Our homeroom teachers and subject specialists in the PYP explored how to better design assessments that stand outside the Programme of Inquiry, in a professional development session held today. Facilitators discussed the need to incorporate the essential elements, use a balance of tools and strategies, offer differentiated tasks and collect feedback from different stakeholders including the children themselves to make assessment more effective.

Our specialist facilitators took turns to share assessments from their ongoing units and received feedback from the session facilitator, coordinator as well as colleagues. The session provoked interesting discussion on the role of specialist units in supporting, enhancing and strengthening units of inquiry, and how standalone units offer opportunities to develop subject specific skills and conceptual understanding in depth.