Approaching ... ATL.
As a way of tying together our approach to PPS, we consider the ATL that is at the heart of every IB programme. What tools do the students need? How do you get students to recognise the skills they have? And what role do you take as a teacher? We look at different levels of teacher regulation that can lead to students using skills autonomously in an authentic way. Adapted from Vermunt and Verloop's Learning and Instruction , we look into strong, shared and loose teacher regulation and consider the strengths and weaknesses in each model; how can we use an amalgamation of all three to empower students with a skill toolkit? Each PPS page will be updated to consider which ATL skills are being explored. There will also be new ways to consider implementing for the authorisation and evaluation stage for teachers to collaborate; Can they appreciate just how much their students' learning experience are being enhanced by the skills they are exploring in their lessons and being used elsewhere?
Career skill: Interviews
What happens when you ask one of the world's most successful men typical job interview questions? And what can you learn from this. Take a single lesson and a simple idea here to explore the most predictable but important interview questions. Bill Gates demonstrates how keeping it simple and clear is the way forward.
Saying that discussion is important throughout the PPS and CP course is somewhat pointing out the obvious. However, where do you start and how do you structure it so students increase in confidence and can identify chart their progress in specific areas? Here, as part of the PPS resource, we start with the basics of debating so students can identify which skills are either needed or will be developed over time when they take part in a debate. This is not only useful for an individual's own personal development and confidence building but also an effective and enjoyable way to explore the parameters of the reflective project and build understanding of ethical dilemmas and multiple perspectives in an authentic way. This area of the site will developThinking Processes for PPS
The focus this week is understanding the significance of Thinking Processes and the way it weaves its way into every aspect of the student's experience of the Career-related Programme. This page is an overview of the way Thinking Processes can play a part in every aspect of the PPS course and ultimately each individual student's CP journey. We start out by considering the ethics of thinking responsibly and its links with being an active member of the global community. For the unit plan, we consider thinking routines that go hand in hand with specific theme exploration; the emphasis here is not merely students using the routine but then following up with a reflection that allows them to assess the strengths and weaknesses of using such a process; critical thinking about critical thinking! In 'Quick ideas, plenaries and reflections', the focus is students starting to make those links between their experiences of the DP and career-related subjects and start recognising the tools that can be transferable to multiple disciplines.
The focus this week is establishing an understanding of ethical behaviour in PPS through discussions and debates of personal and professional ethical dilemma scenarios. There are plentiful resources within the reflective project resources that develop a deep understanding and application of ethical frameworks. The focus here is very much about the real world relevance of this theme and demonstrating to students the practical application of the IB Learner Profile.
This is a comprehensive introduction to the theme of Effective Communication with multiple resources to help students really understand what might make an effective communicator.
There is also more detailed analysis on the Learning Outcomes and how one activity might have multiple outcomes. This focus will be built into future pages as the feedback so far is that it is really useful.
As part of a series of blogs this autumn, we take a step back to consider aspects of PPS, questions to ask when establishing your course and effective short activities that work for your context. It introduces key questions such as: What are my students’ needs? What role does context play here? What does effective communication mean for the educator as well as the student? What does an effective communicator look like in 2020? What is our ultimate goal?
Key questions that will be explored in detail in new resources coming soon on Effective Communication.
Blog 4th September 2020: 5 minute snapshot on... Effective Communication
Intercultural Understanding now join the PPS family here. Explore the key stages of recognising personal culture, cultural differences in others and exercising empathy. Lots of food for thought and use of different media to promote rich discussions with your students.
In keeping with the development of the PPS resources over the summer, The Core: Personal & Professional Skills and Personal Development are now available to help support your planning for the start of the new school year, whether face to face or remote learning.
The Personal Development page is well worth a look for detailed discussions, exercises, full lessons and worksheets not only in keeping with the general theme of personal development as outlined in the PPS criteria but because they are specifically designed with 2020 in mind and the unique struggles our students have had to endure.