Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Learner Profile Attributes and Metaphors

The Grade 6s came up with a very unique idea of displaying the Learner Profile attributes as metaphors. These attributes, you have to admit,  are abstract and hard to pin down even with a few choice words or a definition.

Take a look at what they came up with.

 A piggy bank represents "Knowledgeable"

Can you tell us why?

 Opened -minded is represented as a tent with its flaps open.

Balanced takes on the guise of a pair of corrective lenses.

The body language of the old lady says it all for Reflective!

Caring is a box not of chocolates but hearts. We had a great discussion on why people choose the heart symbol to describe emotions such as love.

Risk-taker is the champion swimmer who braves the cold waters and scoffs at all the big sharks and pounding waves.

Inquirer takes on the metaphor of shoes. Guess why!

See if you can come up with rich metaphors that represent the learner profile attributes!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Moving to Japan

Exciting times. I have always loved exploring new countries and when I landed in Haneda airport, Tokyo did not disappoint me. It has a very distinct character of its own and if you want to know more about this lovely country, hop on a plan and come visit!

I had been on edge ever since the class lists were assigned to us. I worried about whether the students would take to me. The first few days were crucial for building bonds. I realize now that it doesn't matter how many years one has spent teaching, we all go through the same levels of anxiety.

I have been assigned 23 lovely students. They are vibrant, vocal, and have very strong opinions. This is my first year teaching 6th grade so my work is clearly cut out for me. 

One challenge I face is  remembering names!

A great app which helped me address this (I learnt their names within a day!) was Fotobabble,  an app which allows you to take pictures of students and attach an audio component to it. I have always known of this app but never used it in this way. Do give it a try next time you have trouble remembering your students name. It helped me with pronunciation as well!

This is not much of a post. I wish I had the time to continue this blog. When time permits I will. In the meantime, miles to go before I post!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Inquiry in PYP - Workshop in Punjab

"Construction of the Golden Temple began in 1574 on land donated by the Mughal emperor Akbar. The building project was overseen by the fourth and fifth Sikh Gurus. The temple was completed in 1601, but restoration and embellishment continued over the years. The temple had to be substantially rebuilt after it was sacked in the 1760s.
In the early 19th century, 100 kg of gold were applied to the inverted lotus-shaped dome and decorative marble was added. All this gold and marble work took place under the patronage of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. The legendary warrior king was a major donor of money and materials for the shrine and is remembered with much affection by the Sikh community and Punjabi people."


Funny thing is, if you stand in their way, they sweep you away too! 

The fierce gaze...

I could smell history all around me...

India! Vibrant, colourful, alive!

Jallianwala Bagh entrance..I felt like I could almost hear the desperate sounds of the people trapped within these narrow walls.


Leaving history behind and staring another kind of inquiry...

Lighter moments, but necessary ones...

The participants really enjoyed this activity...

Connecting all their artifacts to highlight the transdisciplinary nature of our curriculum...

Assessment in the PYP - Workshop

Where: Pink City, Jaipur, Rajasthan!
A fairy tale setting indeed...

Hawa Mahal 

All the buildings of the city are pink!

Jaal Mahal

Amer Fort!

Light and sound show begins...

The school reminded me of Fiona's palace (from the movie Shrek)

Step by Step Interantional school.

We had three fun-filled, yet intense inquiry into assessment in the PYP. Here are a few snippets:

Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, Critical thinking


KWL Chart

Grouping strategy, Hum the nursery rhyme and find your new buddies!

Reading MTPYPH and creating a visual of the various ways of reporting.

Creating an assessment task

The workshop ended with a climax, with every teacher presenting a dance, song and drama showing their understanding of assessment. 

Oh boy! Did we laugh.


A few things received and bought. The vibrant colours of India never cease to surprise me. 

Jaya, everytime I wear these, I will remember you...You have a similar pair :)

French ultramarine! My favourite colour.

Goodbye Jaipur. I hope I will get another opportunity to visit the city again.