Message from Tom Babits, Head, Primary Division
Every so often, I write to you about the professional activities of our teachers. You may know that we have a lot of IB expertise in house. Two members of our team deserve to be highlighted today.
Lara Jensen is an accomplished PYP trainer and workshop leader. She’s currently in Shanghai, China, teaching teachers about how to teach literacy through inquiry. Here’s the description of the workshop.
This workshop enables participants to extend their knowledge, skills and understanding relevant to the teaching of reading and writing using an inquiry approach. The workshop invites participants to evaluate their own beliefs about the teaching of reading and writing, and how these beliefs affect pedagogical approaches offered in the classroom. Participants have the opportunity to reflect on their own units of inquiry through the lenses of learning language, learning about language and learning through language to establish a balance between each one.
As you know, Lara works with all students and teachers on integrating technology into the program.
Dianne Jojic was invited to be a part of the first cohort of IB educators to participate in cross-program training at the IB Americas regional office in Bethesda, Maryland, this past September.
Working with IB educators and leaders they collaborated on best practices for workshop development and delivery, and standardization of practice on verification and evaluation visits.
This enriching experience allows for reflection on our school’s practice to further develop as an IB world school.
Thanks for reading,