Teacher Training And Development For IB Schools: How Amity Global School Stands Out

The Amity Edge

As an accredited IB school(IB World school), Amity Global School – Gurgaon – has a team of qualified teachershaveattended IB workshops for the programmes they teach, IB Primary Years Programme and IB Diploma Programme.

The professional development opportunities createtransformative experiences for international educators so that they can implement their experiences in the learning and teaching process for students. This has enabled them to:

  • Maintain high levels of quality in classroom teaching
  • Deepen their understanding of and involvement in student learning
  • Enhance their competitive advantage in the education
  • Demonstrate their dedication to constant self-improvement and lifelong learning
  • Improve their competence

With a combination of classroom teaching, research and inquiry, independent projects, application of understanding in the real world, extra-curricular activities and off-site excursions, teachers facilitate and support students to become better thinkers, inquirers, communicators and self-driven learners. In-depth conceptual understanding and the sustainable development goals, SDGs, of the United Nations lead students to take meaningful action in community development programmme, inspiring them to become more compassionate,principled and reflective in life.

Role in active learning

At IB schools, the idea is to promote active learning by allowing the students to navigate their own paths towards constructive knowledge. Teaching and learning strategies incorporates different tools and strategies such as group discussions, impromptu write-ups, polls, quizzes, presentations, use of digital tools,

Such methods help learners to develop their critical thinking and collaborative skills. They can also improve their retention abilities by applying ideas learnt in class to solve practical problems. Teachers give individual attention to each student’s understanding of concepts by observing their discussions and problem-solving abilities. 

The IB trained teachers of Amity Global also communicate regularly with parents to give them feedback on their children’s progress at school.

As the world fights Covid in 2020 and classes have moved to web conferencing platforms, the students of Amity Global School could adapt to the change smoothly, thanks to the unique ways in which their teachers developed their learning styles. Even when they are not in a brick and mortar classroom, they can maintain the pace of their IB programmes and participate in collaborative tasks that deepen their knowledge of different subjects.

In times when direct human interaction has become unsafe, our teachers are also planning new strategies to reduce digital distractions and make assessments more effective for students in all grades.

International Baccalaureate® (IB) professional development (PD)

A key requirement for recognition as an International Baccalaureate® (IB) World School is to have full-time teachers with specific expertise in delivering IB programmes. To be authorised as IB educators, they must also attend professional development workshops organised by the board.

Teachers can attend IB workshops directly in their schools or online. The trainings help them to understand the level, purpose and the methodologies of conducting different academic courses under the IB umbrella. These include the Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma Programme (DP).

Other benefits of training

For two years after registering for their certificates, IB teachers have access to a programme resource centre and programme communities that connect them to an enriched repository of academic content and other IB practitioners around the world.

They also get a two-year subscription to the official IB magazine called ‘IB World’ – it keeps them up to date on the new developments in the progressive IB programmes.