Student Perspective on Becoming an International Baccalaureate School

Apr 20th, 2018

This week an Authorization Team from the International Baccalaureate visited our school to learn about the changes that have occurred since our candidacy as an IB Candidate School.

The team interviewed a group of 3rd and 5th grade students to hear their perspective.  I was fortunate enough to sit in on the interview. Below are just some of their comments.

"How has your school changed since becoming an IB school?"

  • We don't learn just by one subject at a time, the learning is transdisciplinary even in library
  • We reflect a lot more
  • We have portfolios of our work and we can explain what we learned
  • We take field trips that are connected to our units/learning
  • We talk about the attributes of the Learner Profile and being a good person
  • The lines of inquiry make me understand how it is all connected together
  • We work in groups more and collaborate
  • We have learned to consider that other people might also have good ideas instead of just thinking my idea has to be the best
  • We stop and think about what is happening around the world
  • We pray for people who have been hurt or are victims
  • Textbooks are just one resource, not the only thing we read
  • I used to think learning in school was kind of boring, but now it all ties together and the teachers make it fun to learn
  • Our teachers refer back to other things we learned this year and in past years, they never used to do that
  • We practice and use Spanish outside of Spanish class
  • The teachers really want us to ask questions and be curious
  • On the announcements and in morning meetings, students talk about things like Earth Day or World Water Day and it makes me think about what I can do

From the Authorization Team:  "If anything is clear, it is that your parents, staff, and students love this school.  Through all of our interviews there was a common theme - people are very proud to be part of this community."

Thank you to these students for volunteering to be on our panel– we appreciate you!

Anne LaLonde Laux
International Baccalaureate (IB) Coordinator
Enrichment Teacher & Coordinator