Using an event in history to drive their inquiries, the fifth graders are feverishly working on their exhibition projects. Doing research, speaking to members of the community, and collaborating with their peers allows the students to take a closer look at the issue or theme at the event that pulls at their “heart strings”.… Read More exhibition: invitation & topics
Students learn best when provided with tools that allow them to express their unique ideas in a variety of ways. In most PYP classrooms, you’ll find lots of class discussion, student collaboration, and opportunities for students to extend and challenge their original thoughts and ideas. Last week in Kindergarten, our students were concluding their Sharing the… Read More reflecting on inquiry: how we discover what students have learned
When learning about and through the different subject areas, student acquire particular skills related to that subject. In language arts, students become literate as they are exposed to text through a variety of genres, meanwhile in math, students become numerate as they begin to master place value, for example. And in order to conduct meaningful and authentic… Read More market day and transdisciplinary learning
Every spring our fifth graders participate in a culminating project called Exhibition. Exhibition is a final celebration of the PYP program, proving students with an opportunity to reflect on the essential elements of the program- knowledge, concepts, skills, attitudes, and action. The students take the ultimate action with their own personal inquiry as they reflect on… Read More exhibition: mentor meetings
At the heart of our PYP program lies the Learner Profile. The attributes help develop internationally minded students who, in turn, help to create a better and more peaceful world. All learning and instruction are developed to foster these traits and our teachers do an excellent job referring to these traits throughout the day as… Read More the heart of the pyp program
With their central idea, Cycles are predictable and help us understand the world around us, our first grade has been doing lots of exploring over the past week! Students inquired about different types of cycles found in our world and asked questions about how cycles were related or connected with one another. Teachers brought in tadpoles… Read More inquiry lately @ spicewood
A few weeks ago we held a morning coffee meet and greet session for our upcoming Kindergarten parents. During the session, parents were able to meet the leadership team, learn about the history of Spicewood, and hear more about how the IB program provides students with a unique education foundation. And while these parents and… Read More what IS an IB education?