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The PYP Library 21 Images of Where Children Sleep Around the World Paints a Powerful Picture of Inequality "As a child, that's your little space within the house," said James Mollison, a Kenyan-born, England-raised, Venice-based photographer whose 2011 photo book, Where Children Sleep draws attention to a child's "material and cultural circumstances" and offers a remarkable view on class, poverty, and the diversity of children around the world. After spending more than three years traveling the world from Senegal to Tokyo, Mollison's series include portraits of children in front of a white background accompanied by a single snapshot of their bedrooms, leaving the later to speak volumes about their the social and cultural circumstances that contribute to their lifestyle. "I hope the book gives a a glimpse into the lives some children are living in very diverse situations around the world; a chance to reflect on the inequality that exists, and realize just how lucky most of us in the developed world are," said Mollison. Ryuta is a champion sumo wrestler and has been competing for seven years.

IB PYP Educators PYP Visual Art Central Ideas I hate coming up the right wording for with central ideas, especially for Units Outside the Programme Of Inquiry. It's hard when you don't have a team to bounce ideas off of. Anyway, I always wished that there was a Central Idea Bank where a PYP art teacher could go to "steal" a central idea and tweak it to fit their needs. So I did it. Ta da!! Visual Arts Central idea Bank: People use different materials and resources to express feelings, ideas and understanding. Architecture often reflects culture. Cultural traditions can be preserved in artwork, and can help people express their identities. Celebrations and traditions are an important part of our cultural identity. Colors are used and interpreted in a variety of ways around us. The fine arts provide us with the opportunity to reflect on, extend, and enjoy creativity. Noticing and analyzing patterns helps us interpret, explain and respond to our environment. Visual representations facilitate our understanding of the world around us.

Making Predictions As a young reader, your child is learning to make predictions while reading. "What do you think will happen next?" "Who do you think drank Sara's lemonade?" These types of questions we ask children as they're reading help them learn to monitor their understanding of the story while thinking ahead to the next part. If your child is able to make good and fairly accurate predictions while reading, chances are she comprehends the story well. Scientists, just like readers, make predictions all the time. Below are two simple ways you can encourage your child to put her prediction skills to work as a scientist: Play favorites What is our family's favorite flavor of ice-cream? First, have your child predict or guess the answer to the question. Good guess! Estimation is often very similar to a prediction. Here are some estimation questions that require your child to make a prediction: How many noodles will it take to fill up this jar? We predict your child will have great fun with these activities!

The Best K-12 Education Technology Blogs If it takes a village to raise a child, how many people does it take to train an educator? It’s hard to say, but 50 helping hands seems like a good place to start. In the spirit of community, collaboration and information sharing, EdTech: Focus on K–12 has rounded up 50 ed-tech blogs that we deem must-reads for the K–12 community. We launched our first Must-Read IT list last year to great response so we hope that you all enjoy this year's batch of blogs as well. These blogs are a mix of voices and include blogs authored by teachers, administrators and technology vendors. This list was built in part by you, our readers. Without further ado, here is the 2013 Honor Roll: Purely Paperless We are living in a world that is becoming increasingly digital, and Montana elementary school teacher Kate Peila is a paperless girl. Read the blog: The Daring Librarian Who says librarians can’t have fun? Read the blog: EdReach Read the blog: Edudemic

5 Ways to Inspire Students Through Global Collaboration Culture Teaching Strategies Flickr:rwkvisual The Internet has made the world smaller. Working with students from a different culture motivates students. International pen pals may be the most straightforward global collaboration available. Epals is a free resource that allows educators to easily find other classrooms interested in collaborations. untitled