It was a pleasure to visit NAIS Al Khor in Qatar over the weekend to work with their teachers on the implementation of the IMYC in their school. Living in the desert can bring certain challenges for teenagers; these include the early starts to avoid the afternoon heat, which we know doesn’t necessarily align with teenagers’ circadian rhythm – meaning they’re predisposed to sleep for longer in the mornings.
It was great to hear of the work being done in support of the students; the re-design of their curriculum to include the IMYC has been developed using Wiggins and McTighe’s Understanding by Design framework. This framework offers a clear path to the creation of a curriculum that ensures better learning through a backwards design process, thinking first of the students that we want to create and then working backwards to work out how we get there.
I’m excited to see how the implementation of the IMYC goes in Al Khor and looking forward to going back in the New Year to further support their journey. Watch this space for some undoubted great practice to be shared!
As always, please get in touch if you have any questions or ideas! @thereseandrews or. I know that other teachers would also be grateful if you shared your ideas on the Pinboard. Thank you!