Not so secret ingredients in learning with technology

Part of my morning routine, after looking through email, is checking through new Scoop.it and Flipboard postings.  I often have to check the date a story was posted originally, because even though it is "new" on the sharing sites this morning, it may be "old" news, and has been shared and re-shared again and again, only now turning up in the thread of a subject or person I follow.  That's what happened this morning: an interesting title caught my attention scooped ...

Approaches To Learning Flipped

ATL flipped? What an earth does this mean? Last month I wrote a post on the IB’s ideas about how you, the student should approach your learning in class – this is what is termed the ‘Approaches to Learning’ and it forms part of a wider focus on the IB called ‘Approaches to Teaching and Learning’ or ‘ATL’. If you remember, the IB said that you, the student should approach learning using one of five different techniques – Thinking Skills Communication Skills, ...

Approaches To Learning (2)

Last month’s post was focused on Approaches to Teaching and Learning (ATL) with the focus being on the teaching side of things – makes sense doesn’t it? – It applies to us teachers. However, this month I thought I’d throw that logic out of the window and focus on the other side of things – the learning. So how do your students learn? Do you their ‘learning habits’ fit in with the IB’s approaches to learning? And do you facilitate the students ...

How well do YOU do it?

ATL or Approaches to Teaching and Learning. Hopefully, this will not be a new phrase or acronym to you and that your teachers will have exposed you to it…. But what is it? Well, ATL has been part of IB for at least 18 months and most probably even longer than that. It’s the idea that the IB does not only tell your teachers what to teach (ie, the curriculum) but also how they should teach it (that’s the Approaches to ...

How do YOU do it?

Approaches to Teaching, ATL or whatever you call it! – love it or hate it you can’t ignore it. All teachers of the IB programme (whether you teach PYP, MYP, DP or the Career Related Programme) are now expected to teach in accordance with the IB’s ideas on Approaches to Teaching. So how do you go about implementing the IB’s Approaches to Teaching? How do you evidence it? I guess the most important question is ‘What are the Approaches to Teaching?’ The IB has released ...

A Framework for Information Literacy

I follow the Librarians forum on the ECIS moodle, where I read with great interest a recent post by Teacher - Librarian Pia Alliende, in which she shares the recently published (January 2016)  Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education published by the US Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. She writes about the document that "...it revises the more traditional definition of information literacy and I see on it all of the ...

Being student-centred in Business Management

It is often difficult in some cultures to change the emphasis on learning away from teachers to learners, as cultural expectations are that the teacher is the 'source of knowledge'. The IB programme expects, however, through all of its components that students take control of their learning and are 'risk takers' and that the teacher should move from being the 'Sage on the stage' to the Guide on the side'. I do not think that we can expect students, who ...

Online Curriculum Centre

It is easy to forget to look at possibly the best IB resource - that of the Online Curriculum Centre - the OCC. Apart from routine resources, such as programme guides, examination papers and session reports, you can access specimen papers, markschemes and grade descriptors from the Business Management homepage under the assessment dropdown. The general documents section includes the Teacher Support Materials (TSM) for 2016, which contains information on conceptually focused teaching, contextualized teaching through case studies and links ...

ATTL and inquiry based learning

Aproaches to Teaching and Learning (ATTL or is it ATL?) represents a progressive and explicit focus from the IB on ensuring the philosophy of the organisation is delivered and experienced within the classroom. It was launched in January 2015 and it is to be hoped that you have been made aware of the plentiful resources available within the OCC Teaching via your Diploma Co-ordinator, If not, go explore. In essence, as teachers we are encouraged to ensure the deilivery of ...

Reflection in the BM classroom

Learning to think and reflect is crucial in IB classrooms. I recently wrote some resources for an examining board, which had developed a skills based programme. While researching for these materials, I came across the Harvard Project Zero site that looks at thinking and reflection skills and provides some very simple, but effective ways of developing learner profile attributes. The Visible Thinking section and tools are particularly useful for teaching and promoting understanding. You will have to scroll through the ...