Monthly Archives: April 2013

Middle School, Here i Come!!!-Transition Program…

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Yes it’s that time of the year when students and teachers become emotional. Time to say GOODBYE and accept the next change happily and willingly. Time for Transition…..from elementary school-PYP to middle school- MYP. This year, from PYP, both grade 5 and 6 grade students are graduating.

So I planned a interesting, informative and interactive Transition program for these students.

I started with a “pre-reflection sheet” consisting of 7 questions which focused on their thoughts, feelings and concerns. After gathering this information, I compiled all the data and sorted out their questions and concerns/worries. This data proved very useful for me to plan for the Transition Program.

I referred lot of sources, websites, and books to plan the proper Transition Program as I had to plan it for the duration of only 1 hr.

This middle school transition program includes supports designed to:

• Help students form a realistic expectation of what middle school will be like;

• Provide a positive and successful first impression;

• Respond to the needs and concerns of students;

• Demonstrate an inviting, supportive, and safe environment;

• Have multi-faceted guidance and support structures;

• Ensure a successful introduction to the middle school experience.

 

The speakers for this program included:

  • Counsellor
  • Grade 7 students
  • MYP Teachers
  • MYP Co-ordinator
  • PYP Co-ordinator

Sharing of the MYP experience from grade 7 students is very important i feel, as they talk about positive as well as their negative experiences. i had just infirmed them that when sharing a negative experience, they have to also share about the ways they dealt with that situation and coped with it.

The goal of the speakers would be to encourage and guide students for their journey in middle school. They would share their experiences and talk about their expectations in form of behaviour and academics from the budding MYPians. Speakers would also give information about the daily schedule and important events in MYP along with whom to approach in a difficult situation.

I have made a beautiful PPT on this transition program which will be liked by your students. You can buy this PPT along with a “pre-reflection sheet” here http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Mansee-Gupte

The cost of this worksheet is kept at a very reasonable rate, so that most of you can buy and use it for the benefit of the children

Thank you for reading my blog…..

EXHIBITIONS….

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EXHIBITIONS…..yes it is EXHIBITION which is keeping me very busy. For those who are not aware I would like to tell you about it.

The Primary Years Programme (PYP) exhibition represents a significant event in the life of a PYP school and student, synthesizing the essential elements of the PYP and sharing them with the whole school community. As a culminating experience it is an opportunity for students to exhibit the attributes of the International Baccalaureate (IB) learner profile that have been developing throughout their engagement with the PYP. In the students’ final year of the PYP, which occurs in some schools at age 10–11 and in others at age 11–12, there are five units of inquiry and the exhibition. The exhibition unit takes place under any transdisciplinary theme at the discretion of the school. Students are required to engage in a collaborative, transdisciplinary inquiry process that involves them in identifying, investigating and offering solutions to real-life issues or problems. The central idea selected must be of sufficient scope and significance to warrant a detailed investigation by all students.

 The PYP exhibition has a number of key purposes:

  • for students to engage in an in depth, collaborative inquiry
  • to provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate independence and responsibility for their own learning.
  • to provide students with an opportunity to explore multiple perspectives
  • for students to synthesize and apply their learning of previous years and to reflect upon their journey through the PYP
  • to provide an authentic process for assessing student understanding
  • to demonstrate how students can take action as a result of their learning
  • to unite the students, teachers, parents and other members of the school community in a collaborative experience that incorporates the essential elements of the PYP
  • to celebrate the transition of learners from primary to middle/secondary education.

( as mentioned in IB document- PYP exhibition guidelines)

Our theme for the exhibition is “where we are in place and time” and my group is working on the concepts “Connection and Perspective”.

As you must have understood by now, i am the mentor for exhibition due to which i am busy. In my group, there are 7 students with different learning styles. There are 4 students who require special education (academically weak). Being a counsellor and SEN teacher, these children are in my group as they need special help and their maximum talent can be utilised using various remedial techniques.

Currently we are working on our second line of inquiry and soon about to proceed to third line of inquiry. The issue that we will be working on is “Water”- as there is major scarcity of water in Maharashtra, India currently.

This is my second year as a mentor and i am enjoying this job profile. Sadly my regular counselling sessions are being affected but, I am having remedial sessions and using various learning strategies in this process of exhibition. Differentiated tasks and activities are allotted to these children hence they do not feel the burden or the feeling of being left out does not exist.

It’s challenging to be a mentor for a group which has different learners. I am using lot of remedial techniques for these 4 students and extracting the best from them. My focus in the exhibition from these students is, only to focus on their learning and understanding of the unit and the inquiry

That’s it for now. I shall write more about the further process of exhibition soon.

Thank you for reading my blog…

Mansee Gupte-Chatterjee