Learning 30 Nov 2017

Teachers connect and learn at PYP Connect

By Kirsty Kelly, TK PYP Coordinator
Photograph by CIS Communications

Teachers are by nature lifelong learners. They are constantly looking to improve their skills and explore new ideas. On Saturday, 18 November, 150 PYP educators gathered at the CIS TK campus, for the 5th PYP Connect event, a series of Saturday morning workshops presented by, and for PYP teachers from Singapore and Malaysia.

Seventeen different workshops led by 23 teachers were offered in two sessions across a range of professional interest areas. These included educational technology, supporting ELL students, inquiry, STEAM, professional collaboration, assessment, mathematics, and literacy. Though not an official International Baccalaureate organisation (IBO) event, participants were welcomed by Monita Sen, the IBO’s Regional School Services Manager for Authorisation. Monita then attended workshops alongside PYP teachers, coordinators and administrators.

It certainly was a day of learning - even break time offered opportunities to learn, as teachers made connections with colleagues from other schools and shared information about their planning, teaching and assessments. They also checked out displays of teaching resources and children’s books published by author Jamie Yorke, a TK teacher.

PYP Connect’s participants and influence is growing every year. So much so that this year, the PYP Connect was the number one trending story on Twitter in Singapore at 10am that day. This shows that we are connecting digitally and globally with other educators beyond the region.