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How do we learn?
Main Message: As teachers we need to know how to develop our students' cognitive (mental), affective (emotional) and psychomotor (physical) skills.
This page provides background information to help teachers understand how students learn - both how they develop their thinking (cognitively) and how they grow their emotions, feelings and atttitudes (affectively). Whilst many teachers will be aware of how Bloom's taxonomy of learning domains applies to the development of thinking less will be aware that there is also a taxonomy that helps explain how students develop affectively.
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What will they ask us during the evaluation visit?The evaluation visit assesses the schools’ commitment to excellence in international education and the extent to which the school implements the Diploma Programme.The IB visiting team will use the IB Standards and Practices as their criteria for assessing the level of implementation of the Diploma Programme. They will produce a report at the...
Prior to becoming an authorized IB World School you are a Candidate School.Introducing any new programme involves you in a significant change process. This page looks at some of the challenges of introducing the IB Diploma Programme and provides you with top tips of how to be successful.A case study raises some of the key issues that need to be considered.Challenges of introducing the IBDuring IB...
How do we make the learning in our lessons memorable?Note that I use the word 'learning' and not 'teaching'. Whilst students may remember a particularly entertaining lesson this does not mean that they are able to recall the learning.On this page we look at a quick checklist for teachers on how to make learning memorable. It draws on research from cognitive scientists. Teachers are...
What does it mean to be inquiry-minded: as a teacher and as a student?"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning." (Albert Einstein)One of the six IB approaches to teaching is that it is inquiry based. This supports the description of the IB learner as 'inquirer' in the IB Learner Profile.But what does it mean to inquire?...
An introduction to the IB approaches to teaching"Educators need to think of themselves as designers of learning...We are convinced that we need to move rapidly to the place where all learners feel connected and all learners are able to self-regulate their own learning." (Judy Halbert & Linda Kaser, Spirals of Inquiry)"The ultimate goal of teaching is to make the new seem familiar...
An introduction to the IB Approaches to LearningThe IB approaches to learning are a set of strategies and skills. They pay especial attention on how students learn as opposed to merely the content of the learning. These approaches are intrinsically linked with the IB learner profile attributes.This page provides you with a number of activities that you can use with your pedagogical leadership team...
What are they and how can we use them?The programme standards and practices describe what it means to be an IB World School. The standards provide the overarching themes whist the practices provide the definitions and details and show what the standards look like in reality.The IB makes it clear that each school is on its own journey of implementation of the standards and practices, and that each...
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...
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.
The website speaks of immense expertise and genuine heart to help out administrators and teachers in their leadership journey.
12 October 2019
I find that one of the best forms of professional development is to learn from what works in other schools. This blog focuses in on one specific... more
4 Oct Chris Wright
10 slides series - introduction to IB big ideasDear Elaine, I have sent the slides to your school subscription email address. I hope that they are helpful. Chris
4 Oct Chris Wright
10 slides series - introduction to IB big ideasHi Becky, I have sent the slides through to your school subscription address. All good wishes, Chris
2 Oct becky Oliver
10 slides series - introduction to IB big ideasHello Chris, Thank you for condensing all this information into one amazing place. May I please have the slideshows in power point format? Thank you, Becky Oliver
22 Sep Chris Wright
Standards and PracticesHi Helen, The revised Standards (PSPs as they are referred to) are on the IB Portal and will come into effect this time next year. I have been one of the two lead developers writing the workshops for Heads of School (at the moment called Administrators)...
21 Sep Helen Jeffery
Standards and PracticesHi Chris: Are you starting to work on the March 2019 Standards and Practices?
17 Sep Fatou Amany
Standards and PracticesThank you so much Chris.
17 Sep Chris Wright
Standards and PracticesDear Fatou, I have just sent it to your email address. Please ask if you want anything else. Chris
16 Sep Fatou Amany
Standards and PracticesDear Chris, Would it be possible to have the slideshow available for download, please? Thank you.
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