QAIS MYP 1 Students Co-lead MYP Parent Education Morning | QAIS 中学部一年级协助指导中学部家长教育早会
In order to develop a sense of belonging in a culture, individuals need to feel a strong and deep connection with its values, its beliefs, the relationships that exists at its core, and with the way it works. Since the MYP is an educational model in which parents, students, and teachers are considered learners, it is important to explore different ways to attain this feeling.
Parents have already been sensitized about MYP jargon, and have engaged in understanding MYP assessment criteria, the role of feedback, and concept-based learning. For this reason, in this new chapter of MYP Parent Education, we wanted them to explore what lies at the core of the MYP model: The learner.
Therefore, MYP1, grade 6, students and I joined forces and prepared a session in which we would model the inquiry-based learning process in the MYP and, at the same time, showcase the essential elements that constitute the MYP experience: The IB Learner Profile, Approaches to Learning, International Mindedness, Concept-based learning, and Service as Action. We wanted parents to see how these elements gain shape in the learning process, so that parents can have an idea of what they may look like.
The objective of our MYP Educational mornings is to support parents not only to understand the MYP, but also to develop their parent+learner skills so that they can support their children’s learning by turning their homes into an extension of the school. We want our parents to also personify the attributes of the learner profile, and to value the kind of learning that their children experience at QAIS MYP.
At QAIS, we are constantly finding new ways to stimulate students’ learning, and to support them to find and use a wide array of learning tools, in order to become a better version of themselves. Needless to say, we want this for our parents to.
The following video showcases how, Henri Yan of grade 6 presented their learning journey to parents. This video is the preamble to the student-led presentations, in which all grade 6 students collaborated.
Parents who attended this session have witnessed the power of the MYP through the experiences of the students who presented. Likewise, they had an opportunity to ask about the role of reading, homework, research, and non-academic activities.
MYP 1 students took turns to present an aspect of their service-led unit, which also highlighted one of the core elements of the MYP: Key Concepts, Global Contexts, ATL Skills, The IB Learner Profile, Service as Action, and International Mindedness. They did a wonderful job presenting their learning, and sharing their views on the themes covered in this unit.
These are some of the points addressed in students’ presentation:
- An explanation of the Global Context for their service-led unit: Fairness and development.
- Examples of the learning experiences for their unit: How can we use language to speak about fairness?
a) Visual Literacy
b) Visible Thinking routines
c) Literature read in this unit: A long Walk to Water and the Carbon Diaries.
d) Research on countries that have water shortage problems
e) Information paper writing using their research
f) Studying questions types to produce a survey
g) Using a survey to find out how informed people in their neighborhood were about water waste and water saving.
h) Report of their survey findings
i) A poem to culminate their presentation
c)在这个单元里文学阅读: 《A long Walk to Water》和《Carbon Diaries》。
Through their presentations , in which they showed and explained all of the outcomes they completed in this unit of work in Language Acquisition, students exemplified the learning richness in an MYP learning environment, the importance we placed on thinking and reflection, and the emphasis that we place in learning in order to develop a better understanding of the world. I am proud to say that students’ insights showed parents why the learning process should matter more than a simple exam.
At the end of this service-led unit, they presented their learning journey to parents and to all of the secondary students. This video presents the culmination of their presentation, in which they recited the poem “Dear Matafele Peinam” by Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner of the Marshall Islands.
在这个以服务为导向的单元结束时，他们向家长和所有的中学生展示了他们的学习之旅。这段视频展示了他们演讲的精彩部分，即诗歌诵读《Dear Matafele Peinam》，诗人是来自马绍尔群岛的凯西詹特妮柯基涅。