Concept-based Learning (CBL)

CBL or concept-based learning is (and has been) a real buzz word in IB circles. But what is concept-based learning and how can you bring it into the classroom? I am hoping that this month’s blog post will give you some ideas that will motivate you to find out more about CBL and hopefully, try it out in class. CBL is driven by ‘big ideas’, rather than content that is subject specific. CBL also supports the attributes of the learner profile. ...

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 ...

Innovation in the new BM programme

There are many favourable aspects of the new BM programme, due for first teaching in September; not least the introduction of a concept based learning. However, it is slightly disappointing that the programme, with a shelf life of 7 years, makes limited references to some potentially transformational changes in the external environment. In particular: The social media Nanotechnology 3D printing The ‘internet of things’ Big data Given the rate of technological change, it is understandable that a syllabus cannot include every ...

Preparing for the new Business Management programme

The Business Management Curriculum Review document of March 2012 identified a significant change in the approach to programme delivery, rather than wholesale changes in content or assessment. The new programme guide is due to be published in January 2014. However, it will be useful to begin planning for the changes now. In particular, in terms of identifying and collecting resources and media suited to provide the stimulus for a more holistic approach to the programme. The curriculum review identified six underpinning ...