Innovation @ NIST

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What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘project’? Project-based learning is an approach to learning that has many interpretations. For the Elementary school at NIST, our definition has been shaped by a three-year partnership with Melissa Daniels from High Tech High (an innovative school well known for its feature in the documentary Most Likely to Succeed. Here is the definition that has helped teachers at NIST through their work with Melissa Daniels:

From February 10-13th, Year level teams from 2 through 6 all met with Melissa to think about developing a Unit of Inquiry through a project-based learning approach. Teams volunteered to meet with her and, through the use of discussion and protocols, ideated or refined project ideas for students. Melissa led a parent workshop and all faculty attended a Project-Based Learning exhibition in which some students were present to share their previous project experiences. 

 

How does project-based learning, NIST and the PYP all connect? 

Watch this video to find out about the intersections we have found so far. 

Is PBL now a part of the NIST curriculum? 

High Tech High has a different curriculum from ours and no approach fits perfectly for different contexts. Teachers are not expected to plan or teach in this way, but there is great positivity from the students and teaching teams who have done so already. Some things that are positive challenges for us are: craftsmanship emphasis in what we create, exhibiting and sharing learning in all year levels with a broader audience. All projects at NIST have been and will continue to be grounded in our PYP units of inquiry and taught in a conceptual way.

 

Here listed are the Units of Inquiry or learning experiences that had project-based learning integration last school year (2018/2019):

Year 2  Year 3  Year 5 
How the World Works:

Sustainable Krathongs

Related concepts: design, creation, materials, properties

How the World Works:

Songkran Arcade

Related concepts: machine, forces, motion, work 

Reading, Writing, Media and Maths Week
How We Express Ourselves:

Musical Instruments

Related concepts: sound, expression, the arts

Sharing the Planet

Changemaker Profiles

sustainability, action, solution

Here are the possible Units of Inquiry or learning experiences that could have a project-based learning integration for the second semester of this school year:

Year 2  Year 3 Year 4  Year 5  Year 6 
How the World Works:

Sustainable Krathongs

Related concepts: design, creation, materials, properties

How the World Works:

Songkran Arcade

Related concepts: process, discovery, problem-solving, forces 

How the World Works:

TBD

Related concepts: energy, transformation, technology, experimentation

Sharing the Planet

‘This I Believe’ Podcasts

Related concepts: consumption, impact, solution, choice

How the World Works

TBD

Related concepts: forces, motion, scientific thinking, design

How will I know this is happening and how can I, as a parent, be involved?

Through SeeSaw, you will be shared a Unit of Inquiry update newsletter. In the newsletter, there will be information about the project for the unit (if there is one). If you find any ways in which you can support this learning, please reach out to your homeroom teacher. Also, use the information from the newsletter to spark discussion about the learning with your child.

If you would like any more information please contact Bry (bmaxtedmiller@nist.ac.th

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