IBEducatorsChat webinars, workshops and roundtables have been a fantastic opportunity for sharing and learning. Let's keep the conversation and learning going outside of 40 minute video calls, through study groups!
There will be two different types of study groups. One will look at articles/research, focusing on pedagogy. The other will be an opportunity to practice thinking routines through exploring photographs/artwork. Teachers are welcome to join one or both.
The sessions will happen through email. You'll be sent a link to the stimulus, along with the activity. A week later you'll be sent a summary of the participants thoughts! Some activities will be done through Google Forms, others through tools including Jamboard and Padlet.
Most sessions will be suitable for any teacher, (though we might occasionally look at some of the IB's research), but I will usually promote this to IB teachers. However, non-IB teachers can definitely be involved too!
Study Group 1 - Articles
This study group will focus on short educational articles, mostly focussing on pedagogy. All articles will be free to access. Participants will be sent out an article, along with an activity to do. The activity might be linked to thinking routines or reflective questions. After a week or so, a summary, including participant responses, will be sent out to everyone.
This study group will be more focussed on reflecting on pedagogy through (usually academic) articles.
Articles will come from many sources, including Educational Leadership Magazine, The IB's research, JSTOR (individuals get access to 100 free articles a month) and other free sources. Participants can suggest future articles to discuss.
Study Group 2 - Photographs/Artworks
This study group will focus on using photographs or artwork as a stimulius. The photo or artwork will be sent out, with minimal information, along with an activity. The activity might be linked to thinking routines or reflective questions. After a week, or so, information about the photo/artwork will be sent back, along with a summary of participant responses.
This study group will be focussed on learning through slow looking and through thinking routines. This will be a chance to practice and be exposed to different thinking routines, taking on the role of a student/learner.
Photos and artwork will come from a range of sources, including the Guardian's Photos of the Week, New York Times 'what is going on in this picture' and Google Art and Culture.
I'll start off the sessions, but as they grow will be able to have more people leading sessions or suggestioning resources and activities. For those who want to join the study group, please fill in this form!
I'd like to start off by saying a massive thank you to everyone who attended or ran an IB Educator Chat for our May 2021 session! I really enjoyed this event and was able to attend every session! I learnt so much and my mind is now racing with ideas!
A special thank you to our hosts:
2021 Hosts: Amber J. Rhinehart, Anshu Sharma, Aprajita Ralli, Barb Bilgre, Chad Hyatt, Cristina Obae, Filimon Diamantidis, Heather Friesen, Ira Shrivastav, Jyaysi Kapadia, Loukia Kefallinou, Mansi Gandhi, Monika Kala, Nigel Gardner, Rohini Salaskar, Satvinder Singh, Sherwet Adel, Teresa Araújo, Tracy Waller and Zoha Khan.
We had hosts from Argentina, Romania, France Indonesia, India, USA, Namibia, Germany, Bangladesh, Japan, Canada, Ghana, Greece and Egypt!!! Truly an international event!
I've popped the resources into a slideshow and will also share them below:
Our next session will likely be in August 2021. I'll post on the website here and in the usual Facebook groups when a date is announced, then I will open up the host volunteer form too. I'm hoping to get more people from different time zones, so that we can extend our reach further!
Thanks again everyone!
It's almost time for our next IB Educators Chat event! This is happening Friday 7th May to Sunday 9th May. We have 25+ sessions being led by educators from around the globe! You do not need to register ahead of time - just click the links on the slide deck below, or on the agenda on the 'Upcoming Chats' page of our website.
Some presenters are recording their sessions - after the event I will upload those videos and add them to our recordings page.
I am extra excited about this event as I will be able to attend many of the sessions - when I ran this last time I was also teaching full-time, so often I missed out on the sessions! Hopefully see lots of you there. The next session will likely be after the summer.
Have a look through the slides to see what events we have - lots of great free PD on offer - let your colleagues know too.
I've probably lost my mind - and I blame being a new mum and lack of sleep - BUT I just had an idea for an activity for my students. This can be used for design or it can even be a homeroom/advisory activty. It could also be adapted for science class. This could also be a fun activity to do at the start or end of the year, or even a team buuilding exercise for staff!
The activity: Students will have a selection of different diapers. They have to determine which is the 'best' diaper. First they have to decide what makes a diaper good (how much it absorbs? How well it fits? How easy it is to put on the baby?). Then they create testing methods, gather data and decide which diaper is the best.
If each group picks a different diaper, the class can discuss why (bad testing methods? different factors for success prioritised). Lastly they can also discuss if having more knowledge of the family (their client) would have made them pick different factors for success.
I think students will have a lot of fun with this activity (anything that gets students thinking about poop and wee is normally successful). I put together a short presentation which you can find here.
The last slide is 'teachers notes' with more ideas for how to use this.
I've been keeping busy during my maternity leave! One of the things I have worked on is a guide for the new Personal Project for ManageBac. The guide is aimed at students and can be found here.
On the page "Introducing the Personal Project" you can find a slide deck which can be used with your teachers, students and parents.
I'm also going to be running some online professional development to support MYP Coordinator and Personal Project Coordinators with understanding the new personal project. This will take place over five 90 minute, interactive sessions. You can get tickets here.
EL Magazine shared this graphic on Twitter. The graphic is from "Disciplinary Literacy: A shift that Makes Sense" by Releah Lent, in the February 2017 issue of ASCD Express. It gave me some food for thought, and I imagined how I could use this in the classroom. As a design teacher, I would obviously use this to have students discuss how designers read, write and think....or could be more specific, using engineers, computer scientists, graphic designers, architects, etc. This could be used to explore reading, writing and thinking in any subject, and can help teachers make the connection that all teachers, no matter their subject, are language teachers.
I put an activity together in this slide deck. Feel free to make your own copy and use this in your schools. I would love to hear what your students come up with.
Other ways to use this activity:
A while back I posted aKey Concept card game - this is a lot of fun to do with students and has led to some great conversations. This morning I thought of two more games in the shower - so threw them together for you all! I'm currently on maternity leave, so won't have a chance to use these with my students yet - but would love to know if you use them! I would also love to see your students thoughts!
Key Concepts - FIND-A-PIC
The first game has students find images to represent different key concepts. You could use this activity to introduce your units key concept, or you could use many of the slides, so students explore a range of key concepts. You could do this as a short starter or exit ticket activity or you could make it last longer by having students explain and justify their answers through a class conversation. You can also use a digital space, like a slide deck, jamboard or padlet for students to leave their images - this way would save you time and you could even set it as homework. A nice way to wrap up the activity is have students select one of the images the class has shared, which they best think fits the key concept. You can also have students explain and justify their selection and reflect on how their understanding of the concept has changed after seeing their peers' photographs. I recommend having students find images on Unsplash - as these are free to use and usually pretty beautiful.
Here's a link to the slide deck. Feel free to make your own copy and use. You could also add in the PYP concepts.
Key Concepts - Pick-A-Concept
This is basically the opposite of the first game! Instead of students finding a photograph to match a concept, they will see a photograph and should explain which concept they think goes best. In the slide deck I've added some examples from unsplash, as well as some photographs from the Guardian's 20 Photos of the Week - as this is a great way to bring current global and local issues into the classroom!
Again, this activity can be as short or long as you want. You could add in images which specifically relate to your unit, for example, artworks for an art unit, book covers for a literature unit, inventions for a science unit...
Here's the link to the presentation. Feel free to make your own copy.