Course Overview

I created this course overview template and work with staff to update it on a yearly basis.

The overview covers the following for each course:

  • Aims.
  • Objectives.
  • Course outline.
  • Assessment.
  • Skills you will need.
  • Links to careers choices and further education.

The course overview is shared with teachers, students and parents, as well as perspective parents.

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Cross Curricular DP: Using Managebac

Information on this document can also be found here.

I have used the curriculum tab on Managebac to gain an overview of the whole curriculum across the Diploma Programme, focusing on the core philosophy of the IB.

From the information I found on Managebac I have created documents, with an example below, which are shared with staff.

The aim of the documents is for each teacher to know where the following are being taught at the present time across the programme:

  • Approaches to Learning: Communication, research, social, self-management, thinking.
  • Connections: Language, CAS and TOK
  • Language Differentiation: Affirm identity, value prior knowledge, scaffold learning, extend learning.
  • Learning experiences: Examples, rubrics, templates, sample exam questions, mark schemes.
  • Learning process: Lecture, socratic seminar, small group / pair work, PowerPoint lecture, notes, individual presentations, group presentations, student lecture / learning, interdisciplinary learning.

The information in these documents give staff the opportunity to build links across departments on one or more of the areas, and could result in them setting up cross-curricular observations, which are explained in detail here.

Sharing this information with staff allows them to talk to, and observe different teachers and subject areas and see a range of ways to teach the different approaches to learning, make connections to language and the core and differentiation.

It will also give teachers the chance to look at a wide variety of learning experiences and processes, and see the different experiences the students are facing on the course.

This is also a valuable tool for the DP Coordinator to ensure that the IB’s Teaching and Learing philosophy is being spread throughout the programme.

It can enable the Coordinator and teachers in departments to do an audit on how they are approaching the approaches to learning, connections, language differentiation, learning experiences and learning process across the curriculum and to plan accordingly based on their needs.

I updated this document on a monthly basis.

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Leading Staff through Upcoming Assessment Deadlines

As Coordinator it is vital to give staff relevant instructions for upcoming deadlines and sufficient time to collect the relevant information. An example of one is a document I have created to do this is shown below.

The document shows how I have led staff through upcoming events, covering the following issues that are common at the start of a new term and in the run up to Internal Assessment Dates and exams:

  • Important dates this term
  • Internal Assessments
  • Moderation,
  • Grading
  • Academic honesty
  • Extended Essays
  • Evaluation
  • Policies
  • Approaches to Teaching and Learning through Whole Staff meetings
  • Target Setting and Reporting
  • DP Google Calendar.

It is important when giving instructions of what needs to be done to make them clear and achievable. This document gives clear guidelines on where staff can find relevant information, whether through the staff share or through web links.

It is vital to make it as easy as possible for staff to find the information they need to complete the tasks that have been set and, whenever possible, to have ready-made examples of what is expected of them.

This helps staff plan their course, building assessments into the curriculum so they meet their subject`s deadline.

The document is based on information from The Handbook of Procedures so staff know when the final Internal Assessments from the IB are and the forms they need to fill in, as well as how the information must be given to the IB.

Relevant work needed and the dates are also shared with students and parents.

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Subject and Level Change Proposal Procedure and Forms

These documents give a detailed account of the procedure for when a student wants to change a subject or level after the Diploma Programme course has begun. The procedure also covers the procedure when a teacher recommends a change for a student.

The procedure explains the process in full, including deadlines, student and teacher opinions, timetabling, parent meetings and what to do if an agreement can`t be reached.

The times, deadlines and subject recommendations can be changed to suit your school`s context. I took inspiration from the ideas shared by Mark Coates at Yokohama International School when creating the deadlines for my school.

The following documents can be found below

  • Subject and level change procedure.
  • Level change application form.
  • Subject change application form.
  • Teacher initiated subject / level change application form.
  • Parent permission letter.

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Supporting Staff

There are times when, for a variety of reasons, staff will need support with mapping out the curriculum.

The following two documents are examples of when I have worked with teachers to help them map out the requirements of the course for the remainder of the time left; including making sure all content and assessment components are completed on time (through lessons, extra classes if possible, homework and study periods) and that students are receiving support through resources.

I worked with the subject teacher to create the deadlines for what needed to be done for each case. After creating these documents, I regularly checked in with the subject teacher to make sure that they / the students could meet the new deadlines.

The subject teacher and I shared the new deadlines with the students, so that we could work as a team to ensure that all were aware of what the students needed to do to get through the course in the time given.

The names of subjects, teachers and students have been deleted for privacy in the following examples.

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Using students

I have used students to pass on their curriculum knowledge and experiences to other students, teachers and parents in the following ways, which the students can use as CAS activities:

I have created videos of year 11 and year 12 students explaining why they took the DP, how they selected their classes, CAS activities, TOK and the Extended Essay. These videos have been used for parent workshops, staff meetings and pre-DP student sessions.

I have got students to speak at parent workshops throughout the year on areas such as the core of the programme, exams, and self-management.

Year 11 and 12 students have been used to speak in year 10 lessons on a range of areas from giving advice to year 10 students on the Diploma Programme as a whole to work-life balance.

Extended Essay lunches have been set up where year 12 students give advice to year 11 students at the start of the Extended Essay process. They go through the process of choosing subjects, forming questions and advice on the best ways to undertake the research.

I have put the year 12 students in subject groups for these lunches, and the year 11 students can go to the subjects that they are interested in taking.

I have got year 11 and 12 students to get involved in the pre-DP staff and student session, which is explained here. I get the year 11 and 12 students to attach themselves to a subject and then to liaise with the subject teacher before the event.

In the event the year 11 and 12 students work with the teacher in explaining the course to the year 10 students. They show them examples of the work, talk about the types of homework they get and the assessments they are facing within the subject.

Year 11 and 12 students can give assemblies on different parts of the curriculum to younger students. Examples of this is experiments they have completed and how different parts of the curriculum links with International Mindedness.

Alumi students have presented at the graduation ceremony to reflect on their experiences in the DP at our school and their time at university.

Overseeing the Curriculum

As coordinator it is important to have an overview of the whole curriculum and to look at how the curriculum effects students, to find any problems and work through them with the leadership team and teachers to find solutions.

Using the yearly overviews for each subject and the IA deadlines document, and keeping up to date with how students are coping with self-management are good strategies to keep on top of how the curriculum design is coping with the demands of the Programme.

The yearly overview can be kept as a ‘live’ document, where teachers can make any changes depending on factors such as missed classes and each classes’ progress through the course. It is important to ensure that important deadlines such as internal assessments and reporting are met.

Departmental meetings are a good time to go through the yearly overviews to make sure that staff are on task to cover the content by the end of the course and to make any necessary changes (as Coordinator you must be aware of the possible impact of any changes on other subjects). If a teacher is struggling to cover the content the DP Coordinator can work with them to create a plan of action.

It is good practice to get feedback from both staff and students on the curriculum design, which can be done through departmental meetings and the DP core class. When making any decision about changing the design of the curriculum it is vital to make sure that any changes fit in with each subject guide and that the effects of any changes have been fully considered.

A change I made in my first school, which was a November exam school, was to move the Diploma Programme mock exams from September to July to give more time for students and teachers to work through any gaps in knowledge that become apparent from the results. In order to make this change, I put a proposal to the Leadership team and asked subject teachers for their advice.

I looked at how it would effect the teachers’ ability to give predicted grades and took into account the fact that moving the exams earlier would mean that there would be more of the content that hasn’t been taught. I then got the opinion of both existing and old students, including their worries about the mock exams. With the results, I met and emailed parents to go through their concerns on the dates of the mock exams and about the whole process.

DP Core Class

Each week I have a DP Core class with the cohort.

The aim of the DP Core class is to support students in the different areas within the core of the programme (less time is given to Theory of Knowledge which is taught as a discrete subject).

The following handout is given to students to give them an overview of what is covered in the DP Core classes:

Study and revision strategies.

  1. Approaches to learning, including target setting and reflection:
  2. International Mindedness.
  3. The Learner Profile.
  4. Exam preparation.
  5. Command terms.
  6. University preparation
  7. Student well being / concerns.
  8. School calendar.
  9. Upcoming assessments.
  10. CAS—Planning CAS activities.
  11. Managebac reflections and IB Assembly presentations.
  12. The Extended Essay process.
  13. Super Global High School, Round Square, International Mindedness, MUN and CAS board updates.
  14. Assemblies, including presentations.
  15. Surveys of different aspects of the course.
  16. Theory of Knowledge—self-study (time allowing).
  17. Study hall—self-study (time allowing).

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