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What are the big IB ideas?When I facilitate IB workshops for school leaders (administrators) and pedagogical leaders (e.g. on approaches to teaching and learning) I am often asked for succinct summaries of the big philosophical ideas behind the IB. This is the reason why I have put together short introductory PowerPoints introducing the key ideas.This series of slide sets is intended to be used as...
The IB expects theory of knowledge to be embedded into the culture of the school and thus into every subject. The IB Standards & Practices state that "Collaborative planning and reflection includes the integration of theory of knowledge in each subject." So how do you create a theory of knowledge culture in your school?How do you create a TOK culture in your school?The following are...
Theory of Knowledge (TOK) is a curious subject. It is at the heart of the IB Diploma Programme, but do teachers really understand what it is about and why it is so important?This page provides a quick one page introduction to Theory of Knowledge and can be used as such in presentations you may have to give to your key stakeholders (students, parents and teachers). It aims to demystify the subject...
The IB have updated their programme standards and practicesThe IB published the new standards in October 2018. They will come into effect 2020. The new standards can be found on 'My IB'.On this page I highlight the differences between the January 2014 standards and practices (which were then updated in March 2016) and the new (2018) standards and practices.In brief: there are great similarities...
The IB approaches to teaching and learning are central to delivering on the IB mission. If IB schools are committed to nurturing compassionate lifelong learners who have a passion to change the world for the better they recognize that how teachers teach and how students learn needs to be focused on this goal. Subject disciplines are important but so also are the ways in which we teach these subjects and the learning skills which we try to develop. So how do we establish an ATL culture within our school? What is the role of the pedagogical leader - including IB Coordinators - in this?
On this page we will explore the characteristics of successful strategically-focused schools. In doing so we will consider the following: How does a strategic approach help you translate your core vision, core purpose and futures perspective into action? How can schools plan for strategic development - what strategic approaches can be used to plan for the future? How do schools build strategic processes...
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....
This section invites you to think critically about the nature of leadership and its role in schools. It starts by asking how our ideas about leadership have been formed. What or who has influenced my leadership? What guides my approach to leadership? It then explores the different understandings of management and leadership. The activities in this session will help you to start forming your own philosophy...
The 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 and your teachers to professionally inquire into...
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...
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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.
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...
7 December 2018
When I facilitate IB workshops for school leaders (administrators) and pedagogical leaders (e.g. on approaches to teaching and learning) I am... 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.