In day 1 orientation today, we reviewed the fundamental concepts underlying the IB approach. These concepts are: holistic learning, intercultural awareness, and communication. More on the Middle Years Programme curriculum and fundamental concepts can be found here. We concluded the session with a reflection – by way of a checklist – on our own teaching practices vis-a-vis these concepts. It will be helpful to keep these checklists close at hand to remain grounded in these core concepts. I’m including here some highlights from the each checklist:
- I consider knowledge as an interrelated whole when planning and executing my units of work.
- I provide students opportunities to apply their learning to real world tasks.
- I collaborate with other teachers to develop inter-disciplinary units to enrich the learning experience and to allow transfer of skills from one discipline to another.
- I avoid imposing values that may conflict or be inconsistent with those of cultures or ethnic groups other than my own.
- When using external resources (media, etc), I insure that they reflect other cultures.
- I ensure that students get an opportunity to explore and understand deeper concepts of culture.
- I recognize the fact that all teachers are language teachers.
- I allow students to express their understanding through multiple forms.
- I understand that languages play a role in conceptual development.