Open Doors – Open Classrooms – Open Minds!

Dear Parents,

We warmly invite you to our Elementary School Open Classrooms – next Thursday and Friday, 15-16 November .

Your child’s open classroom schedule indicating which lessons are open for you to enter and observe has now been shared with you on the homeroom’s blog.


What are Open Classrooms?

Have you ever wondered what inquiry-based learning is like for your child? Here is your chance! Open Classrooms showcase learning in action. For two days, at selected times, our classrooms are open for you to observe lessons that put the philosophy and pedagogy of the Primary Years Programme into practice.

Purpose of Open Classrooms

Open Classrooms is for parents to get an insider’s view of what life is like inside the classrooms at UNIS Hanoi. By opening up our classroom doors we would like to give parents a glimpse of student-centered, constructivist teaching and learning in action. We aim to demonstrate our inquiry based teaching philosophy which is central to our identity as an IB school.

How does it work?

  • Classrooms will be designated as ‘open house’ events for certain lessons on Thursday and Friday, 15-16 November, 2018.
  • All specialist lessons will be designated as ‘open’ on Thursday 15 November (all day) and on Friday 16 November (until 11.10am).
  • Classes will be a reflection of our PYP programme: what you will see will be a snapshot of our regular lessons, routines and activities.
  • Parents may attend any of their child’s open lessons – both homeroom classes and specialist lessons.
  • Parents may only visit open lessons in classes that their child attends.

What might I see?

All lessons are different, though you may expect to see:

  • Lessons that have a clear learning objective which has been explained to the students
  • A variety of lessons and subject areas open for parents to observe (and in some cases, you may be invited to participate).
  • Lessons that showcase students demonstrating the Learner Profile
  • Lessons that involve students using a variety of transdisciplinary skills (thinking, research,problem solving, social and self-management skills)
  • Lessons that are based on students’ understanding of broad concepts, in addition to specific content (e.g. the concept of “form” in addition to the content of balanced gymnastics movements in PE).

Which classrooms are NOT open?

Due to the following teachers being involved in other professional development activities, their classes will not be open:

  • Maria Abella (music, strings, choir)
  • Noor Sandhu (music, choir)

What is my responsibility as a visitor to an active learning environment?

  • Silence and put away all mobile devices.
  • Please enter classrooms quietly and be on time. We recommend you stay for at least 20 minutes to see the flow of the lesson.
  • Please be aware of not interrupting the flow of a lesson/your child’s learning.
  • Interact with your children only when/if invited to do so. Some classes will be ‘observe only’ while others may be more interactive.
  • Please leave younger siblings at home with a caregiver, so that you may give you full attention to your child’s class.
  • All parents must wear their UNIS Hanoi Parent ID badge.
  • Photographing students is not permitted.

We look forward to welcoming you on Thursday November 15 and Friday November 16.


Megan Brazil
Elementary School Principal



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