new year, new goals.

The beginning of a new school year gives everyone a fresh start.

With the summer behind us, it’s a time to be reflective as we think about our previous school year and give thoughtful consideration about our own strengths and weaknesses as learners. A new years means that every one gets a blank slate, ready to make the upcoming school year the best one yet! At the heart of the PYP programme here at Spicewood Elementary lies the Learner Profile. The learner profile aims to “develop internationally minded people, who recognize their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, who help create a better and more peaceful world.”

Part of being an internationally-minded learner means that our students are risk-takers (another attribute from the learner profile) with their actions. Even before any creating has begun, Mrs. Rayborn, one of our art teachers, is challenging students this year to be reflective artists this week. She’s asked students to think about how they could be risk takers this year in art, extending their thinking and truly applying transdisciplinary learning.

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Students were courageous in admitting their areas of weakness and shared how they would be risk takers in stepping outside of their artistic comfort zones this year. These goals will be revisited throughout the year, giving students opportunities to continually reflect on their actions in art.

As you and your child sit down and reflect on the first week of school I’m sure they’ll be able to tell you at least one way they’ve stepped outside of their comfort zones this week.

 If your child has trouble identifying with the attribute you might want to share ways that you’ve been a risk-taker (either as a child yourself or as an adult), modeling for them how the learner profile attribute how real world application. Many teachers will often read different books aloud to students throughout the year to model the attributes and attitudes. This is also something you can do at home! There are also some beautiful pieces of literature that you and your child may wish to read together that encourage children to try new things and be risk takers. Some of these texts can even be found at our library here at Spicewood. Be sure to stop by and check out some of these titles!

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So, how with YOU be a risk taker this year?

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