1What is the PYP ?
The PYP prepares students to become active, caring, lifelong learners who demonstrate respect for themselves and others and have the capacity to participate in the world around them. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both within and beyond the classroom.
IB PYP provides schools with a curriculum framework of essential elements — the knowledge, concepts, skills, attitudes, and action that young students need to equip them for successful lives, both now and in the future. Schools work with the five elements to construct a rigorous and challenging primary curriculum for international education. The PYP aims to create a curriculum that is engaging, relevant, challenging and significant for learners in the 3–12 age range. The curriculum is transdisciplinary, meaning that it focuses on issues that go across subject areas. The PYP is organized according to: - The written curriculum, which explains what PYP students will learn - The taught curriculum, which sets out how educators teach the PYP - The assessed curriculum, which details the principles and practice of effective assessment in the PYP
IB offers professional development that improves pedagogy and leadership. IB professional development (PD) creates transformative experiences for international educators so that they can do the same for students. Main products of IB professional development are : Register for workshops - Educators can attend both online and face-to-face workshops arranged by the IB. These look at a range of topics, including pedagogy and leadership. Host an in-school workshop - Educators can request to organize workshops on their own premises. We offer workshops for single schools and groups of schools. Attend IB conferences - The IB presents several conferences and symposia. We gather educational leaders, decision makers and practitioners from schools, universities and governments.
4What makes a school an IB World School ?
- School must be authorized by the International Baccalaureate (IB) of Geneva - School must offer at least one of the three programs offered by IB - School should have a cohort of IB trained Teachers and a maintain generous budget for ongoing professional development - School should meet the progressive infrastructural requirements of rich research resources in laboratories and library
5When, how and why was IB started ?
1968 in Geneva, Switzerland - A group of leading educators from different countries grouped together to develop a contemporary international school curriculum that could be followed universally across the world - One of the main objectives was to provide a rigorous, consistent high school curriculum for the children of globally mobile families - In true spirit of its name ‘Baccalaureate’, a French term meaning pre-University, the curriculum was designed with a focus to prepare students to enter and successfully pursue tertiary programs offered by premier Universities of the world
6What are the IB benefits for Government ?
In order to increase access to an International Baccalaureate® (IB) education, the IB works closely with district, regional and national systems. Developing a policy on IB programmes District, regional and national bodies can work with the IB to recognize IB programmes as part of their curricula. Implementing access to IB programmes can provide the following benefits: - Access to several creative choices for educating students. - Acknowledgment as an international leader in education. - Access to IB recognition subject matter experts and professional development opportunities. - The opportunity to build relationships with other countries that recognize the IB. The IB encourages governments and universities to define policies that detail how an IB education relates to the national system of education and is treated for admission, credit and placement at universities and colleges.
7What are the IB benefits for Schools ?
The International Baccalaureate® (IB) offers significant benefits to schools. If you choose to become an IB World School, you will gain access to: - high quality programmes of education, which support development of knowledgeable and inquiring students. - professional development that supports effective educators and collaborative professional learning communities. - a worldwide network of highly respected IB World Schools, working together to share best practice. - high-performing students. - programme support.
8What are the IB benefits for Students ?
Students at International Baccalaureate® (IB) World Schools are given a unique education. They will: - be encouraged to think independently and drive their own learning - take part in programmes of education that can lead them to some of the highest ranking schools around the world - become more culturally aware, through the development of a second language - be able to engage with people in an increasingly globalized, rapidly changing world
9What are the IB benefits for Teachers ?
The International Baccalaureate® (IB) offers many benefits to teachers. IB teachers are given access to: - high quality professional development that encourages critical thinking, self-reflection and dedication to lifelong learning and continuous improvement - innovative and diverse education frameworks, unit planners, teaching resources and evaluation tools - certification and degree programmes offered by highly respected universities worldwide - a pedagogy known to produce students who are motivated to continue inquiry and lifelong learning, beyond school study
10What are the core competencies of IB ?
- Development of a curriculum which is essentially dynamic and continuously evolving to remain relevant in the face of continuous change in all areas of the world - Training of teachers to deliver the ever changing curriculum - Assessment of the students based on the ever changing curriculum
11What is the IB Learner’s Profile ?
- Inquirers - Knowledgeable - Thinkers - Communicators - Principled - Open-Minded - Caring - Risk-takers - Balanced - Reflective
12What does IB offer to students ?
- A comprehensive program with inter relatedness between different subjects and themes - Opportunity to engage in structured, purposeful inquiry thus helping students to construct their own learning and understanding. - Develop a deep understanding of important and enduring concepts - Conduct research into knowledge which has local and global significance - Ability to relate classroom learning to real life situations and apply it in the here & now to bring about immediate change in own life & environment - Acquire and practice a range of essential disciplinary and trans disciplinary skills - Be encouraged to develop positive attitudes towards learning, the environment & other people - Have the opportunity for involvement in responsible action and community service - Develop independent thinking, yet appreciating that people with different views could also be right - International mindedness by getting exposed to other world languages, cultures and practices, yet remain rooted in one’s own - To become an informed participant in world affairs
13What does IB mean for the Parents ?
- The programme inculcates values and builds character - The curriculum is working to define a balanced program of concepts, knowledge, skills, attitudes and actions for children - The curriculum sets high standards for and has high expectations of students - The teachers plan the program together, providing a coherent education - The curriculum promotes good teaching practice, both through the written curriculum documents and by sharing ideas among authorized schools - It incorporates a range of assessment, recording and reporting strategies
14What does IB mean for the Teachers ?
- Teachers are not expected to discard years of well-earned skill and experience, rather teachers engage in reflection on their own practice, both individually and in collaboration with colleagues, with a view of sharing ideas and strength - Whole school planning – collaborative planning structured around open-ended questions - A wide variety of teaching strategies and styles can be accommodated, provided that they are driven by a spirit of inquiry and a clear sense of purpose - The more substantial innovations of recent years can flourish - All teachers are committed to Internationalism and continue to learn
15What characterizes IB classes ?
- Concurrency of Learning - International mindedness - Positive attitude to learning - High quality/high standards - System of Continuous and comprehensive Assessment - Challenging questions, critical thinking, research skills - Most rigorous pre-collegiate curriculum