The world’s largest lesson – carpe diem!

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world" ......Nelson Mandela A unique learning opportunity occurs starting week of September 18. It would be remiss of me, and negligent of us all, not to be aware of the potential outcomes of promoting and connecting our learning communities to this – the “World’s Largest Lesson” - as schools around the globe participate and challenge young people to consider what they can do to help in their own way, in ...

Bye bye plastic bags

Transformational learning - changing habits and attitudes on a big scale The term transformational learning commonly emerges in CAS. Students can often cite moments and experiences wherein they have changed and in doing so they become lucidly aware of the need to change the behaviours and the attitudes of others. Teachers and parents are privileged to witness similar 'evolutions' in their classes and their children. Three years ago sisters Melati and Isabel Wijsen were sitting in a class in the Green School in Ubud ...

Vale John Goodban – his CAS legacy.

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News of John Goodban's passing reached me just prior to Christmas. He was a landmark character, forever associated in my mind with the IB. I first met John at a regional Asia Pacific Language B workshop in 1990. In that meeting John’s unique energy and zeal for the values and ideals of the IB were immediately obvious. I enjoyed listening to his tales of school authorisation visits, his visionary plans for expanding the IB into his area of administration and especially in China ...

“We need to harness Youthful Idealism”

I still remember the context of this ‘resource’. As I was entering the room for our weekly HS Leadership meeting at JIS (Jakarta Intercultural School), the Departmental Head of HS Science handed me an article from The International Herald Tribune Opinion pages. “Here Steve, you should read this,” Bill said with a smile. Of course I immediately did so and I paid little attention to agenda nor the meeting that got underway. Thanks to Bill I have been using this ‘resource’ in my CAS workshops ...

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 ...

Syllabus and Criteria Changes – what you need to know

IB students who are about to embark on the IB Diploma Programme will be starting new courses for many DP subjects such as History and CAS. As a student, it’s important to know what has changed and how these changes may affect you. Through their blogs, two of OSC’s bloggers, who are both IB teachers, examiners and authors, provide you with what you need to know. Read more in the following subject-specific articles. History (written for teachers but useful for students!) CAS 

CAS and History changes – are you ready?

The new CAS and History subject guides for students taking exams in 2017 have been released. For History there have been some substantial changes to the curriculum and assessment; whilst CAS has deemed to help try to deliver a more holistic Diploma. Are you aware of the changes and are you ready for them? Two of OSC’s expert IB bloggers, Steve Money and Alexis Mamaux, have identified these changes and have given clear overviews in their dedicated blogs. These articles promise ...

International Mindedness

"The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better more peaceful world through intercultural understand and respect.....learning to communicate a variety of ways in more than one language is fundamental to the development of intercultural understanding......" What is an IB education? (2013) I place these two quotes as a backdrop for reflection on the topic of CQ (Cultural Intelligence) and humor. Humor does not always travel easily between cultures or across borders. Add the ...

Travel

I firmly believe that travel can offer many opportunities for growth in CQ (Cultural Intelligence) and international mindedness. Many schools now offer their students days or weeks off campus wherein there are activities to facilitate experiential learning in CAS, group 4 Science projects, as well as group 2 field studies. Whilst off site from the school & perhaps in a holiday mood & mode it's easy for 'the traveller' to miss those chances for interaction & reflection. How does travel, and in particular ...

Transform Yourself & Others in Service

What better way to partner up in a service activity than to share your skills and expertise in a fun and enjoyable activity, not only to help a partner in a real life challenge but also to learn much about yourself? This report from a recent edition of Tennis magazine highlights the transformative power of experiential learning in a service project. Three years ago, Ellie Carmody was looking for an enjoyable way to fulfill her school’s required service hours. As an avid tennis ...