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Teaching students to become world citizens

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In schools today, a lot of focus is placed on developing innovative students, seeking to mould lifelong learners in an increasingly changing and diverse global community.

Besides having strong academic backgrounds, students are expected to be creative and hold the ability to thrive in dynamic settings.

Schools like KIS International School in Bangkok, Thailand, an International Baccalaureate (IB)  World School, are no strangers to this concept.

The curriculum is embedded with relevant knowledge and offered in a safe and supportive community, helping students develop the skills needed to be ready for their future careers.

Through the provision of a comprehensive programme that equips learners with the knowledge, inspiration and spirit needed to become caring and involved world citizens, based on the multi-faceted IB Diploma, students graduate from KIS prepared for the competitive workforce.

This programme is carried out through the creation of a positive, inspirational learning environment and facilities to support the growth and development of students.

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KIS also takes great care in recruiting and retaining experienced staff to deliver the goals of its high quality, innovative programmes.

The international setting gives students exposure to different cultures early on in life, ensuring they are well-adjusted to dealing with global environments.

Besides academics, students are encouraged to become well-rounded individuals through a rigorous, yet balanced curriculum, on top of a plethora of after-school activities in the arts, crafts, dance, music, IT, science, cooking and games.

They are also encouraged to take part in sports, competitive or non-competitive, depending on their personal interests, taking great pride in the opportunity to represent this global school.

Field trips (both local and international), which provide a link between classroom learning and the real world, are also another way for students to further develop their independence and support their learning goals.

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Developing lifelong learners early on

Many other international schools in Bangkok only offer the IB programme in the last two years of secondary study, but KIS International School offers a full IB education.

This means it starts early – through the IB Primary Years Programme ( 3-12 year-olds) and the IB Middle Years Programme, or MYP (11-16 year-olds), preparing students well in advance when it’s time for them to take exams in their final years of school. But KIS understands that student life is about more than just exams: it’s about learning to be a learner and succeed in life; it’s about being adaptable to various situations and circumstances – and that’s what KIS strives to instil in all students.

Giving them a head start, the MYP is designed to set children up for success. It incorporates Approaches to Learning, which helps students “learn how to learn” effectively.

Through this approach, they become aware of their strengths and weaknesses, also improving their skills in areas such as time management, communication, self-management, research, thinking and social skills.

The MYP also requires students to engage in an extended Personal Project, in which they complete a project from start to finish and reflect on the whole process.

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This encourages them to become self-motivated and independent, qualities the IB Diploma is based on.

Crafting crucial skills

Critical thinking skills are heavily sought-after by employers and will continue to be in the future. The ability to analyse well and come up with innovative solutions sets potential employees apart from other candidates.

The MYP requires students to constantly explain their reasoning and use research to support their opinions, as well as approach problems from different perspectives.

In design experiments, students are encouraged to discuss the outcomes of their respective projects with each other.

These critical thinking skills are not only necessary for IB Diploma subjects but also when they attend university and subsequently, join the workforce.

Students learn how to develop their emotional intelligence through stress management, resilience and overcoming challenges in a healthy, positive way – skills that will prove invaluable throughout their lives, personally and professionally.

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The MYP also teaches students how to become better writers and researchers, preparing them for the IB Diploma extended essay and a rigorous university education.

Other valuable and important skills they learn are leadership, organization and managing projects, as well as how to work collaboratively.

Providing tools to ace the IB exams

According to the school’s research, students who have completed the MYP end up doing better on the IB Diploma exams, particularly in Theory of Knowledge and the Extended Essay.

Not only are they well-prepared and familiar with the IB format by the time they sit the exams, they also learn how to study effectively and approach problems from all kinds of perspectives.

By following the IB study model, KIS students can provide creative, broader solutions to general problems that can be transferred to their working life.

At KIS International School – which stands for Knowledge, Inspiration and Spirit – parents can rest easy knowing their children are set for future success.

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