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.
I was invited to give one of the Keynotes at the Noida Pathway's Job-a-Like event! I decided to speak about the importance of the MYP today. My focus was on how important the MYP is for inspiring young people, but also how it helps shape them into better citizens/people who want to make the world a better place!
Here is the slide deck I used. I also had an accompanying slidedeck that people could fill in during/after the keynote. Feel free to use the second slidedeck as a tool for reflection.
Bonus: Check out this video: Educator Tips: Creating a statement of inquiry
Here's another resource I made for Toddle - Global Contexts as a Lens playbook.
This resource shows how changing the global context of a unit can completly change the focus. I've done examples for each subject group, based on common content:
If you haven't noticed yet - Toddle provides many free resources, including workshops, webinars, downloadable resources and blog posts full of ideas. Just click on the 'Learn' button at the top of the homepage
I created the following presentation as an assignment for my course with the University of the People. This presentation has students craft essential agreements with their teacher. It can be used in upper primary school or in student homerooms. The presentation has students look at five general essential agreements, which they can hack (change, delete, combine...). The focus should be on having a small number of 'rules', which can be supported by many procedures/protocols/routines. There is better buy in if the students help craft the agreements, instead of having them imposed by a teacher/the school. The presentation also has an activity for students to describe how the agreements would look in practice, as they are pretty broad/general.
As it was an assignment, in the presentation you can see some of the research/rationale in the speakers notes. I've also made a PDF where you can easily view the speakers notes here. When you open up the presentation you will see that the first slide is 'hidden/skipped' - this contains some information for teachers.
As always, feel free to make a copy and use/edit it to suit your needs. You can do this by going to 'File' (below the document title, not at the top of your computer screen), then selecting 'make a copy'. If you don't work with Google Slides, you can choose to 'download' and save it as a PowerPoint.
I've made it pretty general, so it can be used by any school - there is one slide about the IB Learner Profile, which can be deleted for non-IB schools. Teachers might also choose to add in their school's mission statement.
I've just finished my first term for my "Master of Education in Advanced Teaching Degree" with the University of the People. I am really enjoying it so far. I have another masters from University College London, but didn't enjoy the course so much - I found we had a lot of lecturers and seminars, then one big assignment. UOP gives us lots of reading and multiple-assignments every week (usually a written piece, a portfolio piece and a discussion piece, but there is also a group project you work on for a few weeks). My previous masters was in Libary and Information Studies as I started my career in education, but it wasn't really geared to school librarians. SO I highly recommend the course - you can find out more about it here.
I've decided to start sharing some of the assignments - they might be a little different to my usual content, but hopefully they are useful or interesting to some of you!
Below is the group project we did - an assignment where we picked three different assessment types and explored the significance of each one. I took out the title page, but my teammates were Jonas Bitrus and John Yonas Lavor. This is from the module 'Creating Positive Classroom Environments'. Link to presentation here.
The lovely people at Toddle have put some of my ideas together into a nice resource! I previously posted a few different Key Concept games using photographs (you can see them here and here). I really enjoy doing these activities with students and have found they lead to excellent discussion! The activity, which is free to download here, has eight different games, a series of photos to use (all from Unsplash), key concepts and their definitions and some reflective questions.
Here's a sneak peak:
You can download the full resource here.