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How do we change the culture of our school?Managing change is very much a cultural piece of work for a school leadership team to undertake. By cultural we mean 'the way things are done around here'. The internal culture of the school will often determine whether the school will embrace or resist change.This page will provide you with tools to explore the culture of your school. It will encourage...
How do we develop collaboration in our team(s)?Collaborative working is at the heart of a professional learning community. It is also at the heart of the IB approach to professional learning (Standard C1). Research suggests that trust is an essential element of organizational culture that is both critical and routinely overlooked in creating and sustaining collaborative cultures.We look at some of...
How do students learn best?A new academic year is about to start in the northern hemisphere. As new staff join the schools, and academic teams are reformed, it is a good opportunity to review our beliefs about what makes learning effective.This newsletter presents a summary of the evidence from cognitive scientists. It can be used as a thought piece.Links are provided at the bottom of the page if...
What is your culture?Each school | organisation | district has a culture. It is often tangible when you first step into the building or meet a group of people who belong to the community. On this page we ask:Culture - what is it?Why is it important?How do we develop and grow a school culture?How do we recruit, induct and develop people into the culture?Defining 'Culture'Read this introduction...
A series of introductory stand-alone lessons on the eight Ways of Knowing, Videos and activities to get your students (and staff) started on thinking like a TOK person! You can use them to introduce Ways of Knowing to students. They can also be used as a way of introducing Theory of Knowledge to all staff, especially IB teachers who have to demonstrate their understanding of Theory of Knowledge within...
How do we help students learn?If the individual IB subject guides inform us about what to teach and learn the Approaches to Teaching and Learning Guide describes how to.This page is designed to help you understand the nature of the IB approaches to teaching and learning, focus on some of the details and think about how it can be used. There is a web section linked to the IB approaches to teaching...
How do ATL skills support social and emotional well-being?What is it that we are trying to teach our students? When we looked at What is the purpose of schools? we noted that education is more than the flight towards academic success and employment, it is about human flourishing. But what does this mean? Which social and emotional learning skills should we be developing in our students and how do...
A quick introduction to the IB Approaches to Learning using 10 slides. This set of slides is part of the '10 slides' series intended to introduce teachers and students to key aspects of an IB Education. They can be used as a refresher or as a way of introducing new staff and students to some of the key ideas. Use the presentation mode on the PPT to get full view. Approaches to Learning -...
How do we developing thinking skills?'Thinkers' is one of the IB learner profile attributes. It is defined "in terms of exercising initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions." (IB)Thinking skills are central to the constructivist approach to learning that influences all IB programmes....
Inquiry is at the heart of the IB approach to teaching and learning. In this activity we inquire into the attributes of the IB Learner Profile. This activity can be used at the beginning of the school year as a refresher activity with all staff / students. It can also be used as a way of realigning current thinking with that of the IB as we carry out a self-review as part of the IB five year evaluation...
This site is an outstanding overview of many of the issues that face an IB leader, from leadership itself, to teaching and learning, to the intricacies of the IB. There are many interesting and useful resources to promote reflection and thinking. The...
Whether you are a new or experienced educational leader, this site has a wealth of stimulating ideas and is a great resource for deepening your understanding.
Thank you so much for the website. I am really enjoying it!!! It's IB and beyond, that's why it is so engaging. I am learning a lot and like your references to the most innovative ideas in education and especially leadership ideas. It's so smart and...
14 August 2019
A new academic year is about to start in the northern hemisphere. As new staff join the schools, and academic teams are reformed, it is a good... more
29 May Chris Wright
General RegulationsDear Elaine, Very happy to do so. Which email address shall I send them to?
28 May Elaine McGirl
General RegulationsThese slides are just what I have been searching for! Fantastic and visually very attractive and engaging! Thank you. Please could you provide them in a downloadable format so I can present them offline? Thanking you in advance
5 Apr Chris Wright
Getting marketing rightDear Peter, Thank you for your comment. This is a subscription site run by InThinking so only about 25% of pages are 'free' for all to see. I will make this page free for the next week so you can see what is on it. I hope it helps. Please...
4 Apr Peter Pasquill
Getting marketing rightHi, I would like to take a look at Marketing Advice for Schools but I don't have the login details. Can you help, please? Thanks. Peter
13 Mar Chris Wright
IB Culture - Key PoliciesDear Canan: many thanks for your comment. All changed. All good wishes, Chris
12 Mar Canan Harmancı
IB Culture - Key PoliciesDear Chris, thanks for all your support given through best practices. Can you please change the name of the policy " Special Needs" to " Inclusion Policy". Best
11 Jan Chris Wright
10 slides series - introduction to IB big ideasHi Elaine - of course - I will happily send them through to yuour email account. I am glad you are finding them useful. All the best, Chris
10 Jan Elaine McGirl
10 slides series - introduction to IB big ideasHi Chris Could I please have these slideshows as a powerpoint also? Many thanks Elaine
9 Jan Chris Wright
Language PolicyDear Elaine Many thanks for drawing my attention to this. I have now corrected links - they should work. All the best Chris
9 Jan Elaine McGirl
Language PolicySome of the limnks above do not work. Where on the PRC do we locate these same key documents? Thank you!
4 Jan Chris Wright
Standards and PracticesCan you please check your messages box on this site. I need an email account where I can send the PowerPoints to. I could use your school account which is attached to this account - however, it does not contain your name and so am not sure...
3 Jan Elaine McGirl
Standards and PracticesThank you so much, Chris. I have checked my email account here on this site and I don't seem to have it yet. Maybe I am looking in the worng place!?