Author Archives: sharyn

Guided by Guiding Statements

A few years back I composed a post about schools and their Mission, Vision, and Learning Principles. I was reminded of this post last week as we enter a new academic year. At my current school, we begin each academic … Continue reading

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Cultivating Your School’s Culture

As I met with our new teachers this week, I began to reflect on what I shared with them about their new school. More specifically, how we support a professional and positive school culture for all teachers and students. I don’t … Continue reading

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Leveraging Parents as Critical Partners in the PYP

Conducting parent workshops on the essential elements of The Primary Years Programme (PYP) is key for your school. These workshops allow parents the opportunity to engage in the same learning process their children do on a daily basis, thus providing parents the chance to … Continue reading

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Putting #IBMO2015 into Action

 The IB AP Annual Conference in Macau is over and educators around Asia Pacific are heading back to their schools. The key question we should now be asking ourselves is, ‘How is this going to help my school improve student learning?’ After … Continue reading

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Do you miss the classroom?

I have been asked this question a lot over the past 7 months as I have moved into my new position this year as Assistant Principal / PYP Coordinator after 15 years of teaching.   My answer……. Yes, I miss … Continue reading

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Situational Leadership II – Choose how to lead

I’ve recently just finished my third PTC course, Leadership and Team Dynamics. During the week, each of us scored ourselves using the LBAII (Educator’s Leader Behavior Analysis II) in order to find out more about our perceptions on our leadership … Continue reading

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Collaborative Planning, more than just working together

The PYP Programme Standards and Practices Standard A Practice 3.b The school as a community of learners is committed to a collaborative approach to curriculum development. We know collaborative planning is more than just teachers working together on a document. … Continue reading

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Doing Differentiation?

Have you ever heard, “how do you do differentiation?” As many resources tell us, differentiation is not something you do and tick off, it is more an ongoing philosophy or approach where we continue to really know our students and … Continue reading

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Transdisciplinary Skills are…..

In Making the PYP Happen document it states the following: Within their learning throughout the programme, students acquire and apply a set of transdisciplinary skills: social skills, communication skills, thinking skills, research skills and self-management skills. These skills are valuable, not only … Continue reading

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What do your students know? Just Listen

This is just a quick reminder of one of the many different ways in which to gain information about our student’s prior knowledge. Think about the information this pre-assessment discussion provides me in order to plan for engaging, appropriate and … Continue reading

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