Prairie Waters Self Study Initial Teacher Reflection
Take some time to reflect on the IB Standards and Practices. Using the co-created rubric as your assessment tool, what are your initial thoughts on how Prairie Waters is doing with implementation of the Primary Years Programme?
Standard A. Philosophy: The school's educational beliefs and values reflect the IB philosophy.
Practice A1
The school's published statements of mission and philosophy align with those of the IB.
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To what extent does your school's educational philosophy align with that of the IB? IB's Mission, philosophy and beliefs can be found on pages 2 & 3 in MTPYPH
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Practice A2
The governing body, administrative and pedagogical leadership and staff demonstrate understanding of the IB Philosophy.
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Practice A3
The school community demonstrates an understanding of, and commitment to, the programme.
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Requirement A3.a
The values of the PYP as indicated in the curriculum documents have an explicit impact on decision-making and functioning of the school.
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Requirement A3.b
The school as a community of learners is committed to a collaborative approach to curriculum development.
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Requirement A3.c
The school is committed to a constructivist, inquiry-based approach to teaching and learning that promotes inquiry and the development of critical-thinking skills.
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Requirement A3.d
The school is committed to the PYP as the framework for all planning, teaching and learning across the curriculum.
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Requirement A3.e
The school demonstrates a commitment to transdisciplinary learning.
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Practice A4
The school develops and promotes international-mindedness and all attributes of the IB learner profile across the school community.
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Practice A5
The school promotes responsible action within and beyond the school community.
Indicate the interactions the school and its students currently have with the surrounding community (choose all that apply)
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Practice A6
The school promotes open communication based on understanding and respect.
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Practice A7
The school places importance on language learning, including mother tongue, host country language and other languages.
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Requirement A7.a
The school makes provisions for students to learn a language, in addition to the language of instruction, at least from the age of 7.
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Requirement A7.b
The school supports mother tongue and host country language learning.
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Practice A8
The school participates in the IB world community.
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Practice A9
The school supports access for students to the IB programme and philosophy.
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Requirement A9.a
The school implements the PYP as an inclusive programme for all students.
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Conclusion of Standard A
Per standard A, the school's educational beliefs and values reflects the IB philosophy.
Describe any major achievement(s) related to this standard during the period under review.
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Standard B: Organization
Standard B2. Resources and Support: The school's resources and support structures ensure the implementation of the IB Programme
Practice B2.1
The governing body allocates funding for the implementation and ongoing development of the programme.
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Practice B2.2
The school provides qualified staff to implement the programme.
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Practice B2.3
The school ensures that teachers and administrators receive IB-recognized professional development.
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Practice B2.3.a
The school complies with the IB professional development requirement for the PYP at evaluation
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Practice B2.4
The school provides dedicated time for teachers' collaborative planning and reflection.
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Practice B2.5
The physical and virtual learning environments, facilities, resources and specialized equipment support the implementation of the programme (for example one-to-one devices (for both teachers and students), shared laptops for classrooms, centralized computers/devices in the library, interactive whiteboards, etc.)
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Practice B2.6
The library/multimedia/resources play a central role in the implementation of the programme.
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Can students access the library independently?
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Can students freely browse and borrow library resources?
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Does the library have spaces for the students to study independently?
When can students access the library?
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Practice B2.7
The school ensures access to information on global issues and diverse perspectives.
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Practice B2.8
The school provides support for its students with learning and/or learning support requirements and support for their teachers.
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Practice B2.9
The school has systems to guide and counsel students through the programme.
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Practice B2.10
The student schedule or timetable allows for the requirements of the programme to be met.
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Practice B2.11
The school utilizes the resources and expertise of the community to enhance learning within the programme.
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Practice B2.12
The school allocates resources to implement the PYP Exhibition.
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Conclusion of Standard B2
Per standard B, the school's resources and support structures ensure the implementation of the Primary Years Programme.
Describe any major achievement(s) related to this standard during the period under review.
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Standard C: Curriculum
Standard C1. Collaborative Planning: Collaborative planning and reflection supports the implementation of the programme.
Practice C1.1
Collaborative planning and reflection addresses the requirements of the programme.
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Requirement C1.1.a
The programme of inquiry and all corresponding unit planners are the product of sustained collaborative work involving all the appropriate staff (including single-subject teachers).
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Requirement C1.1.b
Planning at the school makes use of the PYP planner and planning process across the curriculum by all teachers.
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Requirement C1.1.c
Planning at the school addresses all the essential elements to strengthen the transdisciplinary nature of the programme.
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Practice C1.2
Collaborative planning and reflection takes place regularly and systematically.
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Practice C1.3
Collaborative planning and reflection addresses vertical and horizontal articulation.
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Requirement C1.3.a
There is a systematic approach to integration of the subject-specific scope and sequences and the programme of inquiry.
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Requirement C1.3.b
The school ensures balance and articulation between the transdisciplinary programme of inquiry and any additional single-subject teaching.
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Practice C1.4
Collaborative planning and reflection ensures that all teachers have an overview of students' learning experiences.
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Requirement C1.4.a
The school provides for easy access to completed PYP planners.
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Requirement C1.4.b
The school ensures that PYP planners are coherent records of student learning.
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Practice C1.5
Collaborative planning and reflection is based on agreed expectations for student learning.
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Practice C1.6
Collaborative planning and reflection incorporates differentiation for students' learning needs and styles.
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Practice C1.7
Collaborative planning and reflection is informed by assessment of student work and learning.
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Practice C1.8
Collaborative planning and reflection recognizes that all teachers are responsible for language development of students.
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Practice C1.9
Collaborative planning and reflection addresses the IB learner profile attributes.
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Conclusion of Standard C1
Per standard C1, Collaborative planning and reflection supports the implementation of the PYP.
Describe any major achievement(s) related to this standard during the period under review.
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Standard C2. Written Curriculum: The school's written curriculum reflects the IB Philosophy.
Practice C2.1
The written curriculum is comprehensive and aligns with the requirements of the programme.
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Requirement C2.1.a
The programme of inquiry consists of six units of inquiry - one for each transdisciplinary theme - at each year/grade level, with the exception of students aged 3-5, where the requirement is at least four units of inquiry, two of which must be under "Who We Are" and "How We Express Ourselves".
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Requirement C2.1.b
The school ensures that there is a coherent, horizontally and vertically articulated programme of inquiry.
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Requirement C2.1.c
The PYP Exhibition is one of the six transdisciplinary units of inquiry in the final year of the programme.
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Requirement C2.1.d
There is documented evidence that the curriculum developed addresses the five essential elements of the PYP.
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Practice C2.2
The written curriculum is available to the school community.
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Practice C2.3
The written curriculum builds on students' previous learning experiences.
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Practice C2.4
The written curriculum identifies the knowledge, concepts, skills and attitudes to be developed over time.
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Requirement C2.4.a
The school has scope and sequence documents that indicate the development of conceptual understanding, knowledge and skills for each PYP subject area.
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Requirement C2.4.b
The overall expectations of student achievement in the school's scope and sequence documents are aligned with those expressed in the PYP scope and sequence documents.
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Practice C2.5
The written curriculum allows for meaningful student action in response to students' own needs and the needs of others.
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Practice C2.6
The written curriculum incorporates relevant experiences for students.
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Requirement C2.6.a
The written curriculum provides opportunities for student learning that is significant, relevant, engaging and challenging.
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Practice C2.7
The written curriculum promotes students' awareness of individual, local, national and world issues.
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Requirement C2.7.a
The programme of inquiry includes the study of host or home country, the culture of individual students and the culture of others, including their belief systems.
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Practice C2.8
The written curriculum provides opportunities for reflection on human commonality, diversity and multiple perspectives.
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Practice C2.9
The written curriculum is informed by current IB publications and is reviewed regularly to incorporate developments in the programme.
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Requirement C2.9.a
There is a system for regular review and refinement of the programme of inquiry, individual units of inquiry and the subject-specific scope and sequences.
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Practice C2.10
The written curriculum integrates the policies developed by the school to support the programme.
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Practice C2.11
The written curriculum fosters the development of the IB learner profile attributes.
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Conclusion of Standard C2
Per standard C2, the school's written curriculum reflects the IB philosophy.
Describe any major achievement(s) related to this standard during the period under review.
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Standard C3. Teaching and Learning: Teaching and learning reflects the IB philosophy.
Practice C3.1
Teaching and learning alings with the requirements of the programme.
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Requirement C3.1.a
The school ensures that students experience coherence in their learning supported by the five essential elements of the programme regardless of which teacher has responsibility for them at any point in time.
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Requirement C3.1.b
The classroom teacher takes responsibility at least for the language of instruction, mathematics, social studies and science, to support the PYP model of transdisciplinary teaching and learning.
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Requirement C3.1.c
The school ensures that personal and social education is the responsibility of all teachers.
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Practice C3.2
Teaching and learning engages students as inquirers and thinkers.
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Requirement C3.2.a
The school ensures that inquiry is used across the curriculum and by all teachers.
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Requirement C3.3
Teaching and learning builds on what students know and can do.
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Requirement C3.3.a
Teaching and learning addresses the competencies, experiences, learning needs and styles of students.
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Practice C3.4
Teaching and learning promotes the understanding and practice of academic honesty.
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Practice C3.5
Teaching and learning supports students to become actively responsible for their own learning.
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Practice C3.6
Teaching and learning addresses human commonality, diversity and multiple perspectives.
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Practice C3.7
Teaching and Learning addresses the diversity of student language needs, including those for students learning in a language(s) other than mother tongue.
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