Thinking Skills

Oct
16

Using the Language Class to learn about a Problem of Local and Global Significance

  One of the beauties about language teaching is the fact that the learning experiences that can be designed are not limited to one specific area of knowledge. In the language class, the world and all its scenarios and adventures are our playground, and we can use language to voice people and cultures’ ideas. For […]

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Oct
05

Projectile Championship Cup 2017

Statement of Inquiry: How can we predict the positions of moving objects in two or more directions with multiple variables?  Key Concept: Application of Kinematic Equations Related Concepts: Making predictions, Multivariable Algebra, Problem Solving, Design Thinking Strategies The ability for problem-based activities makes DP Physics one of the most fun classes out there.  The DP Physics class had a unique opportunity to design and create […]

By Brendan Madden | IB DP . Research Skills . Science . Thinking Skills
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Sep
27

Something to Protest About: the Power of Art to Change the World.

In MYP 4&5 English Language and Literature students are engaged in an interdisciplinary unit, “Something to Protest About: the Power of Art to Change the World.” Students are examining the power of protest music and visual art during the Civil Rights movement in the United States in the 1960s in Language and Literature, The Humanities […]

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Sep
22

Physical and Health Education: More than Sweating

Traditionally, Physical Education is characterized by being a subject in which students run, jump, pull, chase, catch, and sweat, among many other actions. Nonetheless, in the MYP, this subject is known as Physical and Health education because Physical and Health Education (PHE) focuses on both learning about and learning through physical activity. Both dimensions help students to develop […]

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Sep
22

MYP 3 Science – Five types of Chemical Reactions Lab

Knowing and understanding is the first criterion of MYP3 and one the 8th grade students have been diving into. Their second major lab of the year entitled: The Five Types of Chemical Reactions had them use their previous knowledge of the periodic table, chemical symbols and chemical equations to investigate eight stations of chemical reactions. After an elaborate safety review, […]

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Sep
18

CAS Ideas Inspire Internal Assessment (IA) in DP Biology

While studying our unit about Water, Shirley was shocked when she read articles and watched videos about how the ‘fast’ fashion industry was polluting waterways in China.  As a CAS project, she wanted to do some experiments in order to show the community the detrimental effects of textile dyes on the environment. To take this to the next level she was inspired to […]

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Sep
04

The sky is NOT the only limit in Mathematics!

Mathematics is not only about repeating patterns, but also about observing and analyzing how patterns repeat. For this reason, we normally say that repeated patterns is a strong aspect of mathematical modelling. Gabriella, our grade 12 DP student, created a very simple repetition pattern: 1. Cutting the paper into three equal pieces, 2. Taking one piece and […]

By Murat Gokalp | IB DP . Thinking Skills
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May
26

The Natural Storyteller

To bring our literacy week 2017 to a closure, Australian author Ken Spillman conducted a session about storytelling with QAIS MYP students. Ken shared how he discovered that he had a voice and that his storytelling skills were what made him feel unique. Likewise, Spillman took the opportunity to offer advise to students, encouraging them […]

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May
25

The Solar Cooker Project

MYP4 students are currently finalising an exploration into modernization, industrialization and engineering, under the global context Scientific and Technical Innovation. In order to wrap up their inquiry, with the following statement of inquiry in mind: Discovering patterns in fundamental natural forms permits new applications, they have been working on parabolic reflectors. MYP4 students have been studying parabolae, and […]

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May
22

Voices of Action

    Some of the core values of QAIS’ Mission Statement are our commitment to helping students become courageous, global citizens; to develop intercultural understanding; to take part in community action; and to demonstrate respect for all life. In order to accomplish this goal, we are constantly looking for opportunities to enrich learners’ experience. To start off the […]

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