So my school is in the process of becoming authorized as an IB PYP school. If your saying "HUNH?" right now, PYP stands for Primary Years Programme. And basically it means we have a global focus to our teaching, technically we shouldn't have block scheduling (although our county requires it so we have to get a little creative), and standardized testing doesn't exist (these PYP people are in lala land because we definitely give those tests). Anywhoo, this is a project I incoporate into my citizenship unit that gets the kids to think about giving back to their community, and puts their lifestyle into perspective as far as availability of free education, clean water, and general good health goes. I start by reading this book:
In other news, I sat in on an interview this week for a new second grade teacher and we had success! I felt really good about her interview and took her to meet the team and take a tour of the school afterwards. She accepted the position and will start at school on Monday! Yay!