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The Top 10 series intends to provide you with quick reference points.Each set can be used as a stand-alone presentation. However, I have also included links on each page to further materials which you may wish to use to follow up on these quick introductions.Top 10 Staffroom Discussions Discussion and professional reflection are at the heart of lively staffrooms. This website opens up many current...
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)What are the key IB pedagogical principles? This page provides you...
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?...
Metacognition: How do we become aware of HOW we learn?"All students can improve how they manage learning processes and become owners of their own learning. However, this is not an easy process. Reflecting critically on one's own learning is emotionally charged, which is why developing such skills takes time, especially when students are accustomed to failure." (Dylan Wiliam)Surely it...
How do we develop 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....
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...
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...
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 stand alone lessons which could be presented in assemblies to the whole school or to individual classes. Each of the lessons focuses in one of the ten IB Learner Profile attributes. These attributes are given a description by the IB which can be found here. Layout Each 'assembly' is made up of the following sections: Guiding Principles - these are framed in the form of questions...
What is wellbeing?Many schools and universities are now incorporating social and emotional learning skills within their curriculum, as they recognise the importance of nurturing the holistic well-being of all students.The IB does not endorse or recommend any specific SEL program or organization. However, the IB does require that learning skills (ATL) are explicitly taught and practiced, and SEL skills...
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.
10 September 2019
At the heart of the IB Diploma Programme diagram is a picture of a child. IB programmes are student-centred. So what might a student-centred... more
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
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