Understanding the IB Standards and Practices

What are the IB Standards and Practices? The IB Standards and Practices are a set of criteria for schools to guide how they implement programmes. These criteria shape the purpose, learning, culture and environment of the school - you can find them here. How should my school be using them? It can be tempting to … Continue reading Understanding the IB Standards and Practices

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No more homework? Finding a way to support learning at home that builds skills and understanding without killing creativity and fun

In the face of a growing sense that homework is not effective for improving learning outcomes in primary age students, many teachers are facing the somewhat difficult question of what to do now.  We take a look at the evidence, and the way forward from here. Does Homework Work? Evidence on homework is at best, … Continue reading No more homework? Finding a way to support learning at home that builds skills and understanding without killing creativity and fun

Is International Teaching Right for Me?

Recently there has been increased coverage in the media, especially in the UK, of teachers deciding to move overseas to continue their careers. Such as this story run by The Guardian; https://www.theguardian.com/education/2019/nov/13/why-british-teachers-fleeing-overseas-international-schools A number of factors such as high pressure to perform, under-funding, long hours, and poor workplace culture are combining with easier than ever … Continue reading Is International Teaching Right for Me?

International Teaching: Everything you need to know.

This week we’re excited to launch a new series of blog posts: International Teaching: Everything you need to know.  This series of 6 posts will be released over the coming few weeks and offer a wealth of information for teachers considering a move overseas, whether for the first time or the fifth.  Click on the … Continue reading International Teaching: Everything you need to know.

5 Ways to Reconnect with Your Students After a Break

As teachers we all understand the value of community building at the beginning of the year, and how important it is to establish connections, relationships and expectations. However, mid-year breaks can sometimes throw things off a little. Taking time to reconnect with each member of your class (and your colleagues!) can help smooth the transition … Continue reading 5 Ways to Reconnect with Your Students After a Break

Community Engagement: Using Seesaw to help families get involved in learning

Community engagement and building the learning community has been the focus of a lot of discussion, debate and development in the past couple of years - especially with the rise of EdTech. There are many reasons for this, but the changing face of engagement is strongly influenced by two things; Social media - we're used … Continue reading Community Engagement: Using Seesaw to help families get involved in learning

5 High Impact Teaching Strategies to Support Student Growth

High Impact Teaching Strategies are a set of reliable practices which can be used to shape teaching and learning in your classroom. There are, of course, many more high impact strategies you can use too - but for today we’re focusing in on these 5. The thinking behind High Impact Teaching Strategies (HITS) is to … Continue reading 5 High Impact Teaching Strategies to Support Student Growth

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

5 ways to Build Inquiry in Your Classroom: Asking Questions

Asking questions is one of the foundational skills of learning, its something a lot of children do instinctively and can open the doors for great inquiry led learning.  However, its also something we can easily fall out of the habit of promoting in our classrooms. There can be any number of reasons for this; not … Continue reading 5 ways to Build Inquiry in Your Classroom: Asking Questions

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?