One of our biggest areas of focus this year has been on creating exciting, challenging and authentic MYP units. Our entire staff have worked diligently to create and re-create units that we think will give students the opportunity to inquire into significant, relevant and engaging concepts, contexts and content; all the while allowing them to develop their ATL skills and the IB Learner Profile Traits. Trust me, you see some of these units on paper and think, “wow!” – this is where the “but” comes in…
The most frequent question I get asked, is along the lines of:
“The unit planner looks great – but what does this look like day to day?”
This, is a fantastic question. After all, the students aren’t typically involved in the unit planning process (although they should be), however they are all intimately involved with the day to day learning in the classroom.
Drawing inspiration from my lovely and brilliant wife, who wrote this fantastic post on her blog Making Good Humans, I have developed a draft of an MYP Learning Experience Planner. Why not lesson planner? Well, I think the word “lesson” implies that the intended learning is over with in one day. It also tends to imply a traditional direct-instruction approach by the teacher (“I’m going to teach you a lesson“). “Learning Experience” carries with it more potential for time, inquiry and excitement.
The planner is divided up into three sections:
1. Framing the Inquiry:
2. Approaches to Teaching:
3. Opportunities for Reflection:
Note that the Statement of Inquiry is a floating header to emphasize its role as the guiding force behind the unit.
So, what can I do better? What am I missing? What should I get rid of? I would love to hear your feedback!
If you’d like a copy for yourself to use, modify or revise, please let me know on Twitter @bondclegg