1. The Personal Project
Class of 2013
Once again, thank you to everyone for your dedication to completing the standardization work for the projects- it was a gruelling task. I have requested an entire teacher only day for this process for next year.
Class of 2014
These students have begun thinking about their projects and have made their initial selection of supervisor. I am working with them to redo their selections as almost all of them selected their lovely homeroom teacher! I have labeled the personal project site Personal Project 2011-2018 to reflect the lifespan of the brand new guide. Please spend some time becoming familiar with this site as it is meant to be comprehensive and easy to use. If it fails in either of these goals, please let me know.
I have added some very specific guidance for supervisors to ensure that everyone knows what is expected. Some things may have remained in my head. Again, please let me know if there is anything unclear.
2. Moderation Samples
Thank you again, for the excellent work in ensuring that all of our samples are beautifully stored on our special Google Site 001529 moderation 2011. I have had praise from IBCA, who wish that “everyone used Google Sites as we do” and several other schools are interested in our strategies.
Please take note that I will be removing teacher access to your moderation work this week and adding access to the external moderators. Once the moderation process is completed, you will have your access returned. The purpose of this action is to prevent any contact between schools and the moderators. All communication must take place via IBCA (IB Curriculum and Assessment- half of whom are in the Hague and half still in Cardiff).
This excellent publication details the origins and purpose of our beloved programme. I especially enjoy the first chapter’s title “Out of Africa” where it all began. Perhaps that is a personal bias.
4. Command terms in the MYP
The IB have published a set of command terms- similar to a project undertaken in the Diploma Programme. The purpose of these terms is to help teachers and students understand what we mean when we use instruction terms.
5. New MYP Self study documents
In conjunction with the new Programmes Standards and Practices (IB, Dec 2010), there is now a new self-study questionnaire. We will be preparing for our next Evaluation Visit starting in the 2011-2012 academic year. Please take the time to become familiar with this document.
6. The areas of interaction
As you will recall, we spent a meeting exploring examples of the different AOIs as they might appear outside of school. Please continue to explore these Bookmarks and add any relevant comments and links. The purpose of sharing these Bookmarks with you is to help you find inspiration for your unit planning. Here are the links once more:
8. Language Portfolios
As part of a larger IB project, we are working with the students to create language profiles as part of a language portfolio. This is envisioned as a life long project for individuals. I have been meeting with different grades on Flexi day to get these started. Over time, I will be sharing this work with you and collecting your responses.