Meet the Team
How does the IB describe the role of the facilitating 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 teachers take a facilitating role to support exhibition groups throughout the inquiry process. Exhibition groups have been mixed between two classes this year, 5A & 5B and 5C & 5D. Students are encouraged by their facilitating teacher to be as independent as possible, promoting students to solve problems, plan, research, and resolve any group conflicts that may arise.
Facilitating teachers help students as necessary; ensuring enough support and guidance to make the exhibition a great success for every student. Mentors are also allocated to exhibition groups to act as guides and resources in the accomplishment of specific tasks during the exhibition process.
English Additional Language Coach
Ms Sarah will continue to support English as an Additional Language Learners throughout the exhibition process.
Grade 5 Learning Support
Ms Claire will continue to support learners throughout the exhibition process.
Grade 5 Counselling
Ms. Julie will continue to support students throughout the exhibition process.
ES Technology and Innovation Coach
Mr. Clark assists all of the students with their technology needs throughout the exhibition. He 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. Shannon 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. Linh 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 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.