Staff Training by the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO)

30 April 2007
The second year in our candidate status for PYP has started off on a positive note. Everyone is eager to learn as much as possible. Teachers are putting their best foot forward and working very hard. Some teachers have had the opportunity to attend workshops and facilitate in-house workshops for the rest of the staff. The following are workshops organised by IBO that some of our teachers attended:

Teaching and Learning in the PYP - January 11th – 14th 2006 - Johannesburg, South Africa
Two members of staff attended the workshop. On their return they conducted sessions for the rest of the teaching staff who have now developed a new approach to teaching through the Inquiry process. They have also incorporated the importance of authentic integration by implementing Curriculum Maps.

An Education that is International - March 15th – 18th 2006: Cairo – Egypt
The aspect of authentic Internationalism in the Curriculum was highlighted at the workshop. Two members of staff attended the workshop and are conducting in-house insets on what was covered to the rest of the staff this term.

Social Studies & Science in the PYP - March 15th – 18th 2006: Cairo – Egypt
Staff can now use the backward by design approach when planning units of inquiry. This ensures authentic inquiry strategies of teaching being integrated in the PYP planner. Teachers also use a standard seven point reflection scheme to assess the success of the learning in the units of inquiry. This leads to timely improvements and modification.

The Programme of Inquiry has also been collaboratively reviewed by staff to create a balance in subject areas. There is now more emphasis on science and technology content.

Inquiry in the PYP Planning and Development of the school’s Programme of Inquiry. April 20th – 22nd 2006
This was an in-house workshop attended by all the members of staff. The facilitators from International Baccalaureate Organisation worked with the staff on developing school based Units of Inquiry to be used in the teaching.