The IB recently sent out this tweet which has sparked renewed interest in the Concept-Question cards that I first put together when working as the Grade 3-5 Coordinator and Grade 3 teacher at Yokohama International School in 2008.
I have used them for teacher workshops, PYP Exhibition, parent workshops, and most planning meetings I go to.
Recently, Sam Sherratt wrote a blog post: Being A PYP Teacher Part 1: Carry the Book. The “book” he referred to is Making the PYP Happen. All of the concepts, descriptors, questions and now related concepts that are on the cards, are from this book. I am in agreement with Sam that we need to be so familiar with “the book”. There is a wealth of information about the PYP in there that I think often gets overlooked in favor of other things from other sources. I am all for diversity in ideas but as PYP educators, we do need to make sure we are not passing over some really great ideas in our own program guide.
In the comments that followed on Twitter, the suggestion to add related concepts came up. These are also in the book and some users said that they have added these to the cards themselves. I have now made a quick edit and added them too. Please download and use for good!
Happy conceptual thinking and questioning!
Concept-Question Cards with Related Concepts
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Change – I gave a talk to an a Amuri High School Class in the mid 90’s on Change. Found it interesting in preparing as realized just how much things change and we are constantly adapting. Played David Bowie Changes – have no idea now what I said other than they would need to be prepared to change throughout their life. I do remember saying about the man in charge of the American Patent Office who said at the end of 1899 that there would be no need for the office as everything had been invented.
This was not quite correct but the saying was.
“In 1898, he was appointed as the United States Commissioner of Patents, and held that post until 1901. In that role, he is famous for purportedly saying “Everything that can be invented has been invented.” However, this has been debunked as apocryphal by librarian Samuel Sass who traced the quote back to a 1981 book titled “The Book of Facts and Fallacies” by Chris Morgan and David Langford. In fact, Duell said in 1902:
In my opinion, all previous advances in the various lines of invention will appear totally insignificant when compared with those which the present century will witness. I almost wish that I might live my life over again to see the wonders which are at the threshold.
I do often think of those kids and how they ended up adapting.