(from IBO.org)

New research finds that IB students appear to hold an advantage when it comes to critical thinking

Evidence from the University of Oxford finds International Baccalaureate (IB) students exhibit significantly stronger critical thinking skills than non-IB peers. In today’s rapidly changing world, schools seek ways to teach students skills needed for success beyond the classroom. Previous studies indicate that critical thinking skills are key determinants of individual and collective success, which is why these skills are sought after by students, parents, schools and universities.

More than 560 students from eight schools in Australia, England and Norway participated in this study that examines the impact of the IB’s Diploma Programme (DP) on students’ critical thinking abilities. No previous research has taken this approach of comparing DP and non-DP students across the globe, using a validated critical thinking assessment.

The year-long IB-commissioned study was conducted by the Oxford University Centre for Educational Assessment (OUCEA). The quantitative results show that the DP students possess significantly higher levels of critical thinking skills than their non-DP counterparts, an advantage that held even after relevant covariates were controlled for using regression approaches and propensity score-matching. Additionally, as students advanced through the DP, critical thinking skills increased and further distinguished them from their non-DP counterparts.

Following a review of the DP curriculum, OUCEA’s analysis indicated that the IB’s approach to developing critical thinking is in line with evidence-based best practice. Both individual DP courses and unique components of the DP curriculum, such as the theory of knowledge (TOK) course, offer opportunities for developing critical thinking skills.

 “I feel like our students end up maybe more rounded than other students would, just because we, we kind of facilitate both sides and thinking about things from different perspectives and then coming up with their own validated conclusions. And I think that's a very valuable part of the course”, Environment systems and society teacher, England.

In addition to TOK, the extended essay was highlighted by students as shaping critical thinking development in the IB. Students and educators both further commented on the advantage that the DP offers as preparation for further studies when compared to national curriculums.

 “While we can't know for certain whether IB participation improves critical thinking, it is noteworthy that, even after controlling for many pre-existing differences, IB students appear to hold an advantage when it comes to critical thinking. The findings suggest that instructional approaches that focus on teaching critical thinking skills explicitly as well as embedding opportunities for students to think critically within each subject may facilitate the development of critical thinking skills. IB students and teachers have identified many potential avenues by which the IB encourages the development of critical thinking and hopefully, in the future we can build an even clearer picture of how to improve students' critical thinking skills”, commented Dr Therese Hopfenbeck, lead researcher on the project. 

As part of the IB’s continued curriculum innovation strategy, this research precedes a large project in collaboration with OUCEA, the Australian Council for Education Research (ACER) and the Jacobs Foundation, which aims to identify and share classroom practices that support the development of IB learner profile attributes, skills that foster international-mindedness in young people.

 

IB GEOGRAPHY

  • Published in Senior

Fieldwork is an integral part of the IB Geography course and with great enthusiasm and dedication the IB 1 Geography students carried out an investigation into the beach morphology in El Pinar. This was a tremendous opportunity for the students to put into practice geographic skills and gain first hand understanding of coastal processes. 

On Tuesday, 17th November, three representatives of the School’s Learning Support Teams participated as speakers in the Global Assessment International Conference organised by GL Assessment. Cecilia Irazoqui (Junior Learning Support Coordinator), Valentina Fernández (Junior and Senior Learning Support Specialist) and Rosina Grillé (Senior Learning Support Specialist) talked about “Improving teaching practices at school based on the analysis of learners’ profiles”. The three pshycho-pedagogical specialists shared the thorough work done by the Learning Support Department over the 6 six years using the CAT4. They described how the data provided by this assessment tool is combined with other data sources available at school in order to identify each student’s strengths, weaknesses and overall learning profile. They also explained how this information is used to develop suitable teaching strategies to cater for the different needs in the classroom and to inform institutional projects. The international conference session was a complete success, with more than 175 attendees from all over the world watching the session.

Huge congratulations to the representatives of our Learning Support team who presented at the Global Assessment International Conference organised by GLA yesterday.

 

Their knowledge and expertise, together with the clarity which with they shared this, will enrich the work of many schools around the world and put The British Schools of Montevideo on the map with regard to using data to develop student learning.

 

El Ickabog es un cuento de hadas entrañable y divertido sobre las aventuras de una niña y un niño con un monstruo.  J.K. Rowling escribió este cuento hace diez años, para leérselo a sus hijos pequeños antes de dormir, y terminó por convertirse en la historia favorita de su familia. 

Durante la pandemia de Covid-19, decidió difundirlo gratis, por entregas, en la web The Ickabog.com para entretener a los niños, padres y cuidadores confinados en sus domicilios. 
La autora también invitó a chicos y chicas de todo el mundo a dibujar los pintorescos personajes a medida que iban descubriéndolos y se iban involucrando en la emocionante trama, con el fin de participar en un concurso que culmina con la elección de las ilustraciones a todo color que aparecerán en el libro impreso.
La familia Haretche se enteró de esta iniciativa por Instagram, “de rebote” como nos cuenta Andrés, el padre de María (Form 6), Sebastián (Form 4) y Paula (Form 2), quienes presentaron sus dibujos para el concurso internacional. 
La editorial iba liberando una sección por día que contenía 2 o 3 capítulos, se leían y al final te daban a elegir entre algún personaje o situación de la sección para que realizarán la ilustración. Eran entre 3 o 4 opciones, una vez que tenían los dibujos prontos de la sección se enviaban a España a la editorial por foto. 
¡Esto duró todo junio y julio y llegaron a presentar más de 30 dibujos cada uno!

A mediados de agosto les llegó un mail que de que habían preseleccionado 3 dibujos de Paula, 1 de Sebastián y 2 de María, lo cual fue una gran sorpresa para todos porque ellos tres decían que no tenían chances.  

Un mes después recibieron la enorme noticia: ¡Cada uno iba a tener un  dibujo en el libro que se editaría para el mercado en español! 

Una de las condiciones de participar en esta iniciativa era que no se podía contar hasta que se publicara el libro, así que tuvieron que mantener esta noticia como un gran secreto hasta el 10 de noviembre, que fue cuando los medios se enteraron y quisieron entrevistar a estos tres hermanos (fueron cuatros los niños elegidos de Uruguay). 

A los chicos les va llegar un libro autografiado por JK Rowling y en el entorno de 15 o 20 a cada uno para que ellos donen a las bibliotecas de su país, como dice Sebastián en la entrevista, Mrs Terra tendrá algunos para que lo puedan disfrutar. 

Andrés relató con emoción toda la historia y aprovechó para agradecer al Colegio el apoyo que les han dado y les dan a los 3, con una mención especial a Mrs Herrán que desde que María entro en Kinder ha sido un bastón muy especial para ella. 

¡Estamos muy orgullosos de ellos y esperamos con ansias ver el libro final con sus dibujos!

 

Los invitamos a que vean la entrevista que les realizaron en Canal 12:

  • https://www.teledoce.com/telemundo/cultura-y-espectaculos/las-ilustraciones-de-cuatro-ninos-uruguayos-seran-parte-del-nuevo-libro-de-j-k-rowling/  

 

 

 

Augusto Leborgne (4YL) and Matías Danten (5YL) participated in an Engineering Competition organized by Universidad de Montevideo and ended up in 2nd. The Industrial Innovation Center at the Universidad de Montevideo organised the “Managing the Global Supplies Chain” Competition to allow secondary school students to learn more about this specific area of the School of Engineering that aims to foster bonds between universities and companies.

This innovation center offers training, courses, seminars, and innovation and research projects.  Augusto and Manuel successfully completed the simulation activities acting as Supply Chain Managers of a global telecommunications company, having to make key decisions and analyse their impact in a four year period.

On October 7th they defended their project orally and were delighted to find out their performance was recognised.

Congratulations!

EVA LORENZO - NINJA QUEST

  • Published in Junior

Eva Lorenzo, a Form 5B student, has been selected to present her original composition, "Ninja Quest" at the Yamaha World Championship to be held in Japan. Eva has been chosen to represent Uruguay, and this is the first time that Uruguay will be represented in this competition! Due to covid-19, Eva will not be able to travel to Japan, but will take part in the competition virtually. 

Here is some information Eva wrote about her composition:

What inspired you to compose the piece?

The idea came up overnight. It was late and I had a song in mind, but Mom came and told me that it was late and that I had to go to sleep. I dreamed of the melody, and when I woke up I played it. I was inspired by a ninja who is on a mission, trying to save his people.

What part of the composition was the most difficult to compose?

The composition part that was the hardest to compose was the part that is in F Major.

Do you have a message that you want to say so that the listeners enjoy the composition even more?

While listening to this composition I would like people to feel courage.

Here is a link to a video of Eva performing her piece: https://photos.app.goo.gl/Z2MJjMU9GFVg6SAu7 

We congratulate Eva and wish her the best of luck in the upcoming competition! 

 

Desde el 23 de octubre hasta el 4 de diciembre se está llevando a cabo una exposición itinerante a cargo del Departamento de Español (Senior) con motivo de la celebración del Centenario de los escritores nacionales Idea Vilariño y Mario Benedetti, ambos nacidos en 1920.

Los estudiantes de 3YL preparan semanalmente carteleras que recorren la vida de ambos escritores, collages artísticos que plasman simbólicamente sus poemas. Al mismo tiempo, son expuestas intervenciones audiovisuales que muestran desafíos que implican a los estudiantes, docentes o integrantes de nuestra institución recitando poesía de ambos autores.

ART EXHIBITION 2020

  • Published in Senior

During the two year IBDPVA course we found ways of questioning and deconstructing ideas that are given as unquestionable “truths”.

We made visible our thought processes and became capable of surrendering to the unexpected possibilities and gained the necessary flexibility to change direction with opportunity. This course gave us the opportunity to insightfully reflect about  our past and our contemporaneity through the investigation and creation of artworks. We learned that initial ideas if worked and further developed often lead to unexpected interesting outcomes.

This year was particularly special and we couldn´t host the Vernissage, in which we invite parents and the community to the School to walk through the art pieces and talk with the students about their creative process and outcomes. 

We have recorded the Exhibition and hope you enjoy it.

Here is the video of a summary of the Exhibition: https://youtu.be/KL_EvTcr3F4 

Here are the videos of the different students:

We hope you enjoy the videos.

 

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