In order to really understand one’s self in the world in terms of as a learner, as a friend and with the overall goal of becoming a balanced, creative, caring and responsible global problem solver it is helpful to try to consider our contribution and connection with the world in terms of a number of dispositions and transferrable skills.

These are our core values at ISM.

  • Integrity
  •  Service
  •  Merit

These are our ISM School-Wide Student Goals.

  • Inquiring and Reflective Problem Solvers
  • Knowledgeable and Skilled Learners
  • Effective Communicators
  • Self-directed and Balanced Individuals
  • Responsible, Caring and Ethical Contributors


So how can we help to facilitate a meaningfulness and accessability in terms of these values and goals for our young learners in grade 2?

 Well one very important way is by posing questions exactly like that rather than telling children how or why such values should be considered as goals. An inquiry based approach to learning can help with this. After all, the human mind tends to be an inquiring one by nature. Espescially when you are aged between four and ten years of age!

It is also really useful to break down conceptual phrases such as  “Acknowledge and celebrate our differences and encourage empathy, compassion, understanding and respect for human dignity. ” (taken from our school mission statement) into manageable chunks.

So we have broken these mission statements, values and goals into a set of Trans disciplinary skills and dispositions that are accessable for the children to inquire into, develop awareness of and apply relevantly with independence.

Trands disciplinary skills (learning skills) are-

  • Communication
  • Connection and Collaboration
  • Personal management/reflection
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Research

 Dispositions (learning behaviours) are-

  • Self Directed
  • Balanced
  • Creative
  • Ethical/Fair
  • Responsible
  • Caring