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Resources to help you in your appraisalWhat is performance appraisal?The key function of performance appraisal is to present feedback on how you are performing in your role and to identify areas for growth. Performance appraisal should add value to you as an individual as well as the school you are working in.Traditionally performance appraisal has been an annual event. In recent years the move in...
What's new?A key advantage of using this medium is that the site can be updated and tailored to particular need on a regular basis. I am constantly adding, updating and correcting the site.This page will signpost pages you may find particularly useful at different parts of your school year.At the beginning of a school yearWorking with governorsGoing for IB Authorisation or EvaluationTime to recruit...
The ToolA way of introducing an inquiry. A discussion starter.How to useintroduce a conceptexcite inquirydiscussion starterlistening to each others' reasonsActivityProvide each group with a selection of pictures on a theme / concept you are about to explore.Each person in the group has to identify which picture is the odd one out and then justify their choice.The pictures I have chosen on this...
Why have an ATL Toolkit?An ATL toolkit serves two key functions: (a) it creates a consistent school culture around teaching and learning - by culture I mean it's our way of doing things; and (b) it provides staff with practical resources to help improve learning for the students.Creating consistency of practice is important for students. As a school do you have an agreed and consistent understanding...
An introduction to the key pedagogical principles underlying the IB approaches to teaching.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 the six approaches to teaching skills. Together they can form an in-school workshop which can be used when you are a Candidate School preparing for authorization,...
What is the difference between formative and summative assessment?"Student assessment is a process that helps focus attention towards what matters most in education: the learning outcomes of each student." (OECD)This page is an inquiry into the role assessment plays in student learning.Introductory videos provide background to reading a thought piece about the role of assessment and its...
The ToolAppreciative Inquiry (AI) is a form of professional inquiry and research. It is a tool for change and organizational development. The AI approach builds on positive practice already in existence and asks how it can be extended into other areas. It is a great tool for sharing and growing best practice within and between schools. As the term suggests AI is appreciative in nature.The assumption...
The IB Learner Profile is a set of ten attributes which all members of the IB community - students, teachers and leaders - should be encouraged to develop. They represent a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond intellectual development and academic success.The IB Learner Profile is based on a holistic understanding of education, where the whole child/student is the whole...
This page focuses on the question 'What is an IB Education?' (WIAIBE) This is the name of one of the seminal IB documents as well as the umbrella term for a suite of workshops that were launched in 2017. Click What is an IB Education? to find out more about the workshops. You may find this page helpful in providing you with an overview of what the IB is about, and thus informing presentations...
The IB Learner Profile should be at the heart of the life of the school since it is the practical articulation of what it means to be an IB World School. This section provides activities you can facilitate with all members of your school community - governors, leadership team, faculty, students and parents - as part of an on-going review of your implementation of the IB philosophy and mission or as...
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.
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...
13 August 2018
The beginning of a new school year is a good opportunity to remind all the school community what your big idea(s) are, not least because you... more
4 August 2018
Over the past month I have been fascinated to collate all the excellent material out there on what has been called 'the science of learning':... more
7 Jul Chris Wright
Informed by assessmentDear 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
Informed by assessmentThanks for this website. It's a great article. I was wondering... for activity 1, what would be the possible debrief. Kindly help.