I have had some great feedback on my initial post about specialist/single subject music planning in an IB school. Apologies for not writing this one sooner.
This post is a wrap up of my programming in my 3rd year of teaching in an IB school. Please note I still see myself on a learning journey in my IB planning and each year I change it slightly as I begin to understand the inquiry method better, through professional conversations with people in my workplace and at conferences.
In 2014 I continued to plan linked UOI only where I saw an authentic link and the rest of my program was covered by the Stand Alone UOI running over the whole year.
There are units that went well and units that didn’t, as I’m sure occurs in your classroom too.
2014 was the first year I took part in Exhibition.
While there wasn’t an authentic link with the Central Idea or Lines of Inquiry, I helped my students to create one of their presentation pieces to show their learning over the Exhibition.
To show what the students had learnt through Exhibition they rewrote the lyrics of the song Putting It Out There to reflect their understanding of the CI & LOI. The they arranged, played and recorded all parts of the song into GarageBand, presenting this at their exhibition stalls on their iPads. We used an app called Explain Everything to create a Digital Portfolio, where the parents were able to read the lyrics, see a screen shot of their GarageBand project and play the song at the same time. The song is from Fairbairn, Leehy & O’Mara, 2011, Music Room: A developmental classroom music program, Book 7 –Upper Primary, Bushfire Press
To learn more about Digital Portfolios view my Digital Portfolios blog post.
My units are available for download below. Feel free to use them as a basis to help you plan.
A step by step guide to the Exhibition project is in the pipeline for publishing with Bushfire Press, stay tuned.
I will follow this post in a few weeks with a wrap up of 2015.
Teach to transform!