IB in Action

Nov 3rd, 2017

At Annunciation, we believe that an education must extend beyond the classroom to include some kind of action. We encourage and expect the students and staff to take action as a result of their learning. Our action should extend learning and include reflection. Action can include explaining/discussing/informing others, giving, changing our behavior, changing our mind/attitude, having awareness/empathy, and/or showing respect/responsibility.  

Our goal to always choose to act in ways that will make a positive difference in and to our world. Here are just a few examples (from just this past week!) of action as a result of learning at Annunciation School.

Unity Day: Being an "Up-stander" (K-8)

Together against bullying. United for kindness, acceptance and inclusion. 

It was the day everyone came together to send one large ORANGE message of support, hope, and unity showing that we are against bullying and united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.

Individuals across the nation, even world-wide, and at Annunciation participated in Unity Day!  Annunciation staff and students wore orange t-shirts & orange accessories with their uniforms on the October 25th.

"Mix-It-Up" Day

To carry forward our unity day pledge to be united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion, students sat at tables arranged by birth month during lunch to build community.

An inquiry into needs and wants, goods and services, scarcity and abundance & group decision-making. (1st Grade)

Mrs. Loschy’s first-grade class chose to share their abundance with others kids in need. Th students brought in winter gear to donate to kids without winter essentials at a nearby school.  The receiving school had requested winter items so all students could go outside for recess. We are so proud of this kind and caring act!

Investigating the past helps us understand the present. (2nd grade)

The second graders used a variety of ways to demonstrate how learning about the past helps us to understand the present. In the 2nd grade hallway you can see their dioramas, family trees, MN native wild animals native projects, corn husk dolls, handmade lanterns and more! 

After reading Little House in the Big Woods, two 2nd grade students traveled to the visit the Little House Wayside in Pepin, WI during MEA weekend.  They shared their knowledge by showing comparisons of how things were then and how they are today.

Understanding culture exposes new perspectives. (Spanish language culture)

All students in K-8 have explored the significance of the Latin American holiday, "El Día de los Muertos." K-8 students took action in creating a school altar in the foyer to honor family members and friends who have passed away.

Anne LaLonde Laux
International Baccalaureate (IB) Coordinator
Enrichment Teacher & Coordinator
Annunciation Catholic School