YCIS Hosts IB and Lifelong Learning Workshop
The Year 12 and 13 students at Yew Chung International School of Beijing (YCIS) attended a full-day workshop on “IB and Lifelong learning” with practical sessions on academic and personal success. The workshop took place on Thursday, January 20th 2011 and was part of their mid-year program retreat. Both year levels came together as a single group of learners with the focus and common purpose of achieving their best in the IB Diploma Program.
Students were divided into teams and performed SWOT analyses on academic and social profiles of students preparing for the IB. They not only explored effective strategies on how to meet the demands of the curriculum, but also found ways of displaying the characteristics of the IB learner by working together.
The final activities involved reflection and increased efficiency of preparation techniques for the IB examinations. An engaging presentation by YCIS Secondary Science teacher, Dr. Padmini Sirimanne provided students with Stephen Covey’s well-known, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” A short video featuring students’ own IB teachers and cameo appearances from YCIS Beijing Alumni reinforced prevailing sentiments of “time-management” and “reaching potential” when tackling the IB.
One YCIS Secondary Student reflected on the whole workshop saying, “Throughout the day I questioned myself about my abilities and weaknesses. I know what I have to do to improve now, but knowing is not enough. We have to do whatever it takes to get to the next level. This is what I learned.”