Jiggle Friday

As I was cycling around my neighborhood yesterday, I noticed two of the sakura trees had bloomed.  So of course I stopped, got off my bike, and snapped a picture.  And it was a great reminder of how even when the world feels like it is in chaos, we can still count on nature to reassure us

Go to the Mat!

There is a famous line in Francis Ford Coppolla's, 1972 Academy Award winning film "The Godfather", that says, "We go the mattresses".  This line was made famous again in Nora Ephron's 1998 romantic comedy, "You've Got Mail".  Essentially, "go to the mattresses" is an expression that means to prepare for battle.

SEISEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

Learning to Love, Loving to Learn

PYP Framework

The PYP provides a balance between acquisition of essential knowledge and skills, development of conceptual understanding, development of positive attitudes and taking of responsible action.

PYP Essential Elements

Inquiry

Purposeful, structured inquiry is the leading pedagogical approach of the PYP. This student-centered learning approach challenges students to engage with significant ideas and is characterized by students taking an active role in:

  • exploring, wondering, questioning
  • building on prior knowledge and making connections between previous understanding and current learning
  • deciding on appropriate sources of information, evaluating and using it to extend prior knowledge
  • collecting information from primary and secondary sources to support inquiries
  • clarifying existing ideas and deepening understanding
  • solving problems in a variety of ways

The starting point is students’ current understanding and the goal is the active construction of meaning.

At Seisen we use an inquiry process that is closely connected to the SOLO Taxonomy, which allows students to move from shallow thinking, where they are collecting information, to deeper processing where they are required to connect ideas and go further to think about these ideas in different ways.

Seisen PYP Inquiry Cycle