Tag Archives: whole child

Building Relationships

7 May

My sister sent me a link to George Couros’ blog.  I have not gotten a chance to look through his blog, but his twitter is amazing to follow.  George shared a TED talk that I felt summed up one of the biggest reasons I became a teacher.  The point… students don’t learn from people they don’t like. Click here to watch it.

 

A Different Kind of Teaching

20 Jan
Throughout my placements during my education I used many standards.  Michigan previously required elementary teachers to use Grade Level Content Expectations (GLCE).  This was at the beginning of my education.  Michigan then got on board with the Common Core and teachers are now supposed to follow the Common Core State Academic Standard as well as the GLCE.  I personally enjoyed teaching the Common Core because it allowed me to focus on a big idea rather than specific content.AIS is an International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) school.  The elementary and early childhood division is called Primary Years Program (PYP).  About a week after arriving I had a meeting, also known as a crash course, about PYP.  I am still no expert but I understand the concept much better.  What I understand so far is amazing!  The IBO mission statement aligns with my philosophy on many levels. One main point is to encourage students “to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.”  Like the Common Core teachers are using broad topics not specific facts to teach the students.

Again, I don’t know a lot about IBO but I know I will learn more throughout this semester and I am looking forward to it!