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This lesson plan was created as a way to introduce the MYP Design Cycle to a group of MYP Year 2 and 3 students (7th and 8th grade). MYP stands for Middle Years Programme of the International Baccalaureate Organisation. While MYP is specific to schools implementing this curriculum framework, the Design Cycle is a great resource for...
This lesson plan was created as a way to introduce the MYP Design Cycle to a group of MYP Year 2 and 3 students (7th and 8th grade). MYP stands for Middle Years Programme of the International Baccalaureate Organisation. While MYP is specific to schools implementing this curriculum framework, the Design Cycle is a great resource for any technology or subject area teacher. The Design Cycle makes students cognizant of the steps they go through in creating anything and the importance of multiple designs and planning. Similar to the planning and brainstorming and organizing that goes into writing an essay, The Design Cycle front loads the process with many important actions happening prior to the actual creation of a product. The cycle also asks students to document their creation and evaluate and reflect upon its effectiveness and their own use of the cycle and performance throughout the project. However, The Design Cycle contains some terminology that students will need to grapple with and understand before going forward in a technology class or before a teacher uses the cycle in his or her subject area. This lesson is meant to introduce students to the Design Cycle and asks them to work in groups to develop definitions for unfamiliar terminology and concepts before completing a "Design Challenge." The lesson can be broken into two parts depending on the timetable of the class.
Any teacher looking for an effective way to teach students how to actually achieve the end goal of creating a final project of any sort will find this interesting. Often teachers assign a project, with little input as to how to go about creating whatever the end product is supposed to be. Students are just asked to 'do it.' The MYP design asks students to engage in the critical thinking of the steps of project completion: investigate, design/plan, create, evaluate. Students are given a skill that they can use in any classroom, any subject area, and really any area of their lives that requires careful thought and planning. Great resource.
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I like how this lessons allows the students to explore and define new terms for themselves. I think this makes any vocabulary learning more authentic. the use of Google-Docs for students to record their findings is an excellent use of technology in this lesson. This lesson also leads to wonderful cross-curricular relationships. This lesson will help to make sure that all students are successful in planning any kind of project, and students can often become overwhelmed with the amount of work in a project. Excellent resource!