Rock Ridge Elementary staff and students were thrilled to unveil our new IB quilt on Thursday, April 17th, 2008. This quilt represents the hard work that our staff and students have done in our process to be come an accredited International Baccalaureate school. We are so grateful to both Cindy Brown and Michelle Messick, two of our parents, who volunteered to sew this beautiful quilt. We would also like to thank our former employee, Holly Subudhi, who donated the materials for this quilt as her retirement gift to RRE. Thank you to all of you .
Our International Baccalaureate Program of Inquiry outlines for teachers, students, parents, and community members what a student should know (knowledge) and be able to do (skills). In order to conduct purposeful inquiry and in order to be well prepared for a lifetime of learning, students need to master a range of skills. These skills are taught throughout the Primary Years Program in the context of authentic learning experiences.
The Transdisciplinary Skills, as they are referred to by the PYP, include:
· Thinking Skills - acquisition of knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, evaluation, dialectical thought (recognizing various points of view), metcognition
· Social Skills - accepting responsibility, respecting others, cooperation, resolving conflict, group decision-making, adopting a variety of group roles
· Communication Skills - listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing, presenting, non-verbal communication
· Self-Management Skills - gross and fine motor skills, spatial awareness, organization, time management, safety, healthy lifestyle, codes of behavior, informed choices
· Research Skills - formulating questions, observing, planning, collecting data, recording data, organizing data, interpreting data, presenting findings
Each of these skills is vitally important at every level of education and for a successful life outside the school setting.