A Bit About John
John grew up a third-culture kid and has been teaching internationally for 20 years. He comes to NIS this school year from the International School of Yangon in Myanmar. Prior to this, John has worked in South Africa, Morocco, and Pakistan. John is passionate about learning, teaching, technology, filmmaking and photography, and blogs at http://johnrinker.edublogs.org/.
John's Guest Blog
One of the most exciting things about coming to teach at the Nanjing International School is the opportunity to collaborate with and learn from excellent teachers. I am part of an amazing Grade 3 PYP team, and our kids are currently exploring how we keep our body systems healthy for our ‘Who Are We’ unit of inquiry.
The PYP PE teacher here, Andy Vasily, has been working carefully to support us by integrating math into his unit on fitness by having the kids calculate and record different heart rates on a place value chart. In the true spirit of collaboration, Andy has invited the Grade 3 team to support his learning goals in PE just as he is supporting ours.
Andy taught the kids to feel their heartbeat by putting their fingers to their necks, but we wanted the kids to have more than the tactile experience of pulse so we grabbed a bunch of stethoscopes and brought them into our classrooms. The idea was to have the kids reinforce their understanding of heartbeats and heart rates by enlisting more of their senses. We wanted them to compare what they felt with what they heard, and to confirm their conjectures about what happens to the heart when we exercise.