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Here, we provide valuable insights, tips, and resources for parents, teachers, and students on a variety of topics related to K-12 education. From effective teaching strategies and student engagement techniques to academic success and mental health, our blog covers it all. Stay up-to-date with the latest trends and best practices in K-12 education by following our blog.

Challenging Our Children: Nurturing Personal Growth Alongside Academics

Nurturing comes readily to caregivers, parents, and teachers. It is an innate biological mindset to care for the young, and make sure their basic needs are met. Passing on life skills we have learned in our own lives through our experiences with caregivers, to our own children and students.

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Inclusivity at CIS

Canadian International School (CIS) is a top school in Bangalore with students and faculty members from over 40 nationalities. With such a large and diverse population, we believe that inclusivity helps students to become part of our community, develop a sense of belonging, and become better prepared for life in the community as children and adults.

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The CIS Allies Network

Canadian International School (CIS) is a top school in Bangalore with students and faculty members from over 40 nationalities. With such a large and diverse population, we believe that inclusivity helps students to become part of our community, develop a sense of belonging, and become better prepared for life in the community as children and adults.

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Technology at CIS

Technology is everywhere, it is intertwined with our day to day lives and it affects how we work, live, and function today. The future is unequivocally more technologically oriented and it has become vital to equip our students to be smart, digital citizens by the time they graduate from school.

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Mythbusting: 5 ways over testing is ineffective towards learning

Testing in schools is perceived as an important measure of student learning and achievements. Testing can provide an objective way to compare student understanding, find learning gaps, and mark growth over time. But testing results can also be misrepresented student learning, be skewed both by performance and by marking bias, and in how results are interpreted. 

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How does investing in an international education benefit your child?

As a parent, it is natural to try and provide your child with the best possible options to enable them to become intellectual, independent, and responsible adults. Considering that we live in an ever-changing global scenario, parents now prefer access to an international curriculum in their home country without having to send their children to boarding schools overseas at a young age.

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The Importance of Physical Activity During Covid-19 Outbreak

It is always important to participate in regular exercise. During pandemics like Covid-19, it may be even more important. It does not have to be vigorous and it doesn’t even have to be daily (though the latter does help), but regular exercise could be the difference in your immune system’s ability to fight off or effectively recover from Covid-19 or other illnesses.

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Laying the Foundation

Another year is here. The last year involved a lot of adjustments and adapting to new circumstances with an online school experience. The sudden changes may have led us to a place where we could not be certain about the near future. It is only natural to have concerns and mixed feelings about how this coming year will turn out for us and our families. To start this year, we thought of exploring ways in which we could model helpful attitudes to support our children in responding to sudden and difficult conditions.

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Turning Languishing to Thriving at CIS

We all have those things that we do that sparks joy in us (thank you Marie Kando for that phrase).  It is more than “clearing out your closet joy” though, as gratifying as that can be.  Turning languishing to thriving is more than accomplishing one thing, it is a steady march, sometimes uphill, sometimes coasting, towards a goal that  you may never reach, but that brings you closer every day.  In education we talk about this as process over product.

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A Reminder of Hope

To discuss the topic of hope, would not mean we neglect our anxiety, but to make a choice to proactively think about how to make it through the future and to expand from mere optimism. When it comes to our children, let us look at hope as a learnable, measurable skill. This outlook can help us support them in finding success regardless of the situation.

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Speaking Love

So far we have maintained an emphasis on self-care, especially during the time when there was an enmeshment of space. Our homes had become our workplace, a child’s school and a ‘wannabe’ restaurant all rolled into one.

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CIS Grief It Out

Being impacted by grief during the pandemic has become commonplace. The grieving process is generally explained as the outward display of feelings over a significant loss, leading to a limited understanding when it comes to helping a grieving child/person. The grief experience is very unique for each person. Loss is not limited to death. It varies from the loss of time, space, a relationship, loss of celebrations, to even the loss of a misplaced object.

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Impact of Self Talk in Managing Situations

Almost every moment in our lives receives a label of either a positive or negative experience. Positive experiences or events like completing a large amount of work or enjoying a cup of hot tea in the rain are tucked away in a happy memory place either in the long-term or short-term and are brought out when we need a boost of confidence and calm. This also is the case when it comes to negative experiences, although it may not have such a positive impact on us because of the stress it causes.

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Virtual Terry Fox Run 2020 at CIS

The Terry Fox Run is an annual non-competitive marathon held across the world in tribute to Terry Fox, a late Canadian cancer research activist who desired to find a cure for cancer. ”I want to try the impossible and show it can be done”, he said as he started a Marathon of Hope to raise money for this cause. Unfortunately, he succumbed to his illness in June 1981, although having left an inspiring legacy that lives on until today.

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Raising Grit

Grit can be identified as a trait that embodies passion and perseverance to overcome obstacles and reach a difficult goal. It would be ideal if all children were motivated to work harder when challenges presented themselves. However, grit is present in different levels in different personalities.

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Mind With Heart

Why mindfulness? You can’t focus on well-being if you can’t focus on the tools for mental wellness. Mindfulness is very pivotal to that. With virtual learning taking it’s pace, our homes have now turned into both a personal and a work space. This can be quite challenging and can turn into complex environments, where boundaries are difficult to maintain.

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Adding to the Calm

Sometimes we try to fill up the void with things so that we do not have to ‘take rest’. Rest sometimes activates voices that tell us that we are being lazy, we haven’t done enough or that it is not allowed. The disruption that the situation has brought upon us has at some level directed us into a place of discomfort.

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Being Real With Our Children in the CIS

When the world is struck with a difficult situation, the instinct to shield our children from the effects of it is completely understandable. All children are different. They need different information to feel safe, they look for a different level of detail and they are impacted by different parts of the story. Nobody will know your children better than you do, so it’s important to manage the conversation based on who they are, what they already know.

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Finding a Middle Path at CIS

Amidst the COVID-19 crisis, at what point did this become a real problem? Threat perception includes a number of factors that elevate the available information. The purpose of finding a middle path is to ensure that we are moving forward irrespective of the situation getting better or worse.

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Weather the Storm - Canadian International School in Bangalore

The COVID-19 is on all our minds and we cannot deny how it has disrupted our routines. This disruption is not affecting just our students or families but it is also affecting the larger community that we live in. Anxiety is a normal, productive and valuable emotional response to the perception of threat. It is important to remember our children are looking towards us for reassurance and cues on how to react and respond.

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Mythbusting What is Rigour at CIS

Learning at CIS is a transformative process that leads to conceptual understanding, demonstration of competencies through application, and character development as seen through the CIS Core Values of Integrity, Joy, Respect, Caring, and Inspiration. It is defined by learning and focusing on the “3Cs” – Concept, Competencies, and Character. Students at CIS become active agents in their own learning, capable communicators and thinkers, and highly collaborative.

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Integrating Technology in Elementary School at CIS

The Elementary School at CIS has a dedicated Technology integration specialist. The tech integration specialist works with classroom teachers and students to utilize technology to plan and implement learning supported by technology. Students learn to use technology under the supervision of adults while learning within the classroom; they also learn about being a good digital citizen, using technology ethically and responsibly. Colourful, creative, and engaging apps are integrated into our learning programs.

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Autism Awareness Workshop at CIS

“Empowering Differently Abled Club”, an IB student-led club at Canadian International School (CIS), a top school in Bangalore, is aimed to raise awareness and help us understand the needs of those who have different disabilities. Ms. Sha Nigar, from the Association of People with Disabilities (APD) visited our club to aid our learning and understanding of people with disabilities.

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Autism Awareness Workshop at CIS

“Empowering Differently Abled Club”, an IB student-led club at Canadian International School (CIS), a top school in Bangalore, is aimed to raise awareness and help us understand the needs of those who have different disabilities. Ms. Sha Nigar, from the Association of People with Disabilities (APD) visited our club to aid our learning and understanding of people with disabilities.

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The Integral Role of Athletics in Education at CIS

Many parents are concerned with the decline in the number of athletic programs offered by schools in India. Exposing children to physical activity at an early age greatly benefits their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical well-being. Studies also show that children participating in athletics from a young age are more likely to have a passion for physical activity throughout life.

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The Core Values at CIS

Along with conceptual understanding, and developing competencies (skills) across a broad range of content, character development is of equal importance to teaching and learning at Canadian International School (CIS), a top school in Bangalore. Core Values are a fundamental part of the ethos of CIS. In an ever-changing world, we are constantly reminded of the importance of the core values that we practice and encourage within the school on a daily basis.

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Athletics and Activities at CIS

With the creation of BAASC, CIS now has the opportunity to begin the process of joining a core division of FOBISIA. Being part of a core division means that the school can attend the annual games – an event in which four school teams travel to one location to participate in soccer, basketball, swimming, and track and field events over the span of 4-5 days against five other international schools.

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The Value of Integrating Ipads Into the Classroom at CIS

One of the primary benefits of integrating iPad’s into the classroom is that it enables students to develop skills essential for the 21st century. Modern learning is about collaborating with others, solving complex problems, critical thinking, communication, and increasing productivity. iPads can also help develop many practical skills, including creating presentations, learning to differentiate reliable from unreliable sources on the Internet, and maintaining proper online etiquette.

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The Contextual Connection at CIS

The global scenario is changing and parents are looking for an education that emphasizes a hands-on learning experience both inside and outside of the classroom. Experiential learning accentuates learning in a way that students are able to construct meaning based on their own experiences and their own unique perspectives. This type of learning is called Contextual Learning (CL), an important part of the Elementary, Middle, and High School curriculum at Canadian International School (CIS), a top school in Bangalore.

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Benefits of Music Education for Growing Children at CIS

Learning music teaches students about delayed gratification. Playing an instrument or practising music teaches our students to persevere through hours, months, and sometimes years of practice before they reach specific goals. The CIS music program incorporates the following components: Creating and performing music, Learning forms and cultural contexts, Music in advertising (jingles), Reflecting on music education, Responding to and analyzing music

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The Importance of having a School Counsellor at CIS

Students today face challenges and pressures that need additional support from when we were young and growing up.  More and more, schools need to be equipped to assist students of all ages to cope better with the challenges of schools, transitioning from childhood to young adulthood, social media and so many other distractors in today’s world. Counselling is designed to give students a healthy outlet to safely discuss their problems, work together to resolve conflicts, improve behaviour, and help with social development.

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5 things CIS teachers have learnt about technology integration in the classroom

Technology in the classroom is a major tool as a pedagogical resource and in connecting with and engaging younger generations. As tech usage is increasingly adopted by educational institutes, it plays an integral role in revolutionizing education as we know it. Today, technology and education are a great combination if used together with the right reason and vision.

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6 ways CIS is an eco-friendly school

Opting to be environmentally-friendly is not just a prerequisite in today’s world, it’s a mandate. Owing to rampant pollution and dwindling quality of life, it has become necessary to take actions towards a cleaner, greener future. As one of the top international schools in Bangalore, our vision at Canadian International School (CIS) is to set an example for our students, faculty, and families by incorporating practices that can cut down our carbon footprint.

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Inspiring Futures: Transformative High School Education at CIS

High school at CIS consists of the four critical years before students enter college. It’s also a time when students start learning about life, developing their interests, and discovering who they are. At CIS, we have the IGCSE curriculum for grade 9 and 10, and the IBDP curriculum for grade 11 and 12. The choice of curricula was established because the Cambridge curriculum helps students build a solid base for the higher grades and the IBDP provides a holistic education.

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Holistic Development: Exploring Co-curricular Advantages at CIS Education

Learning is a broad concept that goes beyond the four walls of the classroom. Establishing well-rounded experiences for students only occurs with a steady balance of academic development, artistic, cognitive, and character development inside and outside the classroom. CIS, a top school in Bangalore, integrates co-curricular activities into the curriculum to help students develop a holistic mindset with a lot of interesting and important experiences outside the traditional classroom.

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The MUN club at CIS

Students that are part of the MUN club at CIS engage in an authentic simulation of the United Nations by learning about the system, the skills of debate, compromise, conflict resolution, and negotiation. MUN team members also have fun learning about the workings of world diplomacy through the lens of current world events!

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