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IB Learner Profile Trait:  Inquirer

Approaches to Learning (ATL): Self-management

Global Context: Identities and Relationships

 Explorations: Moral reasoning and ethical judgment

Purpose:  Understanding School Community

 


WEEK 1

 

Thursday: BARKS Day 

 

 

Friday:  Activity

Have students pull out their schedules.  Ask if students are having issues with campus/rooms, and finding restrooms, library, etc.  Have students introduce themselves to each other and help each other with schedules.  

 

Here are some suggestions for activities - feel free to use your own as well!

1. Two Truths and a Lie: Each student takes turns sharing two true statements and one false statement about themselves. The rest of the class guesses which statement is the lie.

2. Human Knot: Have students stand in a circle and hold hands with two people across from them. Without letting go of hands, they must work together to untangle the human knot.

3. Alphabet Introduction: Have students stand in a circle and take turns saying their name and something they like that starts with the next letter of the alphabet (e.g., "Hi, I'm Alex, and I like apples").

4. Memory Chain: The first student says a word (e.g., "sun"), and the next student has to say the previous word and add another word (e.g., "sun" - "sand"). Keep the chain going, and see how far the class can go without making a mistake.

5. Common Ground: Students form pairs or small groups and have a set time to find as many things in common as possible. They then share their discoveries with the class.

6. Group Storytelling: Begin a story with a sentence and have each student add a sentence to continue the story. The result is a collaborative and often hilarious narrative.

7. Would You Rather?: Present funny and thought-provoking "Would you rather?" questions and have students share their preferences and explain their choices.

8. Find Someone Who: Give students a list of statements (e.g., "Find someone who has a pet" or "Find someone who traveled during the summer"). They must move around and find classmates who match each statement.

9. Name Acrostic: Have each student write their name vertically on a piece of paper and create an acrostic poem or list of adjectives that describe themselves using the letters of their name.

10. Categories Game: Choose a category (e.g., animals, foods, colors) and go around the circle with each student naming something from that category. The goal is to keep the chain going without repeating or hesitating.

11. Charades: One student acts out a word or phrase without speaking, while the rest of the class tries to guess what it is.

12. Finish the Sentence: The teacher starts a sentence (e.g., "If I could have any superpower...") and each student completes it with their own answer.

*List generated by ChatGPT

 


WEEK 2

 

Monday: VIDEO

Play the video, stopping at each step to discuss and review

 

source: Brad Neznik, Using Your Planner Like an A Student

 

Tuesday: Activity

Planner Scavenger Hunt:  Partner students up and give ‘Bulldogs Bucks’ or teachers reward preference to first partners to find the item. Below is a list of items to look for in the planner.  Once the first partnership finds the item, have all students go to the correct page and have a discussion of what is there.

  • Find the hallway pass (discuss how to use the hall pass, use the day to day section)
  • Find the bell schedule (talk about when lunches are, how they change half way through the year, etc.)
  • Where can you locate your digital sign in information (discuss how to use Student Portal)
  • Go to you birthday and write your passcode there
  • Where is the dress-code? (discuss)
  • What is the Symbol for Seaborgium (sea-BOR-gee-um)? Where did you find it? (look through all of the extra information at the back; science info, math help, map etc.)

 

click here for website

Wednesday: Website Exploration

 

Click the image to go back to the home screen of our website.  

Features to explore:

*quick link buttons (bell schedule, calendar, teacher pages)

*teacher classroom websites

*news items

*social media 

Churchill Website- (5 min) introduce how to access the SJ Churchill website and show them the clickable links.  No need to have students access technology; this could just be a show and tell. Pay close attention to the linkable tabs that take them to their portals, calendar, etc.

 

 

Thursday: No Homeroom

 

Friday: Activity 

Continue scavenger hunt for planner/website as needed.  Cell-Phones and computers [if available] could be used for students to take additional time exploring the website, logging in to student portal, etc.  

 

Alternate activity - Fill in planners, name, schedule, etc.  Look at the current week in the planner.  Goal setting, vocabulary, etc. can be filled in at this time.

 


 

WEEK 3

Monday: Team Building

Here are some suggestions for activities - feel free to use your own as well!

1. Two Truths and a Lie: Each student takes turns sharing two true statements and one false statement about themselves. The rest of the class guesses which statement is the lie.

2. Human Knot: Have students stand in a circle and hold hands with two people across from them. Without letting go of hands, they must work together to untangle the human knot.

3. Alphabet Introduction: Have students stand in a circle and take turns saying their name and something they like that starts with the next letter of the alphabet (e.g., "Hi, I'm Alex, and I like apples").

4. Memory Chain: The first student says a word (e.g., "sun"), and the next student has to say the previous word and add another word (e.g., "sun" - "sand"). Keep the chain going, and see how far the class can go without making a mistake.

5. Common Ground: Students form pairs or small groups and have a set time to find as many things in common as possible. They then share their discoveries with the class.

6. Group Storytelling: Begin a story with a sentence and have each student add a sentence to continue the story. The result is a collaborative and often hilarious narrative.

7. Would You Rather?: Present funny and thought-provoking "Would you rather?" questions and have students share their preferences and explain their choices.

8. Find Someone Who: Give students a list of statements (e.g., "Find someone who has a pet" or "Find someone who traveled during the summer"). They must move around and find classmates who match each statement.

9. Name Acrostic: Have each student write their name vertically on a piece of paper and create an acrostic poem or list of adjectives that describe themselves using the letters of their name.

10. Categories Game: Choose a category (e.g., animals, foods, colors) and go around the circle with each student naming something from that category. The goal is to keep the chain going without repeating or hesitating.

11. Charades: One student acts out a word or phrase without speaking, while the rest of the class tries to guess what it is.

12. Finish the Sentence: The teacher starts a sentence (e.g., "If I could have any superpower...") and each student completes it with their own answer.

*List generated by ChatGPT

 

 

Tuesday: Team Building

 

Wednesday: Introduce Study Hall

 

1. Respect Quiet Time: Everyone should understand that study hall is a time for focused work. Keep noise levels to a minimum to avoid disturbing others who are studying.

2. Arrive Prepared: Come to study hall with all necessary materials, books, and assignments. Being organized helps maximize your study time.

3. Use Technology Wisely: Use electronic devices only for educational purposes, such as research or assignments. Avoid social media, games, and distractions.

4. Raise Your Hand for Assistance: If you have a question or need help, raise your hand to get the attention of a study hall monitor or teacher.

5. Respect Personal Space: Give fellow students their space to work comfortably. Avoid leaning over or invading others' personal areas.

6. Collaborate Quietly: If group work is allowed, collaborate with others in hushed tones so as not to disrupt those studying independently.

7. Clean Up After Yourself: Keep your study area tidy by disposing of trash and organizing your belongings before leaving.

8. Stay in Your Seat: Remain seated unless you need to get up for a specific reason, such as using the restroom or asking for help.

9. No Food or Drink: To maintain a clean and distraction-free environment, avoid bringing food or drinks into the study hall.

10. Respect Others' Time: Be on time to study hall and avoid packing up early. This ensures that everyone has the full allocated time for studying.

11. Focus on Productivity: Use study hall for its intended purpose – studying, completing assignments, and working on projects. Minimize unrelated activities.

12. Respect Diversity: Be considerate of others' backgrounds, preferences, and learning styles. Create an inclusive atmosphere where everyone feels comfortable.

13. Follow School Rules: Adhere to the school's code of conduct and policies during study hall, just as you would in any other class.

14. Seek Help Responsibly: If you need assistance, approach the study hall monitor or teacher in a respectful manner and wait patiently if they're helping someone else.

15. Encourage a Positive Atmosphere: Help create an atmosphere of mutual support and encouragement. Offer help if you see someone struggling with their work.

16. Use Study Resources Wisely: Make use of available resources such as reference materials, study guides, and online tools to enhance your learning.

17. Respect Privacy: Avoid looking at others' work or devices without permission. Respect each student's right to privacy.

 

*Study Hall norms created with assistance from ChatGPT

 

Thursday: No Homeroom

 

Friday: No Homeroom [Minimum Day]

 


WEEK 4

 

Monday: Video

 source: Academic Honesty, IBO Competition Winner (Film/Animation)

 

Academic Honesty Watch the video, pass out the Academic Honesty Contract and discuss.  Have students get it signed and brought back by Friday. Give ‘bulldog bucks’ or other rewards if desired.

 

Tuesday: Activity

Split students up into groups of 3-4 students.  Give each group an academic honesty topic from the list below to then create a 30 second scenario.

Some topics may be duplicated.  Keep skits school appropriate with the purpose of teaching and identifying the unique differences in academic dishonesty.

 

Plagiarism

Collaboration

Collusion

Duplication of Work

Intellectual Property

Malpractice

 

 

Definitions

Paraphrasing

Put text in your own words

Plagiarism

The representation of the ideas or work of another person as your own

● Copying what someone else has written without using quotation marks and appropriate citation is plagiarism

● Using someone else’s ideas and putting them in your own words (paraphrasing) without using appropriate citation is plagiarism

● Just as with printed materials, all internet sources must be cited as well

  • Using artificial intelligence (“AI”) software in any manner not explicitly permitted or authorized by a classroom teacher, including but not limited to, completing an academic assignment with the assistance of AI software when not permitted, or misrepresenting a portion of the academic assignment as your own without proper attribution or acknowledgment of the use of AI software is plagiarism.

Collaboration

Working together on a common task

● Copying another student’s work is not collaboration.

Collusion

Allowing someone to copy your work or copying someone else’s work and presenting it as your own. This includes giving or receiving assistance during a test or quiz and having or providing knowledge of questions or answers prior to a test or quiz. 

Duplication of

work

Submitting the same work to multiple classes

Intellectual

Property

Material that results from the original, creative thought of a person, which includes forms of expression such as music, videos, photos

Malpractice

Any behavior that gains an unfair advantage for a student or that affects the results of another student. This includes forgery of any kind.

 

Wednesday: Working on skits

 

Thursday: No Homeroom

 

Friday: Action

Have groups present their skits and have the class guess what type of academic dishonesty is being presented. As a group, discuss ways of working through the different scenarios presented in class.  

 

***Collect the signed Academic Honesty Contract.