‘The Objective of Education Is Learning, Not Teaching’
In the educational process, students should be offered a wide variety of ways to learn, among which they could choose or with which they could experiment. They do not have to learn different things the same way. They should learn at a very early stage of “schooling” that learning how to learn is largely their responsibility — with the help they seek but that is not imposed on them.
The goal of TIPS Center for Learning is to change the world, one child at a `time. We believe that true learning takes place when a student has an opportunity to discover on their own through a hands-on, experiential, learning model. By allowing children to be engaged in a learning process that excites, energizes, and exposes them to a wide variety of skills and concepts, they will discover a path that will enable them to have a more productive education.
The learning environment is based on the theory that knowledge is not shared, but rather constructed within each individual through either inductive or deductive reasoning. The presentation of content is not as important as the discovery of the underlying patterns and concepts that constructed the content. The TIPS classroom is a student centered learning environment. Activities are designed to stimulate intellectual curiosity and to equip students with the skills to become independent learners. Structured inquiry, critical thinking, activities in which students may learn through experience are used in the classroom. The teacher is a facilitator of the learning process.
Students take part in the Model United nation as a delegate and debate with other nations’ representatives about the various significant national and international issues. This prepares them to be unbiased and well informed leader of tomorrow and understand the global issues and their implications today!
STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. STEM education not only addresses the demand for scientists and engineers but also is a key component of responsible, global citizenship.
The STEM education begins in early childhood when children are curious and creative and continues through college. All children, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, or learning style, can excel in STEM disciplines and can aspire to STEM careers. Effective teaching at all levels utilizes hands-on, minds-on inquiry into the natural world.
TIPS offers a unique curriculum that helps students ‘connect the dots’ between what they learn in their traditional math science classes and their ‘hand-on’ learning with robots This learning model helps them to internalize the concepts and understand them more effectively.
Robotics is a multi-disciplinary field, which combines mechanical, and electronics engineering, computers, math and science. The structure and content of the curriculum is based on models successfully implemented throughout the country.
It is a unique way to explore the world of robotics exactly as it is taught at the top institutions in the world. Robotics,
* Makes learning fun, engaging, and inspiring
* Provides highly practical hands-on experience
* Gives a head-start in preparing for high school and college
* Develops critical thinking skills and problem solving strategies
* Enables learner to develop and express creativity
* Develops the ability to work collaboratively in teams
* Help the student develop an intuitive understanding of physical concepts in science and math
* Helps to excel in math and science and choose a career in science and technology
* Enables the learner to appreciate and realize technology
* Build confidence and self-esteem
* Prepare the student for the fast-paced competitive world.
TIPS students work in a wide range of 2D and 3D media, including painting, drawing, collage, and computer graphics. There is an emphasis in student artwork on individuality and creativity in response to research as well as in response to spontaneous art activity as part of the academic curriculum.
Early & Primary School offers an engaging, challenging and active experience of the creative process. Classes are designed to encourage students to explore the world around them through the creation, and appreciation of art.
Middle School builds on this ‘aesthetic enthusiasm’ teaching the processes and techniques to further refine skills using a more complex range of models and concepts.
High School students are able to demonstrate a variety of modes of analytical and perceptive thinking and independently create a high calibre of imaginative and creative work.
Music is an obvious outlet for self-expression and creativity. But far beyond providing an opportunity to sing and dance, researchers have shown that a strong musical education provides so much more. Music, for example, develops self-discipline. The child who allots time for practicing each day is known to develop similar habits in conjunction with other subjects as well. Organizational skills increase & the child learns what it takes to be good at something.
Ensemble experience also builds teamwork. Band members learn the importance of being a reliable member of a group and are educated as to the importance of being a team player and not necessarily always “the star.”
Scientists have also discovered that learning to read music or play a musical instrument develops higher thinking skills. The child who is skilled at music excels at problem-solving, evaluation, and analysis. Music reading uses the same portion of the brain that’s used in mathematical thinking.
We believe that it is essential that music must be taught throughout the curriculum, and not just in separate areas such as orchestra and tuitions. That is one way we can assure opportunities for all students to develop their capacities more fully. Students from Kindergarten through Senior School are involved in learning Indian Classical music and Instruments.
We all love watching little children dance around the room with little or no inhibition, singing along with their favorite songs in a voice that’s clear and strong, though maybe a little out of tune.
Dancing has been a part of our established society since the days of primitive man. Essentially, dancing has been and is important because it is part of us as humans, we live, we love, we laugh and we dance. Dancing contributes immensely to the personal improvement of the child and thereby enhances all types of skills that are required for better education. Research has shown that dancing boosts child’s self-esteem and enhances confidence in them.
Dancing requires memorization, and so helps children improve their overall memory when trying to remember steps. Dancing improves listening skills in children, whether it is for the instructions or for the beats. Dancing imbibes social skills in children and teaches them how to interact with their peers in a positive and non-competitive manner. By participating in dance events, they experience what it is to participate in pure cooperative and collaborative group endeavors. They learn to be supportive, to truly work as a team and to compromise. Dancing, in any form is an enjoyable and a wonderful form of exercise.
Dancing improves the flexibility and helps improve muscle tone. The lack of physical activity and consequent obesity problem amongst children can be offset by dance. Dancing helps to relax, reducing stress and tension. We can undoubtedly say that dancing is tantamount to children’s well-rounded education, personality development and overall well-being.
I guess that’s probably the reason why Friedrich Nietzsche once quoted “Dancing in all its forms cannot be excluded from the curriculum of all noble education: dancing with the feet, with ideas, with words, and, need I add that, one must also be able to dance with the pen?”
TIPS offers both Indian classical and western dance learning as an integral part of the curriculum.
Leadership and survival skills are innate in every human being based on one’s DNA and experiences after birth. The hidden skills are triggered for various factors, some internal and some external. For triggering or rekindling leadership and survival skills, one must experience a higher intensity of emotional conflict over a certain period of time.
From the experiences of the armed forces we can say for sure that training programs have to be tough and of long duration to groom leadership skills. While one cannot put ordinary citizens through the training programs of the armed forces, one can provide similar intensity through adventure.
Further, adventure attracts all human beings as it is challenging and exhilarating. It is important to note that floor level training programs trigger mental activity like problem solving and logic, but they are not sufficient enough to trigger natural instincts buried inside individual DNA.
We are partnered with the National Adventure and Leadership School (NALS) to integrate Leadership Camps into our curriculum, held at their facility in the Western Ghat Mountains.
The main objectives of these camps are:
* Improved punctuality, Self Discipline and Self Control
* Building Self confidence, attitude and self belief
* Enable awareness of team spirit
* Enhance communication and inter personal skills
* Enable problem solving skills and decision making through consensus
* Improved leadership and Survival skills
* Ability to face adversities and challenges head on
* Improved risk taking ability
* Intra and Inter group dynamics
* Cooperation, Coordination to create synergy
* Trust building and bonding
* Retrospective Analysis
* Enhanced awareness of environment and social issues
* Improved humility and concern for fellow human beings
NALS delivers program objectives through exciting adventure activity in addition to floor level activities
The Catering Department at TIPS, enabling us to employ and train all our own chefs. We take great pride in our autonomy as it allows us to produce the type of creative, fresh and nutritious food that appeals to our multicultural community.
At TIPS, we source only fresh ingredients from nominated and approved suppliers. Most of our daily deliveries of vegetables, fruit, dairy and meat come from local producers, meaning we can literally trace each meal from ‘farm to fork’.
We keep our menus seasonal, change them regularly, and embrace the School nutritional guidelines. Your ideas and recipe suggestions are always welcome. We hope you take full advantage of our fantastic catering facilities, and look forward to serving you soon.
From your door to our door.
Welcome to the TIPS Transportation Department – working with families to transport their children safely and efficiently between home and school in air-conditioned new generation vehicles.
All vehicles are fitted with speed governors for safety and are staffed with a helper onboard to ensure care during the travel. Because we understand the many challenges facing both local and relocating families, the TIPS Transportation Department makes every effort to arrange busing for your children from their first day of school.
Welcome to TIPS, where we offer an energetic and diverse sports programme. We aim ‘to promote and teach the values associated with healthy living, encouraging a lifelong enjoyment of physical activity’, thereby making a major contribution to the overall education of our students.
We pride ourselves on the high level of student involvement in sports, and believe that participation in purposeful, competitive interscholastic athletics will help our students lead full and valuable adult lives. Our competitive edge is balanced by a commitment to a ‘student first, winning second’ principle, and our enthusiastic and experienced coaches encourage everybody to take part.
The school programme comprises of soccer, basketball, badminton, swimming, cycling and track & field, which form an integral part of the school curriculum. The students in the primary go through all the sports offered in school. From the middle school, students are given the opportunity to choose and excel in a sport of their choice, though swimming is mandatory till grade VIII.
We have also started off on an Extended School Program for additional coaching in soccer and swimming after school hours.
Supporting academic excellence with a well-rounded programme, TIPS encourages every student to engage in a rich and diverse student life. From Pre-K to 12th Grade, our schools support a comprehensive range of academic, extracurricular, sports, field trips, community service, expeditions and leadership camps that aim to stimulate as well as inspire student participation.
All major festivals are celebrated on the campus. Our little ones in the Kindergarten enjoy colour days, when they not only dress up in the specified colour celebrated and also have a taste of the fruits and vegetables of the same colour. TIPS Kochi celebrates
- Yoga day
- Independence day
- Teacher’s day
- Kerala Piravi Day
- Children’s Day
In addition to this, TIPS also gives opportunity to our budding mathematicians and scientists to showcase their talents in the annual Math and Science Expo, literary competitions for the future poets and linguists. Students take active part in community services and visits are planned to nearby old age homes and orphanages during the festive seasons to share the joy of giving with the inmates there.
TIPS has an open-door policy and parents are always welcome to put forth their suggestions which are during management review meetings.
We offer interactive Parent Teachers’ Meetings, and parents also get the opportunity to meet the school management during the Management Review meetings which are held every year.