Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Session 1: Creating a Community of Learners

Individual teachers' beliefs about the experiences related to teaching and learning impact on the way they teach.

Aim: Reflect on own beliefs and practices within a community of learners
No learning occurs in a vacuum We construct meaning personally and uniquely, building on our prior knowledge, feelings and engaging within the context of our current learning environment.

We will be using the Concentric Circle Model to explore our own beliefs and values and to discuss commonalities for the group.

How will we know what we have learned?
Commonalities from the fireside groups:

  • How to create a meaningful lesson, which is versatile to different needs - that develops a deeper understanding of the unit of inquiry.
  • Confidently explain the PYP to others.
  • Understand PYP better, and different teaching strategies within the framework.
  • How is PYP able to truly support student dreams and allow time for student driven inquiry, especially in the Early Years
  • To make connections with the programme, other teachers and students in order to aid in teaching and learning.

This session will also give you a brief introduction to the IB and its history. You will be able to highlight the links between the various aspects of the PYP on the diagram as we cover them.

Finally in this session we will be establishing essential agreements for the workshop using the PYP attitudes. These are the dispositions which are expressions of fundamental values, beliefs and feelings about learning, the environment and people.
Refer to Making the PYP Happen page 24

Our Essential Agreements:
  • Independence:  We will feel confident to speak our ideas, listen to others, and discuss these ideas cooperatively in a safe environment.
  • Enthusiasm:  We agree to actively engage in all learning.  We will cultivate our passion and curiosity and ... have fun!!!
  • Curiosity:  We will be interested about what we are learning and not shy away from not knowing.
  • Commitment:  We will be present by thinking, asking, listening, sharing and sticking with "it".
  • Respect:  We will be open and supportive and avoid being judgemental for how others express their ideas and understandings.

Where are the rules?  Formulating Essential Agreements in the PYP

A Vision of 21st Century Teachers

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