To Start Welcome! (5:30) Mixing and Moving (5:35-6:00) –Students – “Getting to Know you Bingo” then join your parents visiting coaches. –Parents – Visit coaches, get student packet and sign up for committees Orientation and Sharing Information (6-7)
Review of the Program We are on a Mission! IB learners have a high Profile!
Special! You are special to be here because –You are smart –You work hard –You care about the world around you –You want to make a difference –You will complete a rigorous course of study and involvement that, when completed, will set you apart from all the other students your age!
MYP Learning is Interactive Approaches to Learning Community and Service Human Ingenuity Environments Health and Social Education
Why is this important? Benefits of a liberal arts education: –“The development of the capacities for critical inquiry associated with liberal learning can be enormously practical because they become resources on which to draw for continual learning, for making decisions in one's life, and for making a difference in the world. Given the pace of technological and social change, it no longer makes sense to devote four years of higher education entirely to specific skills. Being ready on DAY ONE, may have sounded nice [at one time], but being able to draw on one's education over a lifetime is much more practical (and precious). Post secondary education should help students to discover what they love to do, to get better at it, and to develop the ability to continue learning so that they become agents of change -- not victims of it.” »(Michael Roth, President, Wesleyan University, “What’s a Liberal Arts Education Good for?”, The Blog, Huffington Post, May 30, 2012, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-roth/whats-a-liberal-arts- educ_b_147584.html) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-roth/whats-a-liberal-arts- educ_b_147584.html
How does do that? “A successful liberal arts education develops the capacity for innovation and for judgment. Those who can image how best to reconfigure existing resources and project future results will be the shapers of our economy and culture. We seldom get to have all the information we would like, but still we must act. The habits of mind developed in a liberal arts context often result in combinations of focus and flexibility that make for intelligent, and sometimes courageous risk taking for critical assessment of those risks.” »(Michael Roth, President, Wesleyan University, “What’s a Liberal Arts Education Good for?”, The Blog, Huffington Post, May 30, 2012, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-roth/whats-a-liberal-arts- educ_b_147584.html) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-roth/whats-a-liberal-arts- educ_b_147584.html
MYP Curriculum: Looking at your Schedule Grade 9 English 9 Language – Year 2 or 3 of Spanish or French World History and Geography II Biology Geometry or Algebra II or AP Stats Arts (Theatre or Visual Arts) –semester Technology – semester Health and PE Grade 10 English 10 Language – Year 3 or 4, French or Spanish US Gov and VA History Chemistry Alg II or Extended Math Arts: Theatre Arts or Visual Arts (semester) Health and PE Assessments & Personal Project toward MYP Certificate Personal Finance and Econ
MYP Expectations All students entering the program will complete the MYP requirements, including the Personal Project and CAS. All students will remain “in good standing,” as noted in the addendum in All About IB. Students will grow and progress towards the Diploma Program.
Looking Ahead: Diploma Program Curriculum Grade 11 English 11, Year 1 of 2 Year 4 or 5, Spanish or French History of the Americas Biology or Chemistry * Extended Math or Mathematics SL* or Math Studies SL* Psychology SL*, Theatre Arts (Yr 1 of 2), Visual Arts HL (Yr 1 of 2) or Other IB science Theory of Knowledge Language B is now a mandatory 2-year course. This is a change from what is published in our booklet Grade 12 English 12, Year 2 of 2 Year 5 or 6, Spanish or French 20 th Cent. World Topics Chemistry, Biology or an AP science Mathematics SL, Math Studies SL or an AP math Psychology or other elective, Theatre Arts, Visual Arts, or science Theory of Knowledge
DP Expectations All students are expected to progress into the Diploma Program, but they have options to what extent they choose to do so. Students may pursue the full Diploma or they may take a partial IB load as Certificate students. Students are expected to remain in good standing. Students in DP classes will do all assessments and sit for the exams.
Creativity, Action and Service Graduated involvement that focuses on Learner Outcomes: increase their awareness of their own strengths and areas for growth undertake new challenges plan and initiate activities work collaboratively with others show perseverance and commitment in their activities engage with issues of global importance consider the ethical implications of their actions develop new skills
Our CAS Process Grades 9 and 10: 2 goals each year that address creativity, action, or service Current activities such as sports, music lessons, religious training, such as for confirmation or bar/bat mitzvah, count; there just has to be a goal/rationale behind the activity.
CAS Reporting All CAS reporting is done through ManageBac, an online subscription service created by former IB students and teachers Must have an email address Convenient, paperless, no more “lost” papers! Oversight through history class
Personal Project A student-centered project, research-based and interactive, after which the student reflects on what he/she has learned in a paper –The personal project may take many forms, for example: an original work of art (visual, dramatic, or performance) a written piece of work on a special topic (literary, social, psychological, or anthropological) a piece of literary fiction (that is, creative writing) an original science experiment an invention or specially designed object or system the presentation of a developed business, management, or organizational plan (that is, for an entrepreneurial business or project), a special event, or the development of a new student or community organization.
Personal Project Support Seminars Guidebook Blog ManageBac English and other classes Freshmen complete a series of interdisciplinary activities that lay the groundwork for the PP
Assessments Grade 9 –“Practice” in all but Technology –Technology grade COUNTS! It is part of your MYP score! Grade 10 –All classes submit assessments for moderation –Students work on series of assessments over the year –Points accumulate over the year –See “All About IB” or the blog for Assessment Policy and details –Scores convert to a 1-7 grade
Registration: Your tax $$ at work! HCPS pays for registrations and moderation fees Registration is done in English classes and is verified before October 15 deadline Any changes after October 15 will be charged to the student Students may only register for one Arts elective for assessment purposes
Moderation: How we improve Teachers choose representative sample of the spectrum of achievement for each assessment Sent to subject moderators all over the world Accompanied by wealth of background information to put it in context Moderators will validate, increase or reduce scores Provide teacher with “Moderation Report” for improvement
Attaining the MYP Certificate 8 subjects + Personal Project 1-7 grade X 9 = 63 possible points 36 points will achieve the Certificate No 1’s in any subject Can’t have a 2 on PP We have a great support system and record. –Last year, only 3 out of 93 students eligible for the Certificate did not achieve. We would ideally want 100%!!
Rigor and Workload Most workload issues are HIGH SCHOOL issues more than IB issues. IB curriculum is trans-disciplinary, high order thinking, open-ended in content AND concept – this may be new to some students! Paint by numbers Color in the lines Design your own Staying organized is the key!! Tests/projects/major assessments monitored through Google Calendar –No more than 2 per day –Multi-level classes issue –Quizzes not monitored
Technology Platforms Teachers use a variety of platforms to communicate lessons, assignments, homework and upcoming tests –SchoolSpace : for teachers’ individual daily assignment calendars, quizzes, online tests, course documents, and to turn in assignments –HCPSLink: for grade posting and used for assignments -- or provides a link to SchoolSpace. –Google Calendar: Major tests and assignments –ManageBac: for CAS and Personal Project –Turnitin: for authentication, drop boxes and peer editing –WHEN IN DOUBT, COMMUNICATE WITH THE TEACHER VIA EMAIL!!
9 th Grade Challenges Adjustment to high school rigor –Students must think for themselves and at a more sophisticated level Balancing extra-curriculars and fun with school work –TIME MANAGEMENT Making new friends and getting involved –Club Fair in September –Sports, music, drama Transportation to activities
Challenges as you progress Increased academic rigor –9 to 10 –10 to 11 Personal Project/CAS/Extended Essay Time management and balancing activities Assessments/Exams Social life Starting to think about college –Counselor starts this in grade 10, with focus in grades 11-12 –IBMA College fair, HCPS college fairs
Support for Students and Parents Information sharing –“ All about IB” –Blog –Teacher course outlines and syllabi –IB Advisory Council Communication –Blog –School Space –Emails Seminars –Enhance trans-disciplinary thinking –Support PP and CAS Team leaders –Keeping an eye out for crisis –Recognizing student success Breakfasts “Biddle Pass” IB counselor
Communication Parents need a working email for periodic communication both for individual concerns and program news from teachers and from me. 99% of our contact goes out through email! We do NOT use student emails for this purpose!
Breakfasts Parent run and financed To offer fellowship opportunity for the students, teachers, and parents From as frequently as monthly to as infrequently as quarterly
Support Documents Found in “All About IB” and/or on the blog –Academic Honesty Website –Assessment –Language –Special Needs –Good Standing –IBO Rules and Regulations
How parents can support us! Pay the IB fee in August Join the PTA Carpooling groups Program wide committees –Volunteer at HHS –Advisory Council Grade level committees –Breakfast –Learner Profile Gift Bags –IB Ceremony