自2016年6月，青苗上东校区获得国际文凭小学项目(IB PYP)认证以来，青苗社区的每一位成员，在IB的学习和实践之路上，都做出了充分的努力和贡献，我们的IB PYP更加成熟和成功。今年我们在Evan Hunt校长的带领下，面对IB复审的“自检”工作已经开始有步骤、有条理地陆续展开。无论是在理念、组织结构，还是课程、评估这些方面，我们上东校区都非常有信心圆满完成此次复审工作!
Last October, IBO published the new version of PYP outline. What does this mean to our children? Today Ms. Annie Chew, the BIBS-UES IB PYP Coordinator will share her understanding on the new IB PYP with us. We will also take this opportunity to learn about upcoming BIBS-UES IB review status, and all the changes in the last 6 years since Annie joint BIBS.
Many parents have paid close attention to the recent IB reform. Can you please let us know that compared to the previous curriculum, what’s new in the new IB PYP?
Instead of ‘total reformation’, I’d call it a ‘promotion’.
The essence of IB has not changed. i.e. in terms of ‘Learning and Teaching’, the new IB PYP remains an academic project focusing on trans-disciplinary, concept-driven, inquiry-based and responsible actions of the students. The goal is still to prepare the students for the challenges and opportunities in the ever-evolving world.
The biggest change however, is the first-time raised core principle of Agency, and the combination of three parallel fundamentals of the curriculum: Learner, Learning Community and Learning and Teaching.
This means the new IB PYP pays more attention to the learning and teaching of every member in an IB community. Students, teachers and parents are all entitled to more rights to speak, choose and dominate on the learning and teaching process. These integrated elements work with each other harmoniously and complete the program as a whole.
Can you please name a few examples to help us understand what the changes mean to students and teachers in reality?
A good example is the first inquiry unit in this year’s G5 – ‘Whom we are’, which aims to introduce the students to puberty by being aware of their own mental and physical changes. In the past every inquiry unit took 6 weeks to complete. Yet this year we decided to break this limit and let our students spread the unit through the entire academic year, as we believe more data and look-back gives us more feedback. Having received approval from our teachers, students and parents, this is what we did. In other words, the new IB PYP gives control to the learners. In the learning process, we can be flexible and practical based on the actual needs.
Another example is about assessment standards, which had always been set by teachers solely. But since year we try involving our students in this. The new IB PYP requires everyone to be a learner and teacher. Students can decide what they want to learn, how they learn it, and how to assess. We’d like to believe that our students will gain a clearer understanding of ‘excellence’, and how they pursue their goals to become excellent.
Since joining BIBS as the UES IB Coordinator, you have been involved in the 2016 PYP certification and will welcome the upcoming 5-years review. What has been done so far for it?
BIBS-UES received its IB PYP certification in June 2016. Since then every BIBS community member has made their own contribution to the IB learning to make our IB PYP more successful.We have started preparing for the upcoming review under the leadership of Principal Evan Hunt since the beginning of the year. From educational concept, organization, curriculum to assessment, UES is confident and ready!
What have you gained from the past 6 years with BIBS? And what’s the biggest change of BIBS in your eyes?
My father is Chinese. I was born and raised in Malaysia. I’d like to think my love for the Chinese culture brought me to BIBS. Being an international school, BIBS keeps Chinese roots for the students while opening them with worldwide vision. From the earliest explorer to a leading pioneer, BIBS has always kept its commitment to the best international bilingual education.
A lot has changed in my last 6 years here:
most of previous parents’ concern was a result of lacking understanding of the IB system. They didn’t understand why there was no IB textbook, no clear learning content, and no way to support. Through repeated IB workshops, parents started to know better, from basic focus on Language and Courses, to a deeper and broader image of education. Our bilingual teaching and fusion of China and the west have obtained more and more believers and followers too.
Curriculum and Teaching
BIBS-UES teachers have gone a long way localizing the IB curriculum and integrating it with the National Education Program. It’s been proven by facts that our attempts have been very successful. Not only did we received approved by the IBO, there have also been many stories we remember by heart. A student of us started with BIBS since G1, whose mother drove him to and from school every day. In 2016 he won an international mathematics contest representing BIBS UES Campus. Upon graduating from elementary school his parents sent him back to a public middle school with Tsing-Hua as his target university. He has been doing very well in that middle school, and has participated in multiple international exchange activities on behalf of his school because of his outstanding English ability. Some of our graduates are currently studying overseas, and their parents were all very grateful that the previous bilingual education experiences have enabled their children to get along with international courses seamlessly, and many of them are doing even better than local students!
BIBS has developed into an education group with over 20 campuses throughout the country, covering kindergarten to senior high school. This year we have welcomed our new family members Haidian Academy and Changying Campus! We are very proud of being part of BIBS’ achievement so far, and we are more given more opportunities in the growing platform.