Message from Academic Principal
Boston International School hopes that this message finds all of you well. We would like to share the following updates with you as we look to begin week 8 of online learning:
· Mock exams for students in grades 12 have been postponed for the coming week. We are informing all students in grades 10 and 12 about new expectations related to IGCSE and DP.
· This will be a shorter week for students in their online learning. We have asked all teachers to prepare only two days of work so that everyone can take a short break towards the end of the week.
Please continue to monitor our school communication for upcoming announcements. In the meantime, please see all of the highlights from the past two weeks of online learning that have been happening. We are so proud of our teachers, students, and parents for the tremendous efforts that have been taking place!
As always, please continue to reach out as you have questions or concerns.
I want to begin on a right note by saying, I am personally glad to know that every member of our Boston Community is safe and healthy, whichever part of the world they are now. I personally believe that is the most important factor to take into consideration before we really get into the intricacies of our teaching and learning. Yes, this season is a surprise to me and all out there, however I have understood that occasionally it is necessary to make unscheduled courses in response to events that may potentially make attendance at school difficult and unsafe. But in order to cross this bridge, Boston Community has gone above and beyond to ensure we provide a Virtual Learning Environment to minimize disruption to educational provision.
Purpose of Preparation?
My expectations from my students?
The online learning week begins by posting their activities through pdf via ClassDojo. I also provide opportunities for my students to see me online by posting videos in relation to explaining the tasks, teaching concepts and reading being, one of the major expectations at this tender age. I have received feedback from some parents that their children enjoy watching Ms. Sonia on the videos and this enables them to pursue their tasks confidently. Some of the students have ended up imitating my teaching as well.
What are we doing to help students learn?
Finding Out: Ms. Sonia Wright read a story on “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, what do you see?” via ClassDojo. Students were asked to then create a page of the story in order to find out what they understood from the pattern story. It was exciting to see many of the students create not just a page but a whole story book on a repeating pattern. Some of them even wrote the words to the story. This was taken further, through making a PowerPoint book of the picture’s students drew and colored. Ms. Sonia had an opportunity to read this story on ClassDojo.
Going Further: A Unit of Inquiry without the spirit of music, dance and art integration doesn’t make the UOI complete and purposeful. Students were provided a video of “Banana Banana, Meatball” song and asked to replicate the patterns through music and dance.
We took this one step further, thanks to Ms. Bibiana Garcia and Mr. David Bremner, they helped us with creating a rap song that had no lyrics. This was a fantastic opportunity for students to showcase their skills. I enjoyed the videos of students dancing and creating patterns to this piece of music.
We have also had an opportunity to enhance the creative skills of our students bycreating animal patterns using the resources from their created home learning environment. We had an opportunity to explore students’ cultural patterns from their individual home countries. The students are currently focusing on “Patterns in Nature” by taking their parents and siblings for a stroll. Some of our students are extending their thinking out of the home environment and visiting beaches to think about patterns in nature. Wow!
How to get to see me and friends?
Parent’s role in this process with EY4?
I believe it has been a journey together where we have provided learning opportunities that promote online collaboration, personalized feedback in real time that allowed for redefinition as opposed to substitution. Students have demonstrated excellent engagement and inquiry during this journey. I am proud of them and I continue to encourage all of us to stay positive and look forward because there is always a light at the end of the tunnel.