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IB Highlights: Why IB?

This week marks the first International Baccalaureate Highlights for the 2022-23 school year. Please refer to the IB Page on our Website for detailed IB information. As an overview, the Diploma Programme (DP) curriculum for grades 11-12 is made up of six subject groups and the DP core, comprising theory of knowledge (TOK), creativity, activity, service (CAS) and the extended essay (EE).

IB Question of the Week: Why IB?
SGS IB Coordinator Elizabeth Tender asked IB alumni and others in a Facebook group this question. Here are the responses she received from across the world:

• IB is a way of life.
• IB is a tool to build the characteristics or learner profile to become an effective individual in our world.
• Students are life-long learners who adapt to the needs of the real world.
• IB learning is not the usual traditional learning, but rather places the learner into real world situations, developing both knowledge and skills to be able to overcome the challenges in the world.
• Students have strong voice, choice and ownership in IB learning.
• IB students develop strong academic, social and emotional characteristics.
• Students learn how to learn.
• Students become self-regulated learners.
• IB learning forces the students to think outside the box.
• IB learning is not the cookie cutter style or one size fits all.
• In IB, you can have 12 different ways to the same problem, and they can all be correct.
• IB lets students find the how and why things work, not just memorizing facts from the teacher.
• IB learning combines knowledge with exploration through a global lens.
• With IB learning, students practice self-assessment, adjusting perspective, and bouncing back for correction.
• IB learning is inquiry based.
• Students are encouraged to think critically and solve complex problems.
• Students drive their own learning.
• IB learners are able to engage with people in an increasingly globalized, rapidly changing world.
• Ultimately, students will need to decide who they want to be in this world. There are many things outside of school that will influence that choice, but school is still very influential. Critically thinking about their own beliefs and decisions, and the beliefs and decisions of others puts them in a good place to make a better decision about who they might want to become.
• The world has changed; educators are no longer needed to tip content into our students, but to create environments for conceptual teaching and learning so that students can learn beyond the boundaries of traditional subjects. Knowledge is transfer – the ability to see patterns and make connections. Concept based teaching and learning in the IB is such a powerful tool.
• IB demands that students engage in inquiry and investigate. It lets them give their own perspective, makes life-long learners by making them responsible for their own learning and teaches to take action and reflect on their learning keeping in mind the learner profile.
• IB is a way of transforming societies through Individuals for the good of the whole mankind
• Because of Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS), IB creates an opportunity to learn skills through real life experiences.
• I changed careers to teaching after sending my kids to an IB school – the creativity, passion, and push towards independence for students sold me!
• IB checks the understanding of a concept.

CAS Experience Highlights: CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service) experiences for our Upper School students this week included building a robot in FTC Robotics, playing soccer, picking up trash, doing a 100KM biking challenge over the summer, helping create the Scare Away Hunger poster, milking goats, making a pie, and watching a surgery.