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How do leaders best manage change?Creating deep change in an organization requires the leadership to engage in deep personal change (Quinn, R.Deep Change). If teachers don't believe that their principal or other school leaders are willing to question how they carry out their job, why should they be asked to engage in difficult and fundamental questioning of their own practice?School leaders need...
How do we live the IB Learner Profile in all that we do? How do we embed it into the culture of our school?This activity is helpful in (re)-aligning the culture of your school - and especially the staff room - with the IB Learner Profile. It asks staff to carefully consider each descriptor of the Learner Profile attributes in turn and suggest ways in which they can live it out in their work.Staff...
Do you know the PIN code of the world?YOU are probably wrong!"Almost nobody knows the basic global facts." (Hans Rosling)A book to challenge all of our views of the world. Bill Gates describes Factfulness by Hans Rosling as "One of the most important books I've ever read - an indispensable guide to thinking clearly about the world."It is one of those books that challenges us...
How can we support progression in the Approaches to Learning skills (ATL)?The IB approaches to learning (ATL) are an essential element of ALL IB programmes. Each programme has the same five categories of ATL skills: social | communication | self-management | research | thinking.Students are expected to progress in their confidence in them in a developmental way throughout the programmes. In the PYP...
What is IB Evaluation?Every five years after a school is authorized to be an IB World School they are asked to carry out an evaluation of the Diploma Programme. At the heart of this process is the self-study in which a school evaluates the extent to which it is meeting the programme standards and practices, and collects evidence to substantiate its judgments.“The aim of school evaluation is...
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...
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 you introduce International Mindedness to new students and teachers?A quick introduction to the IB concept of International Mindedness 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...
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...
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.
The website speaks of immense expertise and genuine heart to help out administrators and teachers in their leadership journey.
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...
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
15 Nov Chris Wright
Key documentsMany thanks for spotting this. I have now changed it.
14 Nov Joseph Chong
Key documentsthe OCC has been closed and replaced by MyIB. It seems that this page needs to be updated ASAP.
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