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IBO Musical Voyage
Thanks for coming to my IB music site. I'm happy you've joined me because teaching is such a communal profession; it only gets better when people share!
If you want to read my 'why,' then continue below. If you want to jump straight to curricula, please see PYP Planning, PYP FAQ, MYP, and DP Music.
So why did I start this website? Well... teaching in any school system can be like taking a voyage. Some days there's smooth sailings and other days you feel like you are facing a storm. Always you are working through a journey, or a process. This is a really good analogy for the International Baccalaureate framework, which favours process-work and enduring understandings over mastery / rote learning. IB schools want students to reflect and evaluate on their learning, using metacognition to understand how they came to be where they are. In a sense, students need to understand where they are in their "voyages" and how much farther they need to travel. This is also true of teachers working in IB schools.
When I first started teaching PYP and MYP music, I felt like I wasn't even on a ship... I felt like I was drowning. There was so much terminology and the slight differences between the PYP and MYP programs compounded my confusion. A typical day might have had this conversation, "I was talking to the SET and the SLT about the AOIs in the MYP and the TDT in the PYP. So we looked at the S&S and compared them to the UOIs that are in this year's POI..." WHAT?!
Over time, though, I felt more confident. I started my own journey as an IB music educator. Now I feel like I have a rudder and I know where I'm supposed to be. I'm taking a musical voyage. This website is going to help me document my learning over the past five years and into the future.
My IB resume.
My school's Arts Edublog.