At Oberoi, we want to give students the freedom to think and we want to empower them to be. As we head toward authorization for the IB PYP, we are encouraging all of the attitudes that help make an internationally-minded person. We want students to take charge of themselves and their learning so that they can be lifelong learners. We encourage independence, risk-taking, self-management skills including organization and emphasize the concept of responsibility.
Even from the early years, students can be responsible. It starts with small things, which lead to students feeling confident in their own abilities and the quest to learn more, do more and take charge of their learning.
In the mornings, I usually greet the children as they are getting out of their cars and walking in to school. Over the year, I've seen the students grow more independent and confident. Most of the children, from nursery-grade 4 carry their own bags. Many of the children are now walking in without their parents or caretakers, sometimes meeting friends along the way. Most of the youngest ones now even say with confidence "Good morning Ms. Kristen!"
We hope that all students will go out into the world as confident, responsible thinkers who want to make a change. In Oberoi's core values, we
value the ideas that individuals have the ability to change the world and the group has the power to make this a reality.
Keep encouraging your children at home to be responsible, to take charge of themselves, to ask questions. Thank you for helping our children have the freedom to think and the power to be.
Kristen Blum, PYP Coordinator
Primary Years Programme of Inquiry: Link