IB 2018-2019 First PD Session
On 22nd August, We IB staff had the first day of professional development session at Ling Feng Mu Gu resort. After about 40 minutes ride to the final destination, The official session started at around 10 am. This session was mainly held by IB principal, Mr. Joel, who firstly released our IB results of our first batch and welcomed the new staff who joined us this academic year .Clear missionwereset of this academic year ahead and the Committee Plan was Finalised .
The main agenda of the morning professional development session focuses on strategies to improve classroom learning. The teachers looked at the various approaches to learning (ATL) and each subject group came together to discuss on the ways in which we can incorporate them into our lessons. The ATL skills are thinking skills, social skills, communication skills, self-management and research skills. These are essential skills to inculcate in our students to better prepare them for university.
The next part of our professional development is facilitated by the TOK department where they introduced the subject to help the teachers understand and develop ideas that teachers can use in their lessons. The session was carried out in an intriguing manner where thought provoking videos and ideas were presented to the audience to trigger discussions.
The school started an initiative, “Self-reliance”, which encourages students to be more resilient and independent individuals for the society. During the professional development, teachers had an opportunity to participate in various on-site activities, such as cookie making, canoeing, feeding animals, etc. By experiencing the on-site activities first hand, it allows teachers to think about how they can integrate the activities to their subjects as part of this initiative. A session was conducted for teachers of the different subject groups to brainstorm on the possible activities and mini-projects.
On the last day , our session was kicked off by Murdoch, our new EE coordinator. He provided valuable information on how to guide our Y12 and Y11 students in the EE writing, one of the core components of the IB Diploma. After his presentation, he met with all the EE supervisors to check for updates on Y12 students.
In the afternoon, the IB Department Staff Team travelled from back to SIP to enjoy a scrumptious lunch hosted by Principal Oliver Li at Xie Tang Street.