helps every child to learn at his own pace. Students are provided immediate feedback. The interface is child friendly and provides motivation to practice more math in the form of praise pop-ups.

The teacher interface of the program provides reports on progress of every child in terms of individual growth of every student. These reports help the teacher in initiating focussed remediation in the classroom.

Life Skills

Students gather knowledge and its application through the core curriculum. However, in today’s time and generation certain basic skills of life can sometimes get ignored. We, at Podar Education Network believe in the holistic development of our students. Therefore, we focus not only on knowledge but also in the development of life skills among our students. Our curriculum goes beyond academics through the Life skills modules that bring omivalues in life. Students are taught basic skills appropriate for their age that help them in becoming independent and progressively move towards being helpful to others. By building social and emotional skills students are empowered to face challenges in life successfully. Students learn to feel empathic and to establish and maintain positive relationships.

These modules are incorporated into the daily curriculum. The skills are imparted using kinesthetic activities and strategies like cooperative and collaborative learning, peer partner learning and team based learning.

Beanstalk Olympiads

Beanstalk Olympiad for students is a benchmark test in English, mathematics and science. The Olympiad emanated from the goal to take academic competition to a level of excellence from where we could measure the strengths of our students and work in the direction of improvisation. It envisions the enhancement of the knowledge of the learners by providing a competitive platform, thus elevating the teaching – learning process. Learning happens when the students are actively engaged in the real academic sense. Beanstalk Olympiad endeavours to promote the same.

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PODAR INNOVATION CENTER - EDUTECH

Meeta has challenges with writing. She uses a text-to-speech software that enables her to write with almost 98% accuracy.

Nishad finds it difficult to visualise what a heart looks like. His teacher prints a heart on a 3D printer and now Nishad learns not only how it looks but also how it works!

There are innumerable examples to show how technology has helped us learn things that were difficult or not as effective using any other means. Keeping this thought in mind, the EduTech arm of the PIC ensures integration of technology into education, in a responsible way, so that it facilitates student learning rather than hamper it.

Innovation Labs

Through 3D printing, we encourage students to use their knowledge and zeal to solve problems through designing. Robotics and drones help them to learn programming, automation and coding.

TVirtual reality helps them explore the extreme environment and faraway places.

Cyber Safety and Digital Citizenship

Technology can be a boon or bane – depends on how you use it.

We strongly believe that controlling is not the solution but educating is.

Thus, instead of just adding filters and firewalls, we also conduct cyber safety workshops for students of Std V to X and ensure that they become good Netizens.

PODAR INNOVATION CENTER - TEACHNIQUE

Teachnique is the arm of the Podar Innovation Centre that speacialises in providing Academic and Non Academic Services to schools, within the Podar Education Network.

The Teachnique Team provides Training Solutions and Review Systems to the Podar schools.

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The learner today is very different from what he was ever before and his needs are changing rapidly. We recognize that with the growing needs of the learner, it is important for the teachers to keep abreast with most innovative teaching strategies and techniques.

Podar Education Network firmly believes in continuous professional development of all its employees be it the leaders of its various schools spread across the geography of India or staff - teaching or non-teaching, within these schools. Teachnique, the training wing of the Podar Innovation Centre proves to be the one-stop solution for all training needs of the network. Teachnique provides training solutions in the form of Classroom Programs, Coaching Programs, Project Based Training, Video Modules and Online Content for Training Delivery within schools. Broadly, the spectrum of Teachnique training programs is as follows:

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Teachnique School Review System

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As the Podar Group of Schools grew, designing the curriculum alone was not sufficient to ensure quality education in all the schools. This need gave birth to the Podar Review System in the year 2015 with the mission to reach the pinnacle of academic success through quality assurance. This system is based on continuous strategic improvement, trust and respect, evaluation and innovation, professional competence with commitment to excellence, thus laying a platform for our students to become successful global citizens

The review team ensures that all the Podar International Schools provide high quality education, leading to high standards and the best outcomes in a safe environment for all our students.

The Review team engages the whole school in the development of their School Self Evaluation by defining their strengths and weaknesses. This is followed by the creation and formulation of a carefully thought-out School Development Plan. This plan details the improvements the school needs to make in six areas – namely Student Outcome, Student Behavior and Personal Development, Welfare, Quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment, Leadership and Management, and Zero Tolerance to Corporal Punishment. Each of these areas are clearly defined in the Review Handbook that acts as the guiding document for all schools in the network.

The School Development Plan outlines the goals and actions ensures that each school across the Podar Education Network reaches its potential and crosses the benchmark of being outstanding.

The Right Faculty

“We make sure it is the right person for the right job at all times.”

The Right Faculty

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Recruitment

At Podar International Schools, a lot of attention is paid to each candidate before

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Our Teacher Training Program

Once a teacher is selected, they are put through a rigorous

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Recruitment

At Podar International Schools, a lot of attention is paid to each candidate before he or she is selected as a teacher. Among the qualities tested for are the attitudes, approach to teaching, ability to deal with children, their thought process and their understanding of child psychology. Furthermore, a thorough background check both via standard verification checks as well as our own, maintains the standard we prescribe for our teachers.

Our Teacher Training Program

"We have an on-going teacher development programme that makes sure our teachers are up-to-date with the trends, technologies, methodologies, best practices and breakthroughs in the field of education"

Once a teacher is selected, they are put through a rigorous induction programme that trains them with both teaching methods and processes that are required at Podar International Schools.

Furthermore, we have an on-going teacher development programme that makes sure our teachers are up-to-date with the trends, technologies, methodologies, best practices and breakthroughs in the field of education. Some of the highlights of our teacher training programme include:

  • Training from Authors and Publishers.
  • Training from International academicians and industry leaders.
  • Training in Soft skills, etiquette, and work life balance.

This holistic combination gives Podar International School teachers the skill and the expertise in training the next generation for success.

The Right Environment

The Right Environment

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School Infrastructure

At Podar International Schools, we develop our school infrastructure with an aim to maximise the potential

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Classroom Technology

At Podar International Schools, our teaching methodology expands beyond the boundaries

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The Library

At Podar International Schools, the library is not a sanctum of silence but a world of adventure With an expansive collection

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School Infrastructure

At Podar International Schools, we develop our school infrastructure with an aim to maximise the potential of each student to learn, reduce distractions, enhance focus and remove any form of discomfort or difficulty.

Hence our schools are designed incorporating the principles of ergonomics at all levels. Our classrooms are spacious making sure the students can focus on the lesson. We have specially designed furniture in each of our school classrooms that make sure the student is comfortable all throughout the school session. Other facilities include:

  • A fully equipped medical centre with requisite first-aid as well as a trained medical professional.
  • Safe transport for students to school and back in buses that are comfortable, clean and professionally managed. Each bus has a specially trained driver, lady attendant and a conductor. These buses operate on extensive routes.

Classroom Technology

At Podar International Schools, our teaching methodology expands beyond the boundaries of traditional board and chalk teaching to include technology and modern techniques wherever possible. To help students understand and visually relate to complex concepts, every classroom has been provided with projectors & visualisers. With the help of such technology we make sure our students have a firm grasp on the subject matter and are able to think in three-dimensional space.

The Library

At Podar International Schools, the library is not a sanctum of silence but a world of adventure. With an expansive collection of books on every facet of every subject, Podar International Schools take a no-expense-spared approach to stocking the library. Since we train our students to ask questions, we also inculcate in them the curiosity for research and give them the perfect playground for finding out more about everything.

The Right Skills

The Right Skills

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The Sports Lab

The Sports Lab is aimed at developing fundamental skills such as focus, strategic thinking and leadership through

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Holistic Development

Our skill development courses bridge the gap between curiosity and action, empowering our young learners with the

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The Sports Lab

"The Sports Lab is aimed at developing fundamental skills such as focus, strategic thinking and leadership through the practice of sporting discipline."

The Sports Lab is aimed at developing fundamental skills such as focus, strategic thinking and leadership through the practice of sporting discipline.

Our ensemble of sporting activities include.

  • New age sports such as skating, archery, fencing and golf.
  • Traditional sports such as basketball, cricket, hockey and football.
  • Coaches for each sport are selected after careful scrutiny to ensure that experience, knowledge and teaching skills are brought together for the benefit of our students.
  • Each extracurricular activity has a carefully constructed syllabus, which is taught in a scientific and planned manner to ensure the participants not only enjoy the sport, but also develop the qualities that these sports nurture in the athletes.

Holistic Development

"Our skill development courses bridge the gap between curiosity and action, empowering our young learners with the ability to follow their passions."

Our skill development courses bridge the gap between curiosity and action, empowering our young learners with the ability to follow their passions. A wide variety of holistic hobby classes are offered to our students such as:

  • Theatre
  • Indian and Western Dance
  • Classical and International Music
  • Public Speaking and Debating
  • Computer Animation

Experts from each of these fields are brought in to teach the students the importance and subtleties of each subject. The ultimate objective is to help create all round students – successful both in and out of the classroom.