How do we Organize Ourselves?

Starting with the parent-student class (already three weeks ago!) we have been trying to understand how we organize ourselves and how other things (animals, objects, sentences) are organized as well. The first day of class we started fresh with the idea that we could move our desks in anyway we wanted. Some students wanted to…

How Does the World Work?

This is a HUGE question to answer in such a short time, so we started off with some smaller ones. My friend Dan Green who studied bird ecology in the United States kindly made a short video with an overview about birds and their environment. This video served as a provocation in two ways: 1)…

Fact or Opinion (NOT EXACTLY TRUE OR FALSE!)

What do you see in this picture? One of the main reading concepts we have been working on with the second and third graders is learning how to tell if a statement is a fact or an opinion. One of the most important things we learned from this is that fact and opinions are not…

Tartu International for Culture

How do we express ourselves? This alone is a difficult question to answer. It is even more difficult to consider questions such as: Do others understand how I feel based on my actions? Can I recognize when someone else is expression themselves? How can I respond when I see that a family member, friend, or…

Incorporating Culture and Kindness into the Classroom

The themes WHO WE ARE and WHERE WE ARE IN PLACE AND TIME are not just curriculum based, but they are guiding points for helping students feel comfortable and empowered in their school; especially if it happens to be an international school. Based on the activities and events of last week, students began to see…

Landforms as a Cross-Disciplinary Topic

As we continued learning about landforms and bodies of water and repeating the ones we already know last week we mixed it up a little bit by using these landforms to learn different subjects. The first subject was spelling: Since our school is hosting it’s first spelling bee, our class practiced the format of spelling…

Reflecting and Moving Forward: “Who We Are”

Now that we are well into the second theme of our curriculum “Where we are in place and time“, it is time to reflect about what we have accomplished. The last theme, Who we are, placed a lot of emphasis on learning how unique we all are and understanding that being unique is ok! We…