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.
I have noticed that many schools struggle with providing service opportunities within the curriculum or with students initiating service projects, inspired by the curriculum. Often service projects in schools are very disconnected from the curriculum, and are often just clubs, events and fundraisers.
I put together a slide deck with three main parts:
1. Some key quotes from MYP: From Principles into Practice about Service as Action
2. Some reflection questions for teachers
3. A series of reflection questions for students. These are designed for students to answer at the end of the unit. A teacher might pick one or two for all students to answer or might give them a selection to choose from. Not all will be relevant for every unit and some might seem to be repeated because they are very similar....BUT hopefully, they are useful.
Slide deck is here.