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Learning to Think with the Best Staff of SEZ “Alabuga”
The Week Without Walls program aimed at breaking all patterns set in students’ minds involved an interactive session on critical thinking led by the Head of Staff Recruitment Project of SEZ “Alabuga” Kirill Lavrenyuk for AIS children.

Mr. Kirill explained the way our sense organs impact perception of reality with illusions as an example thereof. The students practiced to recognize and create illusions on their own.

The session was summed up by the idea of that our brain getting information through the sensor organs can route false signals to us.  The ability to constantly question oneself by “Why?” makes it possible to cast sound doubts on all phenomena perceived by us, while critical thinking skills enable us to check the information received from various sources.
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IB Student Conferences: Opportunities for Empowerment

Student conferences within IB PYP programme were held at AIS to reflect the students’ progress in academic disciplines and core competencies under the new school strategy on April 10-11.

Students of KG1 - Grade 2 and their parents participated in the Three-Way Conferences that involved three parties: students, parents and teachers. The conference participants discussed students’ progress and achievements emphasizing on the strengths and areas for improvement as well as setting future goals for the next academic year and the ways to assist in their attainment. AIS students shared their thoughts and ideas on inquiries conducted, assessed their role in inquiry activities, demonstrated the works, selected by them well in advance with the teacher’s support, and their portfolios.

The format of Student Led Conferences for Grade 3 - Grade 6 allowed the students to arrange and run conferences on their own. The student portfolio was the main focus of the conferences as it compiles many great examples from different units of inquiry. It gives the students the chance to take full ownership of their work while making their parents proud of all that they have done throughout the year.

The days of student conferences turned to be special for the entire school community and gave our students the unique opportunities for empowerment and engagement. We would like to express gratitude to all AIS families for taking the time to recognize the full worth of a strong IB education!