IB DP

Oct
16

Writers in the Making

This year, throughout the school, teachers have been focused on the concept of mastery: lifting the level of all students–no matter their current level of proficiency–to greater heights. One important area of focus for teachers across the Montessori, PYP, MYP and DP divisions has been literacy, specifically, writing. We began this year by asking the […]

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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
22

We Forgot about Boards and Markers in Mathematics

Both in my MYP and DP classes, the use of board and markers has become history. The board has evolved into a screen of an iPad. In other words, we still use the good old friend from time to time, but not more. As a teacher, I am not turning my back on my students for I hold the board in […]

By Murat Gokalp | IB DP . Mathematics
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Sep
18

DP Music Students Cross Bridges; With a Rhythm

In our opening unit of DP Music, students are starting to uncover the foundation of music knowing and understanding. As described by the Diploma Program, music is an essential part of the human experience and a unique mode of expression and communication.  Our DP students are starting to formally develop a common language to discuss about and communicate through music. Part of our opening investigation addressed mechanisms of […]

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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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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
13

Artistry and Creation in IB DP Music

Two of the main goals of the IBDP Group 6 Subjects are centered around fostering “critical, reflective and informed practice” as well as providing the opportunity for students “to express themselves with confidence and competence”. Shirley Ma’s final performance last week was a great example of this work in action. At the midpoint of the program, Shirley […]

By Lauren Borodenko | Arts . IB DP . Personal and Cultural Expression
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May
22

We are all Readers

The new edition of QAIS Literacy Week will begin today, May 22, 2017. On this occasion, the theme will be “The worlds in books”. QAIS teachers were invited to visit our library and select a book that they love and would recommend to support one of the core values in our Mission Statement: Lifelong love of […]

By Rafael Angel | IB DP . IB MYP . Language & Literature . Library
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May
15

IB DP CAS Gave me the Opportunity to Engage

Hello, My name is Zsófia Podnar. I graduated from QAIS in 2016. Even though I was not an IB DP student- I was only a certificate student, I wanted to be a part of the QAIS Inspire Project Experience. When Ms Canan and Mr Rafael spoke to us IB DP students about how we could put […]

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