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It all starts with questions.At the heart of an inquiry approach to teaching and learning is the art of asking good questions. It has been said that "the true art of teaching is to ask the right questions." The question that arouses curiosity and engages the learner. Which good questions have you created today? Which good questions have been asked today?Essential questions are great questions....
As leaders of IB World Schools what processes do you have in place to recruit teachers into your school? How do you ensure that the philosophy and pedagogy of the applicants is aligned with IB philosophy and pedagogy?This page contains a series of activities and reflections on how to recruit staff. You may also like to refer to Getting teacher recruitment right and Getting staffing right. The first...
“A pedagogical leader keeps the organization focused on the teaching and learning process among the children, staff, and families.” (Margie Carter)This page contains resource material to explore the importance of a leader having pedagogical intelligence.It is written in the form of a reflective journal - stimulus material followed by some questions to reflect on.A different way of exploring...
What does a research-informed classroom look like?How can you be sure that students are effectively learning what you are teaching?In recent years we have learnt a lot from cognitive scientists about how students learn, and what teachers do to ensure that there is a direct link between what they teach and what students learn.This page summarizes this research in the form of practical strategies which...
Concept-based teaching and learning focuses on broad and powerful organizing ideas both within and across subjects. Concepts help to integrate learning, deepen disciplinary understanding and allows people to transfer learning to new contexts.A concept-based approach is one of the six IB approaches to teaching (Approaches to teaching and learning, 2015:18). You will explore and share the key organizing...
What's at the heart of international mindedness?This page provides you with a quick reference point to the concepts embedded within international mindedness by providing you with the top 10 videos I use in workshops and schools to teach these key ideas.These videos can be used as provications at the beginning of lessons | the heart of a learning engagement to explore a key concept | reflective...
This page focuses on the question 'What is an IB Education?' (WIAIBE) This is the name of one of the seminal IB documents as well as the umbrella term for a suite of workshops that were launched in 2017. Click What is an IB Education? to find out more about the workshops. You may find this page helpful in providing you with an overview of what the IB is about, and thus informing presentations...
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....
How best do we prepare our students to live in a highly interconnected and rapidly changing world? One way in which the IB addresses this is in aiming to develop in each person international-mindedness in a global context. Being an IB World School is to recognize the importance of the world as the broadest context for learning. International-mindedness lies at the very heart of the IB Mission which...
What are we teaching for? What do we mean by 'learning'? An introduction to Cultures of Thinking project 21st century learning needs Workshop: Expert vs Experienced Teachers - what does the John Hattie's research tell us? Workshop: What do we believe about the ability of students to learn? Do we have a fixed or a growth mindset? Guide to concept-based instruction and learning Guide...
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.
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...
The website speaks of immense expertise and genuine heart to help out administrators and teachers in their leadership journey.
15 June 2019
Professional inquiryAny of the following questions could act as provocations for staffroom discussion:What we teach our students and in what... 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!?