Life-long Learner #sol18

For the past couple of days, I’ve been attending the IB Global Conference in Singapore. Different than a workshop, where you are focused on one topic the entire time, the conference allows you to dip your toes into many different topics throughout the conference. At the moment, I’m trying to process all that I’ve learned. My thinking has been challenged, and I realize that I need some time to reflect on the new information I’ve gleaned, synthesize it, and decide whether it’s valuable and applicable to my school context.

So far, what’s excited me most is this whole idea of student agency and how we can empower students to take charge of their own learning. I’ve listened to teachers and leaders present their experiences with an entire grade level who co-teaches in an open, student-centered space where students make their own schedule for the day, share their experiments with letting students choose what, how, and when to learn, and heard about how the shifts in the PYP will put student agency at the forefront.

Another idea I’ve been drawn to this weekend and been thinking a lot about is how to differentiate professional learning for teachers. Attending a few sessions centered around PD has given me much to think about. One thing I’ve come to realize is that I need to change my teachers’ perspectives on what PD is. I am energized to unpack the ideas I’ve gathered, pair it with the research I’ve read and my own ideas to come up with a bigger understanding.

Since this week is my Spring Break, I’m looking forward to having some time to really reflect on everything, rather than jump back into school like I usually have to do. I hope to post more of my thinking in the coming days and weeks.

6 thoughts on “Life-long Learner #sol18

  1. karpenglish

    It’s fascinating to read your little snippets about your PYP program and IB outside of the United States. I know people who teach in and who attended IB schools here in the States, and have had some of the teacher training as my school underwent two failed efforts to start an IB program. (The forces of mediocrity and “this is a rural community; these kids don’t need to go to college” prevailed.) Obviously, the International Baccalaureate program is international, but I have never even one gotten to hear about its use or implications in other countries.

    1. aggiekesler Post author

      Actually IB America is the largest growing region in the world at the moment. To me, that’s exciting! I would have thrived in an IB environment as a kid, so knowing that many American children will get to do this excites me. 🙂

      1. aggiekesler Post author

        Yeah, it wasn’t really “a thing” when I was in school either, at least not where I lived. I am glad that I now get to work in this curriculum though. 🙂

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