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MYP 3 Trip to Berlin, Germany

In my role as the MYP German teacher here at the Children’s International School, I chaperoned the MYP 3 Hvitte Busser trip to Berlin. The students are currently studying the Holocaust and World War 2 in their Individuals and Societies class, so as part of the trip we visited several important historical sites. On Monday,

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CIS Science Fair

This week was the CIS Science Fair! Our class has been working hard to prepare all our projects for the big day, and I am mighty proud of the effort and level of work that was on display! Our current Unit of Inquiry, under the theme “How the World Works” is focused on energy. Each science

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CIS Team-building Trip to Geilo, Norway

As our Christmas gift, the CIS Leadership Team took all of us lucky teachers and staff to an all-expenses paid weekend trip to Geilo, Norway. Geilo is about a 4-5 hour drive from our school in Moss. The students were given Friday, March 3rd off from school as compensation for the extra hours they put

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Vinterferie – Gothenburg and Copenhagen

We get a week off of school for “Vinterferie” (winter vacation) in February. Many families use this time to go skiing, visit relatives, or go to their winter cabins. I decided to head down south to Denmark. I started my trip with a 3 hour train ride to Gothenburg, Sweden where I spent 2 nights.

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Northern Lights in Tromsø, Norway

Living in Norway, I definitely am trying to take advantage of all the amazing natural beauty there is to experience here. My brother came up from Germany to visit for a week, and we decided to make a little weekend trip up to the Arctic Circle, Tromsø to be exact. We had an AMAZING time!

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Making the PYP Happen

This summer, in preparation for my new position as the PYP 4 teacher at CIS, I took part in an online training program called “Making the PYP Happen.” This was a great introduction into using PYP methods to facilitate inquiry-based learning in a primary classroom. It allowed me to reflect on some of my teaching

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Adventures in Israel

This summer I traveled to Israel with a group of friends. We spent 10 glorious days in the summer sunshine. We visited Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Masada, and the Dead Sea. Our 4am hike up the Snake Path on Masada was probably the most memorable aspect. After hiking up a steep mountain for 2 hours, we

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