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Meet The  Teacherweb
Meet The  Teacherweb
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Meet The  Teacherweb
Meet The  Teacherweb
Meet The  Teacherweb
Meet The  Teacherweb
Meet The  Teacherweb
Meet The  Teacherweb
Meet The  Teacherweb
Meet The  Teacherweb
Meet The  Teacherweb
Meet The  Teacherweb
Meet The  Teacherweb
Meet The  Teacherweb
Meet The  Teacherweb
Meet The  Teacherweb
Meet The  Teacherweb
Meet The  Teacherweb
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  • 1. Agenda: Language Mathematics PYP Learning environment Home Learning – including class and grade level blogs Partnerships Questions and Answers
  • 2. Introductions
    • Becky Eyles
    • Welcome to new parents
    • Welcome to returning families
  • 3. About me
    • Born and brought up on a farm in the UK
    • Moved to Zurich in December
    • Taught in the International School of Schaffhausen until June this year
    • Have taught the full primary age range in several schools in the UK
    • Interests: running, swimming, cycling, snowboarding, playing the piano, drawing/painting, singing, reading
    • And most importantly…teaching!
  • 4.  
  • 5. Language
    • First Steps developmental continuum
    • PM Benchmarks
    • Reading – guided, independent, small group
    • Take-home reading books (fluent reading with strong comprehension of the text)
    • Writing – writing genres in Grade 2 include recounts, procedures, information reports, narratives, explanations and letters
    • Talking and Listening – oral presentations, active listening
    • Handwriting – D’Nealian script. Cursive begins after December
    • Spelling – Journals, spelling phases, spelling strategies
  • 6. Mathematics
    • ZIS Mathematics agreements
    • Shape and Space, Measurement, Pattern and Function, Data Handling, Number
    • Real-life problem-solving
    • Connecting mathematical concepts and applications to learning
    • Everyday Math is a resource
    • Concrete to abstract
    • Investigating, questioning, discussing, justifying and recording
    • Variety of strategies for possible multiple solutions – emphasis on process
  • 7. Mathematics at ZIS
    • We know and follow the Essential Concepts/Questions in the ZIS Scope and Sequence
    • We follow the secure goals outlined in the Everyday Mathematics with adaptations as necessary in relationship to our Scope and Sequence
    • We use the Everyday Mathematics games, mental math, common routines and (adapted ) assessments
    • We will use the student journals when appropriate to support the learning of secure goals
    • We commit to daily mental math activities
    • Math home learning is differentiated
    • Summative and other relevant Math assessments are shown to parents
    • We will supplement Everyday Mathematics assessments with authentic performance tasks, to assess conceptual understandings
    • We regularly inform parents what we teach in Math, how and why.
  • 8. Grade 2 Units of Inquiry
    • Inquiring into:
    • Switzerland ( Where We Are In Place And Time ). Field trip to the Glacier Garden and Transportation Museum in Lucern
    • Workplaces ( How We Organize Ourselves ). Tochterstag Nov 12
    • Water ( How The World Works ). Visiting scientists from the U.K
    • Folktales ( How We Express Ourselves ).
    • Read-around, Book Week
    • Living Things ( Sharing The Planet ). Tierpark, Langnau
    • Healthy Living ( Who We Are ). Healthy Living Day.
  • 9. Program of Inquiry Located on the ZIS Website (LS or ECC campus – Curriculum – Grade level – bottom of page, click on link to Program of Studies) and displayed on the wall outside the library
  • 10. PYP Learner Profile
    • Inquirer
    • Open-minded
    • Knowledgeable
    • Risk-taker
    • Thinker
    • Communicator
    • Balanced
    • Principled
    • Caring
    • Reflective
  • 11. PYP Attitudes
    • Appreciation
    • Commitment
    • Confidence
    • Cooperation
    • Creativity
    • Curiosity
    • Empathy
    • Enthusiasm
    • Independence
    • Integrity
    • Respect
    • Tolerance
  • 12. PYP Transdisciplinary Skills
    • Thinking Skills (acquisition of knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, evaluation, metacognition)
    • Social Skills (accepting responsibility, respecting others, cooperating, resolving conflict, group decision-making, adopting a variety of roles)
    • Communication Skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing, presenting, non-verbal communication)
    • Self-management Skills (gross motor skills, fine motor skills, spatial awareness, organization, time management, safety, healthy lifestyle, codes of behavior, informed choices)
    • Research Skills (formulating questions, observing, planning, collecting data, recording data, organizing data, interpreting data, presenting research findings)
  • 13. 2E Learning Environment
    • Independence, initiative, responsibility
    • Effective work habits
    • Cooperative learning, being a team
    • Inquiry and action
    • Learner Profile behaviours
    • PYP Attitudes
  • 14. 2E Learning Environment
    • Cooperative Groups
    • Classroom agreements, rewards and consequences
    • Weekly class meetings (PSE time)
    • Class monitor positions
    • 8:30 – 8:44 morning routine – Math activity, Choice Time, red tote, Communication Book, messages
  • 15.  
  • 16. Home Learning at ZIS
    • Learning Logs - Designed to encourage creativity and foster a love of learning
    • Inquiry-based
    • Mathematics, Language, Unit of Inquiry, Reading and/or Handwriting challenges
    • Reinforce and develop knowledge, understanding and skill
    • Open-ended learning challenges – students choose a style and approach that suits them eg. poster, song, model, pictures, play, presentation,games, puzzles, activities – no limits!
    • Learning behaviours – continuation of approach in classroom, building on learning during the day, revision of work, effort…
  • 17.
    • Learning challenges set Monday, returned to school a week on Wednesday, shared in class on Wednesday – more time for a more meaningful response
    • Starting Monday 7 th September, due back on Wednesday 16 th September
    • Then set again Monday 21 st September, due back on Wednesday 30 th September
    • Time to share & value achievements
    • More detailed information will be in the front of the learning log book.
    Home Learning at ZIS
  • 18. School – Home Partnership
    • Grade level and class blog -
    • Fred and Wilma – our little friends
  • 19. School-Home Partnership
    • Room parent: Johanna Duc
    • Support in class (guided reading, one-to-one Math support).
    • Support on field trips
    • Your expertise
    • Class parties
  • 20. Grade 2 Tips
    • Label, label, label
    • Teaching commences at exactly 8:45
    • Class timetable
    • Home Learning routines
    • Responsibilities at home
    • Healthy snack and lunch
    • Communication at home
    • Time to play and relax after each school day
    • Balance
  • 21. Questions and Answers