Our students have been busy learning and growing during our Advisory program this past quarter. The Advisory program is part of how our school meets our students’ holistic needs. Some Advisory lessons focus on the Learner Profile and Approaches to Learning (ATLs), as we’re an IB school. Other lessons focus on issues around personal health and societal issues, including interpersonal issues that students share they want to talk about. Here is what’s been happening in Advisory in Quarter 3 and what’s coming up in Quarter 4:
In Quarter 3, advisees have been exploring the ATL Self-Management skills, specifically how we manage our time best. Advisees also revisited the goals they set. We have also been working on the ATL skills of Collaboration and Communication and how best we work as an effective group or team. Activities included team quizzes and collaborative team games during physical advisory.
In Quarter 4, advisees will explore the ATL thinking skills; they will learn how to become reflective learners. We will focus on both critical and creative thinking, by practicing careful observations in order to recognize problems and gather and organize relevant information to formulate an argument. Personal health will be the focus of some lessons guided by our counselor Driekie Smith.
In Quarter 3, advisees have explored the question “How do I stay true to myself?” through activities that prompt discussion about their own lives, personal values, and their relationships with others. Also, they have been immersed in discussions about the ATL skill of Self-Management. Additionally, they learned about the PSE topics of romantic relationships and decision making through exploring real-life scenarios and debating important concepts presented in the film, “High School Musical.” Finally, they participated in service learning with the Primary through reading and writing activities with younger students. It is our hope to encourage them to transfer the skills used in the service activity to their own academic learning.
In Quarter 4, advisees will continue to explore the ATLs skill of Self-Management with an emphasis on how to maintain a realistic sense of self. The advisees will continue participating in service learning undertakings with Primary students and will continue to collaborate with each other in team building and reflective activities. Sexuality and society is the topic that will be addressed by our counselor during the next quarter.
In Quarter 3, advisees explored the ATLs of Self-Management and Organization through the question: “How do my decisions/choices affect my well-being (physically & mentally)”? Advisees shared and discussed topics of interest related to this question, including digital citizenship, establishing a positive digital footprint, friendships, diet and exercise, and the importance of taking care of one’s health. Tony Potts and Terry Maguire delivered workshops on digital citizenship; Driekie Smith and Dr. Angela Ingram have conducted workshops related to our PSE units (sex education, masturbation, and sexuality and the media). We have enjoyed the discussions and sharing of perspectives.
In Quarter 4, advisees will focus on the question: “How do I learn best?” with a focus on the ATLs of Self-Management and Mindfulness. This unit will be a nice one to complete the year as students reflect on their year of learning and consider how best they learn.
In Quarter 3, advisees explored the ATL skill of Communication through negotiating ideas. Advisors modeled two lessons to help advisees understand how to show and practise the ways we communicate. This involved a toilet roll in one lesson and much jumping around in another! We reflected after each lesson. Advisees then came up with their own lessons around Communication in groups. We allowed time for advisees to socialize and apply what they learned and also had some academic advisory time. Advisees completed this unit by choosing and acting out a Communication ATL indicator for the rest of us to guess. We were really impressed to see that the students understand the ATLs so much better! Yay, everyone!
In Quarter 4, advisees will explore the ATL skill of Self-Management - perseverance and will consider the question, “How do I stay true to myself?” Sexual health is the main focus with many lessons guided by our counsellor Driekie Smith.
In Quarter 3, advisees buzzed around Personal Project stepstones and deadlines the entire quarter. Fortunately, thanks to the MYP Personal Project, they have learned to carry out a full and long project from scratch and to reflect on the whole process in a mature and organized manner.
In Quarter 4, advisees will experience a transition to a more DP advisory style. In DP, the advisory is tailored to specific needs and highly individualized in order to support the academic and personal challenge it represents. Digital citizenship and sex education are also around the corner. Specialists in these sensitive but crucial areas will be asked to act as guest speakers to supplement our counselor’s and our workshops.
In Quarter 3, advisees attended Grade 12 Extended Essay presentations to help them consider and select their own EE topics. Attending these presentations helped them understand more about EE expectations and how to prepare for and organize their EE. They also learned about body image, decision making, and sexual abuse, assault, violence, and harassment through our Personal Social Education curriculum.
In Quarter 4, advisees will learn about the college application journey, continuing their work with our college counselor, Julie Baldry, and with BridgeU. They will also learn about Digital Citizenship with our librarian, Terry Maguire.
In Quarter 3, advisees participated in Personal Social Education (PSE) sessions held by Julie Baldry; this workshop focused on life skills such as stress and time management, and personal relationships. Advisees also participated in a Digital Citizenship workshop held by Terry Maguire and Tony Potts. The focus was each student’s digital footprint and methods for controlling what others, such as perspective universities, may view.
In Quarter 4, advisees will continue their PSE sessions with Julie Baldry and their advisors. Advisees will also attend to housekeeping details as they near Graduation! Advisees will also use Advisory time to prepare for their upcoming Internal Assessment requirements and IBDP Final Exams.
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