Leigh Ann, Jen and I collaborated on our final Unit of Inquiry this past school year. We had such a great time learning and working together going through ups and downs, sharing ideas on a daily basis, collectively developing our understanding of the PYP, opening ourselves up to new methods/ways of doing things, discovering knowledge new to us and creating our own instructional strategies and methods to best affect our student’s learning.
As this was new ground for us, we drew heavily from our teacher training. Kudos to our lecturers and what we learned at our respective universities, particularly the work of Margaret Barrett, who I had the fortune to study under in Australia and Jen study about in America - and here we meet in Singapore and are using her ideas! Leigh Ann and I had also realized that our students were learning their best when supported with a structure or process and tools such as feedback criteria. In addition, using specific terminology always seemed to help create a common language in which to reflect on and improve learning. This was particularly evident in Language when using the Writing Process and the 6+1 Traits of Writing. So the three of us put our heads together to identify key terminology and synthesize to create a composing process with supportive strategies and criteria for feedback based on the elements of music.
In the spirit of sharing and the power it gave us to become better teachers and enhance student learning we would like to share our work with you. You will find that the IB PYP UOI Planner sets our our planning at the time (we already have ideas for improvement) and ties the other documents together. If you are not familiar with the PYP and planner then you may like to pick and choose the documents that are useful. We are most proud of the work we did creating the two documents; “Music Elements Feedback for Creating” and “Creative Process and Strategies”.