At the #MYPDesign TeachMeet I also attended an excellent session "Conceptual understanding in the classroom" by Abril Dulude Matos. I know I am good at using the Key Concepts in my planning and when crafting my statement of inquiry, but I don't have students look much at the individual concepts, (though we do look at the SOI over and over).
Abril suggested doing this at the start of units, by introducing the Key Concept, and firstly asking students 'have you heard this word before?". Students should be able to mention other classes they have heard it in, or outside of school. An example she gave was when she introduced Systems in an MYP1 unit, the students are easily able to refer back to digestive systems they learnt about at the end of the PYP!
I decided to put together a table with all the Key Concepts, for every subject, with the definition and the subject-specific information. I had been meaning to do this for a while, mainly for collaborating with peers, and finding interdisciplinary connections - but now I will also use it to help my students make connections. I'm also working on an MYP Design Slide Deck TEMPLATE - which will have pages to help introduce units, and I will definitely include some of Abril's prompts!
LINK TO MYP KEY CONCEPTS DOCUMENT