We had a decent turn-out at the DigCit Parent Session on Tuesday morning with 21 primary and secondary parents attending - some great initial discussions!
This was the first of several sessions where our focus was to share tech challenges and successes, AISM's approach to Digital Citizenship, the importance of home/school partnerships especially in this area & sharing parent-friendly practical suggestions and resources. One of the main aims was to involve parents in deciding other possible foci for future sessions.
This truly is an area where community involvement - students, teachers and parents - is needed in order for us to navigate successfully! Here are the resources, presentation and handouts that we included - looking forward to sharing further in future sessions - more information to come!
Parent Handouts: Be the Parent
At AISM, we employ the RULER Approach, developed by the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, to guide our teaching and learning in Advisory classes. Additionally, we adhere to the SHAPE standards to guide instruction on essential topics such as Puberty and Adolescent Sexual Development, Gender Identity & Expression, Sexual Orientation & Identity, Sexual Health, Consent & Healthy Relationships, and Interpersonal Violence. Click here for the Middle School and High School RULER Unit Overviews.
Advisory is a regularly scheduled class within our Secondary School, aimed at facilitating regular meetings for small groups of students. These sessions foster relationships beyond the academic realm and provide a platform for learning directly related to their well-being. Advisors, who are responsible for planning and facilitating these classes, collaborate with the Social Emotional Counselor to offer targeted workshops on health and well-being topics. Advisory is a weekly fixture in all Secondary School grades, spanning from Grades 6 to 12.
Schools are often guilty of using too many systems - and here at AISM, we are no different! In an attempt to change this, here are the three main systems that we use at AISM.
AISM processes personal data on its prospective, current and former students and their parents or legal representatives, as part of its everyday operations of providing educational services. For more information, read our Data Privacy Notice. Also access AISM's Device Acceptable Use Guidelines
A great way to grow your understanding and support of the Primary Years Program is to engage with materials that provoke your thinking about teaching, learning and education in the 21st Century. Check out this 2 minute snippet of Will Richardson speaking at a 2018 IB conference for some thought-provoking remarks about the role of respecting and supporting learner agency. To dive a little deeper into the role of agency in the Primary Years program you can check out this two minutes with Taryn video.
Want to learn more about the PYP?
Click here to spend "Two Minutes with Taryn" to learn more about the four dimensions of assessment in the PYP: documenting, monitoring, measuring and reporting. A full collection of 24 short videos can be found in the Two Minutes with Taryn archive.