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MYP | April 13
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Supporting Student-Created Understandings & Deep Thinking in the PYP

Saturday, April 20, 2024 | 9:00 am – 11:15 am CEST

As PYP educators, our main goal is to create learning opportunities that promote curiosity and questioning, leading to meaningful student inquiry. So, how do we ensure that we do not dominate the learning process in our PYP classrooms? How can we encourage students to ask deeper questions to drive their inquiry?

Join conceptual learning expert Carla Marschall and experienced PYP educator Yuni Santosa to explore how you can encourage students to construct their own conceptual understandings and use guiding questions to promote deep thinking in the PYP.

Please note: Both sessions will be available in German and English

Session 1

The power of student-created conceptual understandings

9:00 – 10:00 am CEST (60 min)

How do we know if students are capable, conceptual thinkers? How do we ensure that ideas formed in an inquiry belong to them and are deeply connected to the learning process? Join Carla Marschall as she guides you through the power of student-created understandings in the PYP classroom. Learn easy-to-use strategies to enhance student agency and ownership by inviting learners to construct their own conceptual understandings. 

In this session, you will:

  • Learn how student-created understandings deepen the quality of the learning in an inquiry
  • Examine the role of the teacher in supporting inductive learning
  • Gather classroom strategies for promoting student-created understanding
Carla Marschall
Session 2

Crafting guiding questions for deep thinking in the PYP

10:15 – 11:15 am CEST (60 min)

Have you ever wondered why there is a ‘teacher’s questions’ section in the PYP planner? How do you use the teacher’s questions’ to scaffold thinking and support students to develop their understanding? Join Yuni Santosa as she shares the power of questioning as a tool for scaffolding student thinking and nurturing curiosity in the PYP classroom.

In this session, you will:

  • Dive into the role of teacher questions in inquiry-based learning
  • Discover different types of questions and their purpose
  • Explore the connection between guiding questions and assessment
Yuni Santosa
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Empowering MYP Learners through Inquiry and Assessment

Saturday, April 13, 2024 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm CEST

How can we foster deep, inquiry-based learning while still effectively assessing student growth? How do we strike the right balance that will keep students engaged and feeling empowered?

Meet Kate Beatty and Kirsty de Wilde, two long-standing MYP practitioners who are ready to share practical tips and strategies to tackle these questions head on. Join us for an opportunity to integrate ATL skills through inquiry and to learn to master student-centred assessment practices.

Session 1

Developing ATL skills through inquiry

9:00 – 10:30 am CEST (90 min)

Crafting inquiry-based lesson plans that not only captivate our students but significantly contribute to their development can be tough. At the heart of this challenge is the integration of the ATL skills, which are pivotal for student growth. But how do we effectively merge the ATLs with an inquiry approach in our daily teaching practices? How can we harness the dynamic power of inquiry to enhance ATL skills among our students? 

Join Kate Beatty to unpack:

  • The different types and levels of inquiry-based teaching
  • Strategies for incorporating inquiry into your teaching practice
  • Practical ways to utilise inquiry-based teaching techniques to develop ATL skills amongst your students
Kate Beatty
Session 2

Student-centred assessment: Strategies for success and growth

10:45 am – 12:00 pm CEST (75 min)

As an MYP educator, you’re juggling a lot. Understanding how to assess effectively, give meaningful feedback, meet the MYP framework’s standards, and all the while, help your students continuously improve—it’s not an easy task!

Kirsty de Wilde, Secondary School Principal at Bavarian International School, will simplify the complex world of assessments for you. Discover how formative and summative assessments can transform your teaching approach and feedback methods. In her session, you’ll learn how to craft engaging MYP assessments that support student growth and agency. 

In this session, you will:

  • Learn strategies for designing criterion-based assessments
  • Enhance formative assessment techniques to support student learning
  • Learn strategies to provide timely, constructive, and actionable feedback to students
  • Discover ways to foster student agency and self-assessment, empowering students to take ownership of their learning journey
Kirsty de Wilde
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Disclaimer - This webinar is organised independently of and not endorsed by the IB. Toddle's events and webinars are organised to enable exchange of practices and ideas within the educator community and are not a replacement for the IB official workshops. Views and opinions expressed by the speakers are their personal views and should not be construed as official guidance by the IB.

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Carla Marschall
Carla Marschall brings a distinguished career as an educator and international school leader and is currently serving in the role of Director at Dresden International School. Prior, she acted as Director of Teaching and Learning at UWC South East Asia, East Campus in Singapore. During her seven years at UWC South East Asia, she co-authored two books, Concept-Based Inquiry in Action (2018) and Worldwise Learning: A Teacher’s Guide to Shaping a Just, Sustainable Future (2022) which focus on concept-based learning and issues-based learning across the K-12 continuum. Carla has held other international school leadership roles in Switzerland, Hong Kong and Germany and served as a classroom teacher both in the United States and Germany. Fluent in English and German, Carla is a multilingual leader, who values and models the importance of language learning. Carla holds a Masters in Elementary Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and a Masters in Educational Leadership and Management from the Institute of Education, University of London.
Carla Marschall
Carla Marschall brings a distinguished career as an educator and international school leader and is currently serving in the role of Director at Dresden International School. Prior, she acted as Director of Teaching and Learning at UWC South East Asia, East Campus in Singapore. During her seven years at UWC South East Asia, she co-authored two books, Concept-Based Inquiry in Action (2018) and Worldwise Learning: A Teacher’s Guide to Shaping a Just, Sustainable Future (2022) which focus on concept-based learning and issues-based learning across the K-12 continuum. Carla has held other international school leadership roles in Switzerland, Hong Kong and Germany and served as a classroom teacher both in the United States and Germany. Fluent in English and German, Carla is a multilingual leader, who values and models the importance of language learning. Carla holds a Masters in Elementary Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and a Masters in Educational Leadership and Management from the Institute of Education, University of London.
Yuni Santosa
Yuni Santosa began her teaching career back in 2002 and quickly found her passion for the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) in 2005. Since then, she has been on an incredible educational adventure across four different countries - Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Norway, and now, Germany. Throughout that time, she has had the privilege of working in different capacities in IB PYP schools - as a class teacher, specialist, and PYP coordinator. Within the IB educator network (IBEN) community, she has the opportunity to continue growing professionally by serving as an IB online facilitator, a workshop leader and a school visitor. Yuni holds a master’s in Education Management and is a certified concept-based curriculum and instruction trainer.
Yuni Santosa
Yuni Santosa began her teaching career back in 2002 and quickly found her passion for the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) in 2005. Since then, she has been on an incredible educational adventure across four different countries - Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Norway, and now, Germany. Throughout that time, she has had the privilege of working in different capacities in IB PYP schools - as a class teacher, specialist, and PYP coordinator. Within the IB educator network (IBEN) community, she has the opportunity to continue growing professionally by serving as an IB online facilitator, a workshop leader and a school visitor. Yuni holds a master’s in Education Management and is a certified concept-based curriculum and instruction trainer.
Kate Beatty
Kate holds a Bachelor’s degree with Honours in English and Music from the University of Wales and a Masters degree in Education Management. She is a very experienced educator and administrator with other thirty five years of experience in UK, European and International schools globally. Kate has a wealth of experience and knowledge of the IB PYP, MYP and CP/DP programmes and many years of practical experience of teaching and assessing MYP English Language and Literature, MYP Language Acquisition, MYP Arts, IB Diploma English Language A and B.

As well as teaching, Kate has many years of experience in MYP and DP examining and consultancy and she is an IB school accreditation team leader, evaluation and programme leader and CIS/NEASC visit chairperson. Kate is an ICF accredited Executive Coach, author of educational materials and PHD researcher in the area of IB pedagogical leadership. Currently, Kate works as a freelance international education consultant. Learn more about Kate on her website, http://www.katebeatty.com.
Kate Beatty
Kate holds a Bachelor’s degree with Honours in English and Music from the University of Wales and a Masters degree in Education Management. She is a very experienced educator and administrator with other thirty five years of experience in UK, European and International schools globally. Kate has a wealth of experience and knowledge of the IB PYP, MYP and CP/DP programmes and many years of practical experience of teaching and assessing MYP English Language and Literature, MYP Language Acquisition, MYP Arts, IB Diploma English Language A and B.

As well as teaching, Kate has many years of experience in MYP and DP examining and consultancy and she is an IB school accreditation team leader, evaluation and programme leader and CIS/NEASC visit chairperson. Kate is an ICF accredited Executive Coach, author of educational materials and PHD researcher in the area of IB pedagogical leadership. Currently, Kate works as a freelance international education consultant. Learn more about Kate on her website, http://www.katebeatty.com.
Kirsty de Wilde
Kirsty de Wilde is a dedicated educator with a global perspective, currently serving as Secondary Principal at Bavarian International School. Her teaching journey began in Scotland, and since then, her passion for education has taken her to diverse locations such as the USA, The Netherlands, Hong Kong, and Switzerland, where she taught English literature.

Over the course of her career, Kirsty has assumed various leadership roles including Head of English B, Head of Year, Vice-Principal/MYP Coordinator, and Middle School Principal. As the ESF Learning and Teaching Adviser, she provided invaluable guidance on learning methodologies, particularly in the implementation of the MYP and evolving pedagogical approaches. Kirsty is known for her expertise in driving pedagogical change, reshaping assessment practices, and fostering collaboration within diverse educational teams.
Kirsty de Wilde
Kirsty de Wilde is a dedicated educator with a global perspective, currently serving as Secondary Principal at Bavarian International School. Her teaching journey began in Scotland, and since then, her passion for education has taken her to diverse locations such as the USA, The Netherlands, Hong Kong, and Switzerland, where she taught English literature.

Over the course of her career, Kirsty has assumed various leadership roles including Head of English B, Head of Year, Vice-Principal/MYP Coordinator, and Middle School Principal. As the ESF Learning and Teaching Adviser, she provided invaluable guidance on learning methodologies, particularly in the implementation of the MYP and evolving pedagogical approaches. Kirsty is known for her expertise in driving pedagogical change, reshaping assessment practices, and fostering collaboration within diverse educational teams.
Kevin Nielsen
Currently the IB Diploma Coordinator at the Canadian International School, Bangalore. Kevin has been involved with the IB for 20 years across 4 continents, both in the MYP and DP. During his time as an educator, Kevin has held several positions of responsibility for History and TOK. He is also a certified Erickson and Lanning CBCI instructor for concept-based education.
Shameek Ghosh
Shameek is currently working as the Diploma Programme coordinator at Xian Liangjiatan International School, Xian, China. He has 17 years of teaching experience in various schools globally and he has been teaching in China since 2016. He has taught Environmental Systems and Societies, Biology and Theory of Knowledge, ATLs, and CAS and holds a variety of leadership positions in a number of subject areas. He has a Master's degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from the University of Nottingham, UK, and the IB Leadership Certificate.