Empathy on a holiday? Three steps to show empathy, compassion & respect

The IB Learner Profile - "CARING - we show empathy, compassion & respect." Last Saturday as I sat in the departure terminal of Soekarno-Hatta, waiting for my flight to Singapore I reflected just how busy the airport was on this particular day. Logical reasons for this were that it was school holidays time. In addition, the fasting month had just commenced and the annual exodus of household help to their villages always means that many families move to a serviced hotel ...

2015 Guide: Approaches to Teaching and Learning (ATL) in the DP

Approaches to teaching and learning (ATL) in the Diploma Programme is designed to support key values and principles of an IB education and has been developed since 2011 to align the DP with the PYP and MYP. The new ATL guide and supporting materials are intended to improve the quality of teaching and learning across all four IB programmes. As we develop Business Management programmes, teaching plans and resources, we must look to incorporate fundamental IB philosophies, represented in the ...

Good thinking in a complex context

I've used this work in class and I keep returning to its central idea, which is essentialized in the English translation of the title of Amin Maalouf's Identites meurtrieres.  The English title also is given a subtitle: In the Name of Identity: Violence and the Need to Belong. This is a set of reflections worth attending to.  Maalouf explains his intentions in these pages by saying "I want to try to understand why so many people commit crimes nowadays in the name of ...

Approaches to Teaching and Learning in the new BM programme

The Business Management programme guide for first examination in 2016, reflects the new emphasis in the Diploma Programme on approaches to teaching and learning, which has been adopted from the Middle Years Programme and is now core to the Diploma model. The BM programme guide includes the following statement, which explains the specific focus on content, concepts and context: The five approaches to learning (developing thinking skills, social skills, communication skills, self-management skills and research skills) along with the six approaches ...

Concept Based Teaching and Learning in Business Management

With the increasing emphasis on the IB Learner Profile and with the extension of approaches to teaching and learning to the DP programme model, DP teachers are being encouraged to develop their understanding of the transferable and universal nature of concepts and inquiry, so that they take a more constructivist approach to teaching in the DP classroom. Constructivist learning is a social theory about learning by constructing one’s own understanding and making connections with prior and new understandings. This is ...

Academic Honesty

Yesterday I took part in a one hour IBO webinar on the topic of Academic Honesty. In the webinar we touched on some of the following points that I would like to share: Academic honesty is routed in the learner profile, in particular within attribute of "Principled". "They (students) act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that ...

Blurring the lines (between moving students from hearing to listening)

  Greetings Diploma Music Folk! This post presents a few teaching ideas. This base idea involves using popular (current top-forty) music and could serve as a doorway into the Listening Paper, Musical Links Investigation, and/or the Extended Essay. It also could be used to begin a ToK conversation concerning the concept of 'popular music' as a cultural definition (using other 'popular' songs from different musical genres and cultures). This lesson incorporates the following Learner Profile attributes: Reflective, Risk-takers, Communicators, Thinkers, Inquirers; This lesson ...