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Why This School Never Asks Kids “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

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With innovative, unconventional, and flexible learning spaces, a modern approach to learning, and a culture that sets it apart, Nexus is nurturing kids to be independent thinkers with a growth mindset.

It’s a common question bandied about dinner table conversations and put to kids from as early as Nursery. However Nexus International School (Singapore)’s, educators don’t ask the traditional question of, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” to their Kindergarten or Primary School learners aged 3-11 years old at all! Instead, they ask “What problems do you want to solve?” Nexus learners learn differently thanks to the school’s modern approach to learning – from the flexible spaces they provide to the culture within the school termed ‘The Nexus Way’ – all of which help kids embrace a forward-looking, growth mindset that doesn’t pigeon-hole a child like that well-worn question does.

The Nexus Way: Innovation, Mindset, Relationships, and Inclusion

There are four guiding principles that underpin the Nexus Way philosophy – Innovation, Mindset, Relationships and Inclusion.

Rather than focusing on memorising knowledge, Nexus believes in instilling good learning habits, an inquiry-based mindset and problem-solving skills that will propel learners forward anywhere they may be in the future. To encourage children to adopt an innovative mindset, learners are given the freedom to experiment without fear of mistakes. Even if their attempt does not ultimately succeed, the learning experience is more valuable and it could inspire new ways to tackle an issue.

Why Nexus Never Asks Kids "What do you want to be when you grow up?"

Nexus learners have an open and creative mindset for better critical thinking skills; learning how to build strong supportive relationships, understanding their own impulses, and developing empathy for others. Encouraging them to see the world from a global perspective, learners are taught to become independent through experiences within and beyond the classroom.

Flexible spaces for flexible thinking

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Nexus is designed and built based on innovative, unconventional, technology-rich and flexible learning spaces that enhance a child’s learning experience and nurture flexible minds. It is designed for learning, by the very same Nexus educators who teach the kids! If you think kids will get told off for writing on the windows here – think again!

As long as learners are being respectful and curious – there are no limits – in fact, tables, walls and windows can all be written on to encourage innovation and creativity! This empowers growing minds and gives them the opportunity to build independence and self-confidence.

Keen to see how Nexus can nurture your kiddo into a forward-thinking, innovative learner who is given the encouragement to achieve their personal best? Book a personalised school tour today!

Nexus International School (Singapore), 1 Aljunied Walk, Singapore 387293, [email protected], Tel: (+65) 6536 6566,

Brought to you in partnership with Nexus International School (Singapore).

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