Communication Skills

Mar
27

Let’s ‘Math’ About it.

Educators and researchers think that classroom talk has the power to improve both students’ learning and ability to reason and teachers’ ability to teach. Talking about mathematical concepts allows students to reflect on their own understanding while making sense of and critiquing the ideas of others. When done in a collaborative and supportive learning environment, […]

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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

The ATL Museum Part I

Every morning, throughout this academic year, QAIS advisory program has engaged students in talking about learning. MYP students have watched inspirational videos and expressed their opinion about them; they have also looked at a variety of Global Issues and have commented upon them; they have engaged in the study of specific skills they have to […]

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Sep
07

MMUN First Opening Speeches

QAIS Delegates in grades 7-10 have been busy for the last two weeks. In our MMUN program we have been using the IB Learner Profile attributes as delegations, in order to help students metaphorically understand International Policies. Likewise, through a series of brief simulations, delegates have become aware of the many layers that exist during […]

By Rafael Angel | Communication Skills . IB MYP . MMUN . Social Skills
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Sep
06

Reinventing Objects As Something New

In our Global Issues and Entrepreneurship class, we have been discussing innovation. This week we were focusing on how innovations are often not a new invention but taking something that already exists and changing the use for it. Today it is Uber redefining the taxi industry. A few generations ago, it was World War II […]

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Sep
05

Finding Math Heroes

Our MYP2 math class is exploring the lives of famous people to understand their contributions to math and how they demonstrated one or more of the IB learner profile attributes in their lives. In an initial session students brainstormed to list who and what they already knew: A later session explored the four branches of mathematics, […]

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Aug
31

Living Real Life Situations in the Classroom

The Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course seeks to enable students to establish connections between the knowledge and skills they acquire in the IB DP and their surroundings. Real Life Situations (RLS) constitute an entry point to encourage students in keeping a focused discussion going on, while developing a clear analysis. Many times, RLS are addressed […]

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Aug
31

Globally minded language users

Witnessing how students employ language meaningfully to convey their points of view, to challenge convictions, to invite reflection, and to assess opinions, is one of the most enriching experiences for anyone involved in the learning process. As our MMUN program evolves each session, students (aka delegates) have become aware of the language mechanisms that are […]

By Rafael Angel | Communication Skills . MMUN . Social Skills
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Aug
26

A Language Experiment: QAIS ATL Program in Action

As part of our ATL-based advisory Program, we have developed a series of learning experiences that allow your students to become aware of the skills they need to employ (and they are employing) while  working on a specific task or solving a problem. All QAIS advisory program tasks culminate with a reflection session in which students […]

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May
26

Designing and Selling an Idea

For the creative thinking-based unit under the Global Context ‘Fairness and Development’, MYP 2 and 3 students identified a problem and devised a solution. Using the sources studied in class as examples, students conducted research to design a prototype for the problem that tried to solve. As a culminating project, students participated in a simulation […]

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