In the time I have worked with Jennifer I have found her to be an expert on Concept-Based Curriculum, Mathematics and the IB Diploma's ATLs. She draws upon a strong research base not only in regards to the content material but also in regards to how adults learn most effectively. Jennifer has a bright and engaging presentation style and is equally at ease facilitating large group sessions or smaller departmental sessions. I have found her very willing to adapt and tailor her training sessions to meet the distinct needs of our faculty so that it specifically aligns with our needs. Jennifer is creative in her delivery and literally had the faculty eating out of her hands! She embeds carefully designed processing tasks into her sessions so teachers have the opportunity to process, unpack, distil, challenge, and enhance their thinking. Jennifer's sessions are highly interactive and she is attentive to monitoring where her audience is so that the sessions are paced appropriately. While working at ISM, we have differentiated teacher workshops and Jennifer has worked very closely with myself and the MS Assistant Principal to plan and tailor these sessions. Her guidance and insights have been pivotal to the success of the training sessions and the collective advancement of our CBCI journey.
International School Manila
I attended a category 3 IBDP ATT&ATL workshop that Jennifer led in early April (2016) in Sydney. Jennifer sets an excellent example of what lessons can look like when you want students to be engaged in their own learning and take responsibility for the learning process. When I came back from the workshop I immediately made changes to my lessons and used methods that she had let us 'discover' in the sessions. And although I am nervous about how some aspects might not work, so far my students have just 'run with it' and indicate that they are learning and understanding the concepts. It is fun to prepare new ways for your own students to learn. I truly enjoyed the mini-field trip that put some aspects of teaching and learning even better into perspective.
Jennifer's understanding of classroom dynamics and collaboration, her interpersonal skills and expertise contributed hugely to the overall success of the workshop. If you are a seasoned IB educator and you are keen to learn some new methods for your teaching arsenal, you would enjoy this kind of workshop run by Jennifer!
Kitty Keeman, IB Economics Educator and Examiner
Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction
Concept-Based Mathematics Pre-K to 12