• International mindedness

    International mindedness

    'Others, with their differences, can be right.' These words of the IB mission statement guide this one-day or half-day, in-school workshop. How does one prepare young individuals for the challenges and opportunities of a globalised world? What does it mean to educate for a better world? This workshop provides your team of teachers with the tools to develop curriculum that encourages international mindedness and intercultural understanding among your students. In brief, it's about the core business of being an international school. We will draw on theoretical frameworks from the following sources:

    • Geert Hofstede (Cultural Dimensions)
    • Hans Rosling (Gapminder)
    • George Walker (IB)
    • Howard Garder (5 Minds for the Future)
    • The British Council (Intercultural Skills research)

    Participants will receive a workbook, which goes together with the workshop activities and presentation materials. To express interest, send an email to the workshop leader, Brad Philpot.  

    What we explore in this workshop

    Praise for Brad

    "The day was very 'hands-on'. The activities and discussions made us focus on what it meant to be an IB World School. Brad was engaging. He facilitated the day effectively." - Alex Wreth, Berlin Metropolitan School

    Sample agenda

    International mindedness
    08:30 - 09:00 Welcome coffee and introduction
    09:00 - 10:30 Session 1 - Plenary: Why internationalise? What does international mindedness mean to us? How do we implement international mindedness? Intercultural learning, identity and ‘othering’; strategies on how to achieve international mindedness in the school and classroom.
    10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break
    11:00 - 12:30 Session 2 - Break-out group 1: An exploration of Hofstede’s Cultural Dimensions. What questions should we asking our students? What stimulus material should we include in our teaching? How do we create better global citizens?
    12:30 - 13:30 Lunch 
    13:30 - 15:00 Session 2 - Break-out group 2: An exploration of Hofstede’s Cultural Dimensions. What questions should we asking our students? What stimulus material should we include in our teaching? How do we create better global citizens?
    15:00 - 15:15 Coffee break
    15:15 - 16:45 Session 3 - Plenary: presentations from break-out groups. Share our findings with others. Make goals for spreading international mindedness through school.