Thank you all for volunteering your time and energy to being Mentors during this very important time in our students PYP lives.
You will be working with a small group of students, supporting them as they engage in a collaborative inquiry process that involves them in identifying, investigating and offering solutions or actions to real-life issues or problems.
The end result of this is The Exhibition, a presentation by the students to the school community of the results of their inquiries.
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Meet our Mentors
Meet our marvelous mentors! Without these superheroes we wouldn't be able to reach the stars!
A little bit about our marvelous Mentors...
Hi Im Miss L. I teach Drama in Secondary. I have been a teacher for a very, very long time and I am very passionate about everything to do with theatre and books. I love reading, singing, and dancing (of course)! I have been traveling the world and collecting memories, new friends, fabric, and eating my way around the globe!
Hi, my name is Miss Jelena. I am a high school English teacher. I have been teaching for several years and I love what I do! I also love reading, music and film. I enjoy visiting new places and learning about different cultures.
Hello, I’m Miss Jessie. I teach Reception. I have been a teacher for 8 years and I am passionate about many things. I am most passionate about music and singing. I love baking and making special treats for my family and friends. I also am fascinated by languages and how we can use different languages to bring us closer together.
Kia Ora. I am Miss Trish, from New Zealand. I am the PYP Coordinator at Hanova International School. I have lived and taught in several countries throughout the world and am enjoying exploring my new home in Xi’an. I like working with students, especially when we are thinking and solving problems together.
Hi I am Ms. Sierra and I teach Year 4. One of the things I love most about teaching is helping my students learn more about themselves and the world around us. Traveling and being in nature are two of my passions and when I get to do this with my son Bryce, I am very happy!
Hi, I am Miss. Petra and I love PYP exhibition. I truly enjoy working with students on identifying their passions, values and beliefs
and helping them to share their learning with their community. As for myself I love history and architecture. I have been fortunate
enough to be able to travel to more than 30 countries and explore treasures left to us by past generations. I am very excited for our Year 6 to take their journey of discovery.
My name is Richard Haigh and I teach Year 5A. I am very passionate about Ice Hockey. Of course I have my favorite teams, but I think what really intrigues me is the way the teams are put together. There can only be one first place team and it is very interesting to see how the owners, general managers and coaches go about constructing a team with the goal of making their way to the top.
Information for Mentors
The PYP exhibition has a number of key purposes:
* for students to engage in an in-depth, collaborative inquiry
* to provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate independence and responsibility for their own learning
* to provide students with an opportunity to explore multiple perspectives
* for students to synthesize and apply their learning of previous years and to reflect upon their journey through the PYP
* to provide an authentic process for assessing student understanding
* to demonstrate how students can take action as a result of their learning
* to unite students, teachers, parents, and other members of the school community in a collaborative experience that incorporates the essential elements of the PYP
* to celebrate the transition of learners from primary to middle school education.
The Role of the Mentor
The main role of the mentor is to advise and keep students on track throughout their inquiry. The mentor should:
* meet regularly with their group(s) – once per week
* offer advice on locating resources and using them efficiently
* ask questions
* help to interpret sophisticated or difficult information
* help to organize, arrange, or facilitate interviews, phone calls, field trips or electronic communications (emails, Skype, twitter interactions, etc)
* provide goal setting and time management advice
* be supportive and encouraging
* celebrate achievements and successes with students
The mentor should not:
* do any of the work for the students
* tell the students the direction to take, but instead ask probing questions to help facilitate their inquiry
Do not hesitate to ask for help from the classroom teacher (Stephanie and Alana)
Mentor – Student Meeting Suggestions
1. Build rapport with your group, explain why you wanted to be involved and find out what the students are interested in.
2. Have the students explain the Central Idea, their lines of inquiry and their plan of action. You might like to clarify their understanding of the topic by asking them questions and by discovering what they have already found out about the topic. You may make suggestions for further research.
3. As the students move along in their inquiry, they should be posing questions and pursuing answers. Check their progress, give them advice, and ask them probing questions to lead them into directions that could be helpful.
4. Ultimately the students need to ensure their final Exhibition presentation (as a group) includes the following:
a) Written work in a variety of formats and styles
b) Oral presentations, individually or in groups, to the school community
c) Use of technology
d) Ways students have taken action to help solve or bring more awareness to this real-life issue
Major Features of the PYP
The aim of the PYP is to develop internationally minded people who exhibit the characteristics of the Learner Profile, people who strive to be: caring, thinkers, risk-takers, knowledgeable, balanced, inquirers, open-minded, communicators, reflective, and principled. Students are expected to demonstrate these characteristics as they prepare for the Exhibition.
The PYP incorporates five essential elements, each of which are expected to be evident in the Exhibition Unit of Inquiry.
Knowledge: which is explored in the six transdisciplinary themes; for the Exhibition the relevant theme is ‘How We Express Ourselves’
Concepts: eight concepts have been identified that have relevance within subject areas but also transcend them; the students within each work group are to follow a line of inquiry related to the different concepts.
Transdisciplinary Skills : students are expected to demonstrate the application or development of skills
Attitudes: as they proceed through the inquiry process, students are expected to demonstrate the application or development of the PYP attitudes
Action: students are expected to apply their learning through responsible and authentic action that relate to their passions, all the while demonstrated and linking back to the transdisciplinary theme "How we Express ourselves"