In the next few weeks many people are going back to school! I'll be finishing my maternity leave and will be starting back on the 23rd, so am thinking of activities to do with the students at the start of the year. I've previously posted these back to school resources. This year I will do something with the IB Learner Profile, inspired by three things:
1. When I attended a TOK workshop a few years back, they had an ice breaker activity where we would describe someone we admired, using the IB Learner Profile attributes we felt they embodied!
2. A while back I had my students describe each attribute in relation to my subject, Design. What does it mean to be a caring designer? a balanced designer? etc
3. Toddle recently put out this great resource connected to the IB Learner Profile. It also connected to the Global Goals (something I weave into almost every unit I teach!) In this resource there are a range of noteable people, with some key quotes and information about them, their connection with the global goals, then a chance for students to reflect, inquire and also describe how they might take action, inspired by that person!
I'll just be returning part-time, doing my MYPC role, and not teaching. This means I am thinking mostly about what I can plan for homeroom/advisory activities. Some ideas:
MYP 1 Homeroom: Icebreaker for Grade 6s - Describe someone who inspires them, using the IB Learner Profile attributes to describe them. Use one of the Toddle posters as an example (probably Amanda Gorman).
Grade 7-8 Homeroom: In groups give students a lamiated print out from the Toddle posters (a different one for each group). Have them find out more about the person and share back to the group. Then have the whole class brainstorm how they could take action, inspired by those people.
Grade 9 Homeroom: As the Toddle resource is organised geographically (Africa, Europe & the Middle East, the Americas and Asia-Pacific) I will get students to discuss different role models from different places - prompting them to think about their home country, host counry (Germany) or other places they associate with.
Grade 10 Homeroom: I'll have students explore this resource, then use it as inspiration to describe what they want to achieve by the end of Grade 10 (mostly focussing on the Personal Project). If someone was to meet them in a years time and make a poster like this for them, what would it say? How would they have demonstrated the IB Learner Profile attributes? How would they have taken action? What would they have done to work towards the Global Goals?
In subjects - Poster Design: Have students design similar posters, inspired by this resource, connected to the particular subject. This could even be a whole design unit - have students design IB Learner Profile hero posters - showing famous designers! This could be done in any class.
In subject - Research Project: Have students research the different people featured in the posters, or research people relvant to the unit, and then create a similar resource to show what they have uncovered.
Assemblies/Newsletter: Feature a different person from the poster series in school assemblies or in the newsletter. For schools that have mini advisory periods in the morning these could be explored then.
Displays: Use the posters to create displays. You could have hero of the month, or different types of heroes around different areas of the school (for example, science hero outside the science labs). You could also create posters/displays showcasing different teachers/students/staff!
So often IB Learner Profile is explored so well in primary school, but often neglected in secondary school. These ideas are hopefully some practical/authentic ways to bring the learner profile into the secondary school classroom!
IB Learner Profile resource from Toddle is available for free here.
I finally got hold of a copy of my first book! I wrote a lot of this during my difficult pregnancy and was even working on some of the final edits when I had a newborn! The second book, which was also written under those difficult circumstances, will be out August 27th! I am super proud to put this out into the world and hope that it gives some inspiration to other design teachers! As an IB educator it is so difficutl to have 'final' or 'complete' units, as we are so used always changing and improving the units year after year! I hope that people find the units and/or the activities in the book helpful! I'd love to hear about projects students do, inspired by the chapters in this book! Let me know!
You can read my author profile here. I really liked this activity - I reflected on how I connect to each IB Learner Profile attribute - something I may get my students to try!
MYP Launchpad Pop-Up: Getting started as a new MYP coordinator
July 23rd - 24th, 2021
12:30pm GMT | 6:00pm IST | 8.30pm SGT
In a few weeks time I will be running a workshop for MYP Coordinators. This workshop is free and ideal for new or new-ish MYP Coordinators! I will be running it with Anshu Sharma, who is wonderful! She invited me to run a workshop at her school in India a few years ago - and when I met her, we just clicked!
We've been working on the workshop and have made sure it is super interactive.
The workshop is FREE, but the spaces are limited and filling quickly!
Find out more and register here.
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!