Guest Bloggers Chu Hsi Tseng & Shu Chun Tai: An Inquiry-Based Approach to Chinese Language and Literacy

As we have incorporated more and more inquiry-based learning into our 2nd grade classrooms, we have focused on harnessing our students’ natural curiosity to build up and reinforce their Chinese language and literacy skills. We want our students...

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Guest Blogger Jacqueline Cody: Collaborative Planning at ISTP

Over the last several months ISTP teachers have spent a great deal of time in collaborative meetings, close to 16 hours a week. As ISTP elementary school teachers prepare for the transition to the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program...

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Guest Blogger Melanie Maynarich: Conscious Discipline

Teacher Melanie Maynarich leads her 3rd graders through “conscious discipline” exercises, teaching them ways to calm themselves down when they are upset or angry.
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Guest Blogger Lauren Christel: ISTP's First Ever Student-Led Conferences

Last week, ISTP launched our first ever student-led conferences. Holding these conferences in a format where the students took a central role in sharing their growth and learning resulted in a very meaningful interaction between students,...

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Guest Blogger Cécile Roques: Pre-K Music, Pre-Reading, and Art Inspired by “Peter and the Wolf”

This winter, my Pre-K French class has been working on a unit centered on the classic children’s musical composition, “Peter and the Wolf, by Sergei Prokofiev. “Peter and the Wolf” is a unique and memorable work because it tells a story through...

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ISTP Introduces Student-Led Conferences

Why Student-Led Conferences?

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Guest Blogger Carol Slattery: Inquiry Learning in the Early Years

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Kate's Blog: Inspiring Inquiry at ISTP

Every fall and spring, ISTP faculty participate in an all-day Teacher In-Service, allowing the faculty to dig deep into a topic, strategy, or issue and spend the day learning, discussing, reflecting, and planning. This past Monday, the entire...

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Guest Blogger Lauren Christel: Making Connections Across Programs With Elementary School “Houses”

Three examples of ISTP Elementary School "houses" and their logos.
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Guest Blogger Mike Kulbieda: Introducing ISTP’s New Elementary MakerSpace!

It is very exciting to announce the opening of the ISTP Elementary MakerSpace. The purpose of this flexible space is for students and teachers alike to celebrate curiosity, resourcefulness, empathy, and problem-solving, all in service to the act...

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