ISJ November 2016: The beginning of a blended learning experience in Theory of Knowledge
I have worked as an educator in a variety of different systems and a number of different subject areas for nearly 30 years, including a significant amount of time with the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) and with Theory of Knowledge. When I first became a teacher I was faced with a number of challenges, which included learning about the tools at my disposal to educate students and the harder challenge of actually using those tools in order that students understood the material being presented.
Over the years I became familiar with the tools of my trade, but the challenge of teaching for understanding was a much longer journey that continued from class to class and from student to student. As an educator, one of my aims has always been to help my students gain the understanding and related skills they need to take their academic achievement, both in my subject area and in general, to the next stage. I want my students to have clarity in what they are doing and in why they are doing it.