As well as the Approaches to Learning, we are now talking about common Approaches to Teaching. These are:
- based on inquiry
- focused on conceptual understandings
- developed in local and global contexts
- focused on effective teamwork and collaboration
- differentiated to meet the needs of all learners
- informed by assessment (formative and summative)
We had some great discussions, including how we are not just trying to cover content, but instead we are trying to spark learning. We talked about how the written curriculum must identify the knowledge, concepts and skills to be developed across the whole IB continuum, and the importance of having mixed teams to look at the units. In particular the importance of starting with the concept was stressed - not just adding them into existing units.
As we focus on ensuring the learning is engaging, significant, relevant and challenging, it's important to remember that "a good inquiry statement is unlikely to be understood by studying it once."
A large amount of reading material was sent to us along with our webinar invitations. I've been ploughing through this - in particular all the papers about Bloom's Taxonomy - and will be blogging about this shortly.
Above all else, being part of this community and the hashtag #ibstrong on Twitter has enabled me to feel really connected to the IB programmes as they develop.