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“When I grow up, I want to be a teacher”

Do you remember what you wanted to be when you grew up? Did your ideas change over time, or did you follow along the path of your childhood dreams? Has your path remained constant, or has it dipped and turned in different ways over time? What are some of the challenges you have faced, and how did you face them?

Perhaps you now look down at your own children with a new degree of wonder. As you continue to pursue your path, perhaps you also dream about what your children will become when they grow up, and what their path will entail.

As we consider our children’s future, perhaps we quickly realise how much things have changed since our own childhood. Perhaps it’s the little things that we notice – the way maths is taught in the classroom, the focus on language or the impact of technology and digital resources. Perhaps at times we struggle to keep up with not only what our children are learning, but how they are learning.

As parents, we want to know that our children are in the right environment, the right environment, for them. An environment that nurtures, inspires, and develops our children in a way that they learn valuable skills to set them up for success along their chosen path. A toolbox to refer to as they grow into young adults and embark on a new adventure in the wide world, beyond school and home.

What if we could help set our children up for success just by the way they learn?

The International Baccalaureate provides a inquiry-based approach to learning. A framework that encourages students to become creative, critical and reflective learners. It provides professional development and accountability for teaching staff and a global reach for collaboration and connection. It enables the Australian Curriculum to be delivered with a consistent and thorough approach that personalises learning for every single student.

There are many reasons to embrace the IB Middle Years Program at Faith…

Based on IB research (www.ibo.org/research) here are just ten of them…

1.       Become a life-long learner

We don’t just sit in a classroom and observe learning, our students work alongside teachers to ‘learn how to learn’ through communication, research, self-management, collaboration and critical thinking skills.

2.       Learn by doing and experiencing

Real life is getting up off your chair and putting your thoughts into action! Through the community project our students learn to service the community and connect learning in the classroom with life outside the classroom walls – its real learning, for life.

3.       Encourage critical thinking

A deeper level of thinking can be explored as our students analyse and evaluate issues. By developing new ideas and considering different perspectives we grow and explore a well-rounded view of the world.

4.       Explore global challenges

When our students explore global issues, we challenge our thinking and develop a deeper understanding of the world.

5.       Learn for understanding

Our students don’t just memorise facts for a test or exam. Our learning delves deeper and enables us to discover a new level of understanding.

6.       Develop new skills

Our students can train for the world, far beyond the school gate. We organise and plan our work, meet deadlines, concentrate, bounce back, persist and think positively. Whether we are in Year 7 or mid-way through our career, these skills will set us on the path to success time and time again.

7.       Make connections between subjects

Subjects are not taught in isolation, our students explore connections between subjects, and develops our learning in a way that embraces interests across many fields.

8.       Develop talents

Our students are bold and try new things. We encourage talents to develop and students to be empowered to guide learning and explore new and uncultivated interests.

9.       Prepare for future education

Our students don’t stop learning – today or tomorrow. We set the course for a lifetime of learning.

10.   Encourages international mindedness

We can appreciate our own history and culture, whilst understanding others. Values and traditions are important to our students, no matter what corner of the globe you are in.

 

So perhaps, the question has changed over time. Perhaps, today, we can ask our children who they want to be when they grow up? And, as we ask this question, we can support our children and equip them with the skills they need to become who they were designed to be. We are confident that the “what” will come naturally…

Working within the IB framework, our goal is for our students to develop into internationally minded people who, recognising their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.

To meet this goal, we strive to develop students who are:

–          Inquiriers

–          Knowledgeable

–          Thinkers

–          Principled

–          Communicators

–          Principled

–          Open-minded

–          Caring

–          Risk-takers

–          Balanced

–          Reflective

To find out more about our IB journey and approach visit our IB MYP page.