Hoover IB Bugle
A Spring 2013 Update
A Big IB Round of Applause
Three Fundamental Concepts of IB
It is extremely important to know and be able to articulate each of these concepts -- it's at the heart of IB's educational philosophy. Holistic learning builds natural links for students between individual subjects and the world around them. Students who exhibit intercultural awareness mature to become adults who are able to appreciate other perspectives and cultures. Intercultural awareness encourages tolerance and respect for others, as well as empathy and understanding as they consider others' rights to be different. Communication, both verbal and non-verbal, encourages students to value all forms of communication, including different languages, the written word, and the arts, as forms of expression.
The IB Areas of Interaction
Areas of Interaction are IB's common way of creating holistic connections between content, concepts and the real world. Using an AOI in discussion and activities motivates students (and teachers too!) by making curricular content more interesting, thus further engaging students and improving retention of knowledge.
All teacher must be using AOIs from here out. You don't need an IB unit created to pick an AOI and connect it to learning experiences. Try it out. I'm happy to help brainstorm ideas - don't hesitate to holler.
Ah, before I forget, take a moment check out the interactive bulletin board outside of Eric Hall's classroom for an idea of how to visually accompany an AOI.
Check out what colleagues using the Areas of Interaction are saying...
“Students really got into the whole idea that advancements attributed to human ingenuity in mathematics are so deeply embedded in all we do today. I related it to the historical aspect of Pythagoras, a who was eventually discredited for believing all numbers were rational. At the end of the lesson, students used higher order thinking skills to explain (during a Write to Learn reflection) how they depend on mathematical advancements as part of their daily lives.” -- Patty Cusmano, Algebra I Teacher
"Human ingenuity is at the core of how scientists work. Chemistry students are being encouraged to bring a creative mind to the lab work we’re currently engaged in. Although we always have SOME boundaries in the work we do, with a little outside-of-the-box thinking, who knows what we might come up with!" -- Eric Hall, Chemistry Teacher
"The AOI’s have given me a context for my next unit. The framework of these concepts will allow me to better support students in their independent research by giving them a frame of references. In this manner the AOI’s will limit the confusion about what to do by giving students a starting point that is more authentic and student driven." -- Amber Davison, History
An Appointment with Your Friendly IB Coordinator
Please remember the expectation that each teacher plan and teach two units using the MYP planning model before the end of the year. All units must be uploaded to Atlas Rubicon. At least one of the two units from this year need to have been assessed using the IB published criteria for your subject (find this in your IB subject guide). A third unit will need to be written during the first month of next school year. Hoover and Meredith will be submitting sample units for each subject and grade level with with our application for authorization.
I ask that you bring a unit to share when we meet. If you need help with crafting a unit or want to spiff up an existing unit, this handy checklist will help.