Good lord the end of the school year was brutal this year. 150+ tests to grade in only three days, plus I had given my MYP4 Math Extended class a trigonometry investigative report to do that the students seemed to think warranted on average 15 pages of writing. NO, I am not kidding. I had to read 28×15 pages about types of trains, gradient, trigonometry, bearings and more. It took me about 45 minutes per student, spread over three weeks of work.
So yeah, July was rough. But now I’ve had one week of vacation (yes, that’s right — we go until July 18 and start up again September 1, how I miss long American summers…) and I’m already excited about the first week of school. Here’s why:
As interested as I am in totally new classes, what’s really cool for me is working on classes I’ve taught for a while but changing the conception to fit with the new framework of the Middle Years Program. I’ve taught MYP4 Math Extended (advanced 9th grade) for three years already always with the same first unit on Sets and Venn Diagrams (including the special number sets, set builder and interval notation), but I’m completely revamping and expanding it. Here’s the new unit:
Unit Title: What’s in a Number?
Statement of Inquiry: We invented the language of math but the universe invented its rules.
I love this idea of a Statement of Inquiry — per IBO, it shouldn’t be a question, it can be debatable, and it gives the big picture of what you plan to look at in the unit. The new framework also calls for various levels of Inquiry Questions to be explored, from Factual, to Conceptual, to finally Debatable.
It was so fun to come up with Debatable Inquiry Questions for my students, and you can really start to see the line to Theory of Knowledge in the Diploma Program. Here are the Debatable Inquiry Questions I’ll try to explore with them or at least have them think about:
The content of the unit has also been way expanded. Here’s my (possibly super ambitious) plan of content to explore in the unit:
Follow-up Questions: Am I insane? Are you also excited for the new school year and already making big plans? Any other MYP teachers excited about MYP: The Next Chapter?