There are many great reasons for choosing to study the IB Programme. Here is a link to one site that shares an overview of IB, the benefits of the programme as well as some tips for success...:
Assessment is integral to all teaching and learning in the Diploma Programme. Learn how Diploma Programme teachers gather evidence of student learning and use that data to inform teaching and learning. In addition, we will provide parents with information about how to support their children in following the IB's Academic Honesty policies. As IB learners, AISL students are encouraged to be principled in their academic work and school life. Francesca Mulazzi, the DP Coordinator, and Julie Baldry, our High School & College Counselor will host this information session. The intended audience of this Parent Information Session is Grade 10, 11, and 12 parents. All are welcome!
Today I was strolling in and out of classrooms enjoying the conversations and activities that I witnessed. The action in the science labs was particularly interesting. The three labs in our science block were busy with the commotion of learning through doing by three separate classes. Thanks to our team of scientists for making class interesting and engaging!
The Extended Essay is a core component of the IB Diploma. Students engage in an extensive research project over the course of six to eight months, an in-depth inquiry developed around a student's own research question. The extended essays are 4,000 word essays and represent months of individual work. To celebrate the completion of the Extended Essay, and to publicly share the research findings, AISL is hosting an EE Presentation, Celebration, and Light Lunch on Thursday, December 14th, from 12:15pm to 1:20pm.
From 12:25 to 12:55, each grade 12 student will present the major findings of their Extended Essays to small audiences. The presentations will take place in four venues (Mr. Menard's office, the Library Conference Room, Ms. Natalie's Primary Drama classroom, and Mr. Redman's Secondary Drama classroom). The intended audiences for this event are grade 12 parents, grade 12 EE supervisors, grade 12 teachers, and also grade 11 students. You can find the final schedule HERE.
At 1:00pm, students, teachers, and their parents can proceed to the PAC Gallery for a celebration lunch of light snacks, coffee, and desserts. The EE Presentation and Celebration is a new tradition at AISL, continuing with the practice of a public MYP Personal Project Exposition and Celebration. Thank you in advance for your support of and attendance at this event! There is a lot to celebrate!
Stanford Professor, Jo Boaler, has advice for parents to support students in learning in math. In particular, she discusses how students' perception of themselves as a math student and having a growth mindset are two huge components of a student's success. At AISL, we seek for students to understand math concepts, apply this information, and see challenges as an opportunity for learning rather than a weakness. Please take a look at Jo Boaler's article for ways to support your child in math.
Multi-Age Learning Focused on the Writing Process: Ms. Nevers' Gr7 Visual Arts Students & Gr1 Mr. Matt's Students
Ms. Nevers' Grade 7 Visual Arts students have been creating humorous picture books for young readers. In order to develop their text and images, they buddied up with students from Mr. Matt's Grade 1 class to solicit feedback on their drafts. The Grade 1 students provided excellent suggestions with regard to which parts they found funniest, places where the stories were a little hard to follow, and which pictures were particularly effective or others that needed development. It was a valuable learning experience for all of our writers and further illustrated the point that all writers use feedback to strengthen their messages.
Grade 6 MYP Design students spent two class periods this week researching, designing, and creating objects out of cardboard using the screws and associated open-ended tools for cardboard creations in our MakeDo kits. We began the exploration with a viewing of Caine's Arcade and talked about the stages of the design cycle we saw Caine using. Students then looked for idea inspiration on the MakeDo website and associated Pinterest boards. After drawing, measuring, and planning their projects, students then got to work using cardboard and special screws for joining the pieces together. The results were impressive!
The grade 11 students are beginning to dive into the development of their Extended Essay (EE) research topics and subjects. Ms. Mulazzi and Ms. Maguire meet with the students once every eight days during the CORE block to provide EE support. The support classes cover a wide variety of academic skills and provide a foundation for this large research essay: getting the most of out of academic databases like EBSCO, integrating quotations, narrowing the topic of study, creating the research question, creating correct citations, evaluating sources, and avoiding plagiarism, among other skills. Grade 11 students have eight support classes scheduled for the first semester and an equal number during the second semester in order to guide and support this significant project. The next grade 11 support class is November 16th, from 8:00am to 8:50am. Ask your grade 11 child about what subject and topics they are beginning to explore!
The grade 12 students are on the final stretch towards submitting their Extended Essays. This year the IB is piloting a new set of assessment criteria for the Extended Essay (EE). The Extended Essay now requires students to engage in reflection on the research process and document their engagement. The changes in assessment align with the Middle Years Programme (MYP) culminating project, the Personal Project, which emphasizes process over product. Ms. Mulazzi and Ms. Maguire recently led a support class for the grade 12 students in order to properly format and present their research essays. Before the final upload to ManageBac and the final celebration in December, the students are required to complete a viva voce reflection session with their Supervisor and complete reflections about their learning and continued inquiry in ManageBac. Ask your grade 12 child about what they learned from the Extended Essay research process! Stay tuned for details about the Grade 12 Extended Essay Celebration Lunch in December.
Ms. Maguire and Ms. Mulazzi both attended IB workshops this fall to learn more about the new Extended Essay assessment criteria and requirements. AISL teachers act as guidance and support for the students in their role as Supervisors. Ms. Maguire and Ms. Mulazzi also provide information, support, and professional development for the Supervisors, so that they can best support the EE research process. Both Supervisors and students access the DP Extended Essay LibGuide to support this important research essay.
Popularity is always a hot topic in Secondary schools. Everyone seems to want a piece of it. But as this week's article explains, popularity may not necessarily be all it's cracked up to be. Without knowing it, kids might be setting themselves up for immediate and future failures when they seek popularity at any costs. While the article covers different aspects about popularity, there is one part that I feel that it has failed to mention. Those that are popular through status become prisoners to popularity. They do whatever it takes to keep their status, even when they know what they are doing is wrong or against their family's morals. This pours over into adulthood. How many of us found ourselves saying things about others in conversations that we know are not right? This is our desire to fit in or be popular taking over. That's why it's important to teach our kids that popularity isn't always all that it is cracked up to be.
Diversity. Have you thought about how unique of an experience it is for our students to attend an international school where they rub shoulders with 60+ other nationalities on a daily basis? Being able to think beyond one's own culture and open-mindedness are characteristics that today and tomorrow's employers desperately seek. For our kids, this comes naturally. It gives me great hope in the world to watch our students interact. Cultural barriers are invisible to them, while this is nearly an insurmountable hurdle for others around the world. Our students do not see differences in race, ethnicity, religion, etc. as something to fear, but something to prize. They do not look at the outside of a person, but what is in their hearts and minds. And this makes us proud to be Leopards!
After each part, he asked us if we wanted to take a picture of it, so we did. Then he asked us if we wanted to touch it, so we did. Most people's immediate reaction was to be disgusted and stop touching the organs. Touching the internal organs of a mammal made me feel a little nauseous but not enough to make me want to back away from the table. When we got to the lungs, our teacher used a tube to inflate them. Mr. Heathcote allowed students to take turns inflating the goat’s lungs with a tube as well. In the end, walking into the classroom to see an actual digestive system lying on a table was shocking. But it was a special learning experience!
~ written by Caiden Ray, Grade 7
Strolling down the hallway wondering how many emails I received since leaving my office, the interesting sound of a handsaw at work caught my attention. Upon entering Ms. Schwarzkopf's grade seven Design class, I was greeted with a wonderful sight, 19 students working on different projects all at different stages of the design cycle. Each student was tasked to make an innovative item out of used resources. Some students were penning sketches of their ideas, others were deep into researching their topic, while others were in the midst of creation. The part that made me smile the most was that the students were so deeply engaged, they were completely unaware of me taking pictures. I love seeing creativity in progress! Great job, Ms. Schwarzkopf and students! ~Ty
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Wednesday 24 January 2018:
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