Starting the IB Diploma Programme (DP) can be daunting, especially since the DP’s core educational concepts can be vague to both students and parents. But critical thinking, reflection, and the other concepts are all incorporated into the actual IB day-to-day coursework. They are skills that are taught and developed over time – so there’s no need to worry. With that being said, with school having started this month for many countries, here are four things a DP student should know as they enter their first month in the IB.
1. Yes, there will be lots of reading
Let’s get this out of the way: there is a lot of reading in IB courses, from novels to plays to memoirs and more. But it’s not a whole book in one night. In most classes, students will be assigned a chapter or two with accompanying coursework that will help guide their understanding of the text and help in creating lively class discussions. Plus, the reading is meant to be thought-provoking and influential – not reading just for reading’s sake.