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Steve Box is the team leader 4-6 and the Grade 5 teacher at Moreton Bay Boys’ College in Brisbane, Australia.

It comes from inside me

Steve Box, the team leader 4-6 and the Grade 5 teacher at Moreton Bay Boys’ College in Brisbane, Australia, reveals how the reflective process can be the most valuable aspect of self-directed inquiry.

Shannon O’Dwyer, Language Coordinator and Optimal Learning Teacher at Beijing BISS International School

A concept-driven learning

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.

Marcie Lewis, Grade 4 PYP teacher at Ridley College, Canada

Maps and infographics to provoke inquiry

“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 […]

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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Open-mindedness as a part of IB learning

Possessing an open mind is a significant part of IB learning. IB students are open-minded since they understand and appreciate cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities.