Tag Archives: 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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7th Graders (And One Teacher) Learning with Minecraft

Grade 7 seems like the wrong grade to pilot using Minecraft as a learning tool. This is an age where real-world interactions are difficult enough and empathy is sometimes lacking due to the fact that their bodies are rushed with … 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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Creating Infographics: Making Numbers Sing

… Few people will appreciate the music if I just show them the notes. Most of us need to listen to the music to understand how beautiful it is. But often that’s how we present statistics; we just show the … 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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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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Individuals and Societies

Last week Individuals and Societies* launched at YIS to little fanfare and a lot of nerves on my part.  I&S is a two year integrated humanities course being offered as an alternative to the IGCSE History and Geography in grades … Continue reading

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My Postcard From a Hotspot

MYP Humanities Unit Question:  Do humans control the Earth or does the Earth control humans? It’s still strange when my unit plans overlap with real life.  My grade 6 students worked on a unit of study about natural disasters earlier … Continue reading

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