I blogged yesterday about Learner Profile posters specific to PE that I created for my PE environment. When making these posters, I used pictures of my own students. These posters are great for my own teaching space and I am more than happy to share these posters with you. If you would like a copy, please let me know. Ideally, having pictures of your own students on the posters is best, so what I can do, is send you the template posters with the text but minus the pictures. If you have good photos of your students that match the specific learner profile attribute, you can drag them on to the poster and size them up to fit nicely with the text.
Let me know if you would like either the templates or the originals.
Spring has arrived with all its wonderful colours. A great day at the Nanjing International School in China.
Tasha Cowdy is a Reggio inspired PYP teacher at Yokohama International School in Japan. She is exploring ways of helping young children make connections with the wider world. She blogs at Precious Moments. I was lucky enough to have Tasha teach my son his first year of school when we lived and worked in Azerbaijan. She is a great teacher with lots of insight into the PYP. Thanks for sharing Tasha!!
Using VoiceThread as a tool for student reflection and assessment.
This year we have had a school wide focus on using digital technology to support teaching and learning across the curriculum. As one of my goals, I have been exploring possibilities with VoiceThread. Over the year my Kindergarten students have used VoiceThread to explain their thinking, share their learning with family outside of the classroom and collaborate with other Kindergarten classes around the world. Recently the students have used VoiceThread as a tool for reflecting on their writing goals. I took photographs of student-selected writing samples which showed evidence that the student was working towards or had achieved their goal. The students left voice comments reflecting on their progress. I left a voice comment of my reflection and we invited parents to do the same.
I shared the writing goals VoiceThread at a regional 'sharing best practice' session and we got to talking about how VoiceThread could be used to support student reflection and assessment inany subject and with any grade level. My Kindergarten VoiceThread contained photographs of a writing sample for each student. In other subjects, video clips could be used rather thanphotographs. Students could leave comments over a period of time, reflecting on their learning journey. One of the particular attractions of VoiceThread is that peers, parents and teachers can also leave comments and can read and build on previous comments.
An aside: One thing we found was that while our five and six-year olds were able to leave voice comments independently, their parents were not as comfortable using this technology! We realized that we need to provide tech support sessions for our parents so that they can keep up with their children. I wonder what experiences or thoughts other people have had with VoiceThread?
I have been meaning to finish up this project and am happy to have had some time during the April break to do so. I think that any good PE program must have lots of visuals on the wall to help students connect with key concepts and strategies that they can use in their classes. As the learner profile is such an important part of the PYP, I decided to create 10 posters that represent each attribute as they apply specifically to PE. I have tried to make them simple enough that the students will understand the main idea being presented on each poster. Please see each of the ten posters below in the slide show. If you would like a copy of these posters, do not hesitate to contact me and I will send you a zip file. I will also create a separate page on my website that will hopefully enable people to download and print them on their own computers. Printing them off on A3-sized paper or bigger is best option. I plan on printing and laminating them before putting them up.
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