WEEKLY UPDATE: WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 21, 2015

Overview This Week:

We had two short weeks of class with CWW and holidays interfering in our regular routine. Students had a blast during CWW as did the teachers I think. It’s always nice to have a little break from school to regenerate and come back motivated and ready to learn!

We spent the class time discussing Third Culture Kids and how that term applies to the students at ISM. Students watched a short video about the TCKs and then worked in small groups to recreate the movie and answer simple questions regarding their own identity as TCK. Students filmed and edited their movies at school. We spend the last day of class before the break watching their movies and providing feedback to the groups.

Need To Know: 

We are wrapping up our first unit on Identity and students will begin working on The National Geographic Features assignment which will be their second performance task of the quarter. Students will have time to work in class but certain tasks will need to be completed at home. This will be due Wednesday, October 7.

Extra: 

There is no school next Friday, October 2

WEEKLY UPDATE: Week of September 7, 2015

Overview This Week:

This week we focused on Culture in relation to our values, attitudes, and beliefs. Students defined the terms and completed a worksheet reflecting on their own culture in relation to those ideas. In addition we also discussed rights and responsibilities and how those can be different based on where we come from. Students completed a short HW assignment together with their parents where they discuss their own rights and responsibilities as citizens of their respective countries.  This was followed by a class discussion where we compared and contrasted their findings and finally came up with a workable class definition for Culture.

Need to Know: 

Students worked on several short worksheets in class today. I am not collecting those worksheets but it’s important that students complete them and keep them in a social studies folder as they will use them for a performance task assignment at the end of the unit.

Extra:

This is the video we watched in class to help us better understand the difference between values, attitudes, and beliefs. It is a good review if you are still unsure as to the difference between those three terms.

Weekly Update: Week of August 31, 2015

Overview This Week:

This was a short week due to the holiday on Monday.  The students peer edited their Stereotypes Assignments and we all had a gallery walk so that they could see, and comment on other students work.

We begun discussing Culture and Cultural Norms. Students created a Cultural Iceberg mind map where they discussed visible and hidden parts of culture. Finally, we looked at pictures of dining practices and different classrooms from around the world and students completed a worksheet comparing and contrasting those pictures. This was followed with a discussion.

Culture Iceberg Mind Map
Culture Iceberg Mind Map

This is the slide show we looked at to do the compare and contrast activity: Cultural Traditions & Practice

Need to Know:

All students should have finished and submitted the Stereotypes Assignments by now. There was no other homework this week.

Extra:

Next week we will try to come up with a class definition of what is culture. Students might want to ponder this before coming to class. Culture is a word we use all the time but it is hard to come up with a concise  definition.