+ TA Role in the PYP Teachers Assistant PD March 16th, ,2012
+ Essential Agreements What do you want to gain or learn during this workshop? Appreciation Enthusiasm Commitment Independence Confidence Integrity Cooperation Respect Creativity Tolerance Curiosity Empathy
+ What do you know about the PYP? Using the A3 paper provided for you on your tables please write down as many things that you know about the PYP as you can.
+ IB? IBO? PYP? POI? UOI?...Wait What?? Are you having a difficult time PYP stands for Primary Years understanding what all this lingo program and is one of the three is about? Let me take a moment programs offered by the IB to slow down and define some of Organization. This is what we are the terminology that goes into our IB program. currently teaching at CISB. It focuses on students in PreK – IB stands for International Grade 5. Baccalaureate. The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) was established in 1968 and is a non-profit, international education foundation registered in Switzerland
+ IB? IBO? PYP? POI? UOI?...Wait What?? Each grade level writes their very own curriculum. This curriculum is called a “Unit of Inquiry” or UOI. Our school also follows the New Brunswick curriculum, so teachers must ensure that that curriculum is followed. PYP encompasses all subject areas such as Language Arts and Math that are sometimes stand alone subjects. All of the units combined are what make up our Program of Inquiry (POI). Our teachers will be teaching all six of our planners to create a first time completed POI for this year. Even so, our POI will continue to change each year, updating and changing planners as needed.
This is a sampling of the PreK3 and PreK4 POI (Programme of Inquiry)
+ Graffiti Board There are posters that have been placed around the room. You are free to write or draw any ideas that are sparked by the words displayed.
+ IB Learner Profiles The IB Learner profiles are the 10 most important attributes of an international person and answers the questions: What kind of person do we want our students to be? What kind of a person do we want to be? The PYP aims to help students become more internationally minded by recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.
+ 5 Essential Elements of the Written Curriculum 1. Knowledge Significant, relevant content we wish the students to explore and know about, taking into consideration their prior experience and understanding 2. Concepts Powerful ideas that have relevance within the subject areas but also transcend them and that students must explore and re-explore in order to develop a coherent, in-depth understanding.
+ 3. Skills Those capabilities the students need to demonstrate to succeed in a changing, challenging world, which may be disciplinary or transdisciplinary in nature. 4. Attitudes Dispositions that are expressions of fundamental values, beliefs and feelings about learning, the environment and people. 5. Action Demonstrations of deeper learning in responsible behaviour through responsible action; a manifestation in practice of the other essential elements
+ Role Playing In your groups, I would like you to come up with role plays of things that you have done in the class with students that pertain to PYP or things that you would like to do.
+ Reflection What can you do more in the classroom to assist students and teachers with the PYP? What would you like to do more? What can teachers do to help you in your professional development?
Duties of Teachers Joint Activities Duties of Teachers’ Assistants and Advisory PersonnelDiagnosing •Diagnose learning needs •Discuss students abilities, strengths and weaknesses •Attend program –planning meetings (if the teacher requests that TA’s be present.Planning •Plan lesson activities and •Prepare materials, including choose resources modifications to the •Establish priorities curriculum •Provide advice on available resourcesDisciplining •Establish a clearly •Meet regularly to discuss understood classroom student progress management structure, •Discuss and clarify classroom rules and expectations for student expectations for students discipline and classroom rules
Duties of Teachers Joint Activities Duties of Teachers’ Assistants and Advisory PersonnelEvaluating •Evaluate student progress •Discuss observations •Exchange informationReporting •* Report to parents both •Discuss student information formally and informally as appropriate •Maintain confidentialityEvaluating Assistants •Evaluate professional and •Discuss strengths and non-professional staff concerns •Document and share concerns •Seek training for assistants as appropriateTeaching •Implement lesson plans and •Clarify and share outcomes direct teaching related to and experiences those lesson plans •Discuss specific strategies, •Supervise and facilitate activities and outcomes student learning •Discuss workplace location •Model techniques and appropriate language •Provide resources for the assistants
+ Essential Agreements What are your expectations of your job? What sort of agreements can you make between you and your teachers to improve your relationships with your teacher and your students?