International Baccalaureate

 

7 from Sevenoaks

Innovate is the journal of the Institute of Teaching and Learning at Sevenoaks School. During 2020 – 21 ITM published seven articles from Innovate 2020 – 21.
Creative rethink

Creative rethink

Mark Beverley, Director of the Sevenoaks Institute of Teaching and Learning, explains why schools should rethink the idea of creativity.

High-impact feedback

High-impact feedback

Elen Harris looks at how Sevenoaks School has developed a model for giving high-impact feedback to students, while saving teachers time.

High-impact feedback

High-impact feedback

Hélène Bonsall looks at the value of student questions, and asks why they are not asked more frequently in class.

Knowledge or skills?

Knowledge or skills?

Chris Taylor wonders if the ‘skills / knowledge’ divide is really so deep and, if not, what are the implications for learning and teaching?

Music and dyslexia

Music and dyslexia

Julia Kiggell suggests that understanding connections between dyslexia and mastering a musical instrument can transform learning.

Slow looking

Slow looking

Charley Openshaw, IB teacher and Head of Art recommends the virtues of careful observation and drawing for wider learning.

Inclusive inspiration

Inclusive inspiration

Do ‘inclusive’ leadership styles in teachers motivate students? A study by Paul Parham and Gloria Moss suggests there is a significant correlation

Innovate at Sevenoaks

Innovate at Sevenoaks

The Institute of Innovation and Learning invites teachers to connect if you would like to be part of their ongoing work.

It’s in the text

Using the Field-Tenor-Mode matrix to support EAL writing and textual analysis

Language curricula in international education place increasing significance on student ability to produce and analyse a range of text types. The Language Acquisition and Language B Courses of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years and Diploma Programmes are good examples of this trend. 

Chris Jay reports how the “Field-Tenor-Mode” analytical approach can build understanding of English texts.

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The IB Diploma and IELTs

How to avoid under-performance in IELTs

An increasing number of students in international schools, including those following IB Diploma courses are sitting the IELTS and similar examinations of language competence, but many under-perform. Chris Jay provides some useful guidance on how to avoid pitfalls and achieve success. 

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Intercontinental EAL

Collaborative learning project
Over the last three years, the EAL departments at Island School in Hong Kong and the International School of Brussels have been working together on a joint language initiative. With a focus on peer learning and collaboration, the project has brought significant benefit to IB English Language B students at both schools. Chris Jay reports from Hong Kong. 
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