Category - Learner Profile

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February 2019: Raising Caterpillars to Butterflies
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October 2018: Extending Our Learning Through A Guest Speaker Session
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Developing Our Writing

February 2019: Raising Caterpillars to Butterflies

Small actions, big impacts. Greeted with an exciting student-initiated action by one of our friends, it was the perfect addition to evoke curiosity and deepen learner agency in the classroom. Upon an email sent home, one of our friends decided to take care of caterpillars, and even brought some to school. Next, we collaboratively planned to build a home for the caterpillars whilst identifying what they need to grow. Day in, day out, we observed the growth of these wonderful creatures.

Additionally, we explored the life cycle of a butterfly to better understand our daily observations of our temporary ‘class pet’. Until one fine day, we saw it moved into its pupa/cocoon stage and eventually, we watched the beautiful transformation before letting it go in our mini garden at school. We also encountered one sad incident whereby one of the butterflies was not able to fly away due to a pair of weak wings. It was a melancholy experience for all of us, and many began to ask why did it turn out the way it was. Could it be… because there was not enough food? Could be it lack of space? Did someone touch or press the cocoon? 

Exercising their agency, students take ownership of their learning, express their ideas and opinions, and reflect on their development of the learner profile attributes. Students have a range of opportunities to develop, demonstrate and reinforce attributes of the learner profile in the daily life of the learning community. 

(The Learner, IB PYP 2018)

It was surely an amazing learning experience for our class community, especially having opportunities to evidently reflect our learner profile attributes of caring and knowledgeable, as well as increasing our enthusiasm and motivation to explore new knowledge on other living things around us. Forward we go!

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October 2018: Extending Our Learning Through A Guest Speaker Session

After weeks of diving into our unit through collaborative tasks and classroom discussions, we have had a special guest speaker session conducted by Mr. Roshan, Ray’s dad. It was definitely a great learning experience to hear new thoughts and ideas about our central idea. The session revolved around our big ideas on communication, sharing and feelings under the transdisciplinary theme of How We Express Ourselves. On top of that, we also invited the Creativity & Service class (Ms. Zana’s class) community to join our guest speaker session, knowing that it offers significant, relevant and engaging learning experience for them too.

Guest speakers have become an important part of the educational experience for students. They expose students to real-world life experiences from the position of someone who has been there. One important benefit that is derived from having a guest speaker is the enhancement of the students’ educational experience. 

(Janelle Cox, TEACHHUB, 2017)

Altogether, here are some highlights of the guest speaker session:

Communication is when you talk to someone, and you look at them. 

Communication is also saying your friends’ names!

Communication is about sharing ideas. 

Green light means go! Red light means stop! Yellow/amber light means it is time to slow down and be careful. 

Non-verbal communication is just… not speaking at all, but we need to use our eyes to understand. Like the toilet sign, and wet, slippery floor sign. Some signs also give warnings for us. 

Communication is also about feelings – happy, sad, tired, bored, excited, shocked, etc.

We can communicate with our hands… like counting numbers, and pointing to a direction. 

We must use proper voice, use kind voice… like not too loud, and not too soft. 

When we communicate, we have less problems. We can play together!

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • Positive Parenting Workshop on Learner Agency by Ms. Cassie on Tuesday, 16th October 2018
  • OCTOBER BREAK (20th to 28th October 2018) – NO SCHOOL
  • Weekly rotation of library books on Wednesdays

Developing Our Writing

Last week, we introduced a new learning centre into our classroom environment, a writing centre complete with a mailbox, envelopes, stamps, letter pads, postcards and other materials.

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