(A post I composed last year via Medium). This week our College is in mourning. One of our Year 8 students, Tom, tragically passed away on the weekend. The start of the semester has been a painful one for our students and teachers. We have felt the intense loss and injustice of a young life... Continue Reading →
I first read For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood, and the Rest of Ya’ll Too by Dr. Christopher Emdin two years ago, and I was just enamored with the #HipHopEd approach to intentionally creating empowering learning experiences that draw on the intersection of youth culture and education. This book has been a constant... Continue Reading →
Caring: We show empathy, compassion, and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us. (MYP: From principles into practice, 2014) What stood out most to me as a new MYP teacher was firstly the connectedness of MYP teachers... Continue Reading →
Last year I read For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood and the Rest of Y’All Too by Dr. Christopher Emdin. I was captivated by the idea of reality pedagogies, such a simple and yet powerful approach to teaching and learning. I was particularly inspired by Dr. Emdin’s emphasis on creating classrooms as communities... Continue Reading →
Fellow IB MYP educators, you are more than welcome to use this guide in your own schools. This is a transfer from our online platform at our College. We hope this helps you and your students navigate the Personal Project.
Over the past few weeks our Year 8 cohort have engaged in a genre study inquiry focusing on the horror genre. I decided to try a different approach with my class. Like most middle school learners they are a very energetic and chatty bunch of learners who like to be actively involved in their learning,... Continue Reading →
To develop as an inquiry-based teacher is a continual process and it is often a process of reminding oneself to continually to teach and draw for conceptual understandings, rather than just teaching the content of our subjects. As MYP teachers we are given the challenge and privilege to teach the transferrable key concepts and the... Continue Reading →
Initial planning for inquiry … Inquiry-based learning and collaboration are two of the fundamental non-negotiable elements of planning, teaching and assessing within the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme. MYP From Principles into practice and each subject guide provide the philosophical and well-researched reasons for the push for inquiry-based learning and collaboration. To provide a foundational... Continue Reading →