I really like the PYP Transdiciplinary Skills and look for ways to explicitly integrate them into my instruction. It is a touchstone in helping me make student learning more "split screen", a term that I picked up from the fabulous, amazing and incredible Kath Murdoch in one of her workshops. Not only do I want students to learn content, but I also want them to learn how to learn. Here is a picture that hopefully shows what I want to be going on in the minds of my students:
Anyway....one Transdiciplinary Skill I find not only important for students to learn but also a skill I feel increasingly confident in making explicit is analysis which is:
taking knowledge or ideas apart; separating into component parts; seeing relationships; finding unique characteristics.
One way my class does this is when they analyse a piece of art. One of my aims for this year was to integrate art into my instruction more regularly. The class worked together to analyse a Piet Mondrian painting....you can see below pretty clearly how we went about it:
Students really liked analysing other works of art. This has been a great activity to start art lessons and as the students learn more Elements of Art, they can expand their analysis.
I am explicitly teaching analysis when we look at writing too, just substitute the Elements of Art with the 6+1 Traits of Writing!
ProDivas is a simple sharing approach, teacher to teacher, for our professional development. We collect and share bite-sized practical ideas. Once you take a bite, you may be self-motivated to eat the whole meal! We aim to find ideas supported by research to then apply for “best practice” but some ideas are too good to miss and are just simple “teacher tips”.