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2021 IB Evaluation Crib Sheetfree14 August 2021

IB evaluation is based on your journey to implement the IB standards and practices and to develop your programme.The new IB Programme Standards and Practices framework (2020) invite schools to reflect... more

New evaluation from September 2021free14 August 2021

A new evaluation schedule, based on the revised Guide to evaluation (published in 2020) begins in September 2021.During the past six months I have been involved in developing and delivering the training... more

Teaching is based on inquiry14 July 2021

"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning." (Albert Einstein)'You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn... more

Establishing an ATL culture16 April 2021

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... more

IB ATLsfree5 September 2021

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... more

The Core30 April 2020

The core (TOK, CAS + EE) is at the heart of the Diploma Programme. It is the core that makes the Diploma a programme of study and not just a set of examination courses. How can you as a school highlight... more

Programme Development Plan (PDP)14 August 2021

All schools are working on improving aspects of their programme(s). For some this might be developing approaches to learning, for others it might be collaborative planning and working with staff. All... more

IB Approaches to Teaching21 March 2021

"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... more

IB Learner Profilefree25 February 2021

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... more

How do we plan for programme evaluation?21 August 2021

Schools are evaluated every five years after authorization. Schools may request a change of date (e.g. to align the dates of different programmes) by contacting the IB well in advance. Changes to the... more

NEW important IB workshops1 August 2021

The IB are launching two new workshops this August - both of which are central to IB programme implementation and evaluation. These are the IB catalogue descriptions:RECOMMENDED FOR: Experienced coordinators... more

Teaching is informed by assessment8 August 2021

“As frequently as a chef needs to check a sauce for taste, teachers should check for understanding.” (TeachThought)"Assessment is the bridge between learning and teaching." (Dylan Wiliam) more

ATL skill progression - how to plan for it?5 May 2021

The IB approaches to learning (ATL) are an essential element of ALL IB programmes. Each programme has the same five categories of ATL skills: social | communication | self-management | research | thinking. more

Standards and Practices30 October 2019

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... more

IB workshops focused on evaluationfree16 September 2021

The IB have brought out two workshops to support schools preparing for evaluation. They are:(1) Leading the learning, Category 2(2) Preparing for programme evaluation, Category 3. more

TOK for subject teachers5 May 2021

TOK and the subject groups are mutually supportive: the subjects focus on specific examples of knowledge construction and TOK is about knowledge construction in general.IB subject teachers are expected... more

FREE IB Professional Development - Webinars & Nanos24 August 2020

In the past all IB professional development was to be bought. However, the IB have recently started to create short professional development opportunities - in the form of webinars and nanos - which they... more

TOK in 10 slides20 January 2021

A quick introduction to Theory of Knowledge using 10 slides.This set of slides is part of the '10 slides' series intended to introduce teachers and students to key aspects of an IB Education. They can... more

FREE online workshops28 September 2020

There are some great free self-paced online workshops that you can take. This page includes some I have particularly valued.FREE IB professional development resourcesLink: FREE IB Professional Development... more

Leadership31 March 2017

Your leadership: Where have my concepts of leadership come from? What or who has influenced my leadership? What will guide my approach to leadership? Writing your own Philosophy of Leadership... more

How do we carry out professional inquiry?1 September 2021

How do you inquire? Professional inquiry is at the heart of the new 2020 IB evaluation schedule. In addition to their self-study each school needs to identify an area of programme development and to submit... more

Staff Well-Being26 August 2021

School leaders have a duty of care for staff as well as students. Their well-being should be a key priority, since we know that if students feel cared for, appreciated and valued they will be more able... more

How do students actually learn?4 April 2021

Main Message: As teachers we need to know how to develop our students' cognitive (mental), affective (emotional) and psychomotor (physical) skills.This page provides background information to help teachers... more

Leading Meetings9 September 2021

Effective and time-efficient meetings should produce work that is important to the school, promote collaborative working practices and create efficacy. Well-run meetings are one way of influencing the... more

HOW can we teach well-being?22 August 2021

A growing number of research studies show that well-being indicators, such as happiness and what we used to consider hard-wired personality traits, are actually skills and attitudes that can be learned... more

Toolkit of collaborative activities18 May 2021

The IB believes that it is important for students to learn in a collaborative way and for teachers to plan collaboratively. However, in my experience many schools find providing evidence of collaboration... more

Graduation Speeches4 June 2021

Commencement | Graduation speeches aim to impart wisdom to students moving on to the next stage of their life. Traditionally they contain words of reflection | life lessons – to be ready for whatever... more

Role of Head of School in an IB School13 June 2020

The Head of School is key to the successful implementation of the IB programme/s. They lead the pedagogical leadership team within a school.It is for this reason that it is mandatory for them to attend... more

8 TOK Lessons13 November 2019

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... more

Writing your school profilefree15 August 2021

The first thing you need to do in the self-questionnaire is to write your school profile. This page looks at:- why the school profile is importantWhy is the school profile important? more

Which teaching strategies are effective?27 May 2021

How can you be sure that students are effectively learning what you are teaching?In recent years we have learnt a lot from cognitive scientists about how students learn, and what teachers do to ensure... more

WHAT is well-being?8 May 2021

"Child well-being is not something you can easily delegate to families and social environments; schools need to take a more explicit role." (Andreas Schleicher, OECD).Many schools and universities are... more

IB Evaluation 2020 - Key Termsfree14 August 2021

Several key ideas have informed the design of:The emphasis of evaluation visits is on school learning. The evaluation team focuses on school development using an inquiry approach. Requirement checking... more

Evidence informed teaching23 March 2021

Pedagogy is both a science and a craft. As 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... more

The Diploma Programme21 January 2020

The number of candidates taking the Diploma Programme has increased by 18 per cent over five years. More than 166,000 candidates sat IB Diploma Programme (IB DP) examinations in the May 2019 session,... more

Unit Planning18 August 2018

How important is it to plan your teaching in advance? General Eisenhower said, “In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.”If course planning... more

Teaching is focused on conceptual understanding11 June 2021

Concepts are the "glue that holds our mental world together." (Murphy GL (2002) The big book of concepts, MIT Press.Concept-based teaching and learning focuses on broad and powerful organizing ideas both... more

How do you embed ToK in the school?13 November 2019

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... more

Teaching and Learningfree6 June 2017

What are we teaching for? What do we mean by 'learning'? An introduction to Cultures of Thinking project 21st century learning needs Workshop: Expert vs Experienced Teachers - what... more

Living the IB Learner Profile25 October 2016

The IB describes the Learner Profile as its “mission in action”.Activity 1a: How does the Learner Profile articulate the IB mission?Read the IB Mission Statement here. Use a high lighter to identify... more

Creating the optimal conditions for learning11 May 2021

As a school do you have an agreed and consistently upheld understanding of how to create the best conditions for learning to take place?This is just one definition, but one I like:"An optimal classroom... more

IB ATL: Research Skills21 March 2021

How do you teach research skills? Who in your school teaches the students how to research effectively at the DP level?The development of research skills is central to the IB Diploma Programme, as is evidence... more

Gallery Walk6 August 2016

This discussion tool enables people to share knowledge and understanding on an issue of choice. more

Language Policy12 September 2021

A resource to use with staff when writing or reviewing your Language Policy.Compulsory language learning is one of the distinctive elements of IB programmes. Why does the IB place such importance on the... more

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion20 August 2021

Today, educational excellence means creating learning environments where EVERY student feels safe, included, and empowered to achieve.Strategizing for diversity, equity and inclusion is a pressing concern... more

Rethinking Assessment3 August 2021

The COVID pandemic has made us all rethink some of the essentials of our education system. One important subject is that of assessment - as exam boards the world over have seen their assessment processes... more

IB Learner Profile in 10 slides17 September 2019

A quick introduction to the IB Learner Profile using 10 slides.This set of slides is part of the '10 slides' series intended to introduce teachers and students to key aspects of an IB Education. They... more

DP Coordinator's Handbook22 January 2019

The Diploma Programme Assessment procedures, 2019, (formerly called the Handbook of procedures) is the handbook for DP Coordinators and teachers. It describes the administrative requirements of running... more

Approaches to Learning Workshopfree25 March 2018

Approaches to Learning underpin the IB understanding of how students learn. This page provides you with a scaffold to deliver a workshop on Approaches to Learning to colleagues in your school.The pedagogical... more

International Mindednessfree5 December 2017

International-mindedness lies at the very heart of the IB Mission which aims to develop young people "who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect... more