This week I got wear my new MYP Coordinator hat. In particular I had the opportunity to run a 2 hour workshop with teachers before school started. After some discussion with my friend and senior school principal @smarshall575 we decided we wanted the workshop to be both an overview of the big ideas that make up the IB program, and a way to solicit feedback from teachers regarding what they wanted to spend time on this year. I was helped immensely in planning this workshop by my twitter network who shared an awesome playlist of MYP related videos (@amichetti) and pointed me towards the IB’s Opening Classroom Doors resources (@martinj09).
To start the workshop we watched the video below called “Building an Airplane in Flight”. When I first watched this video it occured to me that trying to improve and change our teaching practice during the school year is a little like building an airplane in flight. While we struggle with new assessment practices and try to build inquiry into our units we are also trying to cover curriculum, deal with classroom management issues and all the other stuff that makes a teacher’s day so busy. We are like the guy strapped to the outside of the flying plane trying to bolt on the siding; we know it’s important but it sometimes takes real effort to make it happen.