On Our Way toBecoming IBPTO MeetingSeptember 20, 2012
International Baccalaureate Mission StatementThe International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring,knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a betterand more peaceful world through intercultural understanding andrespect.To this end the organization works with schools, governments andinternational organizations to develop challenging programmes ofinternational education and rigorous assessment.These programmes encourage students across the world tobecome active, compassionate and lifelong learners whounderstand that other people, with their differences, can also beright.
School at St. George Mission StatementThe School at St. George Place empowers learners to becomeprincipled, compassionate, reflective citizens who constructmeaning through rigorous, inquiry-based learning experiences.With open minds and hearts we embrace and respect diversity ofculture, ways of learning and living in an international communitywhere building knowledge is a life-long process.
Emphasis in Primary Years Programme Traditional Approach PYP Approach•Factually driven •Inquiry driven•“inch deep, mile wide” •Facts are seen as a foundation to•New knowledge not transferable build new knowledge and•Emphasis on covering material understand concepts •Transdisciplinary-connections made across disciplines and to real world •Emphasis on ideas and making connections •Develops international- mindedness
Overview of the curriculum• Unique to each school• Built collaboratively by teachers and leadership to reflect scope and sequence and student need/interest• Developed in Program of Inquiry • 6 units (planners) addressing themes • Each unit relates to concepts and a central idea that will drive the unit • Is transdisciplinary
Unit Composition• Each unit contains 5 Essential Elements • Attitudes • Skills-Research, Thinking, Social, Communication, Self-Management • Concepts-Questions that guide thinking • Knowledge-Themes and disciplines • Action-How do we respond once we have learned?LEARNER PROFILE is umbrella of entire programLEARNER PROFILE develops international-mindedness
Themes for Program of Inquiry• Who We Are• Where We Are in Time and Place• How We Express Ourselves• How the World Works• How We Organize Ourselves• Sharing the Planet
So…what are the implications for St. George?• Teachers and leadership are actively rewriting curriculum • Concept based • Allow students to make deeper connections• Teachers are currently teaching 1st planner• On going staff development in areas of: • Curriculum • Inquiry • Assessment • Best Practice• Commitment by teachers and administrators to deliver curriculum that is: • Engaging • Relevant • Rigorous