This post is an excerpt from a post entitled “Don’t lock me into 8 key concepts” by Shannon O’Dwyer. The full post explains concepts in a nutshell and why concept-driven teaching is both easy and hard. This excerpt provides an insight into how teachers can make it happen.
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Examinations are a test for both teachers and students. Teachers spend a great deal of time reviewing the syllabus and prepping students. Meanwhile students have to study hard, cope with their nerves at the crucial point and then anxiously await their exam results. That is why the IB offers a helping hand to these students [...]
“As an inquiry-based teacher, I am always searching for new strategies and ideas to provoke and engage my students in their own inquiries. One of the latest strategies that I have found effective is the use of maps and infographics as a way to engage students in questioning and searching for a deeper meaning. For my current unit of inquiry around the transdisciplinary theme Who we are, as a learning community we have been examining the central idea: Children’s access to human rights is connected to their ability to survive and develop to their potential.
Inside this edition: Razia Jan: Improving the lives of girls in Afghanistan • 21st Century Assessment • Vocations in Action • Science’s Secrets Revealed • Beyond the Desk • IBCC • Dr. Abiodun Williams • PYP Review
A practice example of how PYP teachers can provoke and inspire students to make their own discoveries through inquiry.
Thanks to the work of students like Danike de Jager, the Westwood International School in Botswana has made rhino conservation and working with underprivileged youth into sustainable school projects. DP students team up with their peers at the International School in Stockholm working collaboratively to create awareness of the importance of rhino conservation and raise funds for a breeding scheme for the Black Rhino, a species that is virtually extinct.
Mary McCarney is British and has been teaching for 25 years, mostlyin the UK. Five years ago she joined Atlanta International School, USA, where she is currently a fourth grade PYP English teacher.
When asked to describe the culture at Scotch College in Perth, Western Australia, Headmaster Dr Alec O’Connell says that the College, founded in 1897, embodies a culture of leadership and innovation while honouring the Scottish traditions of its founders. The key strategic driver is to develop boys of character with a strong self-understanding, a passion for sustained learning and spiritual inquiry who will become valued members of the global community.
Kids in general, and IB students in particular, have a natural sense of curiosity and an eagerness to develop new skills. You can help boost this predisposition by further stimulating their longing for inquiry and research. When teaching inquisitive young minds the IB recommends taking a student’s knowledge and individual interests into account. The IB’s Ways to Learn Through Inquiry shows how to use a student’s own experiences and examples. Read a sample chapter.
There is a buzz in the room as 11 year olds sit in groups around large sheets of butcher paper, talking animatedly. I like visiting this classroom, seeing how the two teachers collaborate and the children engage in their learning. Today they are brainstorming the big ideas in Sharing the Planet, one of the transdisciplinary themes in the PYP curriculum framework.
Join two PYP educators as they join a language and learning working group to create teacher support materials, and have their ‘aha’ moment…
We are already three months into the year and we can hardly believe how quickly time is passing by. Of course, time brings new experiences and new learning. We have just released a great new resource which will please many teachers and coordinators: The Examination paper and markscheme pack for November 2013.
The International School of Turin – ACAT (IST) was originally founded by a group of managers from local American companies as the American Cultural Association of Turin (ACAT). It has offered the IB Diploma Programme for over 20 years and received certification as an official “ECO School” in December 2013.
Shane Ross is a PYP teacher at Gyeonggi Suwon International School in South Korea. The school is one of two schools in Korea that offer the IB Continuum. He says, “In my first year, amazing teachers supported me and I learned so much from them. We definitely have a collaborative environment so I am continually sharing ideas and getting feedback.”
Briley Rossiter, an MYP student, published an illustrated children’s book at the age of 11. The story was inspired by true events, capturing the loving relationship between herself and her sister Ainsley suffering from Infantile Neuroaxonal Dystrophy.