From East to West #PYPchat Inspires, Assessment in the PYP

"Assessment is not a spreadsheet ... it's a conversation." - Irmeli Halinen

 Brian Metcalfe

I thought I would try to “kill two birds with one stone” (not that I would ever hurt a bird, as I wouldn’t!  😉 ). I have an assignment to discuss Assessment in the PYP this week.  It was a coincidence, but the #PYPchat last night had “Assessment” as its topic.  Moreover, it was the inaugural #PYPchat for the Americas.  So, yesterday, there were THREE #PYPchat s on the same day, on the same topic.  I decided to Storify the three chats as my assignment in Assessment in the PYP.  Along, the way, I provided information for readers new to Twitter and to the Educational Twitter Livechat concept so they could learn how to participate too.  So, if you have someone you would like to introduce Twitter to as a Professional Development tool, you could just point him/her to this blogpost.  It provides a “live” example of how online Twitter PD works. An example is worth a thousand words.

About Vivian

Vivian @ChezVivian is a Canadian-born Chinese, currently living in Switzerland. She has also lived in Hong Kong and Indonesia. She holds a M.S. (focus: Educational Technology Integration), B.Ed and a B.A. and graduate studies in Kodály and Orff music pedagogy. She is an elementary school classroom generalist, but has also taught as a music specialist, ESL/EAL and also in Learning Support. Most of her teaching career was in International Schools in Hong Kong. She is excited about the IBPYP and the possibilities of using technology to Inquire. Recently, she has been looking at the opportunities that computer programming gives to put #TECHXture back into the hands of children. In other words, technology need not be just about looking at screens. It can be about building things with our hands; and computer programming levels-up what children can do with the things they build---encouraging higher thinking skills. She is a Coetail Post-graduate Certificate grad ('13-'14), a former Coetail Coach and one of the co-founders of #CoetailChat. Her blog home curates her assignments for Coetail and her M.S. graduate studies about Educational Technology integration and anything else educationally-related that she feels inspired to write about. Her twitter tagline sums it up: "Mom to 4, Mentor, Educator, Musician (in that order)".
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4 Responses to From East to West #PYPchat Inspires, Assessment in the PYP

  1. Oh, Vivian,
    since several months I want to follow those PYP chats. They seem to be so inspiring. Last Wednesday we had a training on assessment therefore it would have been a perfect timing. I’ll put them in my calendar – thanks for reminding me! And I hope you don’t mind if I share your post with my colleagues. 😉

  2. Vivian says:

    Hi Verena

    Thanks so much for sharing this post with your colleagues. It makes me feel good to know that my efforts are helping people 🙂 . I would love to see you at #pypchat Please spread the news to colleagues in Europe. The chat is every second Thursday at 8pm CET.

    Our next chat is Thursday December 5th and the topic is “Celebrations”. I think it means the UOI of Celebrations but I am not 100% sure. Regardless, it will be a profitable time, I’m sure. I hope to see you and your colleagues then…

    Thanks again for your encouragement and support!


  3. Jason Graham says:

    What a great way to show that you are a connected learner and that learning comes in different ways and styles. Its great to see a learning community grow and youve been a part of #pypchat for quite a while now (despite time differences from the ‘original chat)!
    I agree assessment as learning is the most powerful. It really what its all about in my opinion. But I digress into this whole connectedness learning thing. I find it amazing that we can all collaborate and learn from each other, PYP or IB school or not, its all about the kids and learning. #pypchat is a grass roots community literally spawned from Steve (@wholeboxndice) tweet and its grown to 3 parts of the world. Thats pretty mind blowing. Best thing is no one ‘owns’ it. It develops and is driven by great educators such as yourself. Thanks for being a part of our community!

  4. Vivian says:

    Thanks Jason for inviting me through the Coetail Twitter list to #pypchat. It’s amazing that in a short year or so that it has spread to every corner of the world. I think you, Edna, Jennifer, Craig and a lot of other people deserve thanks too. It was Steve who started the seed but it was the commitment, support, and participation of you and the others that made it flourish. If you weren’t participating in the #pypchats, I don’t think I would have known about it.

    You probably don’t remember, but I was hyperventilating the first time I joined the chat. It was my first chat ever and it felt overwhelming. You tweeted back something to the effect, “It goes fast and furious. Remember to breathe!” LOL. I took your advice and now I think I’m in the groove…always remembering to breathe 🙂