Continuous Learning

COVID-19 has forced mass school closures and a transition to remote learning. We are here to help. As the number of positively-confirmed cases of the Coronavirus worldwide tops 500,000 and rises with no end in sight—with experts continuing to predict 40-70% of the global population will contract COVID-19—social distancing safety…

Making Global Connections

This past week I have been reflecting on my practice through the lens of our Principles of Learning and find connections with Jay McTighe‘s article: “Three Lessons for Teachers from Grant Wiggins” Common Understanding of Learning  At ISM, we understand that learning is a lifelong, ongoing process. Learners develop understanding…

Living our Mission Statement

School vision and mission statements should not be regarded as empty words. They can be useful – but it depends on what they include and how they’re used. Our mission statement is a strategic document to indicate the purpose and priorities of ISM. It makes a public statement about what…

Transform your classroom dialogue and communication

Using Digital tools to enhance and transform your classroom collaboration, empower the student dialogue, and transform communication within and outside of our classrooms. In the PYP Enhancements, we are now more aligned with the MYP and DP with our Transdisciplinary Skill Clusters and more explicit of how digital citizenship is…

Student Led Conferences

WHAT ARE STUDENT LED CONFERENCES? End of each semester you will have an opportunity to participate in a conference led by your child. Throughout the semester, the students have developed a ortfolio that comprises samples of learning that they have selected as having an impact on their learning journey and of…

Support Learner Agency with Digital Portfolios

Display, Showcase, or Best Works Portfolios Most effective portfolios also contain a reflective element, where the student has in some form contemplated her or his own strengths and weaknesses as a learner. Portfolios can be divided into two groups: process oriented or product oriented portfolios. Out of these two main…

Valuing Parents as Co-Educators

We all know that children learn more efficiently when teachers and parents have a clear picture of what each student knows and what they are ready to learn next. In 15 years of teaching in the PYP, I have learned that one factor among teaching strategies that provides a reliable…

Balancing Our Screen Time

I was inspired to tackle this rather controversial topic of after reading the following CNN article. One of the most important New Year’s resolutions every parent should make for 2019 is to ensure everyone in the family spends less time with screens. Since last year, a number of new studies…

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