Overview of the Process

This document is given to students to go over the preparation for the DP process. The dates are added each year.

This document is from when my previous school started the academic year April so the process of preparing for the Diploma Programme started in the October before.

The document gives details of the process under the following headings:

Introduction to the DP:

a) Programme Overview of the design of the course, covering the aims, design and choices in the course and the links to higher education.

b) Mock course choice. Understanding of the different group options provided by the IB.

Subject choices:

a) Student and subject teacher meeting: Subject teachers give a presentation on their subject in MYP Interact focusing on the syllabus (at SL and HL if appropriate), types of assessment, skills needed, links to higher education and careers.

b) Subject recommendations given to students.

c) Subject overview booklet given to students.

d) Initial subject choice form given to students (used to create course blocking)

e) Final subject choice booklet given to students and parents in December.

f) Parent workshop at the start of December.

g) Subject choice booklet returned during second week in January.

h) DP Coordinator to liaise with subject teachers regarding student choices.

i) Post choice meeting with DP Coordinator and Homeroom teacher. Subject teacher input when there are contentious choices.

Higher Education:

a) Japanese and foreign university visits throughout the term—widened to provide more of a focus on the different application processes from their country.

b) University fair information

c) Parent / students workshop given by college counsellor.

d) College counsellor presentation in MYP class.

e) Teacher overview of the university process in their own country. Based on professional and / or personal experience.

The Diploma Programme Core:

a) Extended Essay

Introduction Quiz.

EE lunch with year 11 students.

Reading and assessing past essays

b) TOK

TOK classes.

Reading and assessing essays and presentations.

Presentation if time.

c) CAS

CAS presentation with the CAS Coordinator.

CAS guide given to students.

Managebac:

a) Introduction to ManageBac and its links to CAS, TOK and the EE

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Introduction Questions

I give this introduction questions handout to parents and students at a parent workshop.

The aim is to gain initial ideas about why the student is choosing to study the Diploma Programme, and their future plans.

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Teacher-Student Subject Information Session

As part of the introduction to the Diploma Programme process I arrange sessions where students can meet with subject teachers to discuss each course.

I have designed these sessions in two ways.

Firstly, I have had departments go into classes to give presentations to the pre-DP students.

Secondly, I have arranged sessions where each department sets up their resources and presentations at the same time and students can visit the subjects they are interested in.

I have got Diploma Programme students to work with a subject of their choice—they can provide work they have done in the subject so far and assist the teacher in explaining the ins and outs of the subject to the potential new students.

I give the document below to teachers, which includes the design of the session and ideas on what they can present / talk to students about:

1. Show and talk through:

  • Textbooks.
  • Past papers.
  • Assessments.
  • Anonymised old student work.
  • Lesson resources.
  • Example lesson activities.
  • A presentation on a laptop or through the projector (check with the other teachers in your room).
  • Assessment rubrics.

2. Talk through the student guide you have prepared for the students.

3. Hold a question and answer session (students have been told to prepare questions for subjects).

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Subject Recommendations for Students

My school is an MYP school. Each year I ask each department to create recommended MYP final grades for students if they would like to take their subject.

These recommendations are shared with students in teacher-student meetings and parents in workshops, as well as being on the official subject choice form.

If a student would still like to take the subject despite not meeting the recommendations, meetings are held with the subject teacher, DP coordinator and, where necessary, parents, where student data is analysed.

If, after the meeting, the student would still like to take the subject, he / she and the parents must sign a letter stating they are aware that the school has advised against the subject choice.

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Initial Course Selection Form

After students have had the DP introduction and met with subject teachers they are given this initial course overview form. The form is useful as it gives us an idea of what students would choose if they were given a free choice, which allows the Head of Programmes to build timetable blocks.

Contents

The form gives a very basic overview of the subject, the level it is offered at and the teacher recommendations (based on final MYP grades).
Students get the following options when looking at each subject:

I definitely want to take this subject

I am interested in taking this subject

I have got no interest in taking this subject

HL / SL / not decided / none

Students must write in their last term`s grade in the subject and their reasons for wanting to take the subjects they are interested in, focusing on university and career choice.

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Final Course Selection Form

After the teacher-student subject choice session, the university counsellor session, and DP Core lessons, where I go over the subjects, students are given an initial course selection form. When the initial forms are in, I liaise with the Head of Programmes, who has used the information to help block courses. When they are finalised, I create a final subject choice form.

The final subject choice form contains the following:

  • A brief description of the courses offered
  • The DP core
  • What subjects should I take?
  • Course blocking
  • Subject teacher recommendations
  • Making your choices.
  • Making HL choices
  • Final choice table and route through the programme.

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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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