Important note: these documents are used in my own classes, though are not official IB products. They are shared in good faith, but treat them with caution and due diligence. Teachers must always refer to the most up-to-date advice from the subject guides, subject reports on the OCC and experts in the subject.
“Why do we need to plan when we have a subject guide?“
Here’s my response. Sadly, the power of curriculum development as professional development can be lost on many teachers, especially at the DP level. A good unit planner – especially if it forms part of a strong articulated whole curriculum – gives an overview of the teaching and learning that happens in a class. It forces careful thought about the elements of teaching and encourages reflective practice. Of course, you could just fill in some boxes…
With a lot of changes afoot in MYP and DP, I figured it was time for an update based on what I’ve learned through a lot of reading! The GoogleDoc below is a summary of the SL course I’m planning for 2013-15. It looks different to some of the planner sections you might usually see, as I’m thinking about how things might change with the Next Chapter and trying to practice some more coherent – and concept-based – units. It looks better here.
In my current school, we use ATLAS Rubicon for planning, so I’m no longer using Word docs.
However, here’s a planner knocked up to be more specifically useful to the IBDP Sciences.
Tips: it is an A3, double-sided document. The first side could be printed for display in the classroom. I find it easier to save completed documents to pdf to print them to different sizes.
Here is an (older) example for my first short unit of the course: