unit of inquiry
Enlargement drawing is to change the size of a drawing or a picture. I like to give this activity to my grade 5 students. This activity was very challenging. You can see how serious the children were in doing this activity. Why? It is because the children needed to make sure that the details were in the correct position. We used scale to help enlarge the drawing.
I usually do the individual project as a formative task and group project as summative assessment. I made this activity for the third time but with a different theme.
First, I gave this activity to make an enlargement drawing of a famous painting. Second, the students made an enlargement drawing of famous political activists. Third, the students made Punakawan.
Before starting the lesson, I explained the function of scale in drawings. Students were given a drawing worksheet with grids. In the worksheet, there was a small picture with grids and bigger blank grids for students to re-draw the picture. This activity made sure that students knew when they had to follow the details or lines in the picture. After the students completed the worksheet, they had to do a challenging activity wherein they had to create their own grids using a ruler.
The first challenge was that students had to make sure that the grids were straight and bigger than the worksheet given. Many of the students needed to re-do their measurement since they were not able to make their grids straight. After the students made straight grids, they re-drew the same picture on the bigger grids. The most important is that the ratio must be 1:1. otherwise the drawing will not be the same as the picture. Why must it be 1:1? It has to be the same number of lines on the paper and reference picture.
The reason students had to do it as an individual art project was that they needed to know and understand the basic knowledge of the function of grids. This understanding and knowledge will help them when they do the summative task.
The other challenge was that students needed to put together several pieces of pictures. After putting all the pictures together, students created grids to enlarge the picture on the paper size given. They chose the cut pieces and started creating the enlargement drawing individually. As soon as they were done with individual drawings, they had to connect each piece with another to make sure that the enlargement drawing is the same as the combined pieces. When they found any mistake, they fixed it and matched it again. This action continued until the picture was the same as the whole picture. In doing this learning engagement, the students became more open-minded, developed further their thinking skills, gained respect, showed tolerance to their group members, and demonstrated problem-solving skills.
The last challenge was that students had to make sure that they colored each part of the picture with the same color. Since students used different brands for their crayon, they need to decide which brand that they had to use for each part because if they used different brands of crayon, it will produce different colors even though the color has same name.
By: Irma Dwi Savitri
Visual Art teacher
BINUS SCHOOL Simprug
By: Yuyun Tri Yuniarti and Saulus (Grade 4 classroom teachers)
Grade Four students of Sekolah Tunas Bangsa learned transdisciplinary theme of how the world works. The central idea was energy may be converted from one form to another and stored in various ways. Through the key concepts of form, change and responsibility, the students learned that energy comes in different forms, cannot be created or destroyed. They explored that transformation of energy occurs in our daily life. Furthermore, they explored about the renewable sources of energy. It led them to understand that conserving energy needs to be done in order to have enough sources of energy in the future for us. As the result of learning, they took action to take responsibility in conserving the energy.
Through the pre-assessment task on drawing anything related to energy, the students drew something that needed energy to work whether it was a tool or an activity. In their formative assessment, they were asked to draw pictures which represented certain form of energy. They also identified things/equipments around them that showed the energy transformation. For their summative assessment, in pairs, they were asked to construct a model/toy by using everyday materials, such as plastic bottle and cup, straw, cardboard box, etc.. Through that model/toy they were expected to be able to explain what energy form was needed so that it can work properly and what energy transformation occurred on their model/toy. They also needed to be innovatie and creative in designing their tools. The students were so engaged because they chose to design something based on their interests.
Central Idea: Equal access to the earth’s finite resources provides challenges for the global community.
Key Concepts: function, connection, responsibility
Related Concepts: finite resources, distribution, access, equity, conflict resolution
Lines of Inquiry:
- Finite and infinite natural resources
- The distribution of natural resources
- Challenges to have equitable access to natural resources
As the tuning in activity, students were given some pictures of different objects, such as wood, sunlight, car, drawer, cotton, shirt, coal, burger, house, crown, windmill, refinery, grain, ocean, and the electricity tower. They worked in group to classify those objects into two classifications. Some groups came up with common and uncommon things, then some classified them as nature-made and man-made. This activity held to show their prior knowledge about natural resources. Therefore, they could identify things that are natural or come from nature and those that are produced by man.
After that, students showed their understanding about what natural resources are by using Frayer Model. Next, students worked in pairs to sort out objects; found out its raw material, analyzed the object, made criteria about finite and infinite, then finally defined finite and infinite. The objects are spoon, drink can, plastic, paper, cake, cloth, and glass. They did research to answer those questions.
We provided some articles to be read at home by the students, entitled “Everything Comes From The Earth” and “Natural Resouces”. They also needed to fill in the vocabulary list given. As the first line of inquiry assessment, students worked on a T-chart about finite and infinite natural resources. They needed to write the definitian as well as the examples.
For the second line of inquiry; the distribution of natural resources, we supported the materials with an e-book called “I Need to Know: An Introduction To The Oil Industry & OPEC”. We focused this inquiry on oil as the finite resources. Students learned what crude oil is, what petroleum is, how oil is formed, why oil is important, and how to find oil (upstream) as well as refine oil (downstream). Beside reading the e-book, students need to respond to the passage by filling in several visible thinking tools as follow:
They also learned about the distribution of natural resources in Indonesia. First, they are divided into 5 groups to find out about well-known places that produce natural resources in Indonesia, such as Sumatera, Jawa, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, and Papua. Then, they traced the island in A3 paper and did research about what kind of natural resources found in those five islands, specifically in what city or area it is.
We also invited experts who helped us to teach students deeper about oil, especially about the distribution process of oil or petroleum, starting from the exploration process up to delivery process to the gas stations. The experts are Bapak Mega Nainggolan from PT Energi Mega Persada Tbk. (“EMP”), an independent upstream oil and gas company headquartered in Jakarta, Indonesia and Mr. Mike Irvine, one of our school parents who works for an oil company.
Students needed to organize the information they got from the experts by filling in the visible thinking tools provided by teachers.
We went for an excursion, too. It was actually the library lesson program. Ibu Any, our teacher librarian, has focused on water as the natural resources learned. She took students to water filtration office in Kemang Pratama, Bekasi. The purpose of this visit is for finding out about clean water processing in Kemang Pratama area.
For the last line inquiry of this unit; challenges to have equitable access to natural resources, we brainstormed what challenges can be found in oil distributing process. Students analyzed the process in distributing natural resource (oil) – big picture; used post it to share what might happen within the process; discussed the challenges in distributing the oil to citizens; suggested how to minimize the challenges. Its challenges according to the students are, for example, infrastructure, signal, weather, license, local experts, accident, explosion, and technology.
After they shared their ideas about challenges in oil distribution process, we connected the lesson to IB Learner Profile focus for this unit, which are Principled and Caring. By looking at the numbers of post it stuck on the poster, students were aware that there are so many challenges in oil distribution process, so they thought of how they can apply our learner profile to minimize the challenges. Some said that as a principled person, we need to use petroleum or water wisely since they are finite resources. Moreover, we need to follow the rules or procedure when we are in the gas station to show that we are caring.
As the Summative Assessment or final project, students needed to show their understanding about natural resources’ distribution process, challenges of the distribution process, and suggestions to minimize the challenges by creating a PPT to explain them all. First, they needed to choose one finite resource, thought of its usage for life, its distribution process, challenges of the process, and suggestions to minimize the challenges then present them in a PPT. Most students chose oil to be presented since we learned more about oil than other resources. Some explained about gold, coal, and water.
For English lesson, our beloved English teacher, Mr.Swart, taught the students how to create an advertisement. As the tuning in activity, he asked them to create an advertisement about a floating hotel by using their own words or ideas. As the final assessment and connecting to our unit of inquiry, he asked students to do research about Indonesian Natural Resources and create an advertisement to promote Indonesian Natural Resources.
Author: Audrey Liana Tamba
(Grade 4 Homeroom Teacher, Sekolah Victory Plus)
Our Unit of Inquiry 4, which is under the transdisciplinary theme “How We Organize Ourselves” talks about the kinds of jobs. Our central idea is about people needing specific qualities to participate in the world of work for the functioning of the society.
As a PYP educator, I wanted to prepare my students for careers they will love and thrive in. This study is a challenge, since my grade level partner and I wanted to have something different. Dressing up, show and tell, the use of related videos are the most common ways to explore this unit, but since we are handling Grade 3 students, we opted to let the kids experience the reality in the world of work by building a small community in our classroom like at Kidzania.
We started by letting the students apply for the job post we prepared for them. We also made the application form, which we have related with our Line of Inquiry 2 “Skills, knowledge and personal qualities people need to be successful in their work”.
Here are the job posts available for the first 3 days:
- Security Guard
It was fun and engaging since the kids really thought hard of which job they want and which is suitable for them. Each child has undergone an interview session with the teachers and was asked to explain as to why he or she chose the work.
Salaries were discussed as part of our Math Integration. We have included deductions and bonuses so the students will really work hard once they get the position.
Photo: GETTING THEIR FIRST SALARY ☺
PHOTO: How much did I earn today? Did I get bonus for today?
It is interesting to see that our students came up with a lot of inquiry questions that helped us drive our class inquiry. The questions asked include people’s salary like “Why some work are hard but people get lesser salary?” “Why some work require diploma and some do not?” “Why do we need to work?”
As we moved through the week, the list of work grew in number. Here are the additional jobs that we have explored and they made use of it as part of the role-play.
- Flight attendant
- Captain of the ship
- Ticket seller
- Disc Jockey
- Hotel receptionist
Reflection is also an integral part of our role-playing. I personally let the kids reflect about their experience in doing their work. This part also helped the kids understand the hardships that workers go through. It’s funny to hear some of their reflections. Here are some examples that I interpreted from the video reflection they made:
“I realised that it’s hard to be a stock clerk since you need to organize things repeatedly after the costumers bought goods from our store.”
“You need to be patient when you are a cashier since people queue and they buy a lot of things.”
“The work of a security guard is quite scary since he needs to defend the bank from bad people like the robbers.”
These reflections made us realise that work is a serious thing to do. During this activity, my students have shown great responsibility. In the end, everybody realised that jobs require innovation, creativity, and the ability to look at a task and not only see the outcome, but also imagine different ways to achieve them. Also, they realised that not all people are working for money. Some of the people work to become famous, some are for their spiritual beliefs, and some are for their family or for passion.
This activity also helped our kiddos when they finally visited Kidzania Singapore last February 1, 2018.
By Marilou De Leon
Grade 3 Homeroom Teacher
Sekolah Global Indo-Asia
In our current Unit of Inquiry, our classroom is exploring the transdisciplinary theme of How the World Works where we are focusing on the central idea of how Energy may be converted, transformed and used to support human progress.
When we dissected and discussed about the possibilities of the things that we will be exploring more throughout the Unit of Inquiry, we found out that we will explore things that are more related to Science and Math. Then, we met STEM.
STEM is an approach of learning focusing more on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Both Science and Mathematics are a part of the PYP curriculum framework, and these subjects are going to be our subject focus for this Unit. Technology and Engineering can be seen as the applications of knowledge that we are going to do throughout this Unit.
In the classroom, we started off by exploring about the different forms of energy sources. We had discussions about the different energy sources, the advantages and disadvantages of each energy source. This is where we apply the knowledge and understanding of Science.
As we explored more about each energy source, we observed about the process of energy distribution process from the power plant. During this stage, we discussed and brainstormed about how each power plant can have different shapes and how the shapes are related to the energy source. We agreed that a reliable power plant should have a strong construction, in order to distribute the energy from the power plant.
We challenged ourselves to create a strong construction building, which can hold a thick book in our classroom, using Popsicle sticks and tapes. This is where we apply the understanding of Mathematics related to 2D and 3D shapes, as well as the knowledge application of Engineering.
Upon understanding the process of the energy distribution, the transformation and creating model from 2D to 3D shapes, and building strong construction, we are ready to create our own city and think of the possible power plant to put in our own city.
We have used the application of Tinkercad to create a 3D model of our city along with the energy power plant. This is the time where we apply our knowledge and skills of Technology.
During the process of exploring and understanding this Unit, we have found out that in using STEM integration into our Unit of Inquiry, we have experienced more learning and application of more skills in the learning engagements. We have not only used our research skills, but we also used communication and social skill in working together – as a team in creating a sustainable city with a sustainable energy source.
Marina Tri Hastuti
Grade 5 Homeroom teacher
Sekolah Global Indo-Asia
What do all these key words have in common? Learner agency, differentiation, time line, maps, history, family, traditions, culture, heritage, community, action, awareness, international mindedness, documentation, celebration, reflections. Well if you are a Reception and Year One learner at the Intercultural School of Bogor, it all comes together in a cultural festival during the unit Where We Are In Place and Time.
In a nut shell:
Tuning into the unit Where We Are in place and time; students started their inquiry into their own family histories. They completed a KWL chart by saying what they know, wonder and want to learn about the UNIT. During class time the students were able to identify their home country flag and map where their home country is on the world map. Students automatically began to share who they are and how their host country is different to what they are used to. This allowed the students to obtain a big picture of how diverse their class actually is. During the inquiry students sorted out information about their family by using family trees, family photobooks and information they brought from home. Going further the students collected all their information in a central exhibition board where they were able to share information with the class and make conclusions of their journey and discoveries. This dynamic UNIT sprouted into action by sharing the learning with the school community during a cultural festival morning.
What does it actually look like in action?
It all started with one music lesson where children learned about their music teachers’ favourite traditional instrument and song from his childhood. Being inquisitive and unpacking the meaning of the song, you can imagine how this triggered a huge interest. As the subject matter dealt with rice and music, the children wanted know more about rice and the traditional instruments.
Figure 1. Children exploring the Kacapi Sundanese musical instrument.
The inquiry allowed children to set off to discover traditional rice cooking with our Bahasa Indonesia Specialist. Instantly the excitement started and lead to various questions. What does our own traditions look like? Where are we from? Who are our grandparents actually? Do I know enough about who I am and where I come from? One of the children said “our instruments look different in Brazil” another said “my grandmother play a drum in Korea, but it is not like the one in music class”. The big question was “How do you cook rice at home?”
Figure 2. Bahasa Indonesia specialist teacher models the writing of the names of the different utensils used during traditional rice cooking.
Figure 3. Then and now: reflecting on cooking rice in the past. Traditional tungku stove used by Indonesians.
Figure 4. One of the children preparing the rice before cooking by washing it. The rice is in a woven basket called a bakul.
Following our discussions about cooking rice we decided to try the traditional way in our host country Indonesia. As we were collecting sticks and laying them out in the sun to dry workers began to ask the children about what they were doing. This was interesting to watch, because as soon as the children began to physically do something different outside the classroom in the school yard they had others’ attention. We then sat down with the Bahasa specialist teacher and looked at all the different utensils needed to cook the rice. We named and labelled the utensils in both English and Bahasa Indonesia. We looked at shapes, texture, material, size, colours, pattern, weight and anything else the children were interested in. The children enjoyed predicting what the various utensils would be used for. Children stacked the sticks, washed the rice and watched a volunteer parent lit the fire. They went off to class and returned at lunch time to see what has happened. To their amazement the rice has steamed to perfection through the bamboo cone. As the children were cooling the rice with the hihid, I was sceptical to whether or not they will be risk takers to eat the rice. However they loved it! Soon the scent of traditionally cooked rice filled the school drawing even the office to come and have a taste. Ground staff said that the smells reminded them of their childhood and made them miss home in the kampong. All of this in one day unlocked the power of what was to come during this unit.
Figure 5. Allowing water to boil to create steam that will be used to cook the rice in cone shaped basket called a kukusan.
Figure 6. Using a fan type utensil called a kipas of hihid one of the children is cooling the rice before eating. The wooden spoon in called a centong-nasi.
Figure 7. Not before long everyone is out and about following the smells of long forgotten memories. The school’s finance lady is just checking up on the children to ensure they have done a good job.
Back in class children reflected in groups on their rice cooking experience and used their knowledge of procedural writing to explain the steps that they felt were important to document. The reflections were displayed along with photos outside the Bahasa Indonesia room, where it caught the attention of parents and other students. By sharing the process cultural awareness was created among the school community. I realized that this is the start of feeling international mindedness.
Figure 8. Display outside the Bahasa Indonesia class with children’s wonderings, reflections and photos.
After the rice adventure many other extraordinary learning windows opened. For the purpose of this article I would like to share how we embarked on our own personal differentiated learning journeys of culture, family and awareness.
We unpacked our central idea followed by Kath Murdoc’s Inquiry Cycle. We continued our tuning in with a KWL chart and needless to say a very successful KWL chart brought out wonderful knowledge and wonderings that filled our sails for an unforgettable journey. Keeping in mind that the youngest in the group was 4 years old and the oldest were 6 years old, we were ready for whatever learning was going to come.
Figure 9. Unpacking words in the central idea to differentiate understanding among children’s perspectives.
What do you know about your family? And what do you wonder about your family?
Priceless responses such as:
“When I was born my sister was already 5 years old, I know my family have many allergies, and I know my sister drew on my face when I was a baby”.
“I have 2 grandmas and 2 grandpas. One of my grandpa lives in Thailand and my other grandma lives in Indonesia, my family is half Indonesian and half Thai.”
“I wonder if my dad was born on a farm, I wonder if my mom was sang to when she was a baby.”
“I wonder if my mom is the same as my grandma. The same height, the same colour, the same size, what did my mom look like when she was born.”
These responses allowed for differentiation and learner agency. They all had differences and similarities that would construct the path forward. Each learner was given an exhibition board to display their findings and explorations over the next 6 weeks about themselves, their family, culture and history. During the unit they used art to paint and draw, they made connections between their knowledge of patterns to decorate their boards that lead to a discussion about patterns used in their home countries. Children used their writing skills to make family books, they conducted interviews with parents and grandparents. Some learned traditional songs and came to share it with their friends in class. Parents were sending video clips of themselves singing traditional song and of grandparents dressing up in traditional clothing. Children were interested in the world map, comparing distances form the host country to their home countries. Traditional story books came to school, photos and favourite toys also made their appearances. Then came the lovely discussion about birthdays and timelines. Children drew their birthdays as number lines and began to discover the real meaning of their age. Not even to mention the family trees that were created. Children looked at country flags, they compared height and weight with each other and to those of animals, and they created graphs and so much more.
Figure 10. Children are looking for their own identity as they search for their flag among the others in class.
Figure 11. Knowing that your weight has changed from birth until now, how would you currently compare to other baby animals. The only way to find out is by measuring your weight, researching and comparing results.
Figure 12. Children accessing art material independently as needed during the unit. Allowing children to be responsible for their own choices builds independent thinkers.
Children brought random objects, clippings, sketches and photos from home with stories; stories that tied all the concepts, knowledge and their unique understanding into a present called active learning.
Interview question that were sent home:
- What’s your first memory?
- Who’s the oldest relative you remember (and what do you remember about him or her)?
- How did your parents meet?
- Tell me about your childhood home.
- How did your family celebrate holidays when you were a child?
- How did you meet your spouse?
- Tell me about your wedding day.
- Tell me about the day your first child was born.
- What were your favourite school subjects?
- Tell me about your favourite teacher.
- Tell me about some of your friends.
- Describe your first job.
- What did you do with your first pay check?
- What was your favourite job and why?
- Who are some of your heroes?
- Where were you when you heard that President Kennedy was shot? (Add or substitute other important historical events.)
- What is your experience with or opinion of computers? (Add or substitute other modern conveniences, such as television, microwaves and cell phones.)
- Tell me about some of your favourite songs (also books, movies and television shows).
- Tell me about some of the places where you’ve been happiest.
- What haven’t we talked about that you’d like to discuss in the time we have left?
We used technology to explore change over time (https://youtu.be/RDEST6UGNv4 and https://youtu.be/j6f8LIwx32Y ) the two links were examples of how you can see people change over time, just as we can see we have changed over time reflecting on our baby photos.
Figure 13. Creating a family portrait for the exhibition board by using various materials and different mediums of art.
Figure 14. Taking a closer look at the exact detail of the Brazilian flag. Being clear and precise of the facts will allow for an authentic representation of the country.
Figure 15. Using the knowledge of observation to complete an accurate representation.
Figure 16. The children brought extraordinary footage from home with evident parent involvement. This is a photo of one of the children with her grandparents. Information is clearly laid out by the parent to facilitate further discussions in class.
Figure 17. Spontaneously working together as a group while looking at the Garuda National emblem of Indonesia. This is definitely the heart of PYP where social constructivism takes centre stage in the classroom with the teacher as facilitator and fellow learner.
Figure 18. Integrating handwriting into the unit was very successful. Children used their own photos as a personal starting point to practice various language skills. The experience allowed the teacher to model differentiated needs as children were working at their own pace.
During my own personal reflection as the classroom teacher, I somehow felt as if I was on a journey that was not being connected to reality. As the unit moved forward I felt as if I was standing on the highest peak of a mountain that had the most magnificent view, with the wind pressing against my face and with open arms embracing the magic that was happening.
Wrapping up the unit: the big day arrived to take action and once again share our gift of international mindedness with the community. Involving the whole community we set out to change our assembly into a cultural festival. Parents of the Reception and Year One class were invited to celebrate their children’s 6 weeks of learning by collaboratively setting up a table next to their child’s display board echoing their culture, family and awareness.
Figure 19. A very excited mom sharing her experience and planning leading up to the cultural festival. What an honour to have parents actively involved in the learning community.
Teachers from across the school were asked to not just enjoy the marvellous moment but also to use the opportunity to observe learners from their perspective on how they display the aspect of the learner profile, attitudes, skills and knowledge. Further, learners from the school were involved to document what they liked and learned from each culture as they moved from each exhibition to the next. Lastly, all parents that were attending the assembly were invited to celebrate the community event as an awareness of where we are in place and time.
Figure 20. Home room teacher and PYP Coordinator welcoming the community to the cultural festival.
Figure 21. ELC students visiting the Indonesia: Ambon, exhibition.
Figure 22. Parent enthusiasm is key for successful community involvement. Children are known to copy adults, hence the importance of adults modelling the learning attitudes we want to see in our children.
Figure 23. One of the older students visiting the Indonesia: Flores exhibition. Mother and daughter eagerly await questions and are ready to share their cultural knowledge.
Figure 24. A teacher enquires about baby photos on the exhibition board display.
Specialists from Music and Bahasa Indonesia also had the opportunity to display traditional artefacts from Indonesia. The traditional rice cooking was replicated and shared with the whole school community.
Figure 25. Setting up the traditional rice cooking for the community. Both student and teacher proudly dressed to represent their countries.
Reception and Year One also reflected on what they have learned and enjoyed during the unit. Data collected from the teacher and learners were reworked into a personal reflection report of each child.
The following is an example of the individual feedback form created to capture the various reflections of teachers and students. The consolidation of information opened a whole new platform that allowed insight and discussions.
Country represented at the cultural festival: South Africa
Student name: Caydon
Date: 3 November 2017
Part One: School teachers’ observations and comments
Teachers were asked to observe the students. The teachers focused on the student’s ability to display the learner profile and IB attitudes during their presentation and display. 7 Teachers responded to Caydon’s presentation.
Observations by school teachers:
- An excellent presentation by Caydon, not only for me, but watching him interact with his peers and other adults. Excellent work Caydon.
- Caydon likes all the animals from South Africa.
- Caydon explained well and answered questions well.
- He had a good explanation.
- He told/explained to me about his photos.
- He explained confidently. I love the milk tart.
- Excellent communication, Caydon took Hiroshi by the hand to show his photographs and to explain them. “This is South Africa, I’ve been in South Africa”.
- Caydon Asked Mrs Ali to try the food. Very supportive with Hiroshi and took control of leading him through his display. He worked so hard to answer questions that he asked (very polite…)”could you go now, I am tired”.
Part B: Feedback from peers grade 2-9.
Students from year 2 to 9 observed Caydon and shared what they learnt from his presentation and display.
- I learn the cheetah is the fastest animal, because it has lots of muscles.
- The songs are good.
- Good food, it is really awesome.
- Barbeque means “braai” in the Afrikaans language.
- Good food.
- It looks fun and very African.
- How food looks nice.
- I liked the sausage with cheese.
- I liked the taste of the sausages.
- I like the sausages.
- I liked the pudding. There is cinnamon powder on it.
- We learned about African puddings.
- I like the sausage.
- I like the colours of the flag.
- Good food.
- Good food, very good stand.
Part C: Learner self-reflections.
Figure 26. Personal reflection.
Caydon made the following comments on his experience of the cultural festival.
“At the assembly I like it. I was not mean, I was not shouting, I was so nice to people. I tell the people we eat food. Our South Africa food. The food taste yummy. I told them everything I already done about South Africa. I like the food from Amelie, she is from Brazil, Ellena from Thailand, New Zealand is Vesper. Me – I am South Africa. Priciella, Megan from China. Indonesia is Malik and I mmm, remember Mica? Yunjin from Korea, I miss Koshy and Mica. Next time I know I don’t be shy!”
Part D: Feedback from homeroom teacher and teacher assistant.
Figure 27. Family photo.
During the unit, Where We Are in Place and Time, Caydon had interesting thoughts about his family. Caydon was more interested in his dog as part of his family. His thinking opened an exciting window of opportunity to explore his family history and culture. Caydon was a brave communicator and open minded. He was able to interact with various adults and students of various ages. I hope that this opportunity to share personal information with the community will allow Caydon to be more of a risk-taker during future events.
In closing this unit was indeed a worthwhile journey that highlights our responsibility towards education that inspires others to flourish.
Figure 28. Bringing a community of learners together from generation to generation. Reception and Year One learners and parents wrapping up an unforgettable learning journey as a global community.
“Well begun is half-done”- Aristotle.
As the beginning of our first unit for the very first term, “Who We Are” it was time to know each other & also have an interesting prior knowledge to take the first step to drive into the IB inquiry path. Keeping in mind one of the lines of inquiry for the current unit, “Different types of multiple Intelligences”. I designed an activity through which we all should get acquainted with each other in the class as well as to understand how different we are from each other in the terms of multiple intelligences.
The students were given old magazines & newspapers from which they had to cut the nouns/adjectives which described them the best & then stick it on the outline of self portrait drawn by them(It also involved their drawing skills.)This was also a good way of integrating English & UOI under one theme.
Later they reflected on their work by discussing their pictures in the class. This helped them to comprehend that each one of us is smart in our own way & we all possess different intelligences. It was a very interesting activity as they all were completely engrossed & engaged in depicting their best.
Ms. Smita Benuskar
Homeroom Teacher Grade 5
GMIS – BALI