Great teachers help create great students. In fact, research shows that an inspiring and informed teacher is the most important school-related factor influencing student achievement, so it is critical to pay close attention to how we train and support both new and experienced educators. Our school provides professional development to teachers and staff. We invite the well-trained IB Workshop Leader for in school workshop of our teachers. We also allowed teachers and staff to join in the Regional Conferences set by the IB Organization and attend the face to face training if necessary.
We believe that:
- A concept-driven curriculum promotes meaning and understanding, and challenges students to engage authentically with significant ideas.
- A concept-driven curriculum challenges the memorization of isolated facts and the mastery of skills out of context.
- The exploration and re-exploration of concepts lead students towards an appreciation of ideas that transcend disciplinary boundaries as well as towards the essence of each subject area.
- In addition to the key concepts, each discipline has powerful related concepts that also support inquiry.
- The IB scope and sequence documents are written as conceptual understandings to provide a platform for knowledge and skills development-concepts before content.
- Concept based teaching and learning offers a solution to the ‘crowded curriculum’ by linking students’ interests to essential understandings that are transferable across disciplines.
- The concepts are explicit at all stages of curriculum planning, in the central idea, the lines of inquiry, provocations to inquire and assessment.