Hello Teasley Families!
Welcome to the 2019- 2020 school year! We are so excited you are here! This is going to be an exciting year for us as we prepare to apply to be an International Baccalaureate World School. Our teachers and students have been preparing for this for 2 years. We will be ready!
We hope that you are starting to hear and see some benefits of this global thinking and learning at home like we already see at school. I am hearing stories about students going home that are ready to change the world… or at least their part in it! 😉 That is the main goal of IB- to have our children become internationally-minded students who think globally and know how to take positive action when appropriate.
Our amazing teachers have already begun the school year by having the students look at themselves and others through the lens of the Learner Profile Traits and Key Concepts. You will hear more about these aspects as we progress through the year but I will add a few pictures below of this work so it may begin to make sense.
You can follow me on Twitter at @TeasleyIB. I will post updates there as well. If you would like to go ahead and get more information about the program, you may also go to www.ibo.org. Thank you!
Alice MacLellan- IB Coordinator
I just wanted to touch base with all of you. If you have had to miss our IB Informational Nights, or if you are new to Teasley and IB; I have some guidance for you. I have created a document that hopefully help you understand a little bit about IB and why we feel it is so valuable. Please feel free to email me with any questions. Thank you!!
IB at a Glance-qqxdm3
This month we are focusing on the Learner Profile traits of Inquirer and Knowledgeable.
For Inquirer, we are focusing on lessons we can learn from the book Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty. This is a fabulous book that shows how the curiosity of a little girl guided her into becoming a scientist. It is an example of how the joy and process of inquiry can be something continued throughout your lifetime. We would like to encourage this trait in our students and make sure they continue to love learning long after they graduate.
We are also focusing on being Knowledgeable. The power of this trait is exemplified through the book One Hen by Katie Milway. It is the story of a boy in a poor village in Ghana who was given a small loan with which he bought a hen. He then gained knowledge of how to care for it, how to farm and how to grow his money. Years later, he was the largest chicken farm in the country and he had provided for future generations and his community. It is based off the true story of Dr. Kwabena Darko who then created a trust to be able to give loans to those who cannot get them from traditional banks. You can learn more about the story at www.onehen.org.
Our new Learner Profile Trait this month is Risk- Taker. We introduced this trait in February because it relates so well to celebrating Black History Month. There were so many people that had the courage to stand up and be Risk-Takers during the Civil Rights movement, even when it was dangerous.
The book we read this month was called Courage. It has many different ways to be positive Risk- Takers. The examples in the book are very practical and range from physical courage (riding a bike without training wheels) to mental courage (being the first one to apologize in an argument). I love the examples that are given and the thinking it promotes from the children. Continue to have these conversations at home about positive risk vs. reward. Something may be “risky” but the reward may be worth it.