Four teachers from ACG Senior College attended an International Baccalaureate (IB) training workshop in Jakarta over the holidays – an opportunity to upskill, network and stay at the forefront of delivering the internationally recognised course.
Economics teacher Alex Marshall, chemistry teacher Megan Davies, English teacher Alan Jones and CAS coordinator Dave Meur joined around 500 teachers from around the world in 20 different subject workshops.
Mr Jones said there were three key benefits: meeting other teachers and sharing resources; exchanging good practice; and learning ways to help students learn from their peers.
“I returned with plenty of ideas to work on and enthusiasm to develop the course in more imaginative and engaging ways,” he said.
Ms Davies said she opted to work at ACG Senior College for the opportunity to teach the IB.
“The beauty of the IB is that it encourages students to develop as well-rounded global citizens. After the instruction during the training, and from talking to other Chemistry teachers, my lessons will develop more of an inquiry based flavour. The elements of international mindedness and thoughts on the nature of science will also play a more important role in my lessons,” she said.
IB coordinator Buino Vink said training opportunities like Jakarta – and a workshop held in Melbourne earlier this year attended by three teachers – shared best practice between experts.
“Teachers receive the latest innovations and developments in their own subjects, and provide insight into and gain greater understandings of best practice. Another benefit is the breadth of resources provided,” he explained.
ACG Senior College is one of 13 schools in New Zealand offering the IB Diploma Programme. It’s growing in popularity at the school, with more students opting to take the IB over Cambridge this year for the first time.
“We’ve seen steady improvements in program development, student success, and teacher resourcing, and subject offerings are also steadily increasing,” said IB coordinator Buino Vink.
The latest subject to be added to next year’s offerings will be Business Management.