Devika started off in advertising in India, but was drawn to a career in teaching after finding joy in being actively involved in her daughters' educational journeys. She holds a Master's Degree in International Education with a specialisation in PYP from the University of Melbourne, a Postgraduate Certificate in the IB Primary Years Programme and a Cambridge International Certificate in Teaching and Learning.
Having taught children from Nursery to Year 5 in International schools in India and Singapore, her style of teaching is an amalgamation of the different curricula she has been part of, including both the Cambridge Primary and the PYP.
As a teacher, Devika understands that every child has a unique learning journey and she cherishes being a part of this both as a facilitator and observer. It also gives her immense pleasure to interact with students of different age groups and cultural backgrounds to share their enthusiasm. She believes that 'when one teaches, two learn’.
She is excited to be a part of such a dedicated, competent team at OWIS and to contribute towards the holistic growth of her students. The teaching and learning environment generated by the PYP at OWIS provides numerous opportunities for creativity, initiative and personal growth.
Devika likes spending time with her daughters outside of school. She also enjoys experimenting and making her own creations through cooking, baking, sketching and painting.
Self-confidence is a complex trait to measure and to impart. Some children exhibit self-confidence from their first day of primary school. But for others, it's a skill that must be fostered and actively encouraged. In the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP) at One World International School (OWIS), this task falls largely on the classroom educator.
OWIS teachers use four different techniques to foster self-confidence in their students:
Just like adults, children have their own individual strengths and areas for development. By recognising a student's strengths, their teacher can build upon them. For example, children who possess strong social skills may soar as part of a group. On the other hand, a child who is reluctant or uncertain may feel most comfortable working alone or with one trusted peer.
Along with encouraging strengths comes the responsibility of knowing each child's preferred learning style. For example, some students are kinesthetic learners, meaning they learn best when physically doing things. OWIS educators foster this learning style by allowing these students to build models or work with manipulatives and materials. Similarly, another student may enjoy papercraft. This student might learn best when allowed to do origami, make a kite or glue cutouts into an interactive notebook.
At OWIS, it is the teachers’ responsibility to familiarise themselves with the individual strengths, learning styles and preferences of each student in the classroom. Teachers encourage them to begin with familiar tasks before taking on significantly challenging ones. Thus, they facilitate students in achieving their goals.
Achievable goals also play huge roles in building student self-confidence. OWIS educators set goals that are challenging but realistic. This makes them reachable. When children find they can achieve the goals that have been set for them, they're encouraged to continue. As a result, they not only develop confidence in their own skills and abilities, but they develop a love of learning as well. This, in turn, inspires them to keep moving forward, exploring, questioning and achieving.
Goals in the OWIS classroom are student-centric. They are important to learning and important to the student, as well. Students want to achieve them because they know they can. And when a goal has been attained, the next step involves rewards.
OWIS educators believe every step of learning is a cause for celebration. By recognising students for attaining goals, making an effort to improve, and showing a positive attitude and a willingness to learn, we're reinforcing a child's value. Students understand that progress matters, no matter how small. And our teachers make every effort to praise students in front of their peers so the entire classroom can share in the positivity.
It feels good to belong. When children feel as though they're a part of something bigger, whether it's a team, the classroom or a global society, they feel confident. For this reason, educators at OWIS are careful to include every student equally. Each student has a chore or responsibility. Whether it's a writer, materials manager, artist or timekeeper, everyone has an important role to play. This helps students learn to believe in themselves and their talents. It also teaches them that their contributions matter, and that they are an integral part of a whole.
The four techniques used by OWIS educators to foster self-confidence in the classroom are reflected in student learning outcomes. As children take risks, achieve goals and receive recognition, they are encouraged to keep moving forward. Slowly but surely, they become champions of their own learning. By setting ever more difficult goals, students begin to take setbacks in their stride and demonstrate resilience. Where they once may have faltered and become disheartened, they now stand up, dust off and keep on going. They become risk-takers, open to exploration and experimentation. They communicate more confidently with peers and have no trouble sharing ideas and opinions.
One World International School is a leading international school in Singapore that offers the IB Primary Years Programme, underpinned by the English National Curriculum. As a result, it's a popular international school for expat families in Singapore. Our two locations, OWIS Suntec and OWIS Nanyang, feature technology-driven campuses, modern classroom facilities, and kindness-led, student-centric education. (OWIS Nanyang is an authorised for the IB PYP, while OWIS Suntec is an IB PYP Candidate School.)
If your family is searching for an IB World School in Singapore, we invite you to contact us for a campus tour today. At OWIS, we take pride in our students, and we encourage them to take pride in themselves and each other. We would love the opportunity to tell you more about it.