The IB Diploma Communicator
The First Step in Finding their Success Pathway
Thanks to our ever supportive Grade 10 parents for their engaged attendance of our recent information night - working with us to help students navigate their success pathway through the IB Diploma. Please find the slides referred to below.
International Mindedness in Action at the IB Retreat!
The concept of International Mindedness is something we hear a lot about in IB learning communities - but what does it really look like? At CDNIS we conceive of the process involving, at its core, a movement from self to others in thought and action. The IB Diploma Retreat 2017 'Gestalt' was all about knowing self, knowing world, and then putting it all together...
Check-out Janice's ifolio post to read more about our unique 2-day IB Retreat. Or, better yet, ask your son or daughter to share their reflections via their blog post, or in response to this question:
" how did the IB retreat help you to connect self to world?"
Exam Success: Study Smart
At CDNIS, we have taken a different approach to success in our approach to the IB Diploma Exams. Our alternative approach is driven by the latest research into both academic success and stress-reduction.
IB Learner Profile Attribute: It's all about BALANCE.
In addition to brain science and pedagogical theories, our approach to the Practice and Diagnosis exams has also been informed by first-hand expert experience: our own successful Alumni.
“The biggest tip I have is to study smart, not just study hard. It’s essential to figure out what is the best way for you to learn and get the most out of your studying style”
2016 Graduate Alina Bharwani was ecstatic upon receipt of a staggering 45 points in the IB Diploma! But, of far greater value than this number for our current students is Alina's advice on studying 'smart', not 'hard' in this article for SCMP's Young Post.
Our school recently redefined itself:
To inspire excellence, cultivate character, and empower engagement locally and globally.
CDNIS is a school united by the joy of learning, excellence in achievement and development of character. We will inspire academic and personal growth in our students by encouraging inquiry, stimulating creativity and innovation, embracing cross-cultural and global perspectives, and fostering meaningful participation and service
As Advanced technology users, in a school where technological innovation is at the forefront of our day-today modalities (one-to-one laptops, Google Classrooms, robotics...) - we clearly are stimulating creativity. But global social media and other communications tech are, arguably, accelerating far faster than our capacity to critically understand the power of such media.
John Ronson's recent TED talk presents a compelling case for greater mindfulness in how we engage with social media - concluding with an impassioned bid to value individuals over-and-above ideology. The vision of 'cultivating character' in this brave new world is ever more important - but, Ronson's argument would suggest - the place of technology in this is far from simple.
When online shaming goes too farTwitter gives a voice to the voiceless, a way to speak up and hit back at perceived injustice. But sometimes, says Jon Ronson, things go too far. In a jaw-dropping story of how one un-funny tweet ruined a woman's life and career, Ronson shows how online commenters can end up behaving like a baying mob -- and says it's time to rethink how we interact online.
Progressive Learning, Balance & The Learner Profile:
The Power of Introverts
Within the progressive education paradigm of the IB, we often talk about collaboration and interactive learning – and in all this noise, it can sometimes be difficult to hear those who work better in quiet and solitude…
In this provocative TED talk Susan Cain embraces the quiet side of her nature, and urges us all to reflect on the world we are currently living in, where extroversion, collaboration and a generally noisy self-confidence appear to be prized above all else. Cain urges us to reflect on whether we are now a culture - socially, politically, educationally - that fails to appreciate the value of quiet, solitude and the deep thought that can often accompany such behaviours.
The concept of the 'ambivert' may be a particularly useful one in considering the IB Learner Profile attribute of Balance.
The power of introvertsIn a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But, as Susan Cain argues in this passionate talk, introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated.