ISY Elementary Blog
Elementary Update – May 15th, 2020
Sandy Sheppard, Elementary School Principal
Another week of virtual learning fun and experiences is over. We love keeping the learning connections with our students. Our teachers are working very hard to ensure that your children have access to the best learning virtually that we can possibly give them.
Thank you again for all that you are doing to support your child/ren learning, you are all super heroes.
Wishing you all the best.
Congratulations to Rosita and her husband on the birth of their lovely baby boy, Robin. Mother and baby are doing very well.
20th May – Global Citizens, Virtual Wednesday
21st May – Parent Zoom Chat hosted by Dr. Hedger (6:30pm Yangon time, Zoom link to be sent next week)
3rd June – End of year virtual assembly celebration
4th June – Report Cards go home
10th June – Last day of school for the 19-20 school year
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Assessment at ISY in a Virtual Learning Context
All assessment practices at ISY are designed to provide a fair and accurate picture of a student’s achievement and progress in relation to the ISY curriculum standards.
In a virtual learning context, insofar as it is practical, teaching and learning will cover the same content and skills as in a traditional face-to-face classroom setting. However, the unique methodology and challenges of online teaching and learning requires a unique approach to assessment.
Assessment at ISY in a virtual learning context will be:
- Fair to students,
- Strive to develop an accurate picture of what a student is capable of in relation to ISY curriculum standards,
- Compassionate to students and acknowledge the unique challenges that each student faces in a virtual learning context.
It is important for teachers to assess student work and to provide feedback to students so they continue to grow academically. However, ISY teachers acknowledge the fact that teaching and learning virtually might not allow for the development of a fair and accurate picture of what a student is really capable of. ISY teachers are also very aware that circumstances beyond the control of the students may mean that students cannot always complete work to the best of their abilities.
In assigning final grades to students, ISY teachers will show compassion to students. This means that teachers will consider past academic performance to assign grades. This permits grades to better reflect what a student’s current academic performance would be in a traditional face-to-face classroom setting. In assigning final grades, ISY teachers will also take into account any other circumstance beyond the control of the students that will adversely affect academic performance.
Play is Important for All Ages
Many of us know and understand the importance of play for children. We know that children learn through play, therefore we expect and encourage them to expel their energy while exploring their worlds. Conversely, many adults minimize the importance of play in their own lives or put play off for “more important” activities. With the campus closure, many families have had to balance work and family. I know I have had moments when I have been torn between playing a “frivolous game” with my children or completing my work, chores or daily tasks. So I thought it might be good to remind us all why it’s important for adults to play as much as children.
Studies have shown that the following benefits play has for adults:
Improves our relationships: Playing helps build trust and develops communications. When we play we open ourselves up emotionally, laugh and show our vulnerable side. These qualities invite our play partners to build bonds with you, better enabling positive regard in difficult situations.
Make us smarter: Having fun can improve memory and concentration. Fun activities can expose us to new ideas and can allow us to develop risk taking skills.
Reduce stress: This may seem obvious but studies have shown that laughter and the simple act of smiling can increase feelings of happiness, reducing stress.
Provide youthful energy: Fun activities can trigger hormones within the body that combat the hormones that are increased when under stress, causing a better balance. Thus boosting vitality.
Build Bonds with our Children: Perhaps the most important benefit. Play allows us to teach, challenge, provide safe risks, demonstrate failure, model social skills and many other character building attributes for our children.
George Bernard Shaw once said, “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; We grow old because we stop playing.” I challenge you to play.
See some pictures below from this Wednesday’s Kelso Choices activity.
Below you can see some of the pictures from our Global Citizens, Virtual Wednesday.
This week we had our students use their creativity and critical thinking skills to imagine some fun ways that we could social distance when we reopen the campus.
Below are some of their ideas:
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The last day of the school year is here, it certainly has been an interesting few months. I would like to thank you all for your support during virtual learning.
I hope the students enjoyed the assembly this week, it was a lot of fun. It was great to still be able to farewell our teachers and leaving students.
Next week will be our last full week of school. There will be slides up until Thursday. On Friday the 5th of June there will be no slides, the teams will have conferencing type activities planned, they will communicate these to you. Report cards will go home on Thursday the 4th of June.
Thank you to all those who attended the parent meeting last night hosted by Dr Hedger. There is a lot of planning going on at the moment and as mentioned later in June you will be able to view more information on what the new school year might look like.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the survey this week. The feedback you provide is so important to us. An email will be sent out soon that will summarize the feedback given.
See this weeks blog for a recording of the virtual coffee morning meeting.
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