IB Program Newsletter

October 2021

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Approaches to Teaching Skills

Teaching Based on Inquiry

It's Consumer Product IA time in Mrs. David's IB Biology HL1 class! Students practice the IA process by designing a research experiment that tests a consumer product. This is a long process where they must come up with a research question, research their topic, design an experiment, conduct the experiment, analyze results, and draw conclusions. Some research questions that students investigated:
  • Do different brands of gum have a longer lasting flavor?
  • Does the PSI of a spike ball affect how high it will bounce?
  • Does the weight of a corn hole bag affect its accuracy?
  • Does the type of sponge/paper towel affect its absorbency?
  • Do different hair treatments affect the strength of the hair?
  • Do different types of glue dry faster/have a stronger hold?
  • Does the container material of soda affect how long the carbonation lasts?

Students worked really hard on their experimental design (both in the planning and getting out the kinks). Currently, they are analyzing their data and will soon be completing the IA write-up! This process will prepare students for the "real" IA that is conducted in their senior year.

Teaching Focused on Effective Teamwork and Collaboration

Students in Mrs. Normile's IB Psychology HL I class are encouraged to explain research studies to each other. Students explain a part of the study to their partner, and they are allowed to ask their partner for help if they get stuck. This collaboration helps to reinforce concepts. One of the best methods to learn something is to explain it to someone else!

Teaching Focused on Conceptual Understanding

Students in Mrs. Normile's IB Psychology HL class created posters to illustrate a region of the brain. It is important students have a good understanding of the different areas of the brain and how they affect human behavior.

Approaches to Learning

Social Skills

Students in Mrs. Vierno's IB English Literature class read the play Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen, a works in translation from late 19th century Norway. As a culminating activity, students worked in groups, completed research, and prepared an interactive lesson to teach their peers concepts related to Time & Space and the cultural context of the work. Presentations and lessons were creative in nature and students collaborated to utilize a variety of methods for delivery that included Prezi and Pear Deck.

Thinking Skills

Students in Mrs. Normile's IB Psychology SL course made posters to illustrate important research studies. The students needed to think about the important details of the study and then decide how to visually convey those details.

The aim of all IB Programs is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.


IB learners strive to be inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced and reflective.

Reflective

We thoughtfully consider the world and our own idea and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.

Every 5 years, the IB Programme goes through an evaluation. The purpose of this process is to continually develop the Programme. During the October staff development days, the IB Faculty worked on the self-study questionnaire. In groups, they reflected on our standards and practices to identify our strengths and opportunities for growth.

The Core of the Diploma Program

Theory of Knowledge (TOK) Course

Juniors finished the first Big Question in TOK: "What is Theory of Knowledge, and why do we study it?" Students had to examine the concepts of truth, evidence, justification and objectivity. In the pictures below, students are teaching each other about one of the four common tests for truth. Then, they played a Kahoot! in teams to review the ideas from the past few weeks.

Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) Experiences

Creativity

Full diploma students participated in Rocktober. For this creative experience, students prepared special musical pieces and performed these to a live audience on October 28.

Service & Activity

Students raked leaves in the community as a service experience.
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Activity

Congratulations to the Girls and Boys Varsity Soccer teams for their incredible seasons!
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