All encompassing POI Review

Tis the season of concerts, end of year celebrations, moving up ceremonies, musicals and at the same time wrapping your head around the heart of the school–curriculum. In this our second year of reviewing the POI, I’m still getting my head around it but after weeks of intensive work on analyzing our POI and more […]

The Enhanced PYP: Slowing down

The Enhanced PYP: The rage. The fury. The willingness to embrace the enhancements and do everything, at once. To describe feelings about the Enhanced PYP could be: excitement curiosity eye-popping overwhelming underwhelming chaos calm As for the calm, the Enhanced PYP seems to get at the heart of the PYP, with emphasis on areas that […]

Limiting Student Agency: Tuning In

I’ve just spent the morning in different classes and have spent some time with staff recently discussing agency and play. We are at the start of our provocations for our next unit, and the big question I have now is about how much we limit student agency–not intentionally, of course, but unintentionally. As a staff, […]

Creating a Culture of Agency

A few thoughts now on agency. In the enhanced PYP, agency is the buzzword. It’s the topic of conferences in the IB world, and it’s on everyone’s lips. I’ve just signed up to facilitate a workshop on agency later this spring and I’m proposing another one for the fall. Today, in my informal conversations with […]

New Year. New Year’s Resolution

New Year. New Year’s resolutions. I think it’s great we get to start fresh every year. It’s a random date, Jan. 1, but it offers the hope of new beginnings. My refresh resolution is to put a blog post on my calendar. As a coordinator, I schedule everything–meetings, check-ins, class visits. It can feel a […]

Refining the Programme of Inquiry

We finished refining our Programme of Inquiry a few weeks ago, and it was an interesting challenge doing this for the first time. I’ve taken part in programme of inquiry reviews as a teacher, often feeling like it was forced labor. It’s good being on this side, seeing the importance of everyone involved with a […]

It Started With A Tweet…

Originally posted on sonya terborg:
It started with a Tweet: We are looking for other single-subject teachers who would like to share in a a discussion with our teachers about transdisciplinary learning and the single-subjects. Anyone interested? Are there hastags out there for this? #pypchat #ibpyp @terSonya — Kristen Blum (@Namastececi) March 27, 2018 Kristen…