Author Archives: sharyn

Thinking about Effective Feedback

I just recently wrapped up my second PTC (The Principals‘ Training Centre) course, ‘Assessment Leadership in the International School’ in Miami, Florida. You can read about my first course from 2012 here. When I reflect back on the week, I … Continue reading

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Linking Children’s Literature to PYP Profile/Attitudes

“The aim of all the IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.” (Making the PYP Happen) The IB Learner … Continue reading

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Share what you know, a good place to start

Before moving ahead in our inquiry into shapes, angles, and lines, my grade three students took time to share their current understandings. Armed with cameras, small groups walked about the school to take pictures representing any 2D shape, 3D shape, … Continue reading

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Students leading the way

One of the ways my school shares information with parents about their child’s learning is through SLC, Student-Led Conferences. (From Making the PYP Happen, pg. 52) “Student-led Conferences involve the student and the parent. The students are responsible for LEADING … Continue reading

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Being a PYP Exhibition Mentor

In the final year of the PYP, students engage in a final project, the PYP Exhibition. The exhibition is a transdisciplinary inquiry conducted in the spirit of personal and shared responsibility. This exhibition is a significant event for both the … Continue reading

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Reviewing our PoI – part 1

I have been organizing our school’s PoI Review with the PYPCo since January. We started by providing each grade level team time to work through a Google Presentation reflecting on their current units. The template was created using the review rubric … Continue reading

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My Journey into the World of Minecraft

I am not a gamer like my husband, but I became interested in Minecraft when it was all I heard about from a group of my students. They had joined the ECA last year for Minecraft and were pretty disappointed … Continue reading

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From edmodo to Google Groups

I have used and blogged about edmodo before as a learning space for literature discussions. Since our school has gone full speed ahead with Google Docs and Google Site Portfolios, I decided to try and use Google Groups this year instead of … Continue reading

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Reflect with VoiceThread

One of my teaching goals this year relates to Reflection. -more time for my students to reflect in the classroom -making available other tools to reflect with beside pencil and paper -reflecting on the process as well as product -ensuring time … Continue reading

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A little help from friends

Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street  by Roni Schotter is a story about a young girl named Eva, who has trouble coming up with something to write about. After she receives some advice from her fellow neighbors she tries to … Continue reading

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