International Baccalaureate ® (IB)
Town Centre is an International Baccalaureate® World School for the Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (DP).
Founded in 1968, there are approximately 3529 IB schools all over the world in 144 countries. In Canada alone, there are 358 authorized IB schools, with hundreds more waiting to be authorized through the stringent IB authorization procedure. The IB is a global education which emphasizes critical and independent thinking and global understanding while encouraging student choice in an inquiry-based learning environment. Students at TCPS will continue to learn the Ontario curriculum but through different lenses including:
Some of the other key benefits of the IB programmes:
Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its three academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), or the Diploma Programme (DP).
For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit www.ibo.org.
How will IB look in the classroom?
There are three tangible ways that parents should notice a difference in the classroom. The first and most important is the emphasis placed on Approaches to Learning. Approaches to Learning or ATL’s are a set of 21st century based skills that all students require to be successful in their futures. Some of these skills include; critical thinking, self-management, collaboration, communication, information literacy, and media literacy, to name a few. These skills will be explicitly taught within the context of the unit of work the students are doing.
The second way in which you will likely see changes is in the types of assessment tasks your child is doing. While students will still have tests and quizzes there will also be emphasis on contextual learning, which means students will still learn content but will be asked to apply that content in a real life context.
Finally, along with the types of assessments changing, the way in which we assess will look a little different. Students will receive much more robust feedback on assessments and parents will see a lot more rubrics coming home which will help students and parents understand the assessment grading and the rationale for a specific grade given.
Will TCPS still be teaching the Ontario Ministry of Education curriculum?
As an Ontario school we have an obligation to teach the Ontario Ministry of Education curriculum and will continue to do so. The IB provides a framework which matches seamlessly with the Ministry expectations. Where much of our attention will be placed is on our Approaches to Teaching and Approaches to Learning which are embedded in the IB philosophy.