Reimagine the focus of commonly taught MYP units using the Global Contexts as a Lens playbook

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A well chosen global context opens students’ eyes to life outside the classroom, increases student-engagement and nurtures global citizens. Yet, as educators, we often fall into the trap of using global contexts to solely narrow down the scope of our units. This playbook aims to shine some light on how global contexts can, and should be, used in a more purposeful way.

Designed by Lenny Dutton, this playbook identifies some commonly taught content/topics across MYP subject groups. It helps us reimagine how said content might be approached differently using each of the six global contexts. It also provides interesting activities that can be done with students and teaching teams alike to explore the powerful role of global contexts.

You’ll learn:

  • How changing the global context can bring fresh perspectives to familiar units
  • How to deepen your students’ exploration of global contexts
  • What kind of opportunities can be created for service and learning transfer

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Lenny Dutton
MYP Coordinator at the International School of Stuttgart, Germany

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Lenny Dutton
Lenny is the MYP Coordinator at the International School of Stuttgart, Germany. She has worked in the UK, America and Germany, as an ATL Coordinator, Personal Project Coordinator, Librarian and MYP Design teacher. She has published two MYP Design books and regularly shares her work on
Curriculum Planning, Inquiry-based Learning
Global Contexts as a Lens Playbook