IB World Magazine encouraged the IB community to think outside the box when it comes to engaging students in new subjects.
An IB education encourages inquiry, and helps children make sense of the world, all while empowering lifelong learning. Through class discussions, many (off curriculum) topics arise that students and teachers wish they could further explore.
Of course, time and capacity are a challenge, but we took to Twitter to ask the IB community to briefly reimagine their curriculums and asked, “What topics do you wish you could teach, and why?” Here are the responses:
Ekta Singh, Middle Years Programme (MYP) coordinator at DPS International in India (@ektadsingh).
“Basic life skills, which help us become self-regulated and lead to leadership in later life, such as managing our resources, such as clothes, books, devices, time, money, energy, emotion”.
Sana Noor, Primary ICT coordinator at Pathways School Noida in India (@sansanananana)
“Although happiness should ideally come naturally to humans, it has now become quite hard to attain. I think simple lessons on gratitude and how to stay happy with what you have is something which we must teach all kids of today’s materialistic world”.
Dr Gaurav Jaiswal, Diploma Programme (DP) teacher at DPS International in Gurgaon, India (@DrGaurav_J)
“Agriculture, which is a culture on which all cultures depend. This would allow students to be sensitive towards farmers and in a world where demand is high and supply is less, they should know the art of it and may implement it in their gardens”.
Daniel Steffen, Primary Years Programme (PYP) coordinator at Brains International Schools in Spain (@Platypus_Brains)
“I would love to teach neurosciences. It’s a great topic to use both PYP and MYP key concepts. Neurosciences can also lead into approaches to learning skills (ATLs) too!”.
Ayeesha Francis, PYP educator at HKCA Po Leung Kuk School in Hong Kong (@AyeeshaShahani).
“I’d love to teach my PYP kids more about human psychology, the structure of the brain and how it works. To enhance metacognitive skills, people generally need a better understanding of how the human brain works, how emotions work on a physiological level”.
Dr Virginia D’Britto, DP coordinator at Choithram International in India.
“I would love to teach, and discover along with my students, the new dimensions of artificial intelligence (AI) and how it would impact the senses of humans or let’s say cyborgs. How design will become an integral part of not only the non-living world but also the living world, thinning the divide”.
Sabahat Khan Tatari, Senior Coordinator PYP, Head of MYP and DP at Angels International College in Pakistan (@sabahatktatari).
“Empathy for nature, as this leads to conservation of ecosystems and healthy living styles; essentials for today”.
Hani Alrefo, Head of Arabic department, MYP and DP teacher at ACS Doha International School in Qatar (@HaniAlrofou).
“Body language is a topic that students need for their learning and life. I hope the IB considers this topic and includes it in the IB courses such as drama, languages, art, creativity, activity, service (CAS), theory of knowledge (TOK), etc. This topic can enhance the students’ imagination”.
Haripriya Hariharan, business management teacher at HFS International School in Mumbai (@mumbailady)
“A course on planning skills―considering how important having a plan is for accomplishing goals. Self-management skills are the most important skills for life success”.
What subject would you love to teach? Let us know in the comments👇🏼
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