The Right Questions

This morning I read this post by David Hoffeld, on FastCompany: Want To Know What Your Brain Does When It Hears A Question? "Questions hijack the brain. The moment you hear one, you literally can't think of anything else. And that can be a powerful tool." I began to think about questions, specifically Inquiry Questions as they appear on IB unit of inquiry planners...and I wondered if the research described in the FastCompany post (focused on sales and management) would be useful to us in ...

What is VACAF?!

What's VACAF? It's an acronym that stands for Visual Arts Coursework Authentication Form. (Those of you who either regularly visit the OCC or have an on-the-ball DP Coordinator will know about it). ***Not to be confused with VACAF camping holidays in France (CAF: ”Caisse d’Allocation Familiale“) PPF - That was Then There used to be a requirement for schools to submit a planning and progress form (PPF or to be precise 6/VAPPF) for each visual arts candidate whose work was selected for the IA sample. It’s ...

Technology Rich and Innovative Poor

Cleaning off my desktop this morning, I found this pdf from Alan November, that I've been meaning to write about on this blog. The original post from November Learning is at this link.   Written in January 2015, "Clearing the Confusion between Technology Rich and Innovative Poor: Six Questions" is an important, on-going discussion for every teacher and school leader, well worth looking at each school year. It begins "In a recent webinar, more than 90% of school leaders responded that they were ...

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 ...

Music & inquiry

After co-leading a category three PYP & MYP inquiry-focused music workshop, I wanted to share some of my thoughts regarding inquiry and DP Music. This post aligns to 'inquiry' as an approach to teaching and 'thinking' and 'transfer' as approaches to learning. Given the wonderful changes in the IB Middle Years Programme, DP teachers have a renewed responsibility to ensure that inquiry is occurring throughout DP Music classrooms. When I discuss structured inquiry with DP teachers a conversation regarding the balance of ...

The IB Learner Profile (1) – Inquirers

Yesterdays posting introduced the IB learner profile and over the next 10 or so postings I will aim to focus of each aspect of the learner profile with respect to Chemistry. It is a useful activity and one that you may wish to carry out with your students. In what ways are Chemists inquirers? Well, a nice easy one to start with. We ask questions about the world both seen and unseen. We have a natural curiosity about the world. Why do ...

The learner Profile and visual arts

"The learner profile provides a long-term vision of education. It is a set of ideals that can inspire, motivate and focus the work of schools and teachers, uniting them in a common purpose". http://www.ibo.org/programmes/profile/ A question I often ask when running workshops (either as leader in face-to-face workshops or mentor in the online ones) relates to the participant and his/her 'favourite' Learner Profiles. Sometimes I use images as a way of integrating looking and interpreting as an approach to the learner profile. For ...