A frequent comment today from our very tired Year 12 students after our second ever ATL conference, led wholly by the students. This year our Year 12s prepared two workshops for Year 7s and Year 12s on the ATLS.
The event was part of a three day special programme for Year 12 which included working on the TOK knowledge framework, CAS and the introduction to the Extended Essay. During those days Year 12 learned about the importance of their research skills in producing the 4000 word research essay which lies at the centre of the IB programme. Ms. Duce led students through activities to explore what makes a great Extended Essay title, and I introduced the students to Managebac, the platform we use for monitoring and recording progress with the Extended Essay.
The ATL workshops were a huge success, with feedback from Year 7 students highlighting the interesting, engaging and exciting activities developed by Year 12 to support students in enhancing communication, social skills, thinking skills, self-management and those all-important research skills. I’m looking forward to Year 12 reflecting on the experience through their blogs over the next week, but it was clear today that, although they were nervous, they enjoyed the leadership opportunity afforded to them, as well as gained a new appreciation for how hard it is to be a teacher – hence the title of this post!
The day started out with an introduction from me and a keynote speech from Chiara Wahsono who bravely stepped up to the challenge of speaking in front of her peers and our Year 7 students. The following workshops demonstrated the creativity of our Year 12s – I saw murder mystery challenges, lots of Kahoot, communication games and more. Our students should be proud of their achievements today.
Some comments from the feedback forms:
‘There was a good balance between presentations and activities, which made the workshop very engaging for the participants.’
‘I learnt to be a good communicator and how to start a conversation.’
‘Helpful tips and tricks for lifehacks! Very likely to be useful in the future’