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This is a provocation to encourage reflection on what goes on in classrooms and how learning is achieved. It compares a stereotypical view of classroom learning to learning in the real world. If classroom learning often focuses on getting the right answers learning 'out there' is often about trying something knew, making mistakes and practicing how to get it right.
The science of teaching and learningAs teachers we make decisions every lesson: decisions about how to engage students in their learning, how to structure the learning process, how to provide students with effective feedback etc. Sometimes it can feel that we are having to think of our own answers to all of these questions as we plan our individual lessons. However, increasingly teachers are learning...
How nimble are you to meet change and adapt to new circumstances? How do you learn as a school? How deeply ingrained is 'learning' in the very fabric of your school - not only within classrooms, but also the staff room and the board room?The concept of a learning organization was first developed by Peter M. Senge in 1990, a senior lecturer of leadership and sustainability at MIT (Massachusetts...
How can we nurture international mindedness and at the same time excite students to take on international leadership roles?Here's one way you could help develop students' international mindednessAt the heart of the IB mission is the goal of developing young people who can help create ‘a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect’.In the past...
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....
In order to know things we use reason to go beyond the knowledge that is available to our senses. For example, the washing on the clothes line is wet when we return from shopping, and we therefore conclude that it has been raining whilst we have been out. An attraction of reason as a source of knowledge is that it appears to give us certainty. It is for this reason that there is a school of philosophy...
A series of introductory stand-alone lessons on the eight Ways of Knowing, Videos and activities to get your students (and staff) started on thinking like a TOK person! You can use them to introduce Ways of Knowing to students. They can also be used as a way of introducing Theory of Knowledge to all staff, especially IB teachers who have to demonstrate their understanding of Theory of Knowledge within...
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...
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...
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?
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...
7 January 2019
Here's one way you could help develop students' international mindednessAt the heart of the IB mission is the goal of developing young people... more
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
9 Jan Elaine McGirl
Language PolicySome of the limnks above do not work. Where on the PRC do we locate these same key documents? Thank you!
4 Jan Chris Wright
Standards and PracticesCan you please check your messages box on this site. I need an email account where I can send the PowerPoints to. I could use your school account which is attached to this account - however, it does not contain your name and so am not sure...
3 Jan Elaine McGirl
Standards and PracticesThank you so much, Chris. I have checked my email account here on this site and I don't seem to have it yet. Maybe I am looking in the worng place!?
3 Jan Chris Wright
The IB PhilosophyDear Elaine, I am very pleased that you are finding the website userful. I have sent you an email so that I can send you the resources you require. All good wishes, Chris
3 Jan Chris Wright
Standards and PracticesI am very happy to send them to you. I have sent you an email. All good wishes, Chris
2 Jan Elaine McGirl
Standards and PracticesWould it be possible to have the slideshow available for download, please? Thank you!
2 Jan Elaine McGirl
The IB PhilosophyWould it be possible to have these slideshows available for download as PPT, please? Excellent resources, thank you!
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