This week CPD was about globalisation in Education. This session was more or less related to the third culture kid. We started of by writing word splash based on the word globalisation and we watched a video of the challenges that children or even teachers are going through by this factor. I believe that in this century we are so much exposed to the world and we see majority students are not only from one race but a mix of two or more races. Due to many reasonable factors among them are: family commitment, work ,health, money or even safety.
In regards to this, we have many students who have been affected emotionally as it is quite a challenging process to go through at a very starting stage of their lives. I learnt that there are many advantages and disadvantages of globalization of education to students. students will benefit in multicultural exposure, good collaboration in terms of ideas, information and opinions from different parts of the world and being an open minded individual. On the other hand, students will encounter difficulties of adapting themselves to a new culture, trying to fit into to the different environment, confusion and conflict even sometimes they may forget where they come from. This session has helped me to come out with strategies to overcome this situation as a teacher, and I believe that I can be supportive in terms of emotions to move them forward as they go through many new and different challenges.
CPD 2 – 14/15
We started with the ice breaking activity where a teacher will be given compliments by others. It has to be any type of compliment and after the first round they were asked whether it was original, meaningful, appropriate and proven. Some gave constructive comments of the particular teacher, however some of them gave an unclear statement that wasn’t clear or strong enough. Well, it was a clear message for me to know that, its better to know what we will be assessed to ensure that we can achieve better.
Then we continued by watching a video of a child explaining what do they know and want to know more about assessment which gives me a reminder of what I should include in assessment. After watching it, we were grouped into two groups (teacher & student) and wrote a list of what would a teacher and student expect in an assessment.
Then finally, each group recieved a Central idea with the lines inquiry and we were asked to create an assessment which will follow the criteria that teacher and students wants it to be like. Therefore, we came up with a good assessment where it excites students, gives them enough time, different choices that related to the MI and it has all the lines of inquiry.
An assessment should be carried out throughout the unit and at the end of the unit. An ongoing will be formative and the final assessment is where summative comes in. Here is where we assess on what they have learned and test their understanding from the unit. We should also come up with a proper rubric that allow students to understand what they need to achieve.
CPD 1 – 14/15
This week CPD, we had a session on a book ‘ The Lazy teacher Handbook’ by Jim Smith. There were few ideas which was shared from the handbook, where student learn more while teachers teach less.
It is true that teachers have their own way of teaching and prefer certain methods. It is also true that some teachers take up a longer time to complete the similar task. Based on this session, it was corroborated that the ideas of allowing students to take in charge of the classroom while teacher plays a small role was quite intelligent.
Among the strategies shared, I thought the most relevant for my class age group was: Think- Pair- Share- Square where students actually share their informations among their group members and after which they will need to double up the group and share that particular topic that they discussed about. This will be a good way to start and inquiry since students take some time to understand the central idea. From here they will be able to conflict ideas, views and at the same time gain more input. On the other hand, knowing that my students would enjoy the method of playing a recorded voice of my own on their daily routine would also be something different. Preferably to do this at the beginning of the new semester since the students are very new to the essential agreements and daily routine.
Since we have the advance of using the technologies, I think it would be a good idea to take advantage on using it as a tool to reduce our burden or extra work in completing certain tasks. From this session, I believe that students can also be involved in the teaching process and it would be a different and new approach that can allow students to engage actively during lessons.
It can be silly, it can be simple but they learn?
This week CPD we had a sharing and discussion on the policies that we can come up with differentiation. We had a group work where we were told to list down as many policy with the reference from the PYP handbook subtopic: Programme standards and practices with requirement of the Primary Years Programme.
There were many questions raised from this topic as we were coming up with policies that we should have in the school. However, from this discussion I have learned about the different challenges and changes that should be done for differentiation to take place. All we have been doing in the school is by taking the students out of the class and they seem to have lack of inclusive learning, when we should be promoting this specially for students with difficulties. There should be a way to integrate differentiation and inclusion happening simultaneously. It is understandable that this will require a long time of planning because we need two different individual with structured single lesson every day.
This CPD, we had an external speaker to share about art and dance therapy. I learned this before while I was doing research paper in my second year of Uni, however there were still more informations that I gained from this session. Art therapy is basically a use of art to channel self expression, using psycho approaches to deal with social, cognitive and physical challenges for any type of people. I believe that it does benefit most of the students as they will be able to express their emotions through any type of art. They will be able to be free and comfortable to share their feelings by projecting their anger, fears, wishes and dreams onto their artwork rather than acting out in daily life. One of the activity that we tried was to draw out a picture of any types of food, then we stood up to share with out partners about our pictures by just showing physical movement. It was a good tool to reflect on our partner’s emotions through the different drawing and colours used.
In continuos to the session, we had dance or movement therapy sharing. This was almost similar to the art therapy but movement therapy requires body movement to express themselves and to feel connected. It definitely benefits children in developing their thinking skills and communication skills, building their self-confidence and are aware of their own body. A few suggestions that were given by the speaker to do in our classes:
- Play dance supports physical exploration and muscle control
- Role playing
- Allow children to hear other people point of views and give feedbacks
- Have children recognize and support all the things that happen to them
As a final session we had a session with our special needs teacher, where she shared about the:
- A sip of water
- Press the brain button (below the neck bone)
- Cross crawl (knee –front or back)
- Hook up hand with crossed leg
- Energy ball
- Massage ears
- Draw on a friends back
- Drawing the lazy 8 using thumb
- Look upper right, lower left (repeat 20x)
- Look upper left, lower right (repeat 20x)
- Look up slowly right bottom – Its like rolling your eyes.
Picture with different colour fonts to test their brain and say out the colours correctly.
It’s an interesting session where I have learned about different therapy that can be used in my class to improve my understanding towards students self expressions.
In CPD today we had a sharing about using pictured to aid inquiry. The first activity was a tuning in activity where we were given variety of pictures and we have to write down what can we see from there. Then we shared the things that we can see and from there the instructor will correct us with the hidden things that wasn’t obvious. It basically tells us to use pictures in order for students to think and observe deeper.
Then we had a look at different ways of using cards and codes that can be used in order for students to look for pictures that can be suitable to be used in ICT lessons.
The most interesting part was were we got the share and have aloof at different books with interesting images from the inquiry pack that the school have prepared. This was used in many ways as it has many interesting illustrations and images that may excite students to be more engaged in the inquiry lessons.
From this session, I think i will be able to use some of the suggestions by allowing my students to use the inquiry box and with pictures that can enhance their thinking skills for them to inquire more questions in the tuning in phase.
This week we had a sharing on the benefits of communication and any challenges or difficulties that we may face with communication. It is really hard to believe that some students still finds hard to understand English language due to some reasons and that has become the most challenging part for teachers in class. I have learnt that using the right term or we call it the “easier or simpler” language that can enable them to understand with we are saying, moreover the use of body movements too plays a good technique over here.