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.
Research Centre Blog
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!
Providing tools to help students improve their research is one of the goals of the International School of Paris (ISP) Centre for Research and Professional Development. This year the focus has been on MISO – media, interview, survey, observation – a tool very familiar to our primary school students, and one that merits a place in classrooms at every level.
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.
Living in an age when machine learning and artificial intelligence are becoming ubiquitous in the technologies used in daily life, we can’t help but ask whether computers could extend their abilities from just being able to perform calculations to synthesizing creative work. It has been known for a while that performing calculations is something computers excel at; they can multiply long strings of numbers faster than any human can and find prime numbers with millions of digits. The ability to synthesize creative work, on the other hand, is something most people would consider a human ability. Surely only conscious humans could possess the extraordinary ability to compose symphonies, write compelling novels and paint impressionist artwork?