Hi! Good afternoon.
I was asked about writing a testimonial regarding my experience with IB. Seeing as IB was the single most transformative program I engaged in during high school, I am both proud and pleased to offer my thoughts.
The IB program turned learning into an interactive, critical, and highly engaging experience. This is the kind of learning I (and many other students) adapted to, and the kind of learning environment I began to flourish.
IB English Year 1 with Mrs. Wood in particular, was the single most influential class I took. Until that point, I had been apathetic towards school and had a pretty extrinsic motivation for doing well: namely, getting good grades. IB English took that attitude and revolutionized it. I began feeling more connected with what I was learning, more confident in the skills I was developing, and more expressive with my intelligence. The class turned into an outlet for thought and a culture of idea sharing rather than the stiff “memorization model”. As a result, I became more confident, more outspoken, more dynamic, and more engaged with learning– and I joined Speech Team, something I had been terrified of doing, but always intrigued with. Now as a college student and Foriegn Policy and Security Major, where the classroom is discussion based, I have the unique advantage of feeling comfortable in such an environment. It has allowed me to get ahead where my classmates struggle, and defined the career path I am currently following.
This confidence allowed me to maximize my participation in my other IB courses during my first year, which ultimately led to my deeper engagement and commitment to these classes. My second year of IB deepened these skills I began to develop my first year and gave me the true appreciation for the potential that learning has for transforming individuals!
My experience wouldn’t have been possible with all the wonderful teachers I’ve had along the way, including Mrs. Sutton, Mrs. Beaverson, Mrs. Chapman, Mrs. Huffman, Dr. Malik and Mrs. Wood. And of course Ms. Joseph as well! Everyone I’ve experienced along my IB journey has contributed to my development, and taught me not only about their respective subjects, but about me as a learner and an individual.
Thank you for all your work!
Alexis D. Oberdorf