A baby bump is certainly a provocation for inquiry! BISS students have watched Wu Laoshi’s pregnancy with growing fascination. In the final week, Grade 3 asked thoughtful questions about her new role as a mother. This dialogue is part of a year-long inquiry into celebrations. Guided by Ms Bernadette, students have studied celebrations of meaning to the class in real-time, including Chinese New Year, Diwali and Thanksgiving. Stay tuned here for conceptual understandings and culminating reflections.
Best wishes, Wu Laoshi! We have enjoyed celebrating this milestone with you, and can’t wait to meet the newest member of our BISS community!
It was wonderful to welcome our former E-Learning Coordinator, Julie Lindsay, to visit BISS. She is now the author of 2 books on connected teaching, founder of Flat Connections and a university lecturer in online education. The premise of Julie’s work is that open, connected, integrated learning creates social change.
Through online projects, students around the world learn in cross-age, cross-school, cross-cultural groups. They use digital tools to research and share understandings, grappling with topics such as climate change, community structure and digital citizenship. Students create media products, incorporating the perspectives and experiences of their far-flung peers.
BISS has participated in Flat Classroom and Digi-teen projects for many years. In the future, PYP & MYP classes will continue to collaborate with Julie Lindsay, so BISS students engage in rich online learning, communicate with authentic audiences, develop international mindedness and become discerning digital citizens. Mr K. has great plans for including global feedback in the Design/Tech curriculum.
This Grade 3 student can solve Rubik’s Cubes of all sizes, shapes and complexities in seconds.
His talent amazed and delighted his friends, when he demonstrated it as part of a home learning task. Since then, Simon has taught patterning, logic, algorithms and manual dexterity to his classmates so they, too, have become successful 3D puzzlers.
Mathematics is a child-centred, diverse and always engaging experience in Grade 3! Thanks Simon and Ms Bernadette!
Children are innately curious! From birth, they watch, listen, taste and touch the world around them. As oral language develops, toddlers ask up to 300 questions per day.
At BISS, we capitalise on curiosity by keeping questions at the centre of our curriculum. Children stay motivated as their own wonderings drive personally relevant learning at school.
In each Unit of Inquiry, students’ questions direct the teacher’s preparation of resources, content and experiences. The teacher guides skill development and broader conceptual understanding; however, children retain great control over the direction, depth and diversity of content they explore.
Read more about the curiosity explosion in Grade 3 this week!
Let’s talk about homework in the Elementary School!
At BISS, we make evidence-based decisions about the education of your child. Research confirms that hours devoted to traditional homework do not improve achievement in the elementary years.
In fact, too much homework (or the wrong kind of homework) is actually detrimental to academic progress, as it causes stress, reduces motivation and consumes precious time which should be spent on brain-boosting activities (such as reading, research, play and conversation).
Therefore, homework at BISS is not “busy work”. It should not take hours nor cause tears at bedtime. Read more about our goals, grade-level examples and tips for parents. Continue reading →