What children do in “Centers”? and Centers idea

Centers are activities located in specific areas around the classroom. Students come in having a spectrum of abilities, talents, and growth areas. As students work in small groups during center time, and they can also work independently, we can teach personalize for their needs. In my classroom, there are writing, reading, maths, research and construction centres. Depending on contents, some center activities can be done with teacher, while others are completed with peers or individually.

Educators will understand why a “one size fits all” approach to education does not support all learners and how stations can be a great first step to personalizing for students.

Various approaches

Though teachers want to meet the needs of every learner, they often find that whole group instruction is not always sufficient. In order to differentiate instruction and support every learner, teachers have started to create systems – such as station rotation – to support small group instruction. However, educators and leaders are often apprehensive to push an “innovative model” because they are unsure about where to start or how successful the shift away from a traditional model (both with infrastructure and instruction) will be. Stations are a great first step, because all you need is a willingness to be flexible, the ability to set up multiple centers in your room, and the ability to look at your own classroom in a new way.

When thinking about rolling out stations, a strong culture with clear expectations and student ownership is key to implementing effectively. Designing systems for student voice and choice ensures that students are invested and engaged in their learning. As new classroom systems are rolled out, it is important that students not only understand HOW the classroom is set up, but also WHY it is set up in that manner. For example, if there is a corner reserved for independent work, it is important to explain to students that the corner is an opportunity for students to work by themselves and not a timeout area. Also, by allowing students to make even small choices about how and where they learn best, you are giving students ownership of their own learning. When moving in this direction, you need to not only be clear about expectations but also give students tools to understand the way they learn best and in turn make good choices when utilizing all of the new options in the classroom.

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Math Center

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Ownership of Learning to use Portfolios in IB PYP

Portfolios are a great way to demonstrate student progress over time in your preschool, pre-k, or kindergarten classroom. They can be used as tools to demonstrate each child’s individual progress from the beginning to the end of the school year.

Each section of the portfolio should be designed to demonstrate a child’s progress with the early learning goals or standards identified by the theme.

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These IB PYP cover sheets can be used for the on-going working binder and/or for the IB PYP Portfolio. They are great to separate each unit of inquiry within the daily working binder or to use as a cover sheet for each unit within their portfolio.

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This file contains cover sheets for each of the 6 transdisciplinary themes. You can edit as you like.

TRANSDISCIPLINARY THEMES

Who We Are
Where We Are in Place and Time
How We Express Ourselves
How the World Works
How We Organize Ourselves
Sharing the Planet

 

 

Inquiry-based learning which is a pillar of IB Primary Years Programme(PYP) is committed as the leading vehicle for learning. Six transdisciplinary themes provide the framework for knowledge. Transdisciplinary is the word that the IB uses to describe a discipline that applies across all disciplines – it is interconnected and can be applied across all subjects and applied to real life. A transdisciplinary concept stretches across math, science, English and social studies and ties it all together; it is not isolated to one subject. For example, the idea of change affects math, science, English and social studies – the IB PYP strives to demonstrate this through earning, giving understanding to a real life world.

Recording student learning

Making the PYP happen (2009) emphasises the need to collect and analyse data (assessment of student learning) through the use of multiple and diverse strategies (observations, performance assessments, process-focused assessments, selected responses and open-ended tasks) and tools (rubrics, exemplars, checklists, anecdotal records, and continuums). The use of portfolios is encouraged to enable students to actively represent their learning and reflections on their learning.

The role of students in assessment

Readily accessible portfolios give students ownership and some control of their learning. This appreciation is further encouraged through the tracking of students’ work and achievements. Each student has a portfolio of their own work, and they have complete control over what they include in it. This portfolio acts as a physical reflection not only of the student’s academic work, but also their personal accomplishments, which appear as memos attached to various pages. These accomplishments include doing well on tests, but can also be as simple as an improvement with regards to timekeeping or handwriting. Through this, students come to understand the value of hard work, and their own potential for personal growth.

 

 

School Community Hide and Seek Checklist

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Link this exciting activity to activate learning on a sensory level when exploring the School Community Helpers theme. Students explore school and find out who they are. Click image you can find out “School Community Hide and Seek Checklist“.

□ Teacher

□ Office Worker

□ Bus Driver

□ Café worker

□ Security Guard

□ Cleaner

□ Librarian

□ Chef

□ Student

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[Editable] School Community Hide and Seek Checklist

Product Description

Link this exciting activity to activate learning on a sensory level when exploring the School Community Helpers theme. Students explore school and find out who they are.

□ Teacher

□ Office Worker

□ Bus Driver

□ Café worker

□ Security Guard

□ Cleaner

□ Librarian

□ Chef

□ Student

□ Nurse

are already in.

You can edit yourself as you like.

It contains these 3pages

1. Check List

2. Counting by Tally Marks

3. Graph

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School community hide and seek Data handling

Kindergarten Graphing & Data Worksheets and Printables

Graphing data is a skill required for basic math, and believe it or not, it’s something your child can achieve in kindergarten. This graphing and data worksheets let young learners explore mathematics.

This worksheet will help the children can practice counting tally marks and make graph in practically. Students explore their school community and count school community members. They can do collecting data and represent data in graph through community unit.

Tally Marks Practice

Counting skills and data keeping

Data handling

Collecting data

It will help authentic opportunities for students to make spontaneous connections between the learning that is going on in mathematics and other areas (in this case Social studies) of the curriculum and daily life.

Students can create living graphs using real objects and people.

Living graphs refer to data that is organized by physically moving and arranging students or actual materials in such a way as to show and compare quantities.

Students will develop an understanding of how the collection and organization of information helps to make sense of the world. They will sort, describe and label objects by attributes and represent information in graphs including pictographs and tally marks.