Meet the Team
How does the IB describe the role of the teacher?
The facilitating teacher support students in a number of ways.
• understands the purpose and requirements of the exhibition
• provides clear guidelines for the exhibition
• initiates, facilitates and guides the exhibition process
• plans collaboratively with other teachers and mentors
• supports student inquiries and ensures individual participation and well-being by considering
student interests, needs and prior knowledge
• communicates regularly with students, mentors and the learning community
• develops essential agreements with students regarding academic honesty to ensure they show
responsibility in learning and are principled in using resources
• encourages students to use a balance of primary and secondary sources
• evaluates the exhibition process
• documents the process, including ongoing reflection
• enables students to feel able to take action as a result of their exhibition inquiry
• acts as a mentor when required or appropriate
• celebrates the exhibition with students.
PYP Exhibition Guidelines (IB 2018) p.6
Grade 5 Coordinating Teachers
The grade 5 homeroom teachers role is to support exhibition groups throughout the inquiry. Note the children in these groups come from all classes in Grade 5, not only their own class. The teachers aim to make the students as independent as possible, promoting them to solve problems, plan, research, resolve any group conflicts and so on.
The homeroom teachers help students as necessary; just enough support and guidance to make the exhibition a great success for every student. Some students and groups will require more teacher intervention than others. The other main role of the homeroom teacher is to assess the students and to provide them with timely, goal referenced, achievable, tangible, feedback which promotes thinking.
English Additional Language Support
Ms. Kristi will continue as usual to support English as an Additional Language Learners.
Grade 5 Learning Support
Ms Lindsey will continue as usual to support learners throughout the process.
Grade 5 Counselling
Mr. Dylan will continue as usual to support students throughout the process.
Ms.Monica, Elementary School Librarian, is responsible for assisting Grade 5 students during the Exhibition with various aspects of research including: Aid students on how to access and use UNIS Library electronic databases and print resources as well as Internet sites outside of UNIS. Promotion of Academic Honesty through an understanding of plagiarism and copyright and by encouraging students to correctly give credit to sources used; provision of citation, attribution and Works Cited using proper MLA format.
Ms. Clinton, Middle School High School Librarian, volunteers to assist Grade 5 students during the Exhibition with various aspects of research. Ms. Clinton uses the exhibition as an opportunity to meet the Grade 5 students and to informally familiarise them with the MSHS library procedures.
Information Technology Integration Specialist
Ms. Michelle assists all of the students with their technology needs throughout the exhibition. Michelle will also be working with groups who elect a Media Arts format as part of their action.
Grade 5 PE Teachers
During the exhibition unit the Grade 5 PE teachers Mr. Matt and Ms. Clare will be teaching students about cooperation. This is through their Adventure Challenge PE, unit of inquiry. They will also help support students who feel PE is a necessary part of their action.
Grade 5 Visual Arts
Ms. Vicki will be working with groups who elect a Visual Arts format as their Art choice to express themselves. She will also help support students who feel Art is a necessary part of their action.
Grade 5 Music
Ms. Abella will be working with groups who elect a Music format as their Art choice to express themselves. She will also help support students who feel Art is a necessary part of their action.
Grade 5 Choir
Ms. Noor will be working with groups who elect a Choir as their Art choice to express themselves. She will also help support students who feel Art is a necessary part of their action.
Each Exhibition group must use a language other than English in their final presentation as such the World Language Department has a role. They support the students in uncovering their issues in another language other than English and help them to promote the SDGs.
Grade 5 Assistants
Ms. Huong and Ms. Nguyen have wide, supportive roles helping out with the Exhibition. They work tirelessly behind the scenes and make many of the local contacts for field trips and action around Hanoi.
As PYP Coordinator, Mr Josh's job is to generally oversee the running of the Exhibition and to assist the Grade 5 teachers wherever that need may arise. One of his jobs is to ensure that the UNIS Exhibition adheres to all of the IB standards and practices and also the IB Exhibition Guidelines. Mr Josh will attend the Exhibition planning meetings each week. It is his job to check that all documentation of the Exhibition is up-to-date and to provide teachers with feedback and suggestions during planning meetings.