I think that with David B Hawley having been recently appointed the Chief Academic Officer for the International Baccalaureate (IB), the IB has great potential to develop and model ‘best practice’, in learning and teaching.
Please follow the link to a great article by David Hawley.
While you may not agree with all of his conclusions, he has some great experience and wisdom to share.
I think the push for more ‘Authentic Learning’ (Real-world Project Based Learning – something that we have been doing for many years in our senior IT subjects, ITS & IPT), is most commendable, and ready for considerable expansion beyond the confines of one or two individual subject disciplines.
Some quotes from the article to whet your appetite!
“Start looking for problems to solve, actions to take, and beauty to create.
If we were to do something that really mattered to ourselves, our classrooms, our schools, and our community, the potential for impact would be at once local and global. Start finding ways to engage students in understanding real-world problems, and then support them in solving those problems. Every student should experience the joy that comes with being a unique and positive force in the world.
Start seeking out authentic, high-stakes audiences for student work.
We often ask students to spend many hours solving problems or creating things that are never shared beyond the teacher or the classroom. Partner with businesses, organizations, and your larger community to showcase innovative work produced by your students.”