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Certain units of inquiry are ubiquitous across school POIs. These units, tried and tested, have deep connections to the transdisciplinary theme and are relevant across cultures and contexts. At Toddle, we believe in the power of sharing ideas and best practices. Join us as we deep dive into the units we all know and love and explore strategies for effectively thinking about and planning these units. 

In this Idea Bank, we will explore a Where We Are in Place and Time- Civilizations unit.

Civilization can be linked with the IB mission statement and its focus on international mindedness. A focus on ancient civilization helps students make connections to the past, understand the economic and political commonalities and differences among cultures, thereby building a global perspective. Created by Maggie Hos-McGrane, this idea bank is sure to become your go-to partner in planning a unit on civilizations.

Use this resource to:

  • Unpack the embedded concepts
  • Design central ideas around related concepts
  • Identify resources you can use in your classroom to bring this unit to life!

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Maggie Hos-McGrane
Maggie has been an educator for over 30 years, 25 of these in international schools in Europe and Asia. She has taught students from age 3 to 18 in the IB PYP, MYP and DP programmes. Maggie has presented at international conferences including ISTE, Learning2, ECIS, AASSA and EARCOS, in Asia, Europe, Africa, North and South America. She is passionate about the power of coaching to transform teaching and learning in schools. Maggie is a Google Innovator and has published several books about digital citizenship and technology integration as well as a recent book about coaching your colleagues in school. Maggie’s blog, Tech Transformation, has been read by over a million educators worldwide. In 2012 Maggie was recognized as one of the 365 heroes of education by Anthony Salcito, the Vice-President of Worldwide Education at Microsoft.
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Unit of Inquiry Idea Bank – Civilizations
Certain units of inquiry are ubiquitous across school POIs. These units, tried and tested, have deep connections to the transdisciplinary theme and are relevant across cultures and contexts. At Toddle, we believe in the power of sharing ideas and best practices. Join us as we deep dive into the units we all know and love and explore strategies for effectively thinking about and planning these units.

In this Idea Bank, we will explore a Where We Are in Place and Time- Civilizations unit.

Civilization can be linked with the IB mission statement and its focus on international mindedness. A focus on ancient civilization helps students make connections to the past, understand the economic and political commonalities and differences among cultures, thereby building a global perspective. Created by Maggie Hos-McGrane, this idea bank is sure to become your go-to partner in planning a unit on civilizations.