IBDP Bio Planner Template Oct 2012


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Here is a more concise version of a planner I put together a couple of years back, designed to align better with MYP. It might help with your planning - it does with mine.

Key to the update are:
- emphasis on concept-based approach
- inclusion of approaches to learning
- explicit section for 4PSOW
- differentiation based on Tomlinson's work
- emphasis on the importance of ongoing assessment and feedback

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  • @bassonist Hi - thanks for the comment. Very much so - I think the concept-based approach is important, yet we need to make the systems work for us as teachers. A planning document should be useful to us, as well as a valuable admin tool.
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  • @msk-ibbio Thanks (I've re-uploaded with another minor update). I'm trying to streamline it, yet include some ideas on differentiation and a section for addressing the 4PSOW. I'll be interested to see what will happen when Approaches to Teaching and Learning are introduced in DP.
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  • As always, thank you. I still use the one from a few years back and this update looks really good. I tried to convince my whole school to adopt the previous version. Will try again with this version.
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  • Thanks for sharing this. You must do your planning very thoroughly.
    I bought a book a couple of years ago 'learning by design' after a blog post you wrote, do your ideas about planning still draw from this approach?
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IBDP Bio Planner Template Oct 2012

  1. 1. IB Diploma Programme IBDP Biology Unit Planner Start: Date Grade Level: Class Unit Plan 01 End: Date Unit title (replace text) Teacher: NameUnit Question: “?”Key Concepts in Biology (explicitly addressed) Significant Concept(s) Structure & function  Equilibrium within systems Universality vs diversity  EvolutionArea of Interaction / Global Contexts Content (topics) summary(give subtopic code and title) Community & Service Environments This AOI will be explored through Health and Social Education inquiry into X.x Title Human ingenuitySummative Assessment/ Culminating Task(s) Content/ Exam Internal Assessment CriteriaTask & Description preparation Design DCP CEUnit test: xMaking ConnectionsLinks with ToK(possible links – can it be communicated to ToK teachers?) How can this unit support or be supported by other subject areas?Developing the Lifelong Learner: Approaches to Learning and the Learner ProfileApproaches to Learning Learner Profile Attributes How will the checked attributes be explicitly addressed in the unit? Self-Management  Inquirers  Open-minded Research  Knowledgeable  Caring Thinking  Thinkers  Risk-takers Social Skills  Communicators  Balanced Communication  Principled  ReflectiveContent: Skills and Knowledge (Learning outcomes stated using command terms)(IB Biology guide here)All assessment statements addressed in the following subtopics: Practical and Information Literacy Skills:Practical Learning Experiences (for entry onto 4/PSOW) Assessment Criteria Addressed (f = formative; s = summative)Task & Description(see lab sheets/ pages for resources required) Hours ICT * Design DCP CE*Key to ICT aims | 1. Datalogging in an experiment 2. Software for graph plotting 3. Spreadsheet for data processing 4. Database 5. Computer modeling/ simulation Stephen Taylor Template updated Oct 2012 to be more concise and align better with MYP i-Biology.net
  2. 2. IB Diploma Programme IBDP Biology Unit PlannerOther Learning ExperiencesTask & Description Resources required(include links where possible)Feedback on Learning (Describe methods of feedback to students used during the unit)Differentiation, Accommodation & Modification(See DifferentiationCentral.com for support with this)Differentiation of process by: Details of how this will be achieved: Readiness Interest Learning Profile/ PreferencePre-assessment and ongoing assessment strategies “All teachers are language teachers.” Accommodations for ESL studentsOngoing Unit Evaluation & ReflectionSuccesses Failures/ Areas for ImprovementSuggested modifications (based on student achievement data) Further notes/ ideas for next cycle Stephen Taylor Template updated Oct 2012 to be more concise and align better with MYP i-Biology.net