As I approach the end of my first year as Head of IPC here at Fieldwork Education I’d like to reflect on the great opportunity there is for the IPC to connect teachers and students throughout the world who are focused on improving learning.
The IPC is used in over 90 countries around the world and this last year has given me the privilege of seeing it in action in four countries. Through the wonders of technology I’ve managed to speak with many, many more, usually via Skype.
While there might be differences in student population, in national requirements and in geography, it has been amazing to see the similarities in the learning taking place. Some of the benefits I have seen for children learning with the IPC include: developing a sense of International Mindedness, seeing the lifelong value in developing Personal Learning Goals and learning with enjoyment and rigor.
I have discussed with school leaders from all sorts of different schools the magic of the curriculum units being used at the same time in different countries. Our online notice board which we call Pinboard is also coming up to a year’s anniversary and it has been thrilling to see the amount of ideas being shared and the interaction by teachers on it. Recently there have been posts by teachers planning their next unit asking who else is looking at that unit and would they like to connect to enhance and share the learning experiences.
Our colleagues at the wonderful Creative Minds Charter School in Washington DC gave a workshop at our Festival of Learning in London in July and shared some fantastic ways to collaborate and celebrate International Mindedness, Mystery Skype being one of them. International Mindedness is of course one of the 3 areas of learning that is core to the IPC, along with Personal Learning and Academic Learning.
As this blog develops we will share many more ideas from educators on their great practice involving the 3 areas of learning.
Our company’s mission Improving Learning lies at the heart of all that we do and we will look at what this means for schools in future posts.
We want to celebrate great practice in schools all over the world and would love to hear more from our member schools firstname.lastname@example.org and also our non-members email@example.com so please do get in touch. I will also share in this blog the developments we are making within the IPC as well as relevant educational research or events that may be of interest, but if there are stories you would like to share or aspects you would like to read about, please let us know.
We look forward to learning together.