As I come to the end of my time here in Korea. I am in the process of planning a 'New' unit. This year in grade 6 we have decided to create an 'Adventure Challenge' unit. We want the students to plan an adventure challenge for a younger class. Aspects of adventure activities could include Rock Climbing, Orienteering, Archery and Parkour. We will concentrate on teaching Rock Climbing for a couple of weeks, then indulge in the other three. Maybe we might find something different to add too.
I usually look at the Key Concept first. We had a discussion about this but decided the students will be working together on the task so 'Relationships' would be the best key concept to concentrate on. The students have already worked with this concept and putting it into a different context would give them a broader understanding.
The Related Concepts of 'Systems' and 'Environment' came to mind because we knew the students would be working in varied environments and looking at different systems to work within when creating their plans.
The Global Context exploration was 'Processes and Solutions'. We felt looking through this lense would be appropriate for a task such as this as the planning aspect is a process and students would be coming up with solutions for many problems they may find on the way. Collaborating with their peers would sometimes cause conflict and they would have to come up with resolutions.
The ATL skills are as follows:
Social - ii) Collaboration skills - Delegate ad share responsibility for others - Exercise leadership and take on a variety of roles within a group. iii) Organizational skills - Create plans for summative assessments - Set goals that are challenging and realistic.
Self-Management - iv) Affective Skills - Perseverance/ Demonstrate persistence and perseverance - Resilience/ Practice 'bouncing back' after adversity, mistakes and failure.
Thinking - viii) Critical-thinking skills - Recognize and evaluate propositions - Evaluate and manage risk - propose and evaluate a variety of solutions
I think these will all be important. Whilst we will probably cover others, I think it is important to focus on particular ATL skills when going through the unit to make sure you recognize, discuss and teach them well enough for students to take something away.
Of course this unit will develop and we will reflect of how it goes at the end of the unit. As we go through this changes in MYP and take on the challenges that are presented with these changes, we need to adapt and look at different ways of approaching tasks as well as putting giving opportunities for students to 'think' and not just be asked to do something.
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