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September 15, 2015
by Ann Lautrette

Review, Reflect, Celebrate and Improve

That title, for me, sums up the learning process.

REVIEW: What do you know? What can you do? What do you not know yet? What can you not do yet?

REFLECT: Once you know what your strengths and weaknesses are, you can reflect and set targets. Being reflective is a skill though, or an art some might say which means we can improve and become more reflective.

CELEBRATE: Celebrate success, celebrate failure – it’s all part of the learning process, as long as you can set goals and move forward.

IMPROVE: No one is perfect and there is always room for improvement. A good thing too, because otherwise there is nothing to learn!

This is what we try to teach students within our mission of inspiring, challenging and nurturing. From this comes excellence – academic excellence perhaps, excellence in skills, a personal version of excellence, being a lifelong learner.

In the IB Centre at BSJ we are still learning and the goal is continuous improvement. We believe that as the world around us changes, so should the education we provide and so therefore we must continuously reflect, review and improve. This is what achieves the IB mission of Education for a Better World. Along our learning journey, we can do a lot of celebrating too.

Offering the IB Diploma programme means we have to formally reflect and review our programme implementation every five years and this morning I gave a presentation to IB parents on the process and the role of parents.

One of the most important aspects of the process is collecting feedback from all stakeholders in the school: parents, students, leadership and governance and teachers. Your honest opinions are especially valuable to us as we seek to improve our IB programme. We ask therefore that you complete the survey you will be sent soon as honestly and comprehensively as possible.

It is also important that the school community has access to the General Regulations so I have linked a copy through the ‘Useful links’ on this blog.

If you have any further questions on the IB Review process I’d be happy to answer them. Feel free to comment or contact me.



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