ミッション – スキル、態度、知識。世界という選択肢を全ての子供達へ –
Parents and School Liaison Committee in 2018
April 9, 2018
ISN goal for 2018
ISN commemorates its 6th anniversary this year. Importantly, this year we aim to build a “TERAKOYA”, which is an innovative initiative aimed at connecting individuals. The idea of building a TERAKOYA is so that all people (parents, staff, local groups, and city) can join in the responsibility of child rearing. In this way, we hope all groups can communicate freely as a close community like a family. Certainly this endeavor highlights ISN’s commitment to encouraging this sense of community, valuing parents’ dreams for their children, and the trust they have put in ISN staff in giving their children (beginning at age 2) the best start in being a life-long learner.
Mission – To empower all children with knowledge, skills, and attitudes making the world reachable for them.
→ ISN believes that each student’s personality and potential cannot be measured with numbers, but can be nurtured in an environment that stimulates a love of learning and participation.
ISN aims to have each and every student become proficient in whatever interests they have, and enjoy exploring the world around them every day.
Characteristics of ISN
Students at ISN are encouraged to view learning as a time of discovery and making connections – connections between disciplines and connections between their current personal life and understanding, and the wider world around them. Importantly, each central idea leads each student through a wide variety of learning opportunities encouraging them to use a range of disciplines, skills, and attitudes. For example, students can learn more than science in science class. ISN focuses on the concept that each student connects their ideas to the wider world around them, and thereby gain a deeper understanding that adds to a meaningful knowledge-base for them as a life-long learner.
Using some carefully selected stand-alone skill-focused lessons, teachers assist students with their writing, reading, speaking and mathematics.
The ratio of time for ISN program’s UOI activities and stand-alone activities is between 7:3 and 8:2.
Computers are introduced as a useful inquiry tool for ISN students beginning in grade one. ISN teachers, supported by thoughtful, informed planning, as well as teacher guidance, help students to use computers independently for research, to record their ideas, and for intra-school communication. Their learning will be organized in both online portfolio and paper files. Students can also prepare for various presentations. Students learn mathematics (non-UOI) using textbooks and applications etc. These enable the teachers to support students who need individual help or who want advance further in their learning. Computer programming is also introduced into class.
Evaluation is based on the student’s ability to:
This means that a diverse, differentiated strategy of evaluation is applied. Students will never simply evaluated by examination alone.
The status of students’ learning is updated daily by students and school through reflection time, and blogs. Online portfolios are shared with parents. ISN continually endeavors to provide the best communication between students, parents, staff and wider community members.
Homeroom teachers have weekly hour and a half meetings with the PYP coordinator, ensuring a carefully planned, caring, quality educational environment for every child. Also, they have one and half hours per week to prepare the classes.
For the initial planning of a unit of inquiry, homeroom teachers , the PYP coordinator, and assistant teachers use a whole day to plan all the details and processes of that unit. Whole staff meetings also occur on a weekly basis for one hour. An average 25 hours/month is also set aside for staff to prepare classes individually.
ISN offers Spring, Summer, and Winter Programs that run during the holidays of local schools. In these programs, students can enjoy a wide variety of activities that foster friendship, fun and a love of learning.
ISN supports students who wish to enroll in Eiken testing (English language proficiency test). In April, students older than 2nd grade will take the Eiken to review and consolidate their learning from the previous school year. ISN is a secondary Eiken exam station. Any ISN student who wishes to take the test may participate.