Ig­nit­ing minds, im­pact­ing lives

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AT an IGBIS PYP Par­ent Univer­sity ses­sion at IGB In­ter­na­tional School (IGBIS), at­ten­dees are watch­ing a TED talk by Sunni Brown on the power of doo­dling.

They then close their eyes to clear their heads and doo­dle for a mo­ment, let­ting their hands move freely. They com­pare doo­dles and laugh.

Aga Cho­j­nacka, Pri­mary Years Pro­gramme (PYP) co­or­di­na­tor and IGBIS PYP Par­ent Univer­sity coach, shows the at­ten­dees re­cent re­search from Har­vard Grad­u­ate School of Ed­u­ca­tion about the pos­i­tive im­pact of vis­i­ble think­ing and doo­dling on in­for­ma­tion pro­cess­ing and idea build­ing.

A work­shop like this takes place ev­ery month, dur­ing which par­ents, grand­par­ents and other mem­bers of the IGBIS school com­mu­nity watch videos and pre­sen­ta­tions on the lat­est re­search, dis­cuss new ideas and re­flect on the ap­pli­ca­tions.

IGBIS is a vi­brant Early Years to Grade 12 in­ter­na­tional school that pro­vides a dy­namic, in­no­va­tive and in­clu­sive en­vi­ron­ment where stu­dents are chal­lenged to ex­cel in their learn­ing and per­sonal growth.

An In­ter­na­tional Bac­calau­re­ate (IB) World School, IGBIS is the only school in Malaysia au­tho­rised to run the full con­tin­uum of IB pro­grammes – the Pri­mary Years Pro­gramme, the Mid­dle Years Pro­gramme, the Diploma Pro­gramme and the Ca­reer­re­lated Pro­gramme.

IGBIS PYP Par­ent Univer­sity aims to of­fer par­ents the con­di­tions, re­sources and types of in­ter­ac­tions that their chil­dren are im­mersed in daily – learn­ing in a self-di­rected and in­quiry-based way.

The Au­gust ses­sion un­packed the ideas of Play as a Way of Know­ing, which helped at­ten­dees bet­ter un­der­stand who they and their chil­dren are as learn­ers. Par­ents re­flected on the needs of dif­fer­ent types of learn­ers and how play can be­come a uni­ver­sal lan­guage of learn­ing.

In the In­spir­ing Cu­rios­ity and Cre­ativ­ity in all Learn­ers work­shop last month, par­ents and coaches dis­cussed mul­ti­ple ways of ig­nit­ing cu­rios­ity and cre­ativ­ity in learn­ers as well as ways of dis­cov­er­ing and nur­tur­ing pas­sions and tal­ents.

The most re­cent ses­sion fo­cused on Learner Agency, Lead­er­ship and En­trepreneur­ship Through the IB Pro­grammes.

Teams looked into prac­ti­cal ap­pli­ca­tions of the Learner Pro­file at­ti­tudes and at­tributes in­side and out­side the school set­ting. They also shared suc­cess sto­ries of IB alumni who have be­come lead­ers em­body­ing the Learner Pro­file and IB ethos.

IGBIS PYP Par­ent Univer­sity is more than just a week­end op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore new types of learn­ing and think­ing.

It cre­ates a learn­ing com­mu­nity that goes be­yond a school’s obli­ga­tion to ed­u­cate its stu­dents, fully em­brac­ing the school’s motto: Ig­nit­ing minds. Im­pact­ing lives.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call the ad­mis­sions de­part­ment at 03-6145 4688 or e-mail enquiries@igbis.edu.my.

In­ter­ac­tive work­shops are held at IGB In­ter­na­tional School to help par­ents bet­ter un­der­stand who their chil­dren are as lead­ers.

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