Mr. Avery

Course Overview

This is an IB-MYP (International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program) course, which values communication, complete learning, and intercultural awareness. Students will use the design cycle, which is a way of thinking and organizing to help you realize a goal. The design cycle starts with an inquiry and analysis of an issue or topic: understanding the details of a problem and how others are solving the problem. The next step is to develop ideas: generate possible solutions based on all they have learned. Then you begin to create the solution (or to put the plan that you have come up with into action). Finally, you will evaluate both your product as well as your process to determine whether it was a success and reflect on what you could have done differently to obtain a better outcome.

The aims of MYP Design are to encourage and enable students to:

  • enjoy the design process
  • develop knowledge, understanding, and skills from different disciplines to design and create solutions
  • use and apply technology to solve problems
  • develop an appreciation of the impact of design
  • appreciate past, present, and emerging design
  • develop respect for others’ viewpoints and appreciate alternative solutions
  • act with integrity and honesty and develop effective working practices.

Grading & Assessment

IB-MYP Design follows the IB grading scale. Students will receive a final grade for each quarter, as well as a progress grade at mid-quarter. The IB grading scale will be converted to the standard 100% grade scale used throughout Metro Nashville Public Schools.

  • Formative Assessments (daily warm-ups, classwork): not graded
  • Summative Assessments (projects): 90% of grade
  • Classwork/ Homework (asynchronous practice): 10% of grade

Late Work Policy

While I encourage all students to turn in work on time, I will accept work through the end of the quarter in which it was assigned.

IB teachers assess work using content-specific rubrics to determine students’ current level of achievement as students demonstrate their abilities in terms of the four objectives. However, as a school district, we still use traditional letter grades, so teachers have created a scale to interpret the IB scores into letter grades.

Level of achievement General descriptors Letter grade equivalent
0 Does not meet standards N/A
1-2 limited achievement (incomplete, few, minimal) D- to D+
3-4 adequate achievement (some, basic, satisfactory) C- to C+
5-6 substantial achievement (competent) B- to A
7-8 excellent achievement (detailed, relevant) A to A+


Class Essential Agreements

  • Be prepared to learn, work hard, participate, and have fun
  • Be responsible for your learning and the learning of others
  • Be reflective
  • Respect materials, students, and staff
  • Care about safety

Parent-Teacher Communication

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