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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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Google Portfolios model “Making the PYP Happen” and “ICT in the PYP”

“Schools have a responsibility to show evidence of student learning. Portfolios are one method of collecting and storing information that can be used to document and assess student progress and achievement.” – Making the PYP Happen “Learners’ awareness, use and … Continue reading

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Working with ConferApp

In January of 2013, I attended my 3rd 21st Century Learning Hong Kong conference. I attended a session with Jeff Dungan (@jdungan) on the Confer App. It looked like an effective and efficient tool to use in the classroom. I … Continue reading

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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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