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IB Approaches to Teaching and Learningfree12 August 2018

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

Our Learner Profilefree15 September 2018

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... more

IB Learner Profilefree16 June 2017

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

Staff Learner Profile10 October 2017

The IB Learner Profile is a profile for all in an IB World School: students, staff, leaders and governors. This is signified by the fact that each of the attributes is prefixed by "we" (i.e. all members... 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

Thinking Skills5 April 2019

'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,... more

What is an IB Education?12 October 2017

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.... 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

DP Coordinators27 May 2018

The Big PictureIntroducing the IB philosophyAligning your mission to the IB missionMaking the IB Learner Profile your ownEmbedding international mindedness in all you doIB terminology -... more

8 TOK Lessons16 October 2017

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

Revision Strategies12 April 2019

As students start preparing for their exams what help are you giving them? Is your advice consistent across all subjects? Is it based on research evidence?I write this page as my daughter plans her revision... more

The Diploma Programme24 January 2019

In this section we look at the Diploma Programme requirements. Each of the pages is intended to be used as a stand-alone workshop to be used during a staff meeting or professional development session. more

IB Resources8 December 2016

This section signposts some very good downloadable resources for you to use. They can be used to introduce the IB Learner Profile if you are a Candidate School, or to encourage reflection and review if... more

Academic Honesty Policyfree21 October 2018

The IB requires academic honesty to be embedded into the life of the school. Standard C3 states that "Teaching and learning promotes the understanding and practice of academic honesty." The IB expects... more

Authorization & Evaluation31 December 2017

In this section of the workshop we look at the key stages of becoming or being an IB World School: Candidacy, Authorization and Evaluation.The pages have been designed for the DP Coordinator to use as... more

Learner Profile as 'Our Culture'18 August 2017

How do we live the IB Learner Profile in all that we do? How do we embed it into the culture of our school?This activity is helpful in (re)-aligning the culture of your school - and especially the staff... more

Appraisal of school leaders24 March 2019

Effective leadership is vital to the success of a school. In this context school leadership appraisal processes can be a constructive way of identifying school leaders’ strengths and areas for development.... more

Standards and Practices13 February 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

Reflection26 July 2018

Reflection is not an extra activity but a different way of learning.A simple definition of reflective practice is to think back over something that you have done, analyzing what happened - what went right... more

An activity to inquire into the Learner Profile16 October 2017

Find a movie to illustrate one of the attributes of the IB Learner Profile.This is an activity I use in IB workshops to help participants explore the attributes of the IB Learner Profile. It is appropriate... more

Inquiry into the Learner Profile14 October 2017

Inquiry is at the heart of the IB approach to teaching and learning.In this activity we inquire into the attributes of the IB Learner Profile. This activity can be used at the beginning of the school... more

How does the Learner Profile link to learning?10 October 2017

The attributes and descriptors of the Learner Profile describe the type of learner the IB hopes to develop through its programmes. The IB Learner Profile is the common ground between all four IB programs:... more

Learner Profile Assemblies27 August 2017

A series of stand alone lessons which could be presented in assemblies to the whole school or to individual classes.Each of the lessons focuses in one of the ten IB Learner Profile attributes. more

Leadershipfree31 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

Leader Profile22 November 2016

The IB Learner Profile is a profile for all with an IB World School, including Board members and school leaders. This session will provide you with an opportunity to reflect on the extent to which Board... more

Learner Profile in the community22 November 2016

The IB places emphasis on the Learner Profile because they recognise that the attributes it describes help prepare people to flourish in the world.In this section the learner profile is explored through... more

What is International-Mindedness?13 February 2019

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... 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

Introduction5 June 2018

Strong schools have core values about how children learn, what they should learn and how staff faculties should work together.Here we inquire: What are we teaching for? What do we mean by learning? What... more

Concept-driven21 January 2018

Concept-based teaching and learning focuses on broad and powerful organizing ideas both within and across subjects. Concepts help to integrate learning, deepen disciplinary understanding and allows people... more

IB Leadership Intelligencesfree17 October 2017

IB World Schools are often complex organizations requiring IB leaders to demonstrate high levels of leadership intelligence.Although I sometimes write of leadership as referring to individual people it... more

Emotion4 September 2017

The word 'emotion' comes from the Latin verb movere which means 'to move'. Definitions often include words like 'feelings, mood, passions'. Emotional intelligence is our ability to read, use and manage... more

My leadership8 June 2017

Are you considering applying for a leadership position in your own or another school? Are you recruiting leaders into your own team? Or are you building a new leadership team? Are you the new leader in... more

See, Think, Wonder2 August 2016

This tool is one of Harvard's Project Zero Visible Thinking Routines. A description of the routine can be accessed here.This tool can be used to explore a video, a picture, an artifact, or any other representational... more

Appraisal | Performance Management24 March 2019

Appraisal can serve a number of functions.It can have a number of personal and performance management functions (selection, retention and termination). It can also play a key role in the formative process... more

Leadership styles24 October 2018

Effective leaders adapt their style to fit different situations.This page provides different approaches and frameworks to view leadership styles from Kurt Lewin's autocratic-democratic-laissez-faire styles... more

Global Issues27 June 2018

How do we make global issues visible to our community?Pechersk School International Kyiv posts visuals of the IB global themes around its school, including key inquiries involved in each theme. more

Timetabling30 December 2017

The timetable gives a clear vision and picture of school activites. The amount of time you give to activites indicates the importance you give to those activities. Therefore timetable construction is... more

Approaches to Teaching and Learning16 December 2017

Although PYP and MYP teachers will be familiar with the IB approaches to teaching and learning some Diploma Programme teachers will less familiar, not least because it was only in 2015 that the IB started... more

Theory of Knowledgefree13 September 2017

Theory of knowledge (TOK) is unique to the IB. It is central to the Diploma programme and learner centered classrooms. It is part of the Core. Theory of Knowledge is a course that is fundamentally about... more

Inquiry-based free8 July 2017

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... more

Writing an action plan12 November 2016

An action plan is an important part of both the authorization and evaluation processes. In both cases, schools are required to present an action plan as part of the IB’s documentation. The action plan... more

A paragraph, sentence, phrase, wordfree15 September 2016

An activity used to explore a text and encourage discussion.[1]This tool can be used in different situations: more

Gallery Walk6 August 2016

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

Case study - transforming a school from within21 June 2016

This case study is an account of how a school was forced to transform itself from within. Financial constraints meant that the school did not have resources to buy expertise from outside.The Principal... more

Metacognitionfree19 April 2019

Surely it is the essence of a teachers' job to teach students how to learn. Yet for a large part the focus of lessons is on subject specialism. So, how do we teach students how to learn, how to be metacognitive?... more

Preparing for a job interview7 February 2019

Job interviews can make everyone nervous, largely due to the fear associated with the unknown (questions and situations) mixed with the emotional energy you put into an interview. Sometimes a lot hangs... more

School Improvement Tool25 September 2018

The Education Endowment Foundation have produced this useful tool to help pedagogical and school leaders tackle problems and bring about school improvement.What are the key aspects of your - subject department,... more

What makes teaching and learning effective?15 September 2018

An introductory video stresses the importance of relationships to learning.Two videos introduce this consideration of what makes teaching and learning effective. The first is set in a traditional Chinese... more

Pedagogical Leadership Workshop31 July 2018

This module explores the middle leaders role as pedagogical leaders.Each of the following sessions will take between 60 and 90 minutes.Session 1: Being a pedagogical leader describes this role as the... more