Design Thinking in PYP and the Genius Hour – supporting Student Agency

This year we introduced a new framework for our PYP students: Design thinking. Our students engage with Design Thinking principles on a daily basis across the transdisciplinary curriculum, both during the dedicated Genius Hour time and especially during their Units of Inquiry. “Articulating a model or framework for the process…

Learning By Doing – Importance of Arts, Craft, and Design Thinking in Primary School

As one of the most popular (67,357,367 views on his first TED talk) and influential thinker has passed I wanted to take this opportunity and make connections between Primary Years Program Framework, creativity and pragmatism. “The arts especially address the idea of aesthetic experience. An aesthetic experience is one in…

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…

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