The IB Diploma Programme develops not only academic skills but teaches students how to approach their learning and understand why they know what they know. 

 

The IB Approaches to Teaching and Learning Develop effective habits of mind that students can transfer to all aspects of their life.

 

"What is of paramount importance in the pre-university stage is not what is learned but learning how to learn … not the absorption and regurgitation either of fact or interpretations of facts, but the development of ways of thinking which can be applied to new situations and new presentations of facts as they arise."

(Peterson 1972)

Teaching in IB programmes is: 

  1. based on inquiry

  2. focused on conceptual understanding

  3. developed in local and global contexts

  4. focused on effective teamwork and collaboration

  5. differentiated to meet the needs of all learners 

  6. informed by assessment (formative and summative).

 

Learning in IB programmes develops:

  1. Research skills: Information and media literacy

  2. Thinking skills: Creative, analytical, critical, and metacognitive

  3. Self-management: organization and reflection

  4. Communication - presentation and collaboration 

  5. Social- through social interaction, planned events, and community outreach

IB Approaches to Teaching and Learning