Rashmi Tourani has a passion for words. She earned her Bachelor’s in English from the City University of Hong Kong, Postgraduate Diploma in Education from the University of Hong Kong, and Master’s Degree in Literary Arts from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Rashmi’s teaching experience spans over six years at prestigious international schools. Her expertise includes Secondary and Primary English study levels.
Children benefit from an effective learning environment that stimulates and nurtures individual growth. This is where Rashmi steps in to help students grow. She advocates excellence in communication and encourages students to build lasting relationships and a passion for life-long learning.
This is why she chose to join OWIS. She believes in the OWIS approach to learning and believes the individual study methods employed in our curriculum enable students to achieve the highest standards possible. Collaboration is key to retaining information, and the group study programmes help nurture this in young children.
Rashmi loves exploring new countries, cultures, and cuisines, as long as the menu doesn’t include seafood. An avid fitness guru, Rashmi loves dancing and yoga. Her love for words is evident in her reading style. When not teaching or exercising, you will find Rashmi reading her favourite historical novel.
Imagine a scenario in which two teachers assign their classrooms two different projects about the same topic. One teacher decides to require her students to memorise and recite the poem "Jabberwocky" by Lewis Carroll. The other teacher reads the same poem with her classroom and encourages them to discuss it and analyse it together. After, she asks them to write their own nonsense poem.
Which classroom do you feel had the more valuable and effective learning experience? Likely the classroom in which the students were allowed to use their creativity to connect with the poem being discussed. While memorisation and reiterating facts is the more traditional approach to education, at OWIS, our IB PYP teachers believe that using inquiry-based learning to encourage creative thinking is more effective with young students.
The IB PYP is a transdisciplinary programme that seeks to develop students as learners who work well within a learning community. The curriculum framework is based on six themes, which are:
The IB PYP teachers at OWIS create lesson plans based on these themes that incorporate creative activities and projects in which the students have the freedom to express themselves. These are just a few examples of the types of activities that are used to inspire creativity in young learners at OWIS:
At OWIS, our IB PYP teachers are trained to incorporate elements into their lesson plans that spark creativity and encourage students to stay motivated. They know how to inspire discussion among their students, and they believe that their role is to serve as a guide throughout their educational experience. Not only are our teachers trained in this unique approach to education, but they firmly believe in the OWIS model. Every day that they arrive in the classroom provides them with a new opportunity to teach their students in a creative and innovative way. For them, each day is just as exciting and interesting as it is for the students who rely on them!
If you want your child to grow and thrive in an environment where their creativity will be nurtured, then the OWIS IB PYP is the best option for your family. For more information about the IB PYP at OWIS, schedule a virtual tour with us.
(All OWIS photographs in this blog article were taken pre-Covid. The school is adhering to hygiene protocols and social distancing measures as recommended by the CPE and Ministry of Health, Singapore.)