According to McKinsey, agility is “…the ability of an organisation to renew itself, adapt, change quickly, and succeed in a rapidly changing, ambiguous, turbulent environment.” Interestingly, McKinsey also states that “agility requires stability…” ISP met the requirement to adapt teaching and learning during the pandemic by relying on its staff action research fellowship program, present and robust since the 2014-2015 academic year.
A professional development staple at ISP, the staff action research fellowship program allots resources to all staff, both teaching and administrative, who wish to explore and innovate within a domain of their choice. Working collectively or individually, ISP staff have, since 2014, researched and implemented:
We want to give you more tools to help with implementing the MISO research method (media, interview, survey, observation) in your classroom, and so this post will take you through the steps of a unit plan mentioned during our podcast, iSPeaks. Sean Walker, grade 1 teacher at the International School of Paris (ISP) primary school, developed a unit of inquiry on Parisian landmarks. In this unit, students plan a field trip to their preferred landmark. Along the way they master the vocabulary of giving directions, using maps and other media and observing the details of their surroundings. And of course, they're introduced to MISO!
The importance of teaching leadership skills in order to help students navigate a rapidly changing and increasingly complex world has been a hot topic - and this was before COVID-19 seriously changed how we define complexity. Shortly before social distancing began, the International School of Paris (ISP) community came together to reflect on what it means to be a leader.
Miranda decided to research career orientation and learning styles for her Grade 10 MYP Personal Project. She wondered if students would have more success making vocational choices if they recognized how they best learn.
Many of our own teachers will be presenting at the TDD, including a team presentation from Raj Bolla (Assistant Principal, Secondary School), Elisabeth Mailhac (Vice Principal, Wellbeing, Primary School) and Jo Pakulska (Vice Principal, Wellbeing, Secondary School). They lead the wellbeing team at the International School of Paris. Over the past three years they have worked towards improving the safeguarding culture at the school, incorporating research and best practice from around the world.