Our first unit in math is also coming to a close. We have had an extensive look at base ten and unit decimals, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of these decimals and also a short session on estimation. I expect to complete the final assessment and project for this unit prior to the fall break.
Our unit on Global Citizen ship is coming to a close as well. The students brainstormed the concepts that Ms. Sayson and Mr. Hurworth could use in hiring new faculty for ISB. We will put these into a large graphic and then present it to the two of them with Mr. Byrne present as well. The students also looked at Difference makers and will be creating a presentation about one of the Difference Makers they wrote about. I used the 4 C's method of studying them (Connection, Challenges, Concepts and Changes) to really help the students dig into what the article was telling them. It will be interesting to see what they come up with as a presentation.
After 5 weeks of school I am pleased to continually tell you how wonderful your students are. They work together well, they are an exciting and excited group of students and most of all, they are wonderful learners in a multitude of ways. I am one of the luckiest people in the world at the moment with such a magnificent group to work with.
In the realm of transparency, I do want all of you to know that I am looking to move on from ISB at the end of this school year. New laws in China have made it not possible for me to stay past the age of 60 which is next school year for me. With that in mind I have already applied for or will be applying for positions at Hong Kong International School, Singapore American School, Seoul Foreign School and the International School of Prague. This was not an easy decision to make but I do think it was made for all the right reasons. I have nothing but the utmost of appreciation for my 8 years here at ISB. It is an amazing school with great students and parents.
As always, if you want to talk to me about something or have a question, please feel free to contact me. I will gladly set up a time or call you at your convenience.
One other thing for camp is that I need to collect all passports from students to take with us to camp. A student cannot go if I do not have their passport with me when we leave on September 18. They are kept locked up here at school and at camp the lodge takes them for the duration of our stay. I will return the passports as we arrive back to ISB.
Students selected cabins for camp on Friday and while not everyone got what they wanted, I was happy that there was some give and take as the students finalized the lists. We do not see this is as too important since we do not spend a lot of time in the cabins except to sleep and we also want the students to get to know other boys and girls from the classes we go to camp with.
We are in the drafting phase of our first piece of narrative writing with most students well on their way to complete their first draft. After this, three people will revise this with them and two will help with the editing. Then it publication time and the process begins all over again with collecting more small moments.
We will produce a camp paper when we return from camp as part of our writing unit.
I have been asked when results of MAP testing will be sent to parents and do not have an exact answer. It is usually 2-3 weeks after the tests end so sometime right after October break would be my guess.
That is all this week. If you have any questions or concerns please let me know so I can work with you in answering them.
I want to say thank-you to all parents who attended Back to School Night on Thursday. I do hope the time was informative and answered most of your questions about my room and the curriculum being taught. I also hope that you feel your student is in good hands in my class. I can certainly assure you that they are very important to me.
I was very proud of the class with the cooperation and collaborative skills shown in their Sword Dance presentation on Friday morning. They did a truly remarkable job. For those that could not see it, here is a short video of what it looked like. Also a video of the song after the performance.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns please let me know and I will be happy to meet with you.