PYP & MYP Unit Outlines Bulletin Board Display
This is a picture of my unit outlines bulletin board display. As you can see, I currently teach grades 5 through 10. I needed a method of showing all the essential information on one display and got the grid inspiration from a fellow teacher at school.
The columns represent each grade and so students need to read downwards to access their information. The rows contain the guiding questions, Areas of Interaction descriptions and course outlines. The outlines have specific information about how each criterion will be judged per unit.
At the bottom you see the transdisciplinary skills posters. I think they came out too dark from the printer and am going to reprint them in a lighter colour.
Spanning PYP & MYP
I wanted one bulletin board display that could cover both PYP and MYP classes. This is why the columns go from grades 5 to 10. The big headers have the names of the grades while the sub-headers read the MYP levels. Similarly, the Area of Interaction poster also reads, "Transdisciplinary Theme" and the guiding question poster also reads "Central Idea." One side note -- We aren't technically supposed to be using the term 'guiding question' because someone else has copyrighted the term. However, old habits die hard; it's hard to remember not to talk about guiding questions.
Why did I decorate the board with monsters? I did my teacher training in intermediate / senior education, which is the equivalent of middle and high school years. We were told, "High school teachers think kids don't like colour. It's not true! All kids like colour, so decorate your rooms!" And I have. My classroom is filled with bright colours. I have colorful music scarves hanging from clothes lines. I have inspiration posters. I have monsters decorating my unit outline display board. When I first did up my board, one of my grade 10s came in and commented, "Miss Keus, I'm going to miss your room next year because it's so nice. The other teachers never decorate their rooms much." So yes... my high school room is filled with colourful monsters. That's the way we like.