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When we say backwards, we mean forwards: UbD in a nutshell

In this article, the author explains the concept of ‘Understanding by Design’ and how that applies to teaching and learning. As we know, the PYP pushes us to think forward by thinking backwards, but what does that mean? Understanding by Design (UbD) or as vox populi calls it “Backwards Design”, is a curriculum design approach [...]

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Engaging student voice in the PYP: questionnaire

This is the last in a three-part series of blog posts featuring student voice and their reflection on their PYP learning experiences. This post summarizes the questionnaire responses completed by PYP students with the help of their teachers. “Learning is so important to me. I think everyone should have access to education. Learning empowers students [...]

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Engaging student voice in the PYP: Hout Bay International School, South Africa

This is the first of a three-part series of blog posts featuring student voice and their reflection on their PYP learning experiences. This first post is from Hout Bay International School, the only PYP school in South Africa. In April this year, the principal and vice-principal/PYP coordinator of Hout Bay International School in South Africa [...]

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Language policies in IB World Schools

IB has recently completed a programme development research called Investigating language policies in IB World Schools. The abstract of this study can also be viewed in French and Spanish by clicking the tabs below. To find out more about other research completed by IB, go to http://ibo.org/research/

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