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多目的ホール・体育の授業

It is wonderful to finally have a hall in the newly finished school expansion building. The space is located directly adjacent to the Grade 1 and Grade 2 classrooms to allow teachers to supervise students while they use the hall space during breaks and after lunch. In addition to during PE class, students use the hall space in numerous ways throughout the day to play and run during the 10 minute breaks between classes. Favorite games are currently basketball and dodgeball, and many students have gotten much better at throwing balls overhand and at dribbling. In addition, the PE teacher, Yamada Sensei is taking advantage of the new PE equipment to help students build strength and coordination via circuit training during PE class.

2年生探究の単元:Matter interacts in a variety of ways 物質は様々な相互作用を持つ

Grade 2 students have been studying about matter within their current unit of inquiry (UOI): How the World Works.  The theme of the inquiry is Matter interacts in a variety of ways 物質は様々な相互作用を持つ。  To help students understand that air is matter and takes up space, students tried to blow balloons up inside of PET bottles.  At first, no one was able to do so, but then the class experimented with created a hole in the bottle to allow the air to escape when the balloon was blown up.  Students were amazed that they were also able to keep the balloon inflated by covering the hole with their finger.

オンライン授業を振り返って

The Coronavirus pandemic this year has placed unprecedented challenges on schools in Japan and around the world. Following the direction of the Kumamoto Board of Education, KIS moved to teaching all grades online in April and May. Although we were able to offer Hearth Club (Gakudo Hoiku) for certain students, the majority of our pupils took classes at home via Zoom each day. KIS offered our English and Japanese curriculum online in a differentiated format similar to that used during regular classes.

The beginning of the school year is a critical time for all students, but it is especially so for new Grade 1 students. KIS wanted to try to provide students with as regular a life and education as possible during this difficult period, and thus offered daily online classes for all grades. Online learning is difficult for younger students because they struggle with focus and are still working on mastering basic reading and writing skills which can only be practiced properly with real pencils and paper. Working within this limitation, we used a balanced approach of most instruction taking place online, but homework assigned digitally and, in the case of Kokugo, via printed materials that were mailed to all students. All students were given daily homework assignments which they completed and then uploaded digitally for review by teachers.

One of the challenges of teaching online is providing effective feedback to students — mistakes that are not corrected can quickly become bad habits that are hard to break. Further, it is simply quite challenging to provide effective, targeted feedback for students when they are not in the same physical space as the teacher. KIS teachers worked hard to overcome the limitations of virtual instruction using screen share within Zoom and small group differentiated instruction. By displaying curriculum materials via screen share and writing directly onto them, we were able to provide engaging and effective feedback in most cases. In addition, staff followed up with further comments on the homework uploaded by the students each day.

We returned to full regular classes on Monday, June 1st, and it is wonderful to have all students back in the classroom (we can finally take full advantage of the new building!). It is interesting to realize, however, that staff learned many things about being more effective instructors during this time.

In retrospect, although online teaching was challenging and placed a large burden on parents at first (particularly in Grade 1), everyone got used to the virtual teaching format quickly and worked hard to maximize the possibilities for online education. It did take a few weeks of constant tweaking, but in the end, I was extremely proud of how hard students, parents, and staff worked during this time and the resulting quality of our classes. Everyone rose to the challenge posed by online teaching, and while I hope that we do not have to return to teaching virtually, I know that we will be ready if it becomes necessary to do so again in the future.

新型コロナウイルスの影響は今もなお、日本中、そして世界中の学校を前例のない苦況に立たせています。熊本県教育委員会の方針に沿って、KISでは4月と5月の間は全学年オンライン授業を行いました。一部の児童はハースクラブ(学童保育)の利用が可能でしたが、多くの児童はZoomを使用して毎日自宅からの授業でした。またKISでは、英語と国語のカリキュラムおいては、オンライン授業になっても、可能な限り通常授業と同じように児童のレベルに応じたグループ別の指導を行いました。

新年度の始めはどの児童にとっても非常に大事ですが、新一年生にとっては特にそうです。このような大変な状況下でも、児童にはできる限り通常通りに授業を受け日常生活を送って欲しいと願い、毎日全学年でオンライン授業を行いました。実際に紙と鉛筆を使用しての練習を必要とするリーディングとライティングの基礎を始めたばかりの児童や、集中力が未熟な幼い児童達にとって、オンライン授業はとても難しいことです。このような制限の中、ほとんどの指導をオンラインで行い、宿題はデジタルを使用し、また国語においては郵送されたプリントを使う、というふうにバランスを取りながらの指導を行いました。全児童が、毎日担任からデジタルで宿題を受け取り、答えをアップロードし、それを一人ひとり担任が確認するというやり取りを行いました。

オンラインでの指導で難しい事の一つが、教師がいかに効果的に児童にコメントを与えることができるかどうかです。学習の基礎はとても重要です。間違いはすぐに正さないと癖になり、あとで修正することが難しくなります。また、教師が同じ空間にいないという環境で、児童に対して適切で的を射たコメントを与えることは大変難しいことです。KISでは教師全員が一生懸命に考え、これらオンライン指導の難点をZoomの画面共有機能を使ったり、児童を小さいグループに分けて指導するなどの工夫をこらして乗り切ることができました。また、画面でカリキュラムの教材を共有しながらそこに直接文字を書き込むことで、児童の興味を引き効率的な指導も行うことができました。更に、児童がアップロードした宿題の答えに対して、教師が一人ひとりにコメントを返し、毎日のフォローアップを徹底するよう努めました。

さて、ついに6月1日(月)より完全に通常授業に戻りました。児童全員が元気に学校に戻ってくることができたことを心より嬉しく思います。やっと新校舎の活躍の場が来ました!
この数ヶ月の経験は、私たち教職員にとって、より効果的な指導者になるための貴重な学びにもなりました。

最後になりましたが、オンライン授業は保護者の皆様にとって大きなご負担になっていたかと思います。特に新1年生にとっては大変だったと思います。ですが、コロナの状況下でも、私たちは素早く遠隔授業の形式に慣れ、オンライン授業を最大限に充実させることができました。色々な調整に数週間かかりましたが、オンライン授業をやってみた今、児童、保護者様、そして教職員の全員が力を合わせて頑張ったこと、そしてその結果、クオリティの良いオンライン授業が行えたことを大変誇りに思います。皆様のご理解とご協力に、KIS職員一同心より感謝申し上げます。
再びオンライン授業に戻ることがないことを願っていますが、将来またそうなったとしても、私たちにはしっかりとした経験と備えがあると確信しています。

 2020年度 新1年生、新2年生、新3年生の追加募集 

2020年度 新1年生、新2年生、新3年生の追加募集

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KISが国際バカロレア(IB)のPYP候補校になりました!

KISが国際バカロレア(IB)のPYP候補校になりました!

Kumamoto International School is a candidate school* for the PYP and is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. IB World Schools share a common philosophy – a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education – that we believe is important for our students.
*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP), or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes visit http://www.ibo.org.

As KIS works to become a fully accredited IB World School, we will work hard to further increase the quality of the education that we provide for all students.

熊本インターナショナルスクール小学部は国際バカロレア(IB)のPYP候補校*です。現在、IBワールドスクールの認定校になるための調整を進めています。IBワールドスクールは、チャレンジに満ちた優れた国際教育を提供するために尽力する、という共通の理念をもっています。
*国際バカロレア機構に認定を受けた学校のみが、IBの4つのプログラムである、初等教育プログラム(PYP:Primary Years Programme)、中等教育プログラム(MYP:Middle Years Programme)、ディプロマプログラム(DP)、キャリア関連プログラム(CP:Career-related Programme)を提供することができます。

現在はまだ候補校の段階ですので、これからも認定に向けて全職員が一丸となり教育体制の更なる向上に努めて参ります。

国際バカロレアについてより詳しくお知りになりたい方は以下リンクをご覧ください。

おとぎ話 - 2年生ライティング

Recently, Grade 2 students wrote original fairy tales.  Each student first planned their story, including characters, setting, and plot.  Students then wrote several versions of their story, adding details, fixing errors, and polishing with each revision.  All students worked very hard and produced original and creative writing pieces that they should be very proud of.

絵日記 - 2年生

Every weekend, Grade 2 students are tasked to write a journal about something that happened recently. This activity is designed to give students important writing practice to see if there are any grammar issues that need to be addressed. They are also given an opportunity to try out what they’ve learned in class. Then, the following Wednesday, after the teachers has corrected the journals, students present their journal to the class.  Their classmates then ask the presenter some questions.

This blog post highlights some of the great journals that students have written recently.  Students have made good progress writing longer better journals using grammatically more complex English.

 

概日リズム - 2年生 TDL

In our current TDL theme, we have been studying about Earth’s cycles circadian rhythms. 

One thing that we have been investigating is the idea that our body is better at certain things at different times of the day. So we put it to the test to see for ourselves.

We tested our reactions, strength and coordination once in the morning, and again in the afternoon to see if there were any differences. 

Our activities were:

  • Catching a ball with alternating hands
  • Dropping a ruler and catching it as quick as possible
  • Holding on to a bar in the park for as long as possible (not shown in the photos)

The students really enjoyed seeing the limits of their bodies in these three categories. So much so that they want to practice and improve each of these traits!

According to our research, our bodies should perform better later in the day; our results generally confirmed this to be true: we found the students did actually perform better in the afternoon.

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水の科学館遠足 - 2年生

Today Grade 2 went to the Water System Memorial Hall.

We received a lecture about where Kumamoto’s water comes from, how much we use in our daily lives, and ways to save water.

Grade 2 students were able to try three different types of water and try and guess which one was from Kumamoto. 

Next, our guides took us through the complex to see what kind of water pumps Kumamoto uses.

Finally, we went to the memorial hall to see what the old pumps and pipes looked like, as well as to learn about what kind of work went into fixing the water system after the Kumamoto Earthquake. 

After we thanked our guides, we met up with the Grade 1 class at the Water Science Museum. We had a picnic in the park and played on the swings there for a while until it was finally time to leave.

The students were very well behaved riding public transport despite being in transit over an hour.

All Grade 2 students really enjoyed the experience and have taken away a wealth of knowledge about Kumamoto’s water system.

 

 

 

KIS 売店 の「Buyten」

In June, we began to offer the KIS Buyten store. Each day at the end of school, students are able to choose from a wide selection of fresh-made bread for consumption during snack time. All items are made fresh of natural ingredients with minimal preservatives by the the local bread shop, March.

March happens to be located almost adjacent to our Picasso preschool division, which means that many items are still warm when the students eat them. Melon bread, cheese bread, sausage bread, and the rice balls with chicken are current favorites among students (and staff).

All items cost ¥150 (including tax) and allow students to purchase nutritious, fresh snacks of their choosing. In addition to making life easier for our busy parents, we are excited to offer the Buyten because of the opportunity it provides to all students to learn about the value of money and making intelligent shopping decisions.

In June, we began to offer the KIS Buyten store. Each day at the end of school, students are able to choose from a wide selection of fresh-made bread for consumption during snack time. All items are made fresh of natural ingredients with minimal preservatives by the the local bread shop, March.

March happens to be located almost adjacent to our Picasso preschool division, which means that many items are still warm when the students eat them. Melon bread, cheese bread, sausage bread, and the rice balls with chicken are current favorites among students (and staff).

All items cost ¥150 (including tax) and allow students to purchase nutritious, fresh snacks of their choosing. In addition to making life easier for our busy parents, we are excited to offer the Buyten because of the opportunity it provides to all students to learn about the value of money and making intelligent shopping decisions.