Festival Time!

This past school year, with so many different inquiries going on at the same time, one of our biggest challenges was finding time for all of the students to share their learning. The solution was simple; we decided to hold a festival. We called the festival… “The Arts of March” We wanted to combine Visual […]

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I’m not your typical performing arts teacher. In fact, I’m a bit of an introvert. I believe this helps me as a PA teacher because I remember how it felt when I was at school to be pushed from a proverbial plane… without a parachute… crash landing onto a stage to perform a song or […]

Individual inquiries in Performing Arts: The SET-UP!

In Performing Arts this year @VISLaos we’ve been running “Dream Goals” (personal inquiries) across multiple grades. Here’s where it begins… The SET-UP! Why?? Because, with individual inquiries across multiple classes, the learning space has to be ready to provide options and for all of the different choices that are being made.  It has to be […]

For the record!

My name is Graham Baines, aka The PYP Chef, and I’d like to share my new mission! After 16 years as a classroom teacher, it’s time for me to blend some dance and drama with a generous serving of music… in Performing Arts! So far at Vientiane International School, Laos, I’ve spent 4 years in […]

Ready for a walkabout?

Calling all educators. What’s happening next door? How about in the classroom upstairs, or downstairs? What strategies are being used in the classrooms? What’s on the walls? How is it organised? What’s the lighting like? How is the physical space organised? What’s the vibe? Every time I visit another classroom, I’m full of questions about what I […]

“The report is dead, long live reporting!”

Just finished another reporting session…  PHEW! Know the feeling? For me, it’s usually bittersweet at best; the sense of freedom combined with feeling quite drained and a bit numb. Yay, I have my life back! Now, where was I? In reference to PYP reports it was once said… “Never has so much been written by […]