Welcome to the 2010-2011 academic year

New IB publications that address cross programme issues:

1. Holistic Education an interpretation for teachers in the IB programmes

An exploration of what this term means in relation to the IB Programmes, especially the Learner Profile.

2. Concurrency of learning in the IB diploma and Middle Years Programmes.The focus in this text is to understand the concept and to see how it is used to provide a meaningful education for students in the final two IB programmes.

3. Human Ingenuity across IB programmes

This paper is an exploration of how each of the three IB programmes develops and harnesses human ingenuity; providing both a powerful educational experience and a meaningfully articulated one.

4. Intercultural understanding Exploring Muslim contexts to extend learning

I wrote about this new publication last year. There are example unit plans for the PYP and the MYP to help teachers explore Muslim cultural contexts.

Each of these publications may be found by clicking on the links above; on the OCC and on the BIS Curriculum Site here.

Introduction to Understanding by Design

For colleagues who wish to broaden their understanding of what UbD is and what concepts look like in different subjects, please refer to the many examples provided in the UbD site resources page here.

Supporting Home Languages

I have created a site that is intended to help us continue looking at our language policy and at the kinds of language support we can offer to home languages. I welcome contributions and ideas from anyone who would like to be involved in this important work. Simply click on the link to see what we have so far.


Professional Development

Please pay close attention to the information on the PD site https://sites.google.com/a/baliis.net/bis-pd/

There are links for teaching and support staff to apply for PD. I have simplified the application form for ease of use. I am always happy to explore PD options with anyone at BIS.


About Werner Paetzold

Canadian International of Hong Kong Extended Essay Coordinator
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