I am very excited about tomorrow. Why? Because I’m spending the day as an MYP student! I will be live tweeting my experience all day via @bondclegg.
To understand my reasoning behind this day of learning, I’ll go with a why, how what model:
- To promote the idea of a community of learners, instead of a traditional school where only students are seen as learners (Not professional learning communities that are popular at many schools, but an environment where everyone is learning from one another and learning becomes a shared experience between children and adults)
- To build empathy for our students
- To model “teacher as learner”
- To experience all the amazing learning experiences that my colleagues develop
- To develop the IB Learner Profile Traits
- To learn!
- First, I made sure to inform my administrators to ensure I had support for this day
- I contacted teachers to see who might be interested in having an extra student in their class
- I then built my schedule to allow me to experience at least one class from each MYP year
- Teachers were kind enough to provide me with any preparatory learning that I had to complete prior to attending their class
- I made sure I had my device, writing materials, calculator, PE clothes and a lunch! (Thanks goodness it’s dress down day…no uniform needed!)
My schedule for the day:
Block 1 – MYP 2 Mathematics
Block 2 – MYP 2 Arts (Visual Art)
Block 3 – MYP 5 Language and Literature
Block 4 – MYP Phase 2 Langauge Acquisition (Arabic)
Block 5 – MYP 4 PHE
Block 6 – MYP 3 Individuals and Societies
I wanted to ensure I saw the full spectrum of the MYP years, while at the same time scaffolding myself as a learner (hence MYP 2 math, art and phase 2 Arabic!).
This is something I’ve wanted to try for a long time and I’m very curious to see what I learn, what the students think about having me in the classroom and what my colleagues think.
To be continued after my day of learning…