Stamford American Elementary School Curriculum Guide - page 33

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Skills for Learning
– Students gain skills to help themselves learn, including how
to focus their attention, listen carefully and be assertive when asking for help with
schoolwork.
Empathy
– Students learn to identify and understand their own and others’ feelings.
Students also learn how to take another’s perspective and how to show compassion.
Emotion Management
– Students learn specific skills for calming down when
experiencing strong feelings, such as anxiety or anger.
Problem Solving
– Students learn a process for solving problems with others in a
positive way.
Instruction in Second Step is scheduled into the timetable on a weekly to bi-weekly basis.
It is the primary resource for PSE and is used consistently across the school.
Information Literacy and Technology
Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in the PYP encompasses the use of a
wide range of digital tools, media and learning environments for teaching, learning and
assessing. ICT provides opportunities for the transformation of teaching and learning
and enables students to investigate, create, communicate, collaborate, organize and be
responsible for their own learning and actions. ICT allows students to make connections
and reach a deeper understanding of its relevance and applicability to their everyday
lives. Through the use of ICT, learners develop and apply strategies for critical and creative
thinking, engage in inquiry, make connections and apply new understandings and skills in
different contexts.
The aim of the Information Literacy and Technology Program is to develop students’
ability to confidently and effectively use the Learning Resource and Media Center
(LRMC) to acquire, process and communicate information and explore creative ways of
transforming data.
The curriculum determines the use of information literacy. Once teachers have identified
the knowledge, skills and attitudes to be developed during a program of inquiry they
consider the most appropriate way to enhance the students’ learning and investigate the
questions the students are exploring. The Librarian and ICT Integrationists work closely
with homeroom teachers to ensure the maximum benefit is obtained from technology
and the LRMC.
Promethean interactive white boards and iPads are used as teaching and learning tools
across all areas of the curriculum in order to support the program of inquiry in the
classroom. They are used to assist the effective access, storage, retrieval, organization
and presentation of information, and enhance critical thinking and problem solving
skills. Teachers incorporate the use of computers into all areas of classroom programs as
appropriate. All students from Kindergarten 2 to Grade 5 have 1-to-1 access to iPads in
their classrooms. A range of printers, digital and video cameras and other equipment is
provided for use by the students. Identified computer skills and knowledge are taught
in specific computer sessions or incidentally as the need arises. Students develop
presentations, podcasts, videos and mind maps. The use of technology enhances and
invigorates the inquiry based PYP program.
Access to technology enhances student learning by:
• Enabling them to access people, resources and ideas that would not otherwise be
available
• Enabling them to creatively compile and manipulate information and ideas in various
forms from a wide range of sources
• Accommodating varied learning styles, pace and preferences
• Encouraging higher order thinking skills
• Facilitating the production of high quality, creative work
• Increasing motivation for learning facilitating independent learning
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