Scaling New Heights
The introduction of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme received a mixed response. It surely meant a new challenge and called for new ways of thinking. On the other hand, it was promising - an opportunity to explore diverse areas of knowledge and the thrill is akin to that of a mountaineer trying to scale new heights.
The training workshop was at Oberoi international School, Goregaon. The first day of Category 1 training introduced us to the enormous task at hand; we were acquainted with the different aspects of the course we were to teach; now ‘teach’ would not be the appropriate word, we had to be mere facilitators, or even better, meddlers-in –the-middle. The concept of academic honesty was intriguing and TOK (Theory of Knowledge), a core component of The IBDP Course was like a haze, a vague idea. Light was thrown on the curriculum, the teaching-learning process and assessment procedures.
With changing times, professional upgradation is the only way to cope with the changing processes of teaching and learning. The exposure to the new practices with a considerable emphasis on technological involvement helped to reconsider and reorganize our existing teaching methodologies and improve upon them.
Under the aegis of Director-Principal Mrs. Revathi Srinivasan and with the immense support of the IBDP Co-coordinator Mrs.Deepti Vimal, we took small steps at a time-visiting the OCC (Online Curriculum Centre), browsing it for course details and procedures to be followed, reading the subject guide, preparing the subject outline and identifying the resources required. The consultant visit proved to be quite fruitful as we were briefed about how to prepare ourselves for the final authorization visit. It was like a formative assessment and we were also appraised on the work we had done till then. All suggestions given by the consultant were implemented. Yet another workshop followed where we received some exposure on how to work on Unit plans.
The process of training also included a substantial amount of homework. Each of us had to prepare a few presentations which we shared with our colleagues, take down minutes of the meetings and upload them, draft policies after exhaustive sessions of discussions and prepare plans. At the threshold of the commencement of the first academic session of the IBDP Course in Smt. Sulochanadevi Singhania School, Thane, it is just the beginning of a long and exciting journey.
Ms. Anindita Kar