Hello everyone! Happy new school year (and happy mid-year to southern hemisphere educators).
I haven't blogged for a while, as I have been busy with my new job, my toddler and living in a new place. I've had a lot of requests to access various Google Drive folders, as I think the security settings on the old links changed, so I thought I would put them in a new post.
I always wanted to flag up Enhancing the MYP! As many of you know, all subject reviews are currently on pause, while we look at making improvements to the whole programme. The aims are to make it better for students, easier for teachers and more flexible for schools. While I love the MYP, I know it has a lot of rules, and can be quite a rigid system. The enhancments are aiming to put more power in the educators and schools hands. Also we are aiming to make it better for schools that don't have the full five year programme and schools that a lot of local/national requirements. While a lot of research has been done already to identify some of the problem areas, everything is still on the table! We are about to launch a series of basecamps (online forums), where educators can respond to some guiding questions an share their ideas. This is open to everyone, including teachers who are new to the MYP. If you want to get involved, please fill in this form. Please send to your colleagues/friends too! The more the merrier!
and now on to the links...
-Global Context Posters
-Learner Profile Reader Posters (you could do a similar activity, where students create LP posters for your subject)
-ATL Yeti Posters
-More ATL Posters
-ATL specific skill posters (gathered from the internet - not my designs)
-Learner Profile Posters
-ATL self-assessment docs
Before joining the IB full-time, I was doing some work for Toddle. You can find all their MYP resources here. They have loads of great resources, from printables to explainer videos!
Hope everyone is doing well! I am about to take my first vacation, not during school holidays! Italy here I come!
Full disclosure: I have just moved to the Hague and started a new job at the IB. Future blog posts will probably be flagging up resources the IB have created/shared OR non-IB specific posts (though still with a focus on conceptual understanding, inquiry, visible thinking...and all that good stuff)
"The IB has curated resources that support: our well-being, our learning, our action, and our communities."
The resources on the website are arranged by:
Some of the interesting things you will find when you dig in:
There have been a team of great people working on these resources behind the scenes. When I joined the IB a few weeks ago, many of these resources were almost complete. The only one that I helped with a little was: Adapting MYP units to learn about a crisis — Guidance for educators and schools.
The idea behind this resource is that you can look at your current/upcoming unit's concepts or global context, and then use the questions to make connections. This will help with transfer and and conceptual understanding. It is also a good entry point/tool for starting discussions with your students.
For example, if your unit is using the Global Context of 'Identities and relationships', and/or any of the following key concepts 'Culture / Identity / Relationships / Communities', you could reframe/pivot your unit around the following questions, or simple create space to pause and discuss:
Other resources from other sources:
Know any other useful resources? Add them in the comments!
Ages ago I came across a great little tool for my students - ACCESS FM sentence starters and keywords. I believe this is the original source (message me if not, and I will update). I've used this often with my students and also had them add/suggest their own key words and sentence starters. I decided to make an updated version of this resource, with some additional vocabularly and prompts. Hopefully this is useful! ALSO the ACCESS FM website seems to be down at the moment, but when it is back up and running, you should be able to find it here.
Direct link to the resource. Feel free to make a copy (File > Make a Copy). If you have any suggestions for improvements, send them my way!
This is something I had planned to do a couple of years ago, at the end of a digital illustration unit. However, we never got round to it! Maybe it is something someone else wants to try? Linkhere.
Reflection prompts for student portfolios.
Below are some prompts you can use with students to reflect on a unit/piece of work. These can also used as exit tickets.
I worked with Toddle to create a visual guide to the MYP. This will help educators understand the key elements of the MYP. The document is easy to understand and has some teacher tips and activities for reflection throughout. You can download it here.