TKS is an IB School. The program we deliver is the Primary Years Program. This year I was determined to get my head around the IB PYP curriculum and become more familiar with the jargon, systems, assessments and ways of doing. I completed three workshops this year and as always had a few takeaways that I could take back to my classroom. I must say though, I feel absolutely privileged to have started my teaching career and study in NZ. We are pretty awesome when it comes to Education on a Global scale. I have found, due to the strong grounding in Te Whariki and the easy access to high quality PD I am confident when it comes to transferring these skills internationally.
* Listen to children/be fully present.
* I introduced the "Notice, Recognise, Respond" concept to the group, a strategy that I learned in NZ from workshops on learning stories. Use stickies to document what you 'notice' about children's learning, recognise the threads of interest and learning and respond to these.
* Each week my teaching team (Teaching assistant and Student teacher) would sit and reflect on every child in our classroom, we would think about how they were for the week, things that we noticed or needed to work on. We would then use this information to plan for the coming weeks.