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Maths without Numbers
Last week, all AIS students took part in a range of Maths related activities. The teachers have planned a variety of mathematics lessons to teach throughout the week, inspiring the children and showing them that Maths can be fun and enjoyable with real life links. Yeah, you guessed it:  we’ve just had another successful Maths Week!

The week program enriched by maths quizzes, tasks and problems without using numbers was aimed at making children realize that humans can understand quantities without language, while Maths is not merely a science that deals with relations of quantities, but the way of thinking! So, for any of you convinced that Maths is boring, think again!

We used our “maths eyes” to see Maths all around us. Quotes and photos of scientists as well as formulas and fast facts were posted on the walls, doors and even stair steps. The floor was marked to show the door opening angle.  There were arranged four maths stations for students to apply their problem solving, thinking skills and mathematical knowledge to a range of different tasks and logic problems.
A Maths Battle was a great way to finish off our fun-packed Maths Week. It was a math quiz competition between two teams of eight students in each headed by Mr. Ilya and Ms. Leysan, where each team presented their solutions to the opposition who challenged their answers. The team of Ms. Leysan turned out to be the winner by solving more problems and presenting their solutions successfully.
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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!