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May 9, 2018
by Alan MacDonald
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“So long, it’s been good to know ya!” – Week 8 in Stuttgart Reflection

Wednesday was my last day at ISS and it has been an emotional rollercoaster this final week. Monday and Tuesday were the last full days in school where the students could work on their exhibition because Wednesday would be the night where they showcased all the learning they have conducted over the 7 weeks that […] Continue reading

May 6, 2018
by Alan MacDonald
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Die Zeit ist so schnell – Week 8 in Stuttgart Reflection

The end of placement is nearing and the weeks are rolling by at an alarming rate. This week was a shorter school week because of the bank holidays on Monday and Tuesday in Germany, therefore, we only had a 3-day school week. However the days were packed with lots of work due to the grade 5s’ […] Continue reading

May 5, 2018
by Alan MacDonald
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The Multi-Cultural Evening at ISS

On Friday (4th of May 2018), ISS held its yearly event known as the Multi-Cultural Evening. I had been waiting for this day with anticipated joy because so many people had told me in the run up to it that it was a night that could not be missed at ISS! What the multi-cultural evening […] Continue reading

April 29, 2018
by Alan MacDonald
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Wir sind mit der Arbeit beschäftigt – Week 7 in Stuttgart Reflection

This is now the second week that I have worked with the Grade 5s (23rd of April – 27th of April) at ISS and it has been a week of much learning, reflection and hard work – for teachers and students alike! Monday was testing because the class teacher was unexpectedly absent so I had […] Continue reading

April 22, 2018
by Alan MacDonald
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Willkommen bei unseren Gästen – Week 6 in Stuttgart

Well, I’ve now made it to the last grade at the lower school of the International School of Stuttgart this week. I worked with the grade 5 class for the first time from the week beginning the 16th of April and I will continue to work with them until the end of my placement, as […] Continue reading

April 18, 2018
by Alan MacDonald
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Exhibition Topics – A.Is in Education, Hacking and Warfares – My Inquiry

I have first explored what the actual purpose behind the Grade 5 exhibition is, however, I also want to write a particular entry into my portfolio where I explore some of the main topics that have interested me; the topics that the children have chosen to explore, I mean. One of the biggest one I […] Continue reading

April 16, 2018
by Alan MacDonald
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Grade 5 Exhibition – Examining the PYP

I have successfully worked my way through all of the grade levels during my first month at ISS and have been able to teach and assist in all of the levels of progression that are offered at the Lower School… except for Grade 5. This was done purposely during planning because it is now the […] Continue reading

April 15, 2018
by Alan MacDonald
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Early Years at ISS + Exploring the Reggio Emilia Approach

It has been documented heavily that the early stages of childhood have a massive impact on the future capabilities of an individual as the biggest brain developments happen (French, 2007). So much so, that many educational institutes have invested massive amounts of time and money in making sure that children’s introductions to education is both […] Continue reading

April 15, 2018
by Alan MacDonald
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alle kleiner Kinder – Week 5 in Stuttgart Reflection

First week back at ISS after the Easter break last week and I feel that I have been able to get back into the structure of working at the international school of Stuttgart and gain new knowledge once again in terms of professional development. Before the holidays, I had worked my way down the grades […] Continue reading

April 8, 2018
by Alan MacDonald
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Frohe Ostern! – Week 4 Reflection in Stuttgart

Although I am on my easter break this week, I still feel that it is necessary to write another weekly reflection, because I am still gaining a lot of learning in culture and language with my host family. Furthermore, this time has allowed me to explore the town of Kirchheim unter Teck more. On the […] Continue reading

April 1, 2018
by Alan MacDonald
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Taten sagen mehr als Worte – Week 3 in Stuttgart Reflection

Third week in and it is that time again to sit down and critically reflect on what has transpired this week. Already I am feeling really at home working at ISS. I started my work with the grade 1 classes on Monday (26th of March 2018), as I have already worked with the grade 4s, […] Continue reading

March 28, 2018
by Alan MacDonald
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Picking Apart Inquiry-Based Learning

Prior to coming to ISS, I had only heard about the implementation of inquiry-based learning within the primary school classroom. Inquiry itself, to me, is to go forth into learning with an aim to prove something or to investigate a topic for yourself; it is a key method of study at university as independent adult […] Continue reading

March 26, 2018
by Shannon Grieve
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LfL – Section 2: Staff Training (Week 2)

This week (19/03/18 – 23/03/18) was designated to staff training and orientation. In doing this, the staff understand what is expected of them, and what the expectations of the Outdoor School are for the season ahead. We went over various behaviour management strategies and how to ensure we are safe when participating in outdoor lessons, […] Continue reading

March 24, 2018
by Alan MacDonald
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Reflecting on Grade 2 German – Seeing the Progression of Language Learning

As I’ve mentioned before in previous posts, I am in a unique position at ISS: not only am I working with children across the grade levels, but I also get to observe the varying practices of the staff at ISS, which gives me multiple areas to draw upon to shape my overall professional practice. An area […] Continue reading

March 24, 2018
by Alan MacDonald
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Aller Anfang ist Schwer – Week 2 in Stuttgart Reflection

Second week down and it has been a very busy one. At the start of the week, I began descending down the grades as I moved from the grade 4 classes down to grade 3 from Monday to Wednesday (19th – 21st of March 2018) and then to the grade 2 classes for Thursday and […] Continue reading

March 23, 2018
by Shannon Grieve
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LfL – Section 2: Arriving at Camp and School Presentations

After arriving at the College Settlement Camp on Tuesday (13/03/18) and settling into our new home for the next 11 weeks, Jocelyn and I made ourselves familiar with the camp. We took a walk round some of the 235 acres of camp, and discovered many of the onsite facilities. For example; a dining hall, boys and girl […] Continue reading

March 21, 2018
by Shannon Grieve
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LfL – Section 1: Identification of Learning Opportunities

I will be learning constantly throughout this placement. For example; I will be constantly updating my knowledge of science, especially animals and plants as well as handling animals, cleaning them out, feeding them and taking general care of the animals. I will be constantly learning from the staff and teachers around me taking from them […] Continue reading

March 21, 2018
by Shannon Grieve
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LfL – Section 1: Identification of Skills and Knowledge to be Developed

Skills to be Developed Confidence; I must be confident throughout my placement, especially when teaching environmental education to the children. Showing confidence allows the children to see that I am confident in what I am teaching them. I must also be confident in my own ability to teach the children and lead activities, as I […] Continue reading

March 21, 2018
by Shannon Grieve
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LfL – Section 1: Reflection of Experiences to Date

In terms of experiences which have equipped me with the skills for this placement, my MA1 school placement would probably have had the biggest impact. This is because it has allowed me to identify the areas which I am successful and confident in, and which areas I need to work on. For example, one area […] Continue reading

March 21, 2018
by Shannon Grieve
Comments Off on LfL – Section 1: Audit of Skills, Knowledge and Personal Attributes

LfL – Section 1: Audit of Skills, Knowledge and Personal Attributes

Skills Please find my Audit of Skills at the attached link; Personal audit & transferable skills Knowledge Science/Environmental Education: Much of my prior knowledge for this placement will be coming from school and university modules. Unfortunately, I have not had much experience in science and therefore the only experience I have is from biology in […] Continue reading

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