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What does transdisciplinary learning and grade level collaboration look like at Seisen International School?

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What does transdisciplinary learning and grade level collaboration look like at Seisen International School?
Serrin Smyth

What does transdisciplinary learning and grade level collaboration look like at Seisen International School?

Each year at Seisen, students in the PYP inquire into each of the Transdisciplinary Themes - Who we are, How the world works, Where we are in place and time, How we express ourselves, How we organise ourselves and Sharing the planet. 

Within each of these themes, single subject teachers connect and collaborate on units of inquiry where their subject discipline may enhance the conceptual understandings for the students. 

Throughout Grade 4, How the world works (Weather) unit, we saw our Art teacher Ms. Nicola Speirs collaborate closely with Mr. Lewis and Ms. Ciara to develop a connection between Art, Reading & Writing and Science. Through research, students in Grade 4 investigated different areas of weather systems and climate. They used their knowledge to design and create a picture story book to share their understandings. 

At the same time, our Kindergarten students are also currently exploring How the world works (Weather & Seasons). They have been investigating types of weather, seasonal changes and how these changes affect living things. 

Grade 4 decided to create their picture story books to teach the Kindergarten students about the weather. It was also a great way to receive timely and authentic feedback on how effective their book making skills were. 

After sharing their stories and knowledge with the Kindergarten students, Grade 4 reflected on the experience and also the quality of their work. Here are some of their thoughts:

"Some of the words I used in my book was a little too tricky for KG and I realised quickly that I would need to explain in simple terms."

"My group understood much more than I thought they would - when I asked them questions after I read my book, they were able to explain it"

"I found it hard to keep my students interested, but the stickers helped to focus their attention."

"Can we go down to KG again??!"

"My book was a bit too floppy - I should have laminated it."

"My group enjoyed the pictures I had drawn - I'm glad I took the time to draw them carefully."

"My book broke - I should have made it stronger!"

"My kindergartener already knew a lot about weather."

 

 

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