IB For All
The manner in which the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme sees education as a holistic endeavor matches EAC’s vision completely. EAC approaches the IB in an absolutely inclusive format: “IB for all” is EAC’s pedagogical goal. With this perspective, EAC teachers craft their practices in a collaborative manner, fostering the maintenance of high standards and the setting of clear expectations for the courses they teach. The collaboration in the “IB for all” vision at EAC generates the richness of multi-disciplinary actions, which give authenticity to the experience of learning. Where possible teachers overlap subject work or seek connections between classes. A clear example of this is the EAC IB field trip that involves the participation of IB Groups 1 (Studies in Language and Literature), 2 (Language Acquisition), 3 (Individuals and Societies), 6 (The Arts), TOK (Theory of Knowledge) and CAS (Creativity, Action and Service). IB Students at EAC are coached to find connections across disciplines and regularly make connections through rich conversations.
Instruction and learning are inquiry based, reflective, challenging and supportive as seen during the compilation of the Internal Assessments for all courses, along with the Extended Essay work. This is also fostered during the pre-IB years through skills and expectations set for the annual Science Fair and MUN. Aptitudes such as critical thinking, seeking clarity of thought and high quality communication are approached in a cross-curricular manner, overseen by the pedagogical leadership team, represented at EAC by the Principal, the Curriculum Coordinator, the IB Coordinator, as well as the Lead Teachers. This mode of shared leadership adopted at EAC allows for the IBDP to be embedded in everyday practice, providing all students with opportunities to grow and flourish in this rigorous programme.
Teachers at EAC encourage IB students to become active and compassionate learners, in which a global conscious goes beyond festivals and flags, inviting each student to take the perspective of a different culture while maintaining their own roots. This is why all students must attend TOK. Also, TOK links are discussed in faculty meetings, encouraging the pre-IB years teachers to incorporate this approach to international mindedness into their everyday interactions among themselves and with their students.
The methods employed at EAC, from the structure of the leadership team to the everyday interactions among teachers and between those and the students help students make sense of the world in light of what is expected in the 21st century education. This also provides students with valuable pre-college experience. Returning alumni report being less overwhelmed than many other students in their first year of university.
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