Below is a resource made by our incredible MYP Coordinator Carmen Samanes. It's a blank unit planner template, but has links to describe each elements of the unit - from writing the Statement of Inquiry, through to reflecting on the unit when you have finished teaching it. This document can help even MYP newbies to write awesome units!
Sometimes MYP teachers find writing the Inquiry Questions quite difficult. Here's a handy cheat sheet to help you! (These are just guidelines, not 'rules').
For more information on creating Inquiry Questions click here.
In this post I am going to introduce you to Listenwise - one of my favorite resources I have been using recently! What is it? 3-6 minute long NPR stories, which come with activities for your class! Who doesn't love NPR?!
The first thing I want to flag up, is that the website divides it's stories by '"Current events", "ELA", "Science" and "Social Studies", but in reality there are stories to cover all different subjects and topics, (I searched Design and found lots of relevant stories).
I'm going to show you the lesson for 'Animal Farm' and Satire, along with the teaching resources it provides on both the free account and paid account.
With the free version:
With the premium version you can also*:
What I love:
Here's a screenshot of their most recent lessons:
I've created a video showing all the features and how easy it is to use. They also have a support section. If you have any additional questions, leave them in the comments.
On Thursday night I went to seeRon Ritchhart speak at a local school. I think the presentation was really aimed at parents, but I enjoyed hearing him talk more about enculturation and enjoyed him going through the Understanding Map.
Although I was familiar with this already, (my lovely colleague and office mate has it proudly on our wall), I had never really thought about it as a practical tool.
It gave me two main thoughts:
Link to the presentation!
I'll be taking over two science option classes next week to run this class!
How do you use the Understanding Map? Add your suggestions, ideas and examples in the comments!
The slide deck below has some prompts related to Theory of Knowledge (TOK for your MYP students to explore. It does not go into great detail about knowledge claims, knowledge questions, areas of knowledge or other TOK specific areas/vocabulary. The aim of this presentation is to get students used to the ways of thinking that they will experience in when they dive into TOK in their DP classrooms.
You may wish to put some of the prompts into your unit’s Inquiry Questions
This is a work in progress - I will keep adding more ideas and resources to this resource - and would love your input. Do you have any short prompts/questions that would fit in? If so, leave them in the comments!
Link to Presentation.