A simplified version of how MYP teachers plan units in the classroom
In the MYP classroom, we start with a big idea - the statement of inquiry (SOI) around specific concepts and a global context. What this means is we inquire into a big idea within each subject - take for instance 'systems'. We then make sure that we are connecting to a meaningful idea in the world. In language and literature, we might focus on systems people have to write paragraphs and essays - this is meaningful as we have to be able to organise our writing when we communicate in writing. In science, we might look at ecosystems - this is meaningful as we need to understand how to look after our world. In history, we might look at the industrial revolution - this is meaningful as we explore how to make a better world, etc. Students and teachers then decide on a summative assessment dependent on subject knowledge, skills, and concepts. Then we design formative learning experiences that help students practice the knowledge, skills and concepts and students receive ongoing feedback. We incorporate appropriate Approaches to Learning skills (ATL skills - life skills) - see the full list of ATL indicators here - and learner profile attributes, find resources, and plan our learning experiences. We are constantly encouraging students to inquire, plan, take action, and reflect.
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