BRIARGROVEELEMENTARY: JOURNEY TOINTERNATIONALBACCALAUREATE (IB).Primary Years Programme (PYP)March 21, 2013
PRIZES Who can name a learner profile attribute?
IB AND BRIARGROVE MISSIONSTATEMENTS 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. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right. The mission of Briargrove Elementary is to cultivate the development of principled, knowledgeable, and balanced inquirers through diverse and rigorous investigations in a safe, supportive environment. We aim to foster globally-minded citizens and lifelong learners, thus contributing to a better world and future for all.
PRIMARY YEARS PROGRAMME OF IB Ages 3-12 Develops the whole child as an inquirer A framework guided by 6 transdisciplinary themes of global significance, explored using knowledge and skills. Powerful emphasis on inquiry- based learning.
ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS OF THE PYP Knowledge Significant, relevant content we wish the students to explore and know about, taking into consideration their prior experience and understanding Concepts Skills Attitudes Action
KNOWLEDGE:UNITS OF INQUIRY (UOI) The knowledge component of the written curriculum is determined by the belief that there are areas of knowledge that, while important for any student, are especially significant in schools that aim to promote international-mindedness on the part of their students. Who we are Where we are in place and time How we express ourselves Transdisciplinary How the world works Themes How we organize ourselves Sharing the planet
KNOWLEDGE:PROGRAMME OF INQUIRY (POI)The programme of inquiry (POI) consists of six units of inquiry (UOI)—one for each transdisciplinary theme- at each grade level:Transdisciplinary Themes Who we are Where we are in place and time How we express ourselves How the world works How we organize ourselves Sharing the planet The school ensures that there is a coherent, horizontally and vertically articulated programme of inquiry. Focus on concept driven planning versus topic driven planning
KNOWLEDGE:UNITS OF INQUIRY (UOI) Each Unit of Inquiry (UOI) usually lasts for 6‐8 weeks Objective is to cover all 6 UOIs in a school year In order to help students make meaningful connections, the subjects of science, physical and social education, social studies, language, mathematics, and the arts are integrated wherever possible. Teachers are encouraged to plan inquiries with a high level of involvement on the part of the students. All UOIs will integrate the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills and Planning Guides from HISD. By providing students with this approach, the program aims to further theacquisition of knowledge and skills in the context of an ongoing search for meaning and understanding.
KNOWLEDGE:TRANSDISCIPLINARY THEMES-PLANNING ACTIVITY 1.Organize each TEKS under a theme.Transdisciplinary Themes 2.Collaborate with your team. Use one another as Who we are a “thinking mirror”. Where we are in place and time 3.When all TEKS are categorized, choose one theme. How we express ourselves 4.What activities, learning experiences, and How the world works resources would your team like to use to guide students through this UOI? How we organize ourselves 5.Record these ideas on your chart paper. Sharing the planet 6.When finished, name your UOI. Inquiries and activities will be based on the concepts addressed by each TEKS, not the topic of the TEKS.
LEARNER PROFILE:IB @ HOME The attributes of the learner profile express the valuesIB learners strive to be: inherent to the IB continuum of international education: these are Inquirers values that should infuse all Knowledgeable elements of the three programmes Thinkers and, therefore, the culture and Communicators ethos of all IB World Schools. Principled IB programmes promote the Open-minded education of the whole person, emphasizing intellectual, Caring personal, emotional and social Risk-takers growth through all domains of Balanced knowledge. Reflective