As an MYP teacher I’m always trying to keep up with all of the changes the IB likes to throw our way and figure out the best way to guide my students to achieve the highest marks for each arts criterion. As a moderator for the IB I’ve seen a variety of styles and formats for how to address Criterion A) Knowing & Understanding.
Criterion A: Knowing and understanding
Students discover the aesthetics of art forms and are able to analyse and communicate using specialized language. Students inform their work and artistic perspective using explicit and tacit knowledge alongside an under- standing of the role of the arts in a global context.
In my own classroom I often ask my students to investigate their subject and to demonstrate their understanding through a Process Journal entry, although this is not the only way the students can address Criterion A. The medium and form of the Process Journal entry could initially be created in their sketchbook or digitally in the form of a video/animation, graphic, or through a text-based program and would be scanned/saved in their digital Process Journal Blog.
Although the students have a lot of choice about how they could execute their entry there are a couple of non-negotiable elements such as:
The open-ended nature of these assignments can sometimes intimidate the students and they often want to revert to something they’re comfortable with like essay writing, which is a big no, no for me. I like to show them a lot of options of how they could structure their entries at the beginning of the course so that they can refer to them for inspiration and try different methods to see what works best for them and what works best for each topic they investigate.The challenge is to communicate their learning in a way that doesn’t read like a boring Wikipedia page but that also checks all of the boxes that they need to check for the criterion strands.
Some students also worry too much about making their entries 'pretty' because it's art class and they think that every entry needs to be decorated and scrap-bookish. I try to assure them that the criterion I'm assessing is about knowledge and understanding and not about anything decorative. The work should be readable and the design of the entry should serve the content.
Below are some of the structural ideas that I share with my kids to help them along.
Here are some samples of student Process Journal entries from sketchbooks that my MYP kids created that I thought hit the mark.