What better way to take action in this word that to spread kindness. Bonny Slope has made it a school wide focus to promote and highlight the importance of being kind. Our Action tree is growing!! Each day more photos of students who have gone out of their way to be kind with very small as well and enormous gestures, are aded to the tree. We are so proud of our students who know their thoughts, words and actions matter.
Bonny Slope is always some place in the IB assessment cycle. Right now we are involved in a self study. The International Baccalaureate requires we stay up to date an in tune with the IB standards and have set up systems to help us do so. Currently we are preparing for a spring 2018 visit from IB. In preparation, we look closely at the IB Standards and assess ourselves. How are we doing? Are there areas we could improve?
There are several standards that International Baccalaureate require falling under the following three sub headings.
Standard A: Philosophy
Standard B: Organization
Standard C: Curriculum
The first step in a Self Assessment is to get a pulse from the staff and community. We are currently sending surveys to stakeholders and the PYP committee analyzes at the information shared. We will be surveying and reviewing the feedback shared until Spring Break.
Recently the community was part of a discussion on Philosophy at the BSCO gathering on January 25th. We reviewed the IB mission statement and the Bonny Slope Mission statement.
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.
Dedicated to excellence by empowering our students with skills and attitudes to be lifelong learners and global thinkers; we are culturally sensitive and take action to create a better, more peaceful world.
What those statements mean to us as a community was discussed. In light of the current political climate, our guiding statements have never felt more relevant.
A survey will be made available in the March Paw Prints for parents to share their thinking about the curriculum at Bonny Slope. We look forward to hearing thoughts from the community about the teaching and learning and Bonny Slope.
This year Bonny Slope staff has a unique dilemma: we have parent funded PYP professional development resources, but no teacher work days to use those funds. This problem has been solved and great learning and planning is taking place in collaboration time! It just so happens, one of our own staff members, Tonia Anderson, our .5 ELL teacher, has a passion for science! In fact, she works on a district science cadre to promote Next Generation Science Standards. When I went searching for a science “guru” to bring into our collaboration time for teachers, my quest took me right down the hall! Who knew, Tonia has been trained through three year MSPNGSS grant for science teachers? She and her team recently went to the National Science Conference. Tonia also had PYP inquiry through science training this past fall. When asked what she loves about the current work she is doing, she replied, "I get to teach science, of coarse!" "Not only is it the coolest thing ever, it ties into everything, especially language. It is the best pathway for learning because of student engagement!"
5th grade's inquiry into How We Express Ourselves gave students and opportunity to collaborate and practice looking at problems with a variety of perspectives. Their central idea, Open minded communicators grow their thinking through collaboration, helped drive their learning and the fifth graders gained valuable, life-long lessons about working together!
These are two of several examples of a performance task where students worked together to make something that represented their working together. They had the opportunity to explain their creation and the group process to create it.