Ding Ding Song, one of our Mandarin Teachers, has asked our students to create their own Chatterboxes using the characters for directions to play, practice and learn.
For more about Chatterboxes for Tuning In and how to fold them see PD Bites Tuning In with Chatterboxes or by Unpacking our Central Idea or for some further ideas for Music see PD Bites Inquiry: Tuning In with Chatterboxes.
Jennifer Pittaway, our Music teacher and most regular contributor, has developed a PYP Unit of Inquiry parallel planner that works for her as a specialist teacher. She is happy to share in hope that it may assist others too. Please download.
Do you ever find it difficult to connect with some Units of Inquiry? For example, Year 1's UOI How the world works with the central idea All living things have a life cycle had me stumped for ideas. I couldn't make an authentic connection right away (I'm still thinking and researching and would love ideas if you have any!). So I was at a jobs-a-like session with PYP music teachers from various schools around Singapore and we all started sharing how we plan units that are "stand alone" or not connected to the classroom's UOI. I went away from the meeting full of new ideas and developed this parallel planner with the purpose of showing how single-subjects can still plan along side of a classroom UOI by connecting with the learner profile, attitudes, concepts and transdisciplinary themes. Attached is an example of the Year 1 Unit.
This is a space designed for others to contribute. We learn much from our colleagues and have asked them to share too.