Advisory (ATL)

Sep
04

Affirming QAIS Identity Through Assemblies

A common feature of many schools across the world is the ritual of morning assembly: an event in which students and teachers gather together to hear morning announcements, and sometimes even witness special class performances or student-led discussions.  At QAIS, instead of starting the week with morning assemblies, we wrap up our weekly learning experience […]

By Rafael Angel | Advisory (ATL) . IB DP . IB MYP
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Jun
20

The QAIS MYP Personal Project Experience

Dear MYP 5 student, the Personal Project is a unique experience; thus, you should make the most of it, and truly embrace all the learning that comes with it. In this space you find a collection of resources to support your journey. Note that all of this documents are cited in your MYP Personal Project […]

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Jun
14

Girl Power in the MYP Personal Project 2017

In culmination of their final year in the IB MYP, 10th grade students Lucy Dustman, Candy Choi, and Andee Ashelman pulled out all the stops on their final personal projects. Displays lined the entryway, as teachers, students, and parents viewed their impressive work. Lucy developed an interactive website, so IB students and teachers across the […]

By Rafael Angel | Advisory (ATL) . IB MYP . Personal Project
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Jun
05

PYP-MYP Transition in the Right Hands

When learners join a school/program, they arrive as a plant arrives in a garden: with the hope to grow roots; looking forward to belonging; aspiring to blossom in splendorous ways; with a strong desire to be part of a symphony of colors, and shapes; and trusting that [edu]carers will create a safe space for them […]

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Jun
01

“C” in CAS also stands for “Celebration”

The culmination of the IB DP is always a great opportunity to celebrate. Likewise, finalizing the CAS journey in DP should be a reason to extend the celebration. In order to celebrate QAIS DP2 students’ successful completion of the CAS programme, I decided to bake glitter-covered unicorn cupcakes in order to show them how the […]

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May
10

QAIS Advisory: A forum to design and experience learning

Last year, as we reflected on our teaching and learning practices, we identified that it was important for our community to articulate the dialogue teachers and students had about the way they learn best. We also identified that we needed to find different means to support students in developing the confidence to speak about what […]

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Apr
24

We are running advisory

This year, we have been doing a lot of things in advisory. We have been learning about learning; learned strategies about reflection; and worked on our MYP targets. However, advisory is not just important for teachers, but also for students.  It is really important for all students to start the day in a positive manner, and […]

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Apr
05

ATL Support for the PYP Exhibition

In a previous post entitled The ATL Museum Part I, grade 7 students presented a collection of  ATL-related posters they made to PYP5. This time it was PYP6’s turn. Our grade 7 students know what it takes to be successful in the PYP Exhibition, so they customised the presentation they had previously delivered with a focus […]

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Mar
27

Students Taking the Lead

Recently, MYP and DP students have been meeting to come up with ways to make positive changes to QAIS and the Qingdao community. Students are now creating Ambassador groups in hopes of leading the way in community service, school activities, art, and sports programs, along with many more. Students will hone their leadership and communication […]

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Mar
03

With a Little Help of our friends

In order to strengthen collaboration among our programs, and to enable students to regard each other as an integral part of a learning community, PYP and MYP teachers at QAIS strive to find opportunities for students to collaborate and learn from each other. The images below show how Grade 7 students assisted PYP3 students in […]

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