Continuing Along the IB Pathway

Dec 1st, 2017

It is an exciting time at Annunciation Catholic School. We are in the 3rd year as a Candidate School for the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. Students and teachers continue to grow in our experience of inquiry education and how to make learning meaningful and real.

We have applied for authorization and hope to have a visit this spring. As we get closer to the visit, we will keep you up to date and continue to share why this type of education is so important for our students and why we are working so hard to bring this to life at Annunciation. Hopefully, you see changes and connections in your children through our work, too. Feel free to share any insights or stories from home. We love to hear how this impacts students.

Active Learning:

A big focus for IB and inquiry education is related to active learning. There is much research connecting active learning to students achievement – plus, we know first hand that when students make connections and are invested in their learning, achievement soars.

Inquiry learning is characterized by a focus on student-centered learning. Instead of the classrooms of the past where students were asked to memorize facts and then recall those facts for a test, inquiry-style units promote a student-led learning process. This method of student engagement creates a learning space where students play an active role in their learning.

Inquiry Learning Spaces:

After identifying “how” we will teach our students, in our schools strategic plan, we set a goal to create learning spaces that match and support our way of teaching. Research shows that the physical space and environment for learning has a big impact on students achievement as well. This year, we will begin discussing and exploring how we can improve our learning spaces to create complete environments that help each student reach their “potentiality.” 

It really is an exciting time!

Jennifer Cassidy
Annunciation School