Top 4 Reasons Why You Should Choose Triway for Enhancing the Learning Skills of Your Students

We at Triway are focused on creating tools for assisting the schools in ensuring that the everyday learning becomes interesting for their students. As parents we all focus on our children’s capability getting nurtured at every stage of their lives.

You may be a professional tutor, school admin or a parent concerned about the students’ developmental skills. We understand your concerns and have created methodologies and tools for enhancing your students’ learning abilities.

Nurturing young minds and intensifying their learning through practical methodologies is our passion. Hence we are ready to give you 4 good reasons why you should choose Triway.

Reason 1: We all know we think differently and act differently and then we call it intelligence, so students have different capabilities to perform and to learn. However our present educational system combines all minds into one classroom. We push them beyond their limits. As a result they lose their focus or lose their capabilities to apply it in their education. Hence we have introduced various methodologies that track their capability of learning and develop a learning approach that best suits them.

Reason 2: We have done ample research and studies across the country for assessing the current levels of learning abilities of students in schools, and the barriers to their learning. Our findings indicate that lack of learnability in the students leads to a decrease in their interest levels and willingness to participate in the academic learning processes both in school and also at home. Our tools and methodologies focus on such students to help them better their English and eventually make them become confident to achieve higher levels of academic performance.

Reason 3: Our teaching methodologies like Role-plays impact student minds in a positive manner and encourage them to participate more in the classwork. Also we have a program called EngCampus which focuses on the linguistic-intelligence and English aptitude, aimed at helping the students become 100% English language proficient. Just by implementing this program for a couple of weeks in your institution, you will observe a marked improvement in the English language confidence of your students.

Reason 4: Every employee at Triway is highly skilled and experienced, and is passionate about creating learning opportunities meant to transform the young minds. We develop and update curricula, activities and courseware on a regular basis. Furthermore, our openness to receive and implement suggestions from students, teachers and academicians right from the day we started, has helped us reach out to more and more schools across the country.

Phonics for India!

India ranks first in countries which have the highest youth population which is about 356 million amongst which 31 million are unemployed and currently seeking jobs. The number of unemployed Indians is steadily increasing each year.

Even with the highest youth population, India is still a developing country and not a developed country. Reports say that 53% of college graduates are not equipped with skills needed for employment. Another report says that 80% of Indian school students from age 5-15 can’t read and write properly.

Yet another report says that 3 million jobs were created in India in the first six months of 2018. There is an increase in unemployed youth even though many jobs are being created.

Why is this so? Why are the youth of India remaining unemployed even with abundance of jobs being created?

The reason is that the employability skills are being reduced year by year. The graduates passing out each year neither possess the skill-set required by the organizations in which they are seeking employment nor the lingual ability to converse with others in English.

Education is the most important foundation for any country to grow and develop. There are many solutions for the increase in employability and skills of an individual which ultimately plays a major role in the growth of our country. One of the solutions is phonics.

Phonics is a branch of linguistics which studies the sound-spelling relationship. All across the world, most schools are integrating phonics as a part of curriculum in the early years of education. This results in children being able to comprehend the sounds made by the letters and read words. This further impacts the child’s ability to spell words.

It is proven that children who have studied phonics as a part of their curriculum have shown better comprehension and understanding. It develops the efficiency and reading skills too!

With globalization occurring at a rapid pace and English being the lingua-franca of the world, Indian schools must not only assimilate but also prioritize phonics as an important part of their curriculum to ensure that our students also have more opportunities and more growth. Inclusion of phonics in the curriculum paves way to children having a more extensive vocabulary, having more confidence and being more vocal too!

To include phonics in your school too and to develop the communication ability of your students, contact us on:

Tel.: +91 80 6596 6644
Mob: +91 99807 85244
Email: info@triway.co.in

 

 

 

 

The Importance of Soft Skills in Schools

Why is it important to have soft skills? What is the use of soft skills?

Once students pass out of the school and go for higher education and later for employment, developing soft skills is one of the ways to boost your opportunities. Soft skills are personal qualities that allow an individual to interact with others.

Soft skills are very important for all students and need to be imparted right from school, in order to enhance their employability in the future. These soft skills are important for every person in any organization.

A couple of soft skills considered to be highly essential for school children are as follows:

Communication: important when it comes to communicating with classmates, teachers, and also with friends and family members.

Strong communication is considered to be a vital trait of every student, since a smart student must be able to speak clearly and comprehensibly. Strong communicators can adjust their tone and style according to the context and express their ideas to friends, teachers, and also parents.

Self-motivation:

Having positive attitude and initiative towards learning is a vital soft skill for any student. It shows that you can fit into any kind of expectations and responsibilities.

Leadership:

Leadership gives us the ability to communicate effectively and an aptitude for self-motivating and motivating others.

Problem solving:

Problem solving does not just require creative and analytical skills but it requires a particular mindset those who can approach a problem with cool mindset than those who cannot.

Ability to work under pressure and time management:

Time management is the ability to utilize time effectively and enhance academic performance through the process. Students who manage their time effectively are found to score high in their academics.

Software skills play an important role in the school as well as at home. Triway Private Limited is dedicated to the development of students and for over a decade now, has made a huge difference in the lives of 5 lakh plus students and several educators in over 200 schools.

It is located in Bangalore and its operations are extended across Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Tamilnadu. Programs and products offered by Triway are based on scientific pedagogical approaches, involving concepts like Multiple Intelligences, Multisensory Learning and Role Play Based learning.

To equip students in your institution with strong soft skills and communication skills, speak to us.

 

Phonics: A Must-have for Schools in India

All across the world, the education system is changing rapidly. In India, however, the situation is different. The education system of India is lagging behind. Reports show that 80% of Indian school students from age 5-15 can’t read and write properly.

To gain understanding of any information, a person has to be able to read. Difficulty with reading results in a difficulty in comprehending and understanding. This again is a path to the masses of India not having sufficient knowledge and the whole country lagging behind. This has to be changed for the development of our country. An effective solution has to be found to keep India on par with the other developed countries.

One solution we can come up with is teaching phonics in the schools of India.

So, what is Phonics?

Phonics is a branch of linguistics which studies the relationship between sounds and spellings corresponding to those sounds. It helps children to read and write. As more and more students fail to read and write properly, phonics has become an integral part in the education system in most schools all across the world. Phonics teaches children sound-spelling relationships so that they decode or understand words better. Comparing the written language to code, the knowledge of phonics helps students comprehend words better.

All words are comprised of small units of sound which are called as phonemes. Phonics helps children in listening to these sounds and identifying them. It also helps children know which alphabets to use while writing.

Why is it important to teach phonics?

As language learning ability and the various sounds of human speech as naturally mastered by every individual, there is a question often asked by parents and educational institutions on whether phonics learning is important for children. The answer, however, has always remained the same. YES, it is indeed very important for children to be taught phonics as a part of their curriculum as it helps them in ways more than just being able to identify sounds and write spellings correctly.

Children who are taught phonics in schools have better reading skills, fluency, efficiency, accuracy and comprehension. They will also be able to pronounce words correctly and have an extensive vocabulary. Teaching phonics to children helps them in developing confidence too!

To include phonics in your school too and to develop the lingual ability of your students multi-fold, contact us on:

Tel.: +91 80 6596 6644
Mob: +91 99807 85244
Email: info@triway.co.in

 

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Teach Outside the Box – A Series

Take English Lessons Outdoors – I

 

 

Students just need context to use English naturally. So how about teaching English outside the box of the classroom?

I read a lot of things today: random news articles, work emails, personal messages, social media posts, lesson plans, textbooks and so on. If you were to ask me to recall everything I read today, I would vaguely remember parts of it. I could definitely not restate it word by word for you, and if I summarized, I would be sure to miss lots of things. However, if you asked me what I did today, I could give you vivid details so accurately that you would be able to make a real-time movie of my day. What’s the point? The point is that learning by doing is the most practical and effective method.

As schools, teachers and parents all know, all Indian students must step across the door called “English” to walk towards a bright future and job security. In a shocking report published by the ASER – one in two Indian students can’t read books meant for 3 classes below . I’m deeply saddened, but not surprised. I have always seen this coming. You absolutely cannot learn a language without using it personally. Our students never get to use English for real, personal communication. At home and with friends, they naturally speak in their mother tongue. In many English medium schools – English just serves as a barrier … the alien code in which textbooks and assessments are written.

In India, I often find English being labelled a tough subject. English is not tough, and definitely not any tougher than your mother tongue. Anything that you don’t know and haven’t done can appear complex. Even walking was complex when you crawled on all fours, but now you can run and leap! Practice makes perfect; and that indeed applies to English. Students just need context to use English naturally. So how about teaching English outside the box of the classroom?

I have been conducting English learning sessions for students of all ages since over fifteen years and have trained more than 2000 teachers till date. In all my experience, I have always found that a lesson has to be engaging to stick. A lesson which does not personally involve the learner will be forgotten in no time. Only reading out of the textbook and painstakingly memorizing and writing down answers is plain boring and barely useful. I hardly ever use textbooks to teach and steer clear of rote-learning.

I use goal driven methods and activities to teach; and I use the world around me – it’s the best textbook and workbook ever.

Taking English sessions outside the classroom opens up endless opportunities to make lessons realistic, practical and engaging. Everything that you spot outside is a talking point – and talking is the first, largest and most crucial part of learning any language. Besides, children are delighted to be outdoors. Happy students are deeply motivated and learn faster. The change from the routine set-up of the classroom unleashes creativity and imagination. This can be observed from the very first session you take outdoors, give it a try.

The outdoor environment is a ready stage for seamless play and learning. You would almost feel guilty you tricked your students into studying while they thought they were playing! There are plenty of games you could play with your English learners outdoors that are stimulating and highly effective. We all like to win at games, and it’s rather hard to distract students trying their best to win the game.

Research shows that outdoor study sessions, especially with nature, can be extremely effective at preventing and curing learning disabilities such as ADHD and behavioural issues like hyperactivity. The closed classroom environment fails to provide enough stimulus to use English as an end to a means. Also, outdoors is obviously the right ‘lab’ to try out ‘practical’ English when you note that the real world – the outside world, is where these students would need to use English effectively throughout their life.

Teaching professionals all across history know that we have a role with great responsibility and we must make sure that we empower our students with effective knowledge. Language teachers shoulder the extra responsibility (and pride) of providing learners with the tool with which they would unlock so many more learning resources. Through these articles, I wish to share with all of you some time-tested methods of packing English lessons with fun while making sure your objectives are met.

In the next part of this article, I will share with you some of my all-time favourite outdoor learning activities and games. Stay tuned!

 

~  Fathima Rafiulla

Director Academics, Triway

Instruction Design makes all the Difference

Across millennia of our astounding technological progress, we haven’t been able to design any super computer that can replace or barely challenge the human mind. We can design computers that can compute faster than all of us, but we cannot design a self-aware, self-augmenting, self-regulating machine, not yet in any case. Let’s look at the human brain in a new light – it is mighty capable in multiple ways, but we ask you to look at it in just one of its functions. The human brain is the most powerful pattern-recognition machine we know of.

As many of you might know, the core of computing is binary logic – differentiating one from zero or yes from no. The minor miracle that makes it possible for you to read this article, wherever you are now, is powered by the machine’s ability to make a steady distinction between just those two patterns over several variables.  Now, let’s ponder over the most basic model of a human – an infant. The infant’s brain is computing the two polarities of every aspect of reality and the countless variations in between the poles for every new concept it encounters, right from birth. From material hard facts like light-dark, hot-cold, near-far, sound-silence to abstract emotions like safe-unsafe, pleasure-pain, happy-unhappy, infinite ideas are grasped at astounding speeds by a mere baby. In just 3 years from birth, a child accumulates more information about the universe than can fit in our largest libraries. The child automatically learns more about relations, language, other life forms, weather, objects, physical laws, colours, sounds, shapes, smells, weights any many more concepts, than we can programme a robot to identify. The human brain comes with an inbuilt learning mechanism that is monumentally more powerful than every other machine we know combined.

These are real, tested and proven facts. The human mind is made to learn and it loves to learn, period. Now if we are posed with problems phrased as: “he doesn’t learn”, “she can’t learn” and “they won’t learn”, then we must insist that this calls for a change in perspective. As we have just discussed, everything that is learnt before actual “teaching” occurs is effortless and infallible. The problem is not in the learner or the learning, but in the teaching. In the words of one the biggest geniuses of our times:

“If you can’t explain it to a six-year-old, you don’t understand it yourself.” – Albert Einstein

As a self-regulating system, the mind rejects the chaos of incongruent information because survival and growth depends on forming steady concepts. In encountering larger, inter-connected and in effect more complex data, the mind seeks cohesiveness of information that extends to all its aspects. This can be translated to what is required of instruction design:

  • Information must be clear and have logical progression
  • Information must correspond to or broaden previously held knowledge
  • Information must have scope for application and utility
  • Information must be effective and create desired outcomes

At Triway, effective instruction design is the foundation that fortifies all our services and endeavors. Our primary objective is to validate our curriculum through visible results. We recently conducted a survey among schools that opted for EngCampus to gauge our effectiveness and the results speak for themselves:

What schools participating in EngCampus say:

  •  90% of the schools are of the opinion that the EngCampus curriculum is helpful to their students in gaining linguistic aptitude and triggering thinking as compared to the previous curriculum.
  • Most of the schools expressed an opinion that the EngCampus curriculum facilitates use of English language in daily life.
  • 95% of the schools are of opinion that the previous curriculum was only examination oriented whereas the EngCampus curriculum focuses on all-round development of the students.
  • 89% of the schools expressed the opinion that the EngCampus curriculum focuses more on reading not only the lesson but also other books; whereas the previous curriculum was focused just on rote learning.

A glimpse into our Instruction Design Process:

We are often asked, how we go about designing our curriculum. We are happy to share with you some of the key stages in our instruction design and hope that you can take away something of value from here.

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The above diagram outlines the four step design process, which is continuous. To begin with, we ask ourselves:

  • What do we need to teach?
  • What outcome do we need to achieve after teaching this?
  • What are the various effective and engaging methods to deliver these lessons?
  • How can we assess that the lessons have been effectively imbibed?

Each of these questions leads us to manifold answers which then need to be narrowed down to precise and measurable targets. The subject matter needs to be segmented and stacked appropriately to ensure attainable results. This sort of structuring of content is something that journalists use, it is known as the “inverse pyramid”.

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This streamlines the lesson being imparted, minimizing the effort of the learner as well as the teacher. It also makes the lesson immediately actionable and less time-consuming. The next step is to identify the strategies and methods for teaching and learning. Some lessons can be understood best by listening to a lecture, while others call for more innovative approaches like role-plays, hands-on activities, using learning accessories or group discussions. At times, there is no one best method and multiple methods must be combined and adapted. Moreover, lessons should take into account learner’s potential .

Once lessons are imparted they must be tested. Assessments which expect pupils to repeat exactly what was said by the teacher or the textbook, do not hold good in most scenarios. The test must check if students can apply their learning in new and unfamiliar territories, demonstrating true utility. The test should also be mindful of the students’ strengths and weaknesses and assess their individual as well as collective progress. Another point of note, tests should not be daunting or monotonous, but instead be exciting and encouraging.

Since the instruction design process is an ongoing one, every cycle of design should be connected to the previous and next cycles, learning and improving from them. In other words, the design process itself must reflect learning and development. Each challenge faced should eventually result in newer and better solutions. After all, necessity is the mother of invention.

Design is a fluid and organic process, and despite all the models and methods at your disposal, you will find that each design destination calls for a new road. Your design method will always be subject to the time and place where it must be applied. It cannot be stressed enough that design must be flexible to adapt towards the needs of each learner, topic and method. We have shared the key-points of the instruction design process here and we can end with a summary highlighting the principles that will help you along your way.

Principles of Effective Instructional Design

First things first

Try to limit the concepts in each lesson and progress from basics to advanced. One clear concept is easier to imbibe and lots of unfamiliar data at a time creates confusion and stress. As an example, primary word meanings needs to be clear before heading into synonyms or addition needs to be totally understood before moving on to multiplication.

Smart Strategies

Not all methods are equally effective. Sometimes it takes just a simple showing and telling while at other times, doing is needed. Choose simpler methods over complex ones and engaging methods over passive ones. Do not shy away from multi-sensory activities, role-plays and games.

Interconnected and ongoing

Real knowledge requires repeated exposure and linking to other existing ideas. Students must be made aware of the various co-relations and apply what they are learning to develop true understanding and recall.

Maintain the pace

When simple concepts have been established, the higher-order concepts that link to it should follow in quick progression rather than changing topics. Without a coherent sequence, students forget and fret over previous lessons all over again.

Be Relevant

Make sure that you speak the language that your learners can understand and relate to. The learner should also be able to understand the relevance of what they are learning and be able to apply it in their life to gain value.

Involve the learner

Do not make life-decisions for your learners. Let the learners have a say in what they would like to learn and why. Build upon the capacities of your learners rather than misdirecting their energies towards pursuits that don’t hold value or interest to them.

The core aspects of learning

image-1We experience the world through stimuli acting on all our senses. Why then should learning be limited to sight and sound? Traditional methods of teaching gave prominence to learning through seeing and listening to the subject matter. Though these senses are crucial to learning, they do not cover all aspects of information processing done by the brain.

Learning begins with perception. Perception can be defined as the organization, identification and interpretation of sensory information in order to represent and understand the environment. Earlier on, perception was viewed as a modular function, where data collected by the different senses were considered separate and independent of each other. Later studies turned around this dogma. Inputs from multiple senses have been observed to interact with one another to create a deeper and richer understanding. The brain has also been shown to display ‘plasticity’ in which the actual brain wiring can change on account of habits and physical factors. This implies the possibility of overcoming learning challenges through specific training.

The brain combines different inputs of the sensory system to create an enhanced detection image-3or identification of stimulus. Multi-sensory learning is nothing but utilizing all of one’s senses for learning. Along these lines, learning is broadly categorized into: auditory, visual and kinesthetic. Auditory Learning: achieved through verbal inputs, i.e. listening and repeating, addressing an audience etc.image-2

Visual Learning: achieved through seeing, i.e. through images, charts, written information etc.

Kinesthetic Learning: achieved through hands-on activity, i.e. field trips, using props, role-play etc.

The extent of data imbibed via different senses varies from learner to learner. However, it can be said to be true in general, that we all learn best when auditory, visual and kinesthetic modules are combined. It stands to reason that when a subject is observed through its various qualities, it is understood more completely.