Category Archives: MYP Humanities

Creating Questions: Ideation in a MYP World

My students spent a week coming up with a good question. A single question – average around 10 words –  took my 8th graders a week to come up with. In comparison, my students will spend a week actually putting … Continue reading

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Sustainabilty and Inquiry: Asking Questions, Failing and Learning

My kids are failing and struggling and I’ve never been more proud of them. We are in the midst of a project and I don’t know if they are going to get done what I thought they were going to … Continue reading

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Going Old School: Syria and Current Events in MYP Humanities

cc licensed ( BY NC SA ) flickr photo shared by ndbekah I started my grade 10 MYP Humanities class with one of the most “old school” assessments in a long time. It required glue and notebooks and newspapers that … Continue reading

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The New MYP Humanities

If I haven’t said it before, I’m a big fan of MYP. Content takes a backseat to concept-driven curriculum. Skill development is more important than memorizing random facts. And right now we’re going through the growing pains of a new … Continue reading

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Teaching Visually: Propaganda, Population Pyramids, and Infographics

In a grade 12 DP history class, a student might see the following images and have to answer the question: “Using the sources and your own knowledge, explain the role of Chinese youth in the time period between 1954-1975.” In … Continue reading

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Students Inspiring Action and Creating Awareness

The Assignment: Working in small groups or individually, you need to create something that communicates to people what you learned about modern-day Child Labor. It can inspire ACTION or it can CREATE awareness. You have freedom to ask a question … Continue reading

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What Happens When We Play

Never grow up. I don’t mean don’t become an adult with responsibility and the weight of the world on you shoulders. I simply mean … give yourself enough time to play. Play the fool. Goad. Shock. Laugh. Trip over something … Continue reading

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Tweeting the Civil War: Tweeting & Engaging During the 1860s

I have seen a debate between Daniel Webster and John Calhoun escalate into name calling.  I have seen people celebrate the death of John Brown and mourn the assignation of Abraham Lincoln.  I witnessed the US Civil War evolve in … Continue reading

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Things I Know and Don’t Know: Flipped Classroom Edition

I have absolutely no desire to watch a Khan Academy video.  It’s math.  I am scared of math*.  I know there is other stuff on there, but I have always associated Khan Academy with math.  And as I hear more … Continue reading

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Ninth Graders Wearing Ties, Kyrgyzstan, and Kiva Loans

Last Tuesday, 40 ninth graders were confidently presenting elevator pitches to the 2 teachers, the Head of Humanities, the Head of Academics, and the Head of School.  The boys were wearing ties, if you need proof that it was big … Continue reading

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