Grade 8 Movie Soundtracks

A grade 10 unit shifted down to grade 8. I've just gotten an email asking what Criterion B assessments I use for my grade 8 movie soundtracks unit. I'm really…

Grade 9 Beginner Band

Differentiation causes a unit pivot. In the past, our middle school was structured in such a way that I typically had between 16 - 21 students each year for music…

MYP Unit Plan Examples

I don't have completed planners to show you, but you can follow the links above for a general discussion on how I have setup these units. I'll be adding much…

PYP Music Planning

I've had a lot of email questions that pertain specifically to how to plan in the PYP.  The answer is that every school does it differently. However, I can tell…

MYP Unit Planner

The Top of the Unit Plan (The Big Ideas from an IB Workshop) (We started off the Arts Open: Category Two workshop with an introductory workshop in which people had…

MYP Command Terms

There's a lot of jargon in the IB. That's one reason why I started this blog - I felt like I was getting avalanched by the amount of terminology we…

Creative Cycle

In IB World Schools, there are several different iterations of "the cycles."  In the PYP, you have the Inquiry Cycle.  In Design, you have the Design Cycle.  In the Arts,…

Building Quality Curriculum

It's both a common and a proper noun. As educators, we want to be building quality curriculum. See what I did there? It's a common noun. However in the MYP,…

Global Contexts

Global contexts are the lenses through which student study a particular topic.They include:Identities & RelationshipsPersonal & Cultural ExpressionOrientation in Time & SpaceScientific & Technical InnovationGlobalisation & SustainabilityFairness & Development(There is…