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IB Teachers on IB

November, 2008
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Malcolm Pritchard, Principal of Kormilda College, Australia

Malcolm We have been an IB Diploma Programme (DP) school since 1991. We are now also a candidate school for the Middle Years Programme (MYP).

  I think one of the outstanding qualities of the IB DP is that it offers an internationally benchmarked course of study. It is a course that receives constant reinforcement, feedback and judgment globally. It is truly a world-based practice.

  The Australian Council of Educational Research (ACER) recently took part in a study, where they went to universities around the world that accept IB students, and asked the lecturers to nominate which course of study produced the best prepared students for university study. The lecturers overwhelmingly agreed that the IB DP was the best course to prepare students for university study. It is rigorous, requires cross-disciplinary research, and students have to connect with varied subject areas.

  I have had experience in teaching IB Chinese courses. It is demanding and requires students to exercise all of their macro skills. It’s quite difficult to get a pass. It is tough, but it gives good results. They can read, write and speak with confidence when they finish the course.

  My suggestion to IB students: choose subjects that you love, don’t choose subjects because you think you might need them, or because your friends are doing them, or because someone told you that you should do them.

Parimala Subramaniam, Director of Vishwashanti Gurukul, India

I have three years of teaching experience with IB. I teach English and the Theory of Knowledge (TOK). The IB program is truly children-based rather than teacher-based. There is equality, because when you teach children, you should also learn yourself. It’s giving from both sides: children giving knowledge to you and you giving knowledge to children. The learning comes from within giving teachers and students space to work and grow. IB really allows for interdependence between all aspects and subjects: the material aspect, the spiritual aspect, the physical aspect, and the metaphysical aspect. It’s got culture, it’s got music, and it’s got criticism… In the end it grows a child for life.

  In TOK anything can be a topic for discussion. Emotion can be a topic, violence can be a topic, pleasure can be a topic, and from there you go on to look at the various aspects of that topic. Then the child can learn these on his own. You do not dictate. We guide the children to use logical analysis and be able to use their own personality within learning.

Mary Robyn, Teacher of English and Theory of Knowledge, MYP Coordinator, at St Paul’s Grammar School, Australia

ParaRobyn I have taught IB courses for many wonderful years. One thing I like about the IB course is the student-centered learning. We are teaching the students to think about thinking, to learn about learning. They are not just taught to memorize facts and repeat them, but to a have significant enough understanding that they will be able to go into the world beyond school when they are older and be better equipped to react to challenging situations.

  The most notable thing (about the IB MYP English A course) is the complexity of the assessment, in terms of content and in terms of organization and stylistic elements. The quality (of the pieces the students write) is of a high standard, and they are expected to write responses of a sufficient length to allow them to address very complex ideas. Whether they are analyzing literature, or writing an essay, they are doing sophisticated work.

  As a teacher I want to facilitate the students’ appreciation of what a wonderful opportunity they have to participate in a programme that will challenge them. Initially they receive much guidance from teachers, but ultimately as they mature they have more opportunities to make decisions for themselves.

Jacqueline Faulkner, Deputy Head of Junior School and PYP Coordinator, at St Andrews Lutheran College, Australia

Jacqueline In 2004 we became a candidate school and just in May this year we became an authorized IB school. We now offer PYP.

  For our students, becoming an IB school has really changed the engagement level of their learning, because they have a lot of responsibilities and they become more involved in what they are doing. Students are definitely becoming more internationally minded, and now they are very aware about not only local issues, but also global issues. They understand that learning is a long-term, ongoing process and that you never stop learning. It is about becoming a life-long leaner. Students now understand that different cultures have different perspectives and that’s ok, and we can be different, but we can also be unified as well. Stephen

  For the teachers it has really changed their teaching methodology. It is really not about them being upfront teaching in class, but rather about them facilitating and encouraging students to question things for themselves. They have a central idea that they develop with their students over a period of time.

Stephen McGrath, Head of Junior School, St Andrews Lutheran College, Australia

I have been teaching for many years in many different systems in Australia. I have not experienced a programme or a  framework that causes students to be so engaged in their learning. What is interesting is that teachers become more engaged in learning as well. It is the engagement and the international-mindedness, and the fact that the children are learning skills now at a very young age, that can take them right through life and teach them the ability to constantly learn.


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