6 IB blogs to follow for inquiry, inspiration and innovation

The one thing I really, really treasure about my role as an educator is that I am also always learning by –

  • interacting with the students who are always enthusiastic, filled with positive energy, always challenging and taking me beyond the scope of my planning
  • being a part of the IB community – having this insatiable curiosity to dive deeper into this veritable treasure chest of knowledge.

At the same time this journey is made so much easier with the many keys (resources) to open the locked doors (of our minds) along the way, which is why I wanted to share some of these resources with the wider community.

In this post I am compiling a list of some of these keys – my go-to blogs authored by some of the giants of the IB world. I turn to these whenever I need inspiration for any PYP related resources, ideas for how to progress with any concept, strengthening inquiry in the classroom, reflection strategies etc.

This is by no means an exhaustive list, just the ones that I tend to turn towards for the following reasons – 

  • their wealth of years of experience in PYP
  • the way they break down complex ideas into easy to follow strategies.
  • the inspiration and motivation they provide leading to many treasured AHA (‘I can do this too’) moments in the classroom.

So here goes – in random order, and including links to 2 posts for each blog :-

1. What Ed Said – A blog about learning

Link to the blog –

https://whatedsaid.wordpress.com/

2 of her blogs that I enjoyed reading –

The ‘so what’ of learning… – What Ed Said (wordpress.com)

Making Thinking Visible: Chapter Two – What Ed Said (wordpress.com)

2. Sonya Terborg – Innovation, inspiration, education

Link to the blog –

https://sonyaterborg.com/

These 2 posts really helped me understand key concepts and feedback in the pyp classroom

Concept-Question Cards.pages (wordpress.com)

Ladder of Feedback – sonya terborg

3. Just wondering – Kath Murdoch

Link to the blog –

JustWondering — KATH MURDOCH

These 2 posts made me reflect on my understanding on inquiry

7 Lessons from deep in the inquiry trenches… — KATH MURDOCH

What are you noticing? — KATH MURDOCH

4. PYP Teaching Tools – inquiry based tips and tools for teachers worldwide

Link to the blog –

PYP Teaching Tools – Inquiry based teaching tips and tools for teachers worldwide.

Read these 2 of her interesting blogs on PYP teachers and students –

5 Things You Don’t Have To Do As A PYP Teacher – PYP Teaching Tools

6 Steps to Setting Goals with IB PYP Students – PYP Teaching Tools

5. Cristina Milos – A teacher’s wonderings

Link to the blog

https://cristinamilos.education/blogosphere/

2 of her blogs that really helped me stir my thinking 🙂

https://cristinamilos.education/2013/09/15/mathematically-speaking/

https://cristinamilos.education/2013/02/22/thinking-shaken-not-stirred/

6. Class teaching – Finding and sharing teaching ‘bright spots’

Link to the blog

Class Teaching | Finding & sharing teaching ‘bright spots’ (wordpress.com)

2 blogs to read for for deeper understanding of differentiation and feedback –

Differentiation – Some classroom strategies | Class Teaching (wordpress.com)

Focus on Feedback | Class Teaching (wordpress.com)

Do you have your own go-to IB blog that you follow? Do share in the comments and add to this treasure chest 🙂

Do you have a question you would like to ask any of these experienced and expert bloggers. Post it in the comments and I’ll try and get it answered for you!

7 thoughts on “6 IB blogs to follow for inquiry, inspiration and innovation

  1. Sonia ur inspiration for other teachers n student,well versed how to find new ways to teach n ready to learn from students children

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  2. First of all proud to hear you say that you are a learner than a teacher. No wonder all your students like you . Well said , understood and written . Every time you come with a new thought which would useful to the children and even teachers. Thank you .

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  3. Your passion as an educator exudes in your writing. It is an expansive list and I am just on Edna’s posts. It will definitely be one of my go to reads for ideas and inspiration. Thank you!!

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  4. My question: How can students carry on with inquiry through experiments or investigation without being taught about related vocabulary or information.

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