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Pedagogical Leadership Notes #pypchat

The Pedagogical Leadership session in July was taught by Kelly Meridian, coordinator at a public charter school K-6 in Texas, and and Jane Wisner, who helped open Academy International Elementary School, the first public Primary Years Programme (PYP) school in United States. These leaders modeled good pedagogy by having us learn through activities. Here are my rambled notes:

We started our first day to get to know each other by going to the four corners depending on how you answered questions about how long you had been in the PYP, what was your position in PYP, and what training you had already completed. As we were in each of the corners we introduced ourselves to the other people in our group. We then took a sheet of paper out and wrote six words to describe yourself. I wrote: Passionate Healthy Global Connected Techie. Of course, no one noticed and announced that I choose only 5 words – I am a risk-taker.

Struggling as the leader can help our students and teachers. We can model learning from our failure. When we fail we always learn, but many people don’t learn from their successes.

Essential Agreements can be developed using the key concepts. Ask the questions from the key concepts to determine how to create the essential agreements.

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.International-mindedness means that a student that embodies the Learner Profile
Concepts, Knowledge, Skills, Attitudes, Action = Calvin Klein Sells Awesome Apparel.The written curriculum encompasses the five essential elements.The assessed curriculum encompasses pre, post, self-reflection, peer evaluation, self evaluation, summative, formative, etc. Approaches to Learning will be the trans skills.Thinking, Social, Communication, Research, Self-Management.

Suggestion: before each staff meeting, have them read a document from IBO.

ACTIVITY Use What is an IB Education as a jigsaw activity. Ask individuals to read one section of the article and take a phrase to describe the section. Then have all the staff who read that section and agree on what they think the section encompasses. We then share out with everyone.

Suggestion: “Why are school buses yellow?” as a book study

We then discussed how policy is what needs to happen, non-negotiable and procedure is how to do something.

ACTIVITY: Read standards A, B, C. List any burning questions or concerns for implementation of the standards in your section. in your 1/4 quadrant. When done, discuss with your table partners. In center list one most urgent question/concern from each participant in your group. The burning questions can become part of the action plan. Standard A is district or whole school. Standard B is about administrative support. Standard C is the teacher or curriculum questions.

In Texas IB is considered a Gifted Program. They don’t have gifted programs. They all will be treated as gifted students. The IB model for students is all inclusive. There should be no pull outs. If there are pull outs, and she is teaching Math, it should not be when Math is taught in the classroom. It must be supplemental. Students can not be assessed by someone other than their teacher of record.

When teaching inquiry, the students need to ask their own questions, then classify them with the 8 key concepts. Suggested activity to learn the key concepts is to use a circle in the middle with their name, then create 8 key conceptual questions to describe themselves.

Ted Talk “Weird or Just Different” – at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1K5SycZjGhI – How does this relate to our attitudes and learner profile?

If you look at cultural awareness as an iceberg, above the water would consist of cuisine, dance, dress, fine art, games, literature, drama, music. Below the water consists of: Conceptions such as self, past, future, beauty, justice, cleanliness, status mobility. Definitions of sins, sanity and insanity. Notions of childhood, adults, marriage, family, leadership. non-verbal communication – eye contact, facial expressions, body language. Patterns – relationships. Rules – social interaction.

Learner Profile bulletin board – where you display kids photos who are displaying the profile. The problem with the skater dude is what if I do not relate to that representation, does that mean I can’t have those attributes?

IDEA: Early finishers – centers have a spanish activity, possibly on the iPad.

IDEA: When students travel to other countries, please buy a book in their language.

IDEA: 5th grade class teacher teaches American Revolution, kids get to inquire about any revolution. Music, or Non-violent, or anything.

IDEA: Research based on the Key Concepts, students develop their research questions based on a couple of the key concepts.

ACTIVITY: Snowball fight: Take a piece of paper and write what you have learned, make it into a ball and throw it, then throw two others, when everyone has thrown three, pick one up and share out loud. Snow ball fight for what you have learned

IDEA: When we do a book study, teachers need to read when it was silent reading time.

ACTIVITY: Speed-dating at staff meeting, then the Exploratories can MARRY that planner, they collaborate with one unit of inquiry.

ACTIVITY: Who We Are Staff Meeting – each grade level will present what they do during that planner. Discuss what is working, not working. Ask: are we increasing complexity? Repeat for other Units.

page 13 of Making the PYP in Ped Led has a good chart.
IDEA: review the increase, decrease tables in Making the PYP Happen and share with staff

IDEA: Looking at the planners, ask “what are the inquiries?” “What are kids asking?”
IDEA: Walk-About Day – once a semester or more and everyone knows that everyone will be walking about. Then add a note to the door about what good things they saw.

ACTIVITY: Create a T chart with Challenges and Evidence of it happening for C1 – collaborative

ACTIVITY: With staff look at the requirements for CENTRAL IDEAS in Making the PYP, and then look at someones Central idea to determine if it is a good one. IN teams do the same thing. Make sure there is a lot of questioning, questions on p41 Making the PYP. be patient, ask individuals to use a post it to give their own ideas.

ACTIVITY: Straws and paper clips – three different groups, DIRECT Instruction, GUIDED Instruction
My observations: Jane asked them to open a paper clip up, take any color straw and insert paper clip so that there is right angle in paper. Repeated instructions for Matt and Susan. Announced to make a square. Jenny asked if she could work ahead, no, she could not. She checked with Matt to see if he was ok. Susan got reprimanded for moving ahead. Stay with the teacher. Use the smaller clips makes it easier. Same for the next corner. They finished the square. Then they are following Jane’s instruction. Matt go in trouble for going ahead. Jenny wants to move to another table where they have more flexibility.

http://professionaldevelopment.ibo.org/ – show these videos for written, taught and assessed curriculum.

Show the youtube video: “If you give a lot of love” and discuss the attitudes and learner profile: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0RLmYg58P4

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