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It Is All In The Plan

It Is All In The Plan IB science students are designing their own laboratory investigations to explore ideas and concepts they encounter in the curriculum and outside of school.  This approach supports our goal of helping the students become complex thinkers and independent learners.

A lab that is well designed will yield reproducible and valid data, but this is no easy task. A first year chemistry student, Ryan, says, “It is not easy (to design a lab) if you are not familiar with the underlying concepts in the lab.”  As such, design labs are effective tools for authentic assessment.  Students very quickly recognize if they have not internalized the concepts and skills necessary to complete the task.

Once the labs are completed, students are able to reflect that planning their own labs enhances their understanding.

It Is All In The Plan“We better understand what variables should be manipulated to get accurate data, and to what extent each variable contributes to the collected data,” Lin explained.

“It gets me thinking more about what I am actually doing.  If I were just given a lab and I’d followed the method there would be a disconnect between me and the end result,” Thomas reflected.

Additionally, this approach helps students better understand the process of science and how we use data to help build our understanding of the natural world.

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Shekou International School was established in 1988. It is dedicated to meeting the diverse educational needs of the expatriate community. SIS is an international school with an American- based curriculum. The school is governed by International Schools Services (ISS) of Princeton, New Jersey.

We offer a rigorous academic program to meet parents' high expectations. We have state-of-the-art facilities and cater to learners from nursery through high school. A rich mix of academics, athletics, and activities delivered by a world-class faculty ensure maximum learning for students.

The Elementary School and Nursery campuses are located in our Mountainside and Parkside buildings, in the beautiful Jing Shan residential area. Middle and high school classes are housed in our Bayside campus, which is adjacent to the Coastal Rose Garden residential complex.

Our high school offers a rigorous college preparatory program. SIS is an International Baccalaureate World School currently offering the IB diploma program to grade 11 students. The program will begin for grade 12 students in August 2011.

The language of instruction is English for all classes, with the exception of proficiency- leveled Mandarin classes. Additionally, SIS offers the French National Curriculum in grades K-5 in which the language of instruction in academic subjects is French.

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