Thinking Skills: Working towards in IB ATLs

Back in October 2019 Mark and I shared our work to break down the Research Skills ATL based on a combination of IB guidance, Principles to Practice, the amazing work of other educators and the experiences we were having in our own school. The work proved to be very popular and, hopefully, helpful to many. … Continue reading Thinking Skills: Working towards in IB ATLs

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Improving the Way we Reflect: Reflecting on ATL Skills

A few months ago we set about redesigning the way we give feedback.  Whilst rubrics, standards and criteria are valuable tools to help students understand where they are at this moment in time, the link to growth isn’t always clear for every child (or teacher). Working with a few teachers we began devising, trying out … Continue reading Improving the Way we Reflect: Reflecting on ATL Skills

Research Skills: Working towards the IB ATLs

As mentioned in an earlier post Mark and I have been working on ways to build a community of researchers in school. We're excited to be presenting about this at the upcoming IB Global Conference in Abu Dhabi. Before we could begin thinking about what this might look like in the classroom, we identified a … Continue reading Research Skills: Working towards the IB ATLs

Building a Community of Researchers: What does good research look like in schools?

A topic Mark and I have been focused on a lot the past few months is that of research. Specifically helping students to become researchers. Both coming from a humanities background has perhaps played a significant role in why we see this as important.  The skills you need to succeed in those disciplines (formulating questions, … Continue reading Building a Community of Researchers: What does good research look like in schools?