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IB Matters

IB Matters is a podcast (established in April 2019) which brings listeners content related to International Baccalaureate (IB) education. It is for students, parents, and teachers interested in learning more about IB and for those working in IB schools wanting access to pedagogical support for their teaching.Please listen, subscribe, and post a review to help us spread the word about the IB. Follow us on twitter @MattersIB and be sure to let us know what you would like to hear more about in future episodes. The podcast is hosted in Minnesota by the MN Association of IB World Schools (MNIB) but is intended for a global audience.

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Conceptual teaching & learning with Julie Stern

This episode, hosted by Kurt Carlson, features noted author and workshop leader, Julie Stern speaking with us about her work in conceptual teaching and learning. Julie is a keynote speaker for our 2019 MNIB Summer Conference at Bethel University. Registration can be found at our website. Their conversation, recorded over Skype, is filled with examples of students using concepts to transfer learning across subjects. Once students have an understanding of the big concepts, operating behind the facts, it is almost like the movie, "The Matrix". They see connections everywhere they look and easily begin creating their own knowledge from those connections. It is pretty impressive to hear about 3rd graders who find ways to connect culture and economics on their own.Julie Stern has many ways to share her work - check out these links:BooksFree resourcesYouTube

24mins

28 May 2019

Rank #1

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Assessment for Conceptual Learning with Julie Stern

In this episode of IB Matters we return to speak with author and conceptual teaching and learning workshop leader, Julie Stern. Julie was featured in an earlier podcast focused on conceptual teaching and learning. In this episode we turn our attention to assessment and Julie helps us see how we can use assessment of conceptual learning in our classrooms at all grades and in all subjects.You can learn much more about Julie's work by checking out her website and her YouTube Channel using links below. The WebsiteThe YouTube Channel Also we want to call your attention to the new official IB Podcast called #IB Voices. It looks like it's going to be a monthly podcast and I really enjoyed the first two episodes that dropped in late September. They have great podcast notes which summarize the episodes and direct you to more information in a typically, excellent, IB way.Please find all our episodes by visiting the new IB Matters webpage. We have all the episodes arranged by topic and/or Programme.

52mins

9 Oct 2019

Rank #2

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Introducing the IB Programmes: The Primary Years Programme (PYP)

In this episode Kirsten McPherson talks about the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP). Kirsten is the PYP coordinator at Matoska International School, a public school in the White Bear Lake school district near St. Paul, MN. Kirsten explains how the learning for PYP students is conceptual and contextual with examples of how students and teachers approach teaching and learning in her PYP school. We hear how local standards are brought to life when teachers break down the pre-written curriculum and help young students see the connections between traditional subjects in a trans-disciplinary way.More information about the PYP can be found on the IB website or on our MNIB website.

19mins

30 Apr 2019

Rank #3

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MYP Service as Action with Loredana Giovanelli

This episode is another example of the global reach of the IB. Here, we talk to Loredana Giovanelli of the Beijing World Youth Academy (BWYA), a continuum school which includes the MYP and the DP. It is one of the oldest IB World Schools in the Asia/Pacific region.Our discussion focused on the Service as Action (sometimes referred to as SA) component of MYP.  Loredana has some great ideas that she has put into practice at her school and she shares many practical ways that her students and staff engage in Service as Action during the middle years. She has some impressive collaborations - both within her school, and with other schools across the globe. Her band of SA assistants - students who actually lead the development of Service opportunities in the school may serve as a model for many of you listening to this podcast. Please check out the link to her website below where you will find several resources she has created.Her Twitter handle is @giovanelliLorLoredana is very active on Twitter and often shares stories and information about SA activities and projects.Website Link: ServiceasAction.orgHer website has lots of SA examples and you can get a look at her SA assistants who lead much of the work in her school. Please find all our episodes by visiting the new IB Matters webpage. We have all the episodes arranged by topic and/or Programme.

48mins

1 Nov 2019

Rank #4

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Building a PYP school culture with Asnaha Farheen

In this episode, we talk to Asnaha Farheen in Bangladesh.  Asnaha is the Head of Primary and the PYP Coordinator at Abdul Kadir Molla International School - a PYP candidate school in Narsingdi, about 50 km outside the capital city of Dhaka.We talk about the process of training the entire staff in the common practices found in all PYP schools across the globe. We think you'll be impressed by the similarities no matter where the PYP school is located and the nature of the local educational traditions. No matter the continent, you will recognize the processes that Asnaha describes in this interview. Her passion for her work and the clearly evident love for her school - both the children and the staff - is very engaging. We think you will enjoy hearing from Asnaha as her words capture the essence of being a PYP school leader.The PYPHow to become an IB World School.Please find all our episodes by visiting the new IB Matters webpage. We have all the episodes arranged by topic and/or Programme.

35mins

30 Oct 2019

Rank #5

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Introducing the IB Programmes: The Diploma Programme (DP)

In this Episode we talk to Max Athorn, Diploma Programme coordinator at Thomas Edison High School in Minneapolis. Max explains the nuts and bolts of how the IB Diploma Programme works including the six subject areas and the core of the DP: Theory of Knowledge (TOK), Creativity Activity, Service (CAS), and the Extended Essay (EE).Max also talks about how the role of Diploma Programme coordinator is a multi-faceted, multi-layered role. DP coordinators are at the center of many aspects of the culture of their school. In this capacity, the DP coordinator must navigate a course ensuring all students are welcome and encouraged to take on academic and personal challenges.More information about the IB Diploma Programme can be found on the IB website.Explore Cambridge University Press support for IBDP teachers and learners at http://ibdiploma.cambridge.org/ US Listeners of the IB Matters podcast can take 25% off their next order of IBDP materials from Cambridge University Press by emailing US_specialists@cambridge.org and quoting the discount code POD25.

36mins

1 May 2019

Rank #6

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Diploma Programme alumni talk about IB

Nine students from Champlin Park High School in Champlin, Minnesota describe how the Diploma Programme helped them to be prepared for University. Each talks about their readiness for the challenges of college and how they were often better prepared than their university classmates. Thanks to Chris Baker-Raivo (IB Career-related Programme Coordinator) for creating the video on which this podcast is based. The video of this episode can be found on our MNIB website at: www.mnibschools.org or directly on Vimeo at this link The students in order of appearance:Andrew Dolge - University of St. ThomasSam King - North Carolina Technical and Agricultural State CollegeBrikken Jensen - St. Cloud State UniversityDavid Barton - University of MinnesotaSarah Reuter - University of Minnesota - DuluthErin Harvey - Hamline UniversityAlec Weiker - Drake UniversityNicholas Jackson - University of MinnesotaNathan Crymble - University of Minnesota

8mins

28 Apr 2019

Rank #7

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Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) with Peter Muir

In this episode, we talk to Peter Muir of Melbourne, Australia. Peter is currently an MYP coordinator but he also has extensive experience with CAS - that’s Creativity, Activity, Service - a key component of the Diploma Programme core.We focus on the role of CAS in developing the Diploma student’s awareness of themselves beyond their academic capabilities and more on developing those characteristics which will make them lifelong contributors to a better and more peaceful world. Even if you don’t work with the Diploma Programme you will hear the key role CAS plays in the final development of IB students.  By the way, we have created a webpage for this podcast which organizes all of our 35 episodes by topic and by programme so they can be more easily located. please use the link in the podcast notes to find the website.Peter referenced a textbook he had a part in developing. Here is a link to that book from Cambridge Press.Please find all our episodes by visiting the new IB Matters webpage. We have all the episodes arranged by topic and/or Programme.Explore Cambridge University Press support for IBDP teachers and learners at http://ibdiploma.cambridge.org/ US Listeners of the IB Matters podcast can take 25% off their next order of IBDP materials from Cambridge University Press by emailing US_specialists@cambridge.org and quoting the discount code POD25.

55mins

5 Dec 2019

Rank #8

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Diploma Programme assessment explained

Assessment in the Diploma Programme is a combination of multiple measures of a student's progress and capabilities over the entire course of study. Most courses include a final examination but many do not. All have some form of internal assessment conducted during the course. These internal assessments may be laboratory investigations, research projects, or text analyses. Many courses have oral commentaries conducted, recorded and uploaded by the IB teacher. With all these different means to assess Diploma Programme students, a single number score represents much more than just how well they can perform on a written exam.Mike Cassidy, a Diploma Programme coordinator, Film and TOK teacher, and a Film examiner, helps us better understand the multi-modal DP assessment system.Links to Diploma Programme assessment and exam information.Explore Cambridge University Press support for IBDP teachers and learners at http://ibdiploma.cambridge.org/ US Listeners of the IB Matters podcast can take 25% off their next order of IBDP materials from Cambridge University Press by emailing US_specialists@cambridge.org and quoting the discount code POD25.

30mins

7 Jun 2019

Rank #9

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The MYP assessment framework

In this episode, Kurt Carlson (MNIB President and IBEN trainer) takes us through the framework of assessment used in the Middle Years Programme to guide teaching and learning. He draws from his experience as a Science and a Design teacher to provide examples and to help us understand the MYP assessment strategies. If you are a parent or a teacher, this podcast will help you answer the question - How is teaching and learning going to be different in an MYP setting? Using criterion-related assessments tied to benchmarks is far better than simply assigning points and percentages with no correlation to objectives or learning targets. Students, teachers, and parents all know better each students strengths and areas for improvement when assessed in this way.Learn more about the MYP at IBO.org or in this parent pack brochure.

24mins

9 May 2019

Rank #10

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Design Thinking in the PYP with Humera Riyez

In this episode of IB Matters we return to speak with Humera Riyaz of Eastern Public School in Bohpal, India. Humera was a guest in our 12th episode several months ago and we are bringing her back to share the highlights of her recent article in IB World Magazine on Design Thinking in the PYP. You’ll get some practical ideas from her and you can learn more by checking out the article itself which is linked here.We have created a webpage for this podcast which is organized by programme and by topic. So, you can find episodes featuring IB related topics without scrolling through our whole list which is now approaching 40 episodes. The link to the website is here.

29mins

31 Dec 2019

Rank #11

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Inquiry in the PYP with Humera Riyaz

Humera Riyaz, a PYP coordinator at Eastern Public School in Bhopal India, (and one of our early listeners) spoke to us by Skype about her work.We focused on the role of inquiry in IB education and on teaching and learning through inquiry in the PYP. Humera is an experienced PYP educator and she talks about how she guides her teaching staff through training to be inquirers themselves even as they guide their own students. Her passion for the work is clear as she enthusiastically recounts many of the strategies used by PYP teachers and students in her school.Her school website is https://www.e-p-s.in/You can find out more about the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) here.

26mins

23 May 2019

Rank #12

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Developing new IB Programmes - The role of Development Manager

In this episode of IB Matters we talk to Jonathan Bradley and Phil Evans who both serve the IB as development managers in the US. We caught up with them outside the conference rooms at the IB Global Conference in New Orleans.Jonathon and Phil talk about the role of the development managers and they express the philosophy of the IB as they describe their work. We think you’ll hear the passion they share for the work of building educational systems. Systems which will pay dividends when students become future citizens and leaders who can think critically and know how to learn in a future we cannot predict.You can learn more about IB development and how to become an IB school using the links below.IBO.orgBecoming an IB SchoolPlease find all our episodes by visiting the new IB Matters webpage. We have all the episodes arranged by topic and/or Programme.

24mins

20 Jul 2019

Rank #13

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Maintaining Student Wellness in the IB with Jenny Magdal

In this episode of IB Matters we talk to Jenny Magdal about maintaining students’ wellness as they try to balance the IB Programme, extra-curriculars and their active social lives. Jenny has led several workshops in her own school and district and for the MNIB on this topic and we think you’ll find her ideas applicable not only to Diploma students but to younger children and even staff who face increasingly busy and sometimes distracted lives in a technology infused world. Link to the IB Matters website where episodes are arranged by Programme and topic.Link to IBO.org to learn more about all the IB ProgrammesExplore Cambridge University Press support for IBDP teachers and learners at http://ibdiploma.cambridge.org/ US Listeners of the IB Matters podcast can take 25% off their next order of IBDP materials from Cambridge University Press by emailing US_specialists@cambridge.org and quoting the discount code POD25.

34mins

25 Feb 2020

Rank #14

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Becoming an IB School - Episode 4 - A new to IB teacher & More parent questions

This is the fourth in the “Becoming an IB School” series.We were at Rockford High School to record another set of parent questions with Rockford parent, Maris Ehlers, and Dr. Matthew Scheidler - the IB coordinator. But we were also able to capture an interview with one of Rockford’s experienced teachers who is just beginning his own IB journey. Ben Pennings, formerly a Middle school History teacher has been tasked with moving to the High school along with the freshman class at Rockford. Together, he and his students are getting to know MYP as they practice implementation ahead of their authorization visit in about a year. I was impressed by his observations as a new-to-IB teacher. He speaks eloquently about the philosophy of IB  and some of his early impressions of the assessment schemes. Rockford is also applying to become a Diploma school. Mr Pennings will be teaching TOK for the first time with the cohort he is now teaching in 9th grade. In preparation, Rockford has created a “Theory of Logic” class as a precursor so staff can practice the TOK elements. Ben shares his enthusiasm for this as well.The parent questions revolve around the student load in the DP, college credit, and some of the transition questions parents have about already popular options at Rockford such as AP and College in the Schools (referred to as CIS throughout the podcast).We have created a webpage for this podcast with all our episodes organized by programme and topic.  IB Matters websiteFollow us on Twitter @MattersIB.Learn more about becoming an IB school: Become an IB World School

47mins

14 Dec 2019

Rank #15

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Talking DP, TOK & Ideas Roadshow with Irena and Howard Burton

Sometimes one good idea acts as a magnet for other good ideas. Such is the story told in this episode of IB Matters. We talk to Irena and Howard Burton who have taken an unconventional path to their work with the IB Diploma Programme.They do not come to the IB as former Diploma Programme teachers or school leaders.As filmmakers and academics from the areas of law and theoretical physics, they have been gathering video of leading thinkers and practitioners in a broad array of fields for many years. Eventually, their vast store of video resources led them to begin looking for a younger audience who might find this information useful. What they found, after looking at many high school programs of study across the world, was the IB. And, in particular, they were drawn to the Theory of Knowledge course.In this episode, we hear how the TOK course drew the Burtons to the IB and led them to create video and print resources for 21 different IB subjects and for the core of the Diploma Programme. They have taken interviews with world-wide experts in many fields and distilled them into curated, understandable, and print-supported resources for IBDP students.Link to the Ideas Roadshow IBDP portalLink to the IB Diploma ProgrammePlease find all our episodes by visiting the new IB Matters webpage. We have all the episodes arranged by topic and/or Programme.Explore Cambridge University Press support for IBDP teachers and learners at http://ibdiploma.cambridge.org/ US Listeners of the IB Matters podcast can take 25% off their next order of IBDP materials from Cambridge University Press by emailing US_specialists@cambridge.org and quoting the discount code POD25.

28mins

28 Aug 2019

Rank #16

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The MYP Personal Project

The MYP Personal Project is the capstone experience for MYP students who have completed the final year of the programme in 10th grade.Jon Eversoll, an experienced MYP coordinator and IB Educator, takes us through the requirements of the Personal Project while also explaining the process each student must complete individually. He shares several examples of memorable projects so listeners will get some idea of the variety and personal nature of this culminating MYP experience. Students whose MYP school ends before 10th grade complete the Community project which is the subject of another IB Matters podcast.You can learn more about the MYP and the Personal Project here.

29mins

4 Jun 2019

Rank #17

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A DP Parent and Student Perspective on IB

This episode of IB Matters was originally recorded at Rockford High School for the benefit of the Rockford Schools community. We edited this version to serve as a more universal example of how families see the role of IB as part of a comprehensive education which still dovetails with traditional expectations of parents and students for the entire high school experience.If you have listened to previous episodes from Rockford, you will remember that Rockford High School, located about 30 miles west of Minneapolis, is a candidate school for three IB Programmes: the MYP, DP, and the CP.In this podcast, we hear from veteran IB parent, Krisanthy Sikkila and her daughter Anastsia about what IB added to the high school experience and how IB prepared Anastasia (and her sister) for university. The host is Maris Ehlers; a parent with two students in Rockford schools.IB has many resources for parents looking to research the benefits of IB for their children on the IB website at IBO.org. Now that we have a large number of IB Matters episodes covering a range of topics, we have created a webpage for this podcast which is organized by programme and by topic. So, you can find episodes featuring IB related topics without scrolling through our whole list which is now approaching 40 episodes. Link to the IB Matters Website Explore Cambridge University Press support for IBDP teachers and learners at http://ibdiploma.cambridge.org/ US Listeners of the IB Matters podcast can take 25% off their next order of IBDP materials from Cambridge University Press by emailing US_specialists@cambridge.org and quoting the discount code POD25.

34mins

18 Jan 2020

Rank #18

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Becoming an IB School - Episode 3 - Parent Questions

This is the third in an ongoing series of episodes featuring a local Minnesota school (Rockford High School) as it goes through the IB authorization process to become an IB World School. They are currently a candidate for MYP, DP, and the CP. This episode is actually a question/answer session recorded as a podcast for the local parent Facebook group. We weren't intending to make it an IB Matters episode but the conversation was so compelling and the content so universal, it is now included here.The questions that Maris asks come from their Facebook group but also from individual conversations held among parents wondering how IB was going to change their school and their children's experiences. They ask about grading, getting into colleges, the difference between IB and other college readiness options, and community service. The answers given by the IB coordinator (Dr. Scheidler) demonstrate his understanding of the multi-faceted IB Programmes he now works with and the various ways IB impacts his school community.Credit should be given to everyone in Rockford for their openness and engagement in this process. Becoming an IB World school is a challenging journey but it is definitely well worth the effort. Please enjoy this podcast and continue to tune in for more episodes about this process.Please find all our episodes by visiting the new IB Matters webpage. We have all the episodes arranged by topic and/or Programme.Links: IB OrganizationBecoming an IB School

35mins

21 Sep 2019

Rank #19

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International teaching with Jon Eversoll

Many of our listeners are teaching in schools across the globe. In this episode, Jon Eversoll talks about teaching in four different schools in four different countries outside the US. His experiences include government schools, international schools and two IB schools. He shares how the adventures varied with and without children and how it has been an invaluable experience for his family. He also compares teaching in smaller international schools with large US public schools.If you have taught overseas, or are thinking about it, we think you will enjoy hearing about one person's personal perspective.

24mins

10 Jun 2019

Rank #20