As I was planning for a parent workshop on "Why is the learner profile important to us", I read, and was inspired by @whatedsaid's post called An Open Letter to Parents. With Edna Sackson's permission (I do love being able to connect with my PLN on Twitter!), I used the blog and the questions for … Continue reading Taking Inspiration from What Ed Said
It is well after the fact that I sit to write this but I have been thinking a lot about the process of PYPx and how it is and will continue to tie into the learning and planning for inquiry across the whole school this year. This academic year I am no longer in class … Continue reading A Journey through the PYP Exhibition (part 3 – reflections)
Working on a Frayer model about concepts In the last post I wrote about the first week or so of our PYPx process, where the students chose a United Nations Sustainable Development Goal and the part of the transdisciplinary theme, Sharing the planet, to focus on. They had written me an email with their chosen … Continue reading A Journey through the PYP Exhibition (part 2)
If I am honest this whole year has been a huge learning curve for me. It is my first year as a PYP 6 Homeroom teacher and also the first as PYP Coordinator. It has been quite the balancing act but a great opportunity to develop my practice as a teacher and in leadership. If … Continue reading A Journey through the PYP Exhibition (part 1)
"Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties. " Erich Fromm This year in my PYP6 class, inspired by reading about others' creativity in timings, I have been trying to get the most out of my units by spreading them out over the year. It is a pivotal year for the students. One of … Continue reading Creativity in Unit Timings
This follows on from our inquiry into place value. The students had been talking about division and multiplication of decimals as being a simple issue of just having to move the decimal point. I wondered if after looking more conceptually at place value their thinking about this may change, or they may at least accept … Continue reading The dilemma of the decimal point
We have been thinking a lot about number recently. We watched the BBC documentary The Story of One. https://youtu.be/ojqfwtwitMI My students were fascinated and made some great connections with things they had already learned about and it is inspiring new inquiries into binary numbers and other things linked to it. I has inspired some great … Continue reading What is place value?