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.
Just like our students we are always reflective and looking for ways to grow. One of the ways we do this is by gathering feedback from our students. One of my colleagues is doing an online PZ course, which discussed the Ladder of Feedback. She has decided to incorporate this into her student feedback form, which I helped her create yesterday.
I've made a copy, which you can see below. If you want a copy, leave your email (must be gmail) in the comment box (not the 'email' box, as I can't see this)!
Every year we take Grade 10 students to Washington DC. This year we created a range of activities for them to do at the galleries, museums, monuments tour and even at the airport. Each activity had a Global Context and exploration attached. While some of them were very specific to the places we were visiting, a couple were generic (like our classical art memes activity!).
I decided to make more activities that would fit a certain type of place - the first type I am exploring is Art Galleries (I'll do science museums, monuments and more soon).
In this slide you'll see a series of prompts and activities, which can be done at most art galleries. You can either pick out a couple, and present them to the whole class, or print out the whole deck (maybe 6 per page), and hand them out, as mini activity cards. I also tried to make sure that the activities/prompts are short, so that students can still explore the gallery independently, guided by their own interests! Link to the presentation here.
P.S. I have done at least one activity for every Global Context and Exploration...apart from "Scientific & Technical Innovation - The biological revolution". Have any ideas for me? Put them in the comments!
Global Context Overview!
I adapted a Global Context presentation I delivered to my Personal Project students, so that it was about Global Contexts, in relation to the Personal Project, Community Project and also unit planning. This video or presentation could be used for Professional Development sessions, to help teachers who are new to the MYP or for students about to the start their projects. Below is the video and here is the link to the presentation.
Our Middle School Principal has asked me to talk about ATLs in the middle school assembly, and to help his student assembly organizers to continue this weekly. I have decided to share the ideas of teachers in my school, (from my recent ATL training) on the two questions "What is the point of school" and "What does a lifelong learner look like?". I'll use these as a way to describe the Approaches to Learning, including why they are important. After this, I will zoom in and focus on "Practise strategies to reduce stress and anxiety" (Self-Management - Affective Skills). I'll end by showing them the app Headspace, and telling them how this can help them practice and develop this skill. After this, I'll ask students to reach out to the middle-school assembly organizers (students) if they have ideas they want to share in assembly.
Here is the presentation:
If you want some more information about how I will run this session, watch the following video: