Key Concepts: The Arts' four key concepts are communication, aesthetics, identity and change. Before, I was falling into the 'homo faber' trap in that everything music did seemed to fall into communication. I was chatting with the workshop leader about expanding my skillset, and so I started looking at how I could change my protest unit by picking different key concepts. For our activity, I also brainstormed on aesthetics, identity and change. I wanted to see how the unit would evolve under radically different lenses.
Related Concepts: These are 12 concepts that are Performing Arts specific. Using them allows you to dig deeper into subjects. I always choose two or three to use. While we were working on our mini project, for some reason I only chose one (I think I was nervous and trying to play safe!). The workshop leader said that you must always choose a minimum of 2, but perhaps 3, at any given time. He said if you only choose 1, then the topic is too narrow and you finish too early. However, if you choose 2 or 3, then you have more directions in which to take the unit... How could I have missed that? I went back through the guide and saw it wasn't even mentioned. Okay... this is why we are supposed to attend workshops! So that we can get more specific, nuanced help from the IB for when the guide is silent!
Statement of Conceptual Understanding: This is a big-idea sentence, related to the key concept and related concepts, that is true across disciplines. I could take this sentence and apply it across any subject, and it would still be true.
Now, according to our workshop, you are supposed to choose your key concept and your two related concepts, write your statement of conceptual understanding, choose your global context, and then write your statement of inquiry (the old guiding question).
I was totally confused. Whenever I read the guides, 'Conceptual Understanding' was simply the section title for key concepts, related concepts, global contexts, etc. I went looking in my Atlas Rubicon planners, and there's no field for a Statement of Conceptual Understanding. Then I went looking through my ManageBac planners, and couldn't find it there, either.
Okay, so I don't feel so bad for being clueless about this. It doesn't exist in my world!
Global Contexts: These are 6 lenses that allow you to focus your unit. They include:
- Personal & Cultural Expression (the Arts' favourite, but don't over use it!)
- Identities and Relationships
- Orientation in Time and Space
- Scientific and Technical Innovation
- Globalisation and Sustainability
- Fairness and Development
The best to way to pick a Global Context is to ignore the title and dive right into their substrands. That's where you find the meat of them. For example, you might want to do something about health. When you look at the titles, the old "Health & Social Education" AOI is missing. However, when you drill down, you find that health is a substrand of Identities and Relationships.
I found this document on my hard drive. It's fantastic, but there's no copyright information saying, "Don't share" or "Hey, this is mine." I'm going to post it here, and if someone would like me to take it down, I will. However, the people at my table today loved it and I was Airdropping it around. I think you might find it helpful as well.
Of course... what we were taught in the workshop, the feedback I received, and the guide, were all slightly different. I think at the end of the day, Wordsmithing is hard and teachers love to spend hours picking sentences apart. There. That's the end of my snark.
However, I know that tomorrow we'll be developing the units even more, so even though it's the evening and I should be binge-watching YouTube comedians and failing cats, I will be tightening up my units so that I have something to be proud of come tomorrow morning.
Of to start wordsmith. I'm sure it'll go much smoother tonight - today was so loud I could barely think. I like the quiet of falling rain and light traffic 25 floors below me.
Time to get to work.