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Can you get more value out of this IB School Leadership website?Hot PagesAs author I have access to a dashboard showing me which are the ‘hot pages’ – pages on the website that are being continually revisited. It will not be a surprise to you or I that these are IB specific pages onIB Approaches to Learning IB Approaches to Teaching What is International-Mindedness? Key IB Policies...
What attributes do modern school leaders need?8 attributes of modern school leaders “A new breed of educational leader is emerging from all parts of the globe. It’s a leader that fully understands the fundamental challenges to traditional teaching and learning that the new interconnected, networked world is creating. It’s a leader that also sees the amazing opportunities that abundant...
Shaping the futureThis is a brilliant time to be a learner. Today we have access to so much information, so much knowledge, so many people, so many technologies. There may never have been a better time to be a learner in history. Our challenge is how do we make schools amazing places of learning for students?Key inquiryWhat do you believe about how students learn most powerfully and deeply in their...
Education: National or international? Education has always been perceived as a national priority. It has been the means of defining, debating and maintaining a nation’s culture from one generation to the next and therefore its very sense of identity. Furthermore, governments cannot ignore the broad relationship between education and economic prosperity. Decisions about who should teach, what...
The activities in this section are useful tools when you are trying to collate evidence together in preparation for a self-review or formal IB evaluation visit. Such visits require schools to engage with all its stakeholder groups in reflecting on the journey of implementation and embedding of key IB philosophy and policy.The first activity provides you with a way of collecting visual evidence of...
The IB approach to teaching is informed by assessment, both formative and summative. This page explores the difference between the two.
The toolkit at the end of this page provides useful links to practical resources for developing formative assessment and additional reading.
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...
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? What does it mean to say that a student inquires? What does it mean to say that a teacher's approach is inquiry-based? Is it about seeking answers or seeking questions? Or is more about investigating,...
Is international 'mindedness' enough? Being 'mindful' is also about making a commitment to do something - to inquire, to learn and to serve. Internationally-minded learners actively demonstrate responsibility for and commitment to making a difference in the world. The IB describes international-mindedness as composing of three components: multilingualism, intercultural understanding...
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...
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...
18 October 2018
As author I have access to a dashboard showing me which are the ‘hot pages’ – pages on the website that are being continually revisited.... more
12 Sep Chris Wright
What's worth reading?Thank you Laura for recommending these books on such a vital topic for all school leaders. I appreciate Elena Aguilar's key messages: community is something that has to be consciously built, the quality of relationships are key and trust is...
11 Sep Laura Maly-Schmidt
What's worth reading?I have found Elena Aguilar's books on building teams to be very helpful. Here is a link to her first book- +aguilar
7 Jul Chris Wright
Formative or Summative Assessment?Dear Anuradha, thank you so much for your question. I have now included a debrief after the activity. I hope that this helps. Please come back to me with any other questions - it always helps me to improve the site. Chris
6 Jul Anuradha Sridhar
Formative or Summative Assessment?Thanks for this website. It's a great article. I was wondering... for activity 1, what would be the possible debrief. Kindly help.