PYP TRANSDISCIPLINARY SKILLS
Within their learning throughout the programme, students acquire and apply a set of transdisciplinary skills: social skills, communication skills, thinking skills, research skills and self-management skills. These skills are valuable, not only in the units of inquiry, but also for any teaching and learning that goes on within the classroom, and in life outside the school.
- Acquisition of knowledge: Gaining specific facts, ideas, vocabulary; remembering in a similar form.
- Comprehension: Grasping meaning from material learned; communicating and interpreting learning.
- Application: Making use of previously acquired knowledge in practical or new ways.
- Analysis: Taking knowledge or ideas apart; separating into component parts; seeing relationships; finding unique characteristics.
- Synthesis: Combining parts to create wholes; creating, designing, developing and innovating.
- Evaluation: Making judgments or decisions based on chosen criteria; standards and conditions.
- Dialectical thought: Thinking about two or more different points of view at the same time; understanding those points of view; being able to construct an argument for each point of view based on knowledge of the other(s); realizing that other people can also take one’s own point of view.
- Metacognition: Analysing one’s own and others’ thought processes; thinking about how one thinks and how one learns.
In PYP schools, students should demonstrate:
- Appreciation: Appreciating the wonder and beauty of the world and its people.
- Commitment: Being committed to their own learning, persevering and showing self-discipline and responsibility.
- Confidence: Feeling confident in their ability as learners, having the courage to take risks, applying what they have learned and making appropriate decisions and choices.
- Cooperation: Cooperating, collaborating, and leading or following as the situation demands.
- Creativity: Being creative and imaginative in their thinking and in their approach to problems and dilemmas.
- Curiosity: Being curious about the nature of learning, about the world, its people and cultures.
- Empathy: Imagining themselves in another’s situation in order to understand his or her reasoning and emotions, so as to be open-minded and reflective about the perspectives of others.
- Enthusiasm: Enjoying learning and willingly putting the effort into the process.
- Independence: Thinking and acting independently, making their own judgments based on reasoned argument, and being able to defend their judgments.
- Integrity: Being honest and demonstrating a considered sense of fairness.
- Respect: Respecting themselves, others and the world around them.
- Tolerance: Being sensitive about differences.
Credit: International Baccalaureate Organization
The NMIS Library Hours:
K-3rd Grades have designated schedules
4th & 5th Grades utilize library open hours Wednesdays 11:30am-12:45pm (scheduled upon request)
Contact: Amanda G. Alvarez, NMIS Library Clerk by email for questions or concerns.
Library Room 112
NMIS Library Book Check out Rules
- Kindergarten students can check out 1 book for two weeks at a time.
- 1st-8th graders can check out 2 books for two weeks at a time. Extended privileges available if books are required for assignments and/or the student has a good record of returning books.
- Students are not able to check out any more books until they return books already checked out.
- Re-checkout available. Students need to bring the book to the library to have the book rechecked out for extended 2 weeks.
- The library staff reserves the right to set limits on the number of high demand books that may be borrowed and/or renewed.
- We suggest that students keep their library books in a safe place (like their backpack), handle them carefully, and accept responsibility for returning them in as good condition as when they borrowed them.
- Parents and students are responsible for lost or damaged books. Missing books on the students account at the end of the school year will result in the students having to pay $20 per book at the end of the year.
How many books can I check out?
This depends on what grade you are in and what your library borrowing history has been. Kindergarten students can check out 1 book for two weeks at a time. 1st-8th grades can check out 2 books for two weeks at a time.
How long can I keep my borrowed materials?
Library books are due two weeks after check out. Re-checkout is available. Students need to bring the book to the library to have the book rechecked out for extended 2 weeks.
Will notifications be received when books are checked out?
Currently parents will receive an email from the NMIS library notifying them when a library book is overdue and action needs to be taken to return the borrowed materials.
Need to update your email address? Contact email@example.com. Please include your name as well as your student’s name, grade and teacher.
What if I lose or damage a book?
Students and parents are responsible for borrowed materials. If a library book is lost or damaged the student and parent are responsible for resolving the issue on the students account. A lost or damaged book can stop the student from being able to check out any other materials until the issue is taken care of on the student's account.
- Find the books & return them to the school library
- Purchase the missing books and give them to the library to replace the ones that were lost
- Pay the $20 NMIS Lost Library Book Fee * Click here to access the OSP to make the library book payment.
Please make sure to follow our Book Care Rules so lost or damaged books do not happen a second time.
Where do I return my library books?
- NMIS library
- White library book drop cabinet in breezeway
- Book drop bin next to receptions desk at front of school
I want to help out in the library, can I?
Yes! We can always use volunteers in the library. NMIS parent volunteers can come in and help check out books, shelve books, help students find books, help repair damaged books, care for our materials and work on special projects. Please click here or contact Eliza Gutierrez (firstname.lastname@example.org) to sign up to volunteer.
Please click here to log your library volunteer hours.
We love book donations to expand our library. We ask that the books donated be relevant for our k-8 audience and that they are in good, gently used condition.
- Store borrowed books in a safe dry place (like your backpack).
- Keep borrowed books away from pets, babies, and food and drinks.
- Protect our borrowed books from bad weather.
- Be sure your hands are clean when handling borrowed books.
- Don't mix your borrowed library books with books from home.
- Never lay a book face down; use a bookmark to save your place.
- Turn pages gently.
- Do not bend the pages.
- Do not remove stickers, tags or labels.
- No drawing or coloring in borrowed books.
In the Future:
-List of stories we have read aloud in the library together w/note on connection to IB attributes
-Details on our Book Review competition and access to the english/spanish review doc
-Access to online book options/web pages/read alouds