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West Vancouver, BC V7V 1P2
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Cypress Park Primary World School provides a Kindergarten to Grade Three International Baccalaureate Programme within the public school system. Our dedicated and passionate staff strives to create a learning environment that fosters confident and inquiring learners who are citizens of the world.
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Apr 12, 2016

Good Enough?

Posted by Kimberley Grimwood

​I recently taught an art lesson that I thought was going quite well. Students were working on the art elements of line and perspective. We had been learning about owls and so we were zooming in on one aspect of the owl’s body that helps it adapt to survive. Students were busy and engaged with their drawings. As time passed and students came to the point where they were finishing up I had a student come up to me and ask if his drawing was “good enough?” Shivers ran down my spine at the phrase and I took a deep breath and gave what I thought was a brilliant response as I redirected the student to reflect himself on whether or not he was happy with his drawing, whether he felt it was good enough, and whether or not he had put forth his best effort. Just as I was about to pat myself on the back, he looked at me and said, “yeah, but is it good enough?” Sadly, I had two more students come and ask me a similar question before the art class concluded. So, I brought the class to the carpet and we had a discussion about “good enough,” and I reiterated that we need to be reflective and that I was not the one who decided what was good enough.

I felt a bit out of sorts about this all day and I couldn’t shake the notion that I hadn’t quite got my message across to my grade one students, and felt sad that they were looking to me to validate their efforts as “good enough.”

After school that day I had an opportunity to attend a presentation by George Couros, author of the book, An Innovator’s Mindset and the blog, Principal of Change. George spoke to us about developing innovative students who are excited to be in our classrooms. I immediately thought of my students asking if their work was good enough.

Feb 22, 2016

Teachers as Learners

Posted by Kimberley Grimwood

​We are in the business of teaching and learning, and we strive to develop in our students a passion to be life long learners. So it makes sense that we as teachers model that passion for our students.

This past weekend was a clear example of how dedicated our staff at Cypress Park was to continuing their own learning journey for the benefit of our students. On Saturday we descended on Mulgrave School to meet with IB teachers from across the Lower Mainland. Our local IB schools were represented, Cypress Park, West Bay, and Ecole Cedardale as well as our colleagues from IB independent schools. We met to discuss and collaborate on a number of topics including math, music, new curriculum, Kindergarten, aboriginal education, anxiety, questioning techniques, and many others.

Dec 11, 2015

Communicating Student Learning

Posted by Kimberley Grimwood

Students will be coming home this Friday with a shiny new folder containing a shiny new document. For some of our students, this will be their first formal report detailing their learning, for others it will look quite different from previous reports they have received. The first difference I hope you notice is that it is not called a report card, rather the document is entitled Communicating Student Learning. Things are changing!

Previous report cards were great tools to assess and report to parents when our curricular outcomes were knowledge based. For example, can my student count by twos to one hundred? Previously I would have sat down with each child and asked them to count by twos. If they could go past 100, I gave them an exceeding expectations mark, if they had difficulty and needed a few prompts or missed a few numbers I might have given them a minimally meeting expectations. This was easy to assess and easy to report, but not very meaningful.