Developing Conceptual Understanding Statements
Diane Smith
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The MYP as a curriculum framework emphasises the use of concepts to help learners understand the purpose of what they’re learning. Conceptual understanding allows students to inquire into subject-specific content in greater depth, and situate it within real-life contexts.

This video will give you focused insights into the what & how of conceptual understanding and what it looks like in an MYP classroom. Learn how to design a strong conceptual understanding statement with an example in under three minutes!

You’ll learn about

  • MYP as a conceptual curriculum
  • What is a conceptual understanding statement?
  • Steps to create a meaningful conceptual understanding statement

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Some other examples of conceptual understanding statements (including the highlighted  key concepts and related concepts) are:

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Diane Smith
Diane Smith
Diane Smith is an experienced MYP consultant and IBEN member with over 25 years of experience in school education. She has been a reviewer for IB’s new Interdisciplinary learning and teaching in the MYP guide. She was also a part of the original team that developed the IB’s Building Quality Curriculum (BQC) service. Diane currently works as an independent educational consultant based out of her home in Hawaii.
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