Action, Animals, and Art: ISP students share and the community celebrates demonstrations of learning during Stretch Day
During the Middle and Upper School Stretch Days in March 2022, students were able to celebrate their learning growth by sharing projects they’ve created over time, persisting because they found the challenges and end goal relevant. We were thrilled to see so many of our parents joining us in person here on campus to learn more about their children’s learning journeys. After more than two years with limited parent access to campus, we feel that ISP is coming back to life.
Grade 6 Call to Action
This year, ISP science teachers have been learning with and from Inspire Citizens about how to go from “empathy to action” at each grade level across the school. The Grade 6 team took this redesign to another level through developing an interdisciplinary unit.
Throughout this unit, students have been learning about climate change, the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and the lenses of sustainability. The students investigated sustainable solutions to address global issues associated with climate change. Finally, they created action plans to mitigate these issues and take sustainable action for our future. This unit served as a great example of our commitment to empowering curious, competent, compassionate, changemakers.
Students celebrated their learning with presentations for their peers, parents, and grade 5 students. d’Arcy Lunn, founder of Teaspoons for Change, served as the keynote speaker for the celebration event held on the Middle School March 16 stretch day.
Grade 9 Study of Evolution
Inspired by the “Miracles of Evolution” exhibit at the National Museum, our Grade 9 students selected an animal in order to further study the evidence of evolution. They investigated comparative embryology, vestigial organs, homologous structures and DNA evidence. Students had to be proactive in groups, research their animals in depth, and be creative in creating 3D models and educational videos. In the secondary science corridor you can see the exhibit and scan the QR codes attached to the cardboard model in order to learn more about biology.
The next time you’re in the Upper School, please grab a QR code and learn more about evolution through these fascinating animals. Meanwhile, please take a look at a few of the student videos using creative ways to help others better understand these unique creatures and clarify the concept of evolution:
|Platypuses w Prof Karl
|Top Platypus Facts
|Rhino: Sona, Sofie, Yubin
Grade 12 IB Art Exhibit
Our grade 12 IB Visual Arts Diploma students prepared and shared their curated collection developed during the past year and a half. The exhibition included their amazing journals which tracked their research, thinking and project development over time.
In case you weren’t able to see the exhibition in person, here are quotes from their curatorial rationale along with a few of the pieces from the exhibition: