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International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program

IB MYP Program Video
MYP Program Model
MYP is a framework that organizes state and national curriculum into a consistent format. The aim is to ensure that students are not only knowledgeable about many subject areas, but also develop a genuine understanding and an ability to apply these concepts in new contexts, in preparation for further learning. State and national objectives and standards are the springboard to inquiry-based teaching and learning. Units begin with engaging questions that answer the questions How do I learn best? Why do I have to learn this? What is the long term impact?The MYP philosophy fosters intercultural awareness within units of study. As students mature and develop higher-order thinking skills, they explore the disciplines in increasing depth and realize how those disciplines are linked to each other and to local and global issues.Looking from the inside out and moving from the top down in a clockwise manner, the model above connects the following components of the IB Middle Years Programme.The Learner Profile – Students are inquirers, thinkers, communicators, risk-takers, knowledgeable, principled, open-minded, caring, balanced, and reflective.Approaches to Teaching – Methods and strategies to help all students learn. Global Contexts – Provides a framework for the standards and gives relevance and meaning to the learning. They are:Identities & relationshipsOrientation in space and timePersonal & cultural expressionScientific & technical innovationGlobalization & sustainabilityFairness & developmentApproaches to Learning – Skills students need to manage their learning. They are:Thinking skillsResearch skillsCommunications skillsSocial skillsSelf-management skillsConcepts – Themes and ideas that may apply to a specific subject or span multiple subjects.Action & Service – Requires students to understand, develop, and apply their skills to make a meaningful contributions to their community.Personal Project – A significant piece of work that is the product of the student’s own initiative and creativity. Begins in spring of 9th grade and culminates in the spring of 10th grade.Community Project – A culminating project in the 8th grade year where students plan and implement a service project based off a need in a community.The Eight Subject Areas Visual & Performing ArtsForiegn LanguageDesign (Engineering) Physical and Health EducationLanguage and Literature (English)MathScienceIndividuals & Society (History)International Mindedness – The overarching philosophy of the IB Middle Years Programme.