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IDU: Entry Points

Guide to Interdisciplinary Teaching & Learning in the MYP at WAB. [Guide by Stephen Taylor (@sjtylr)]

Getting Into IDU

There are many possible entry points into an interdisciplinary learning experience. 

The design of the IDU depends on the nature of the connections. 

Through interdisciplinary learning, students must be learning new things and enhancing their understanding of the contributing disciplines. 

Effective interdisciplinary learning can:

  • enhance authentic & meaningful learning
  • reduce assessment load as subjects connect
  • increase joy in teaching & learning


The page embedded below comes from "Fostering Interdisciplinary Teaching & Learning", the MYP IDU Guide. It outlines many entry points into interdisciplinary learning. 

Entry Points: Fostering Interdisciplinary Teaching & Learning

MYP Subject Criteria
    Prepared by Stephen Taylor & Mitsuyo Nakamura for Canadian Academy, Kobe, Japan.
These are published by the IB with descriptors for MYP 1, 3 & 5. Click to see criteria.
All MYP subjects have four assessment criteria. Clear assessment descriptors for each criterion are published by the IB and used in all MYP classes. Students are given assessment clarifications at the start of each assignment.
(click to view)
Criterion A Criterion B Criterion C Criterion D
Language & Literature (English, Japanese) Analysing Organizing Producing text Using language
Language Acquisition (Japanese, Spanish, ESOL) Comprehending spoken and visual text Comprehending written and visual text Communicating Using language
Individuals & Societies (Humanities) Knowing and understanding Investigating Communicating Thinking critically
Sciences Knowing and understanding Inquiring and designing Processing and evaluating Reflecting on the impacts of science
Mathematics Knowing and understanding Investigating patterns Communicating Applying mathematics in real-world contexts
The Arts Knowing and understanding Developing skills Thinking creatively Responding
Physical & Health Education Knowing and understanding Planning for performance Applying and performing Reflecting and improving performance
Design Inquiring and analysing Developing ideas Creating the solution Evaluating
Personal Project (Assessed in Grade 10) Investigating Planning Taking action Reflecting
Interdisciplinary Learning Disciplinary grounding Synthesizing Communicating Reflecting