A Primer of IB Terminology
IB – also known as IBO –
The International Baccalaureate Organization
A consortium of over 2,700
schools from over 135 nations;
The philosophy, standards and
approach to the teaching/learning
dynamic has been internationally
The organization promotes research-
validated best practices
There are three levels of IB programs
(spelled programme in IB-world – it’s European!)
PYP – Primary Years Programme
Grades K – 5
A school-wide transdisciplinary program that emphasizes
inquiry and acquisition of a world language
MYP – Middle Years Programme
Grades 6 – 10
(much more on this on future slides)
DP – Diploma Program
Grades 11 – 12
IB originated in Europe with the DP.
It was designed to provide juniors and
seniors a common curriculum that would
be accepted by universities regardless of
the country. Because the DP is often delivered
as a “track” program, there is a common perception
of IB as a challenging program requiring dedicated students .
Regardless of the program, we all
share the same mission statement
• The International Baccalaureate aims to develop
inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people
who help to create a better and more peaceful
world through intercultural understanding and
• These programmes encourage students across the
world to become active, compassionate and lifelong
learners who understand that other people, with
their differences, can also be right.
Thinking about the mission statement
As you reflect on the
choose one aspect that
has meaning to you.
How can you
concept in your
professional life, even
your personal life?
Regardless of the program, we all seek
to support the development of the 21st
century student described by the
The IB Learner Profile
Making the LP Meaningful
We have already spent some time this year
examining the LP during Choice Time.
Hopefully you have more knowledge of your
students’ understanding of the LP traits.
Your challenge…Choose one or two attributes
that you would like to focus on. How can you
help your students (and you) grow in these
What’s an Area of Interaction?
(Also known as an AoI)
An AoI is a way to focus teaching and learning
during a unit of instruction
There are 5 AoIs:
• ATL – Approaches to Learning
• CS – Community and Service
• E – Environments
• HSE – Health and Social Education
• HI – Human Ingenuity
• Take a breath…You don’t need to know all of this now!
Our Current Focus: CS
• First, note that the AoI is Community
AND Service, not Community Service.
• This means that the AoI is about community and
understanding this concept and that the service
is an outgrowth of the learning in the classroom.
• On the other hand, planning/leading your
students in a community service experience is
both highly valued and a very appropriate focus
for an IB unit.
The MYP describes CS by…
• Using these guiding questions:
How do we live in relation to each other?
How can I contribute to the community?
How can I help others?
• So when focus on a CS unit your goal is to help
students to understand their relationships to
What would the ideal picture be?
It would be a goal for every MYP instructor to
share a unit with students where a community
service project is initiated and carried out by
the students as a result of the interactions
that take place in the classroom.
How cool would that be?
The IB Philosophy Act
The remainder of this power point is under
Fitting it All Together
What does an IB unit look like?