Secondary School: 08/05/2020

Assessments

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Our staff have been working hard in collaborative teams to focus on our End of Year Assessments and how they will work in an on-line learning environment to be a meaningful and valid assessment for students. This will continue to be a focus in our Collaborative Planning afternoon today so we look forward to publishing further details to families during next week.

Assessment Links to ATL’s in MYP (IB Approaches to learning)

As our students prepare for assessment, they can be a stressful time, especially as we are working in a way that is less familiar to them using online tools. Ms Karen shares with us some example of where the ATL skills are important in preparing for assessments:

Communication 

  • Use a variety of speaking techniques to communicate with a variety of audiences.
  • Negotiate ideas and knowledge with peers and teachers.
  • Organize and depict information logically.
  • Structure information in summaries, essays and reports.

Social 

  • Give and receive meaningful feedback.

Self management

Organizational skills

  • Plan short and long term assignments; meet deadlines.
  • Create plans to prepare for summative assessments (examinations and performances).

Affective skills

  • Emotional management – Practice strategies to reduce anxiety.
  • Resilience – Practice ‘bouncing back’ after adversity, mistakes and failures.
  • Resilience – Practice dealing with disappointment and unmet expectations.
  • Resilience – Practice dealing with change.

Research

  • Make connections between various sources of information.

Thinking

Critical thinking

  • Consider ideas from multiple perspectives.

Transfer skills

  • Make connections between subject groups and disciplines.


Theory of Knowledge Assessment in DP1

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On Friday, May 29 our DP1 students will showcase their hard work by delivering their Final TOK Presentations for IB marking. They will be assessed on their ability to state a central knowledge question based on a Real Life Situation of their choice. Students will then showcase their research methods and demonstrate how they explored a topic by using different perspectives. The Final Presentations amount to 33% of their overall mark in TOK and will be recorded through BlueJeans for the IB. We wish them all the very best of luck!

Reflection within the IBDP Core

The attribute of reflection is a key attribute within the IB Learner Profile. This is no different within the Diploma Programme and reflection is most evident within the core, being formally assessed the in each core area:2

Why does reflection play such a key role in the core?

Learner profile attributes are important life skills and skills that Universities and employers are looking for in our students and we all use the skills of reflection on a regular basis. Within the core, the role of reflection has a different emphasis in each part, developing a different type of reflection:

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Professional Development Opportunities for Staff

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As part of our regular cycle of staff professional development opportunities, our staff are continuing to find opportunities to attend professional development workshops and webinars to support their IB practice and in finding the most effective strategies to work with students in our online format.

Within the Diploma Programme, subject groups are updated on a regular basis. The aim of this curriculum development is to produce excellent, internationally minded, research-based curriculums and support material that enable students to develop the attributes of the learner profile and the IB mission, thereby providing an excellent preparation for life in the 21st century. All DP curriculums are reviewed on a seven-year teaching cycle to ensure that each is fit for purpose in a changing world and incorporates the latest educational research and lessons learned from a thorough evaluation of the existing curriculum. Courses are either reviewed individually or together with other subjects in their group. DP curriculum review and development is an in-depth and inclusive process, drawing on the information and expertise from a wide range of resources:4

Subject groups that will be changing from September for our new DP Students (our current Grade 11 students) include Economics and TOK.

We are also very fortunate to be several staff attending the UCAS Conference online in early June. The conference provides a chance to learn more about recent updates to UK Universities, especially in line with Brexit changes. The programme is packed with expert speakers and gives the opportunity to network with representatives from UK universities and colleges, for peer-to-peer networking with teachers and advisers from international schools around the globe and to visit several Universities, including The University of Edinburgh.

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Ms. Lockett and I wish you a lovely weekend!

Nicole Pearce