I've put together a very basic personal project website, based on the new guide. I wanted to make this as simple as possible. Most of the information is directly taken from the IB's Project Guide or Teacher Support Materials page. I have added in a few templates for success criteria and the action plan. I've also embedded the ManageBac intro presentation I created, along with the four presentations on the IB's TSM. I've also added in a short presentation about setting goals.
I'll probably make a second version with a lot more resources, included things like source evaluations worksheets, support for writing bibliographys, tips for leading interviews, etc... but for now, enjoy this clear/concise version! I'll keep this version this simple - feel free to share with your students, as I will keep this school-neutral!
Thank you to everyone who got involved with the first IBEducatorStudy. I've been sent lots of feedback, as well links to other great resources! I'll also switch up from light, easy reads to more serious articles, and for the visual activity I'll switch between art and photographs. I will try and use different tools and activities for every session, and will try and build in some live discussion after every few sessions!
If you want to complete either of the activities - there is stil time (but your responses won't be included in the write up).
Article: You can do the first activity by reading "" and responding to the prompts here.
Visual: You can do the second activity by completing this google form.
Here's what we did for our first session:
Teachers were invited to read 'Make Your Own Grass Greener' by Rebecca Mieliwocki. Teachers were then asked to reflect on what is working well in their school and to share some advice. I think this is important to do at this time of the year, as everyone is exhausted and many are closed to being burnt out. Sometimes it can be easy to dwell on the negatices, so reflecting on what is working is important and can actual re-energize us.
We used the tool DotStorming (similar to Padlet...but free). This was quite tricky with the number of participants, so here are some screenshots to better show the reflections (visit the full board here):
The next activity was a series of thinking routines to get partcipants to unpack the photograph below. The photo is from:"They have to give up everything": A photographer captures the human drama at the border.
Without context, participants first did the routine See, Think, Wonder. They were then provided some context and did the Circle of Viewpoints routine, focusing on one person from the photograph. There was then an optional activity, where participants looked at another photograph from the series and completed the routine Step-In, Step-Out, Step-Back. Lastly participants reflected on the experience.
Take a look at the participant reflections below. To see all responses click here (names/emails removed).
Lastly - my reflections as a facilitator:
Please take a look at the fantastic ideas shared by the participants. If you want to sign up for the next session, fill in this form.
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.