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Study of critical thinking reveals positive outcomes for IB students

This research examines one of the central elements of the IB Diploma Programme, the theory of knowledge course, within an Australian context. Researchers from the University of Western Sydney investigated IB alumni and current DP student ratings of their critical thinking abilities. The study also explored student perceptions of the role of TOK in supporting […]

Vandana Parashar, PYP educator at Pathways School, Noida, in India

Unit of inquiry: Economic activities

Giving students the opportunity to participate in deciding and designing their assessment tools, and finally reviewing their learning through peer editing and feedback were the highlights of this unit on economic activities under the transdisciplinary theme How we organize ourselves.

Edna Sackson, PYP educator, Teaching and Learning Coordinator at Mount Scopus College, Australia

Concept driven inquiry learning

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 […]

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Interview with Santo Kurniawan

“My initial motivations were very practical and revolved around the kind of lifestyle that I thought teaching would offer me. What other job gives you so many days off?! But once I was in the role, I discovered that teaching is my passion.”   – Santo Kurniawan, teacher at Changun American international School

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PYP Practice: Curriculum and programming

Nathan Horne is currently teaching PYP physical education at ISS International School in Singapore. He leads workshops in the use of technology in PE to promote critical thinking and is passionate about advocating for 21st century physical education. He says: “At the start of any new school year having your yearly program set up and […]