Culture of Learning @UP
Welcome to the Upper Primary Coaching Team Website. Our team is committed to supporting and promoting a culture of learning at HKIS. Here you will find Our Stories, information about Our Team and coaching at HKIS as well as resources for teaching and learning. Come visit us in the Think Tank in the Upper Primary!
Celebrating and sharing stories of teaching and learning in the HKIS Upper Primary
Makers in the UP
March 3, 2021
Why is self-reflection so important?
Bringing Guided Reading into Level Chinese
January 17, 2021
WeDo LEGO Robotics
Robotics combines creativity with engineering and technology resulting in students having full control to create something interactive and meaningful and fun. When learners are able to do cool stuff, they naturally want to develop more innovative features.
After attending the November Professional Learning Lab on LEGO WeDo Robotics, many teachers in grade 3 jumped on the chance to try them out with students as part of the Life Cycles and Traits unit. LEGO WeDo Robotics provides a low floor, meaning it is easy to get started with, and a high ceiling, meaning opportunities for increasingly complex explorations over time, Whether they were building and programming a pollination model, a model of a frog’s metamorphosis, or more open-ended challenges, students were developing their creativity and resilience. We look forward to seeing what students and teachers will create and program next!
Virtual Field Trips
Students have been buzzing about the new VR Goggles across the UP division! Following an exciting Professional Learning Lab October 22 where teachers had introduction into immersive learning experiences and hands on practice using Google Expeditions to lead class tours, teachers at every grade level have been checking out the VR Goggles for their class to take engaging virtual field trips (particularly wonderful given our current Covid reality cancelling most field trips).
Mr. Holt jumped right in and took his students on a tour of Hong Kong the very next day following the PLL and word quickly spread as teachers and students began dreaming up creative curricular connections. Grade 4 teachers have been exploring religious sites of Judaism, Christianity and Hinduism, including the Swaminarayan Akshardham temple. These virtual field trips have prompted rich discussions on the question "if God is everywhere, why do people visit places of worship?".
Grade 5 have been exploring immigration and why people chose to leave their home for a new country. Their virtual field trips have taken them to visit Ellis Island in New York USA and Angel Island in California; two key immigration entry points for the US. These case studies have provided eye opening insights on the immigration process and a look into the realities of immigrating to the US.
Team Goal Setting
During the month of October, teams in the Upper Primary went through a collaborative process of Goal Setting Protocol facilitated by the coaching team. Each time spent time reflecting on specific ways they could support the UP divisional goal focusing on assessment. After reviewing the AGR and UP Divisional Goal documents, teachers brainstormed areas of focus for the goal. Placing them on sentence strips and placing them on the wall, they formed groupings based on similarities and connections. Each teacher placed dots to allow the top priorities to visibly surface and then crafted their team goal. Teachers worked in small groups and with team leaders to determine measurements of success, action steps, measurement tools and check in dates to track follow progress throughout the year. The goal setting meetings were full of rich conversations and professional growth.