Principal’s blog

 

Reflections on the journey of implementing PYP

Date: 9th October 2020

“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.”― Confucious

Next Monday and Tuesday, we will welcome Emanuela, our IB consultant for a remote consultation visit. Truthfully speaking, I would like to have a face-to-face consultation meeting, because I highly doubt what is presented virtually may not be our reality.  

Looking back at the PYP journey in 2018, we have traveled so far. 

We have revised the school’s mission statement by involving the school community to reflect on who we are and why we are here. 

Sandnes International School aims to create a better world by providing students with a rigorous international education and opportunities to take meaningful action and lead change in a safe and positive learning environment in which learners’ needs are supported, differences are respected, and their unique qualities are valued and nurtured.

With such a powerful mission statement, we have made significant progress in the quality of our delivery of the PYP. That includes remarkable progress in the understanding of the learner, the quality of learning and teaching, and the shared commitment within the learning community. 

The learning community has played an important part in valuing, appreciating, demonstrating, and celebrating the learner profile in action. Students make responsible choices and act in a responsible manner. They are involved in class, school, and community projects such as Beat the Street and BlirMe. We have developed a better understanding of the learner and the world they are going to live in, which consequently has an impact on how we learn and teach. 

The development of learning and teaching was evident in the school’s achievements in developing the written curriculum, taught curriculum, and assessed curriculum. The implementation of the Language and Assessment policies serves its purpose to guide the school in its best practices. Teachers have embraced the key elements of PYP using a constructivist approach and inquiry-based learning.  The students learned how to find knowledge when it is needed and how to synthesize new ideas and solve problems. As an educator, it is joyful to help students develop the necessary competencies to navigate this changing world. 

The development of shared commitment from the learning community is evident in positive relationships between students, teachers, and parents. Both understanding and respecting each other’s differences is a culture we are striving to create at our school. 

So, I hope through this noble reflection, our school will continue to become wiser as we look towards the future. Even experiencing may sound bitter, but my final word will be: go, find out, and experience it. 

Have fun!