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The “Hook” reels in the learner!

In this week’s video selection, an ISM Science teacher gives a practical explanation of the difference between the terms accuracy and precision. This brief activity serves as a delightful hook into helping students understand the need to consider uncertainty in their experiments.

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Reflecting on ISM’s School-wide Student Goals

To all Teachers, Administrators, and ISM Community Members:

The 2010-2011 school year is underway, and will surely be an outstanding learning journey for our wonderful students. The ISM Professional Learning Blog will be a place for all things learning. At present, the primary purpose of the PL Blog will be to provide information to teachers and administrators on best practices in the learning and teaching process, as well as opportunities for professional development. At times, we may also post information that is related to students and parents. Whenever a new post is created, we will have a direct link to it from the main ISM-Online homepage at http://ism-online.org/.

To start off the year, below are two videos (part 1 and part 2) of some interviews from returning ISM students on the first day of school. Follow Mr. Sam Cook, the ISM Coordinator for Student and Faculty Learning, as he visits students from Grades 3-12 and asks them how ISM has supported them in recent years towards the accomplishment of the five School-wide Student Goals of: Inquiring and Reflective Problem Solvers; Knowledgeable and Skilled Learners; Effective Communicators; Responsible, Caring, and Ethical Contributors; and Self-Directed and Balanced Individuals.

Here is Part 1:

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Here is Part 2:

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Please visit this Professional Learning Blog regularly to see more students and teachers in action as they journey through the learning process together in the 2010-2011 school year.

January 2010

Differentiation Workshop at ISM

Thanks to all of you who signed up for the weekend workshop offered by Bill Powell and Ochan Kusuma-Powell on February 13 and 14. We have reached the maximum number of 36 participants and any new applicants will be put on a waiting list.

ESL in the Mainstream

Just before the break Wayne and Kris Hamaguchi, Jillian Markham, Pat Hallinan, Vida Vergel completed the ESL in the Mainstream course run by Pippa Beetson and Fiona Matthew – an especially challenging couple weeks for those who had been completing Master’s courses at the same time. Module 9 involves reflecting on whole school programming in terms of ESL support and the particiapants will be giving feedback to the administrators in late January.

ESL in the Mainstream (Early Learners)

The next schedule of ESL in the Mainstream classes is due to begin in January and the focus will be on early learners. More details about the theme of each session and the dates of the classes can be found on this blog site. If you would still like to sign up, please contact Pippa Beetson for more details.

EARCOS Teacher Conference

Over 100 ISM teachers and teacher assistants have registered for the EARCOS Teacher Conference in March. Those of you who still want to attend should inform the division Principals. Go to http://www.earcos.org/etc2010/ for more information about the presenters and the program.

Congratulations to the following ISM teachers who have been selected to present the following themes at The EARCOS Teacher Conference:

Neil Woods            Sustainable Service Learning in International Schools
Morgan Jacobs   Collaborative Murals and Structures: Exemplary Group Art 
Projects
Helen Arnold        Expressing Mood in Art

ETC Presentations on Wednesday March 3 (Morning Meetings)

On Wednesday, M
arch 3 the above EARCOS presenters will offer their workshops between 715 and 815. A sign-up sheet will be circulated to faculty closer to the date. If any other faculty member would like to offer a workshop on that morning, please contact Steve Dare.

Individual Funding Applications

The date of the next individual funding reveiw is set for Thursday, January 21. The Professional Learning Committee will be reviewing funding requests submitted by Friday, January 15.

Form to complete: Appendix 7.11 PL Funding Application (Individual)

SUNY Masters (EDF 611 – Evaluation in Education)

The next 3 credit course, EDF 611, will take place over the course of two weekends: Saturday and Sunday January 16 and 17 and Saturday and Sunday January 23 and 24 beginning at 8AM each day. Students will have tasks to complete within their classes. The cost of instruction is US$600 and handouts to follow after the break. Please inform Armie Bausas (bausasa@ismanila.org) if you want to participate.

SUNY Graduates

Congratulations to Meg Parry and Jennifer Swinehart who recently completed the SUNY Master of Science degree in Multidisciplinary Studies and graduated on December 19.

  

October 2009

Differentiation Workshop at ISM

This weekend workshop will be offered by Bill Powell and Ochan Kusuma-Powell on February 13 and 14. There is no charge to ISM faculty, although places are limited. If you are interested in attending the two day program, email bausasa@ismanila.org. More details can be found on the workshops and conferences under At ISM section of this blog.

EARCOS Teacher Conference (ETC)

All teachers and teacher assistants who want to attend the EARCOS Teacher Confeence should inform the division Principal by Friday, November 6. Requests to attend pre-conference workshop should be directed to the Assistant Superintendent.  Go to http://www.earcos.org/etc2010/  for more information about the presenters and the program.

EARCOS Presenter Applications for ETC

The EARCOS Teacher Conference will be held at ISM between March 25 and 28, 2010. If anyone is interested in presenting a workshop (lasting around 1 hour) at this year’s conference, please fill out the presenter proposal form and return the completed information to the Assistant Superintendent’s Office by Thursday, October 22. More details can be found on the workshops and conferences section of this blog.

Individual Funding Applications

The date of the next individual funding review is set for Thursday, November 5. The Professional Learning Committee will be reviewing funding requests submitted by Thursday, October 22.

Form to complete: Appendix 7.11 PL Funding Application (Individual)

 

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