Category Archives: IB MYP

How can we help students achieve a conceptual understanding?

Concept-based teaching is one of the approaches to teaching in the IB Programs. What makes Concept-based teaching different from other methodologies is how teachers guide students to move beyond the facts and to find relationships and connections among the concepts … Continue reading

Posted in Concept-Based Teaching and Learning, IB DP, IB MYP, Inquiry, Strategies | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Inquiry-based learning is a lesson on humility

I am writing this blog post upon culminating a very gratifying year or learning and teaching, as my summer break begins, and before the arms of the summer convince me that it is time to slow down and re-charge for … Continue reading

Posted in ATL, Collaboration, Differentiation, IB MYP, Inquiry | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Being Part of the Learners’ Universe

From May 20-27, 2018, I will have the pleasure of hosting the #MYPChat on twitter. Previous hosts have done an extraordinary work by helping us reflect on the value of being connected; by encouraging inquiries into ATL skills, the learning … Continue reading

Posted in ATL, Collaboration, IB MYP, Learner Profile, Service Learning, Strategies | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Approaches to amplifying the IDU Experience

Designing and experiencing an interdisciplinary Unit (IDU) can only be matched by the satisfaction of seeing students taking ownership of their work, and demonstrating how much they’re able to do with what they know. What is more, an IDU allows … Continue reading

Posted in ATL, Collaboration, Curriculum, IB MYP, Inquiry, interdisciplinary learning | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

A Service-led Unit: A Triathlon of Learning

One of the goals for my MYP team at Qingdao Amerasia International School this year was to “regionalize” the IB MYP Standards and Practices. Simply put, this means to generate a series of exemplary resources that serve as guidelines for … Continue reading

Posted in ATL, IB MYP, Service Learning | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Would MYP Teachers be willing to be MYP Students?

One of my mentors used to say that children are creative because they do not believe in “impossible”; that teenagers were charged with hormones to shake up adults, in the hope that they (adults) remember their journey.   I reflect … Continue reading

Posted in ATL, IB MYP, Learner Profile | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

A Global Context is a conceptual lens, not a related concept

Global Contexts in the MYP are perhaps the most misunderstood element in the conceptual framework (key concept, related concept, global context, statement of inquiry), as MYP teachers design the purpose for their inquiry. This misunderstanding is also further enhanced by … Continue reading

Posted in Curriculum, IB MYP, Inquiry | Tagged , , , ,