Fantastic Online Education Journal!

Authentic Education is a website that is run by Grant Wiggins and his team. The site contains insightful monthly articles that related to making education meaningful.

The website features a range of columnists that each address issues vital to excellent education.

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What is a “big idea”?

With the requirements for the PYP planner and the MYP unit planner, many educators around the world are grappling with what the big ideas are. Grant Wiggins, a well respected author and frequent collaborator with Jay McTighe provides some very interesting thoughts and clarity on this subject on the website http://www.authenticeducation.org/.  Big Ideas  allows us to understand where to place the best focus for learning when planning a unit.

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The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

ASCD

The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development is a large US-based educational group that supports (as indicated by the title) Supervision and Curriculum Development. Many very practical books are published by this association.

We have an institutional membership which entitles us to 10 copies of the editors’ choice five times a year, along with a variety of magazines and brochures. These books and magazines are distributed to our school’s leadership who will then share these works with their departments. Copies are also to be found in the staffroom.

Please browse the online store and remember that if there is anything that you would like to order for your department or yourself, we qualify for the institutional discount. Do note that in the downloads section there are excellent educational materials available for instant downloading once online payment has been made.

Some of the texts with which we are already becoming familiar, such as Integrating Differentiated Instruction and Understanding by Design by Carol Ann Tomlinson and Jay McTighe are published by this organization.

As we are developing our understanding of Differentiated Instruction, you will most certainly find inspiration here where there is a gold mine of resources from web seminars to videos.

The Association also offers workshops and online seminars for which we get a discount. Please do not hesitate to explore this option as part of your professional development.

As a member school, we have FREE access to the online library.

Jay McTighe comes to Bali!

As you will have read in Chris’ emails, we are very privileged to be hosting Jay McTighe at our school for a workshop on the elements of curriculum design. It is especially significant for MYP teachers as he is one of the key educational thinkers whose worked help inspire the new MYP Unit Planner. Being able to work with him will most certainly bring a clearer understanding of the whole process for all of us.

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Welcome to the BIS Curriculum Coordinator’s Blog!

Greetings dear colleagues

 

In this blog, I will be keeping all of the notes I have sent previous- they may be seen by scrolling down. This means everything is available on one screen for your convenience.

 

I hope that you will enjoy the interactive features of this blog and find it professionally invigorating!

 

 

Werner

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27 November 2008

 

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Purpose

Action

Timeline

1.

Professional Reference Library in the Staff room aka Faculty Lounge

We have begun sharing some personal resources on these shelves. The names of the owner can be found inside the front cover for reference purposes. Should you wish to contribute your own resources here, please send them to Ulan who will prepare them for display and checkout.

To inform about PD resources

Read, Learn and share!

The rest of our lives.

2.

 

Professional Development opportunities within the IB

Follow this link to see what workshops are available around the world. There is a searchable option to specify programme and region. http://www.ibo.org/events/workshops.cfm

Please note the IBAP workshop calendar is updated periodically and may be found here:

http://www.ibo.org/ibap/workshops/documents/2009EventsCalendar241108_001.pdf

 Tips for making the most of your PD budget: plan to attend a workshop where you are going on holiday to combine airfares. Choose a PD option where you can stay with a friend. Share a room with a colleague.

To inform about PD resources

Plan with your supervisor, for 2009 and complete relevant forms.

Ongoing but take note of early bird registration deadlines.

3.

IBAP Teachers Convention 19-21 March 2009 Singapore Assessment for

Meaningful Learning”.

http://www.ibo.org/ibap/conference/

http://www.ibap-events.com/eNewsLetter/

To inform about PD opportunities

As above

Deadline: 23 January 2009.

4.

 

Professional Development opportunities outside of the IB

http://www.earcos.org/

http://www.gse.harvard.edu/profed/index.html

Please note all PD is covered by the same budget. There is no additional budget for conferences/conventions or non IB PD.

To inform about PD resources

Not all PD has to be IB. There are many other appropriate options. Discuss with your supervisor.

Ongoing- watch deadlines.

5.

Inspirational online resource for Professional and Personal Development

http://www.ted.com/

 

To inform about PD resources

Download as Podcasts to iTunes or other video players on your computer. 20 mins each.

Ongoing- updates weekly.

6.

If you are fascinated by Howard Gardner

http://www.gse.harvard.edu/news_events/ed/2008/fall/features/gardner.html

 

To share an article.

Read, discuss.

Open.

 

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7 November 2008

 

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Purpose

Action

Timeline

1.

Professional Reference Library in the Staff room aka Faculty Lounge

You might have noticed a few reference works on display in our new bookshelf in the staffroom. These works are for us to use to develop our professional learning. Please complete the sign out sheet in these books and leave this on the shelf so we know who has what. In the near future, some colleagues will be sharing their personal resources on that same shelf- contributions are welcome and resources are treated with gratitude!

 

To inform about PD resources

Read, Learn and share!

The rest of our lives.

2.

 

Building school and classroom communities

At the workshop I gave in Tokyo, a teacher shared a resource I found to be amazing. If anyone has used this system or knows how to make it work best- please let me know so that we can start sharing! I have ordered several works from this author for our PD shelves. The system is called TRIBES. Here is some information about how it works and what is being done with it in some schools. http://www.tribes.com/reaching_all_students.htm

 

To inform about a great PD resources and ask for more information or interest.

Have a look at the web site and send me your comments please

By 28 November 2008.

3.

 

Articulating the three IB programmes

At the IBAP conference in Beijing, I met with Jennifer Giddings (head of the PYP) and Christine Amiss (Head of articulation of the programmes).  Our discussion focussed on the alignment of published documents and the crucial role of supporting language acquisition and supporting the mother tongue across the curriculum.

 

We also exchanged ideas about how to learn from Reggio Emilia schools as a model of learning for all levels of schools. A lot of work is being with the Harvard Post Graduate School of Education’s Project Zero and this Italian educational initiative. A most inspiring publication entitled Making Learning Visible is their joint publication.

 

I have caused a copy of one and half thrilling chapters from this publication to be placed in your mail boxes for your reading pleasure this weekend or whenever inspiration is sought.

To inform about ongoing professional dialogue.

 

To inform about the presence of stimulating professional reading to be found in pigeon holes in the staff room.

Participate in professional discussions online on the OCC and in person with each other about ways in which we can effectively articulate the three programmes.

 

Read the materials at your leisure.

Ongoing.

 

Curriculum Coordinator

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23 September 2008

 

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Purpose

Action

Timeline

1.

Online Professional Learning Services (OPLS)

http://blogs.ibo.org/opls/

 

Many of you will have discovered this exciting resource on the Online Curriculum Centre (OCC). If you have not yet found this site, you can find it by looking at the very top bar of every page you open once you sign into the OCC. Click on Blogs. Lee Davis, maintains most of the information here- he is the head of OPLS- called “opels”. In his blog, Lee summarizes the latest useful websites and learning tools available on the web. There are many exciting initiatives available here.

Inform about resource

Visit this blog regulary, book mark it, use the RSS feature.

Ongoing

2.

IB Digital Space Initiative

http://blogs.ibo.org/dsi/

 

The future of the IB online service provision looks very exciting indeed. This site explains and shows what the OCC will look like in the very near future. In addition to an exciting new look OCC, there will be a separate area for teachers and students. If you wish to have a say about what you would like this site to look like, please complete the brief survey by clicking on the link found on the first page of this site linked above.

 

 

Inform

Take the survey. Get excited about the future!

By 26 September 2008

3.

IB Community theme

http://communitytheme.ibo.org/

Another exciting initiative by the IB is this site- where you will find some postings about BIS. If you want to know what the OCC will soon look like, it will be very much like this page.

 

Teachers are encouraged to contribute to this site, you may also create access for your students in the students’ section- there are no anonymous postings.

 

You will be required to login and register- this is not the same as your OCC username and password- you create your own here.

 

Inform

Register, log in and get your students involved.

Ongoing

4.

 

BIS Professional Development Resources

Within the next day or two, you will be receiving an invitation to join the BIS Professional Development group on Shelfari, www.shelfari.com. I have created a group here- the one to which you will be invited. The purpose of the group is to share and comment on learning and teaching resources.

 

Inform

Accept the invitation, begin sharing information and comments on resources

Ongoing

5.

Visible Thinking in Action

http://www.pz.harvard.edu/vt/VisibleThinking_html_files/01_VisibleThinkingInAction/01a_VTInAction.html

 

An extension of Harvard’s Project Zero, this site is an extraordinary journey to exceptional learning and teaching methodology.

 

Inform

Read through the site. Receive inspiration about what and how we teach.

We will have a faculty discussion about this at the first possible opportunity.

By 10 October 2008

 

Thank you

Werner Paetzold

Curriculum Coordinator

 

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