In the middle school grades, Andrew Carnegie Elementary School combines the Common Core State Standards with the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program. It engages students in a curriculum of rigorous academic studies while fostering the development of global-mindedness.
The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP) is a curriculum framework designed to offer inclusive, challenging and age-appropriate education to students in grades 6th-8th. The MYP aims to develop students’ personal, social and emotional well being as they acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes that will support their further learning. The curriculum is underpinned by the IB Learner Profile which consist of 10 attributes that embrace the development of the whole person. Students learn through inquiry, action and reflection across eight subject groups that are connected through key concepts and global contexts. They develop approaches to learning skills across the different subjects that empower them to manage their learning and meet the objectives of the different subjects, and prepare them for life-long learning. Students, in all years of the programme are required to engage in the school’s Service and Action programme that develops their awareness of local and global issues and their commitment to helping others. Students who complete the MYP are well-prepared to undertake the IB Diploma Programme (DP) or Career-related Programme (CP).
The MYP is designed to:
- Teach a broad base of disciplines
- Teach not only the subject content but also how to apply the content in different contexts
- Promote learning in multiple subjects concurrently and identifying linkages through concepts
- Encourage the use of a variety of teaching methodologies
- Emphasize development of the whole student, including the affective, cognitive, creative and physical
- Empower students to participate in service
What’s different about an IB MYP Classroom?
In a traditional classroom…
- The teacher is the center of learning.
- Subject areas are taught in isolation.
- Traditional assessments and learning experiences are the norm.
- Learning is linked to the subject, with hopes that students will make connections to the world on their own.
- Service and action in the community are not highlighted.
But in an MYP classroom…
- Students are the center of learning.
- Connections are made among all subject areas.
- Authentic, real-world assessments and learning experiences are a natural part of the classroom.
- Learning is linked to the world around us through the global contexts.
- Service and action in the community is seen as an extension of learning in the classroom.
The Middle Years Program (MYP) provides a framework of academic challenge and life skills appropriate to this stage of adolescence. The focus of the MYP is the students’ intellectual and social development. Five ideas known as the Areas of Interaction are at the core of the MYP curriculum. These are not isolated academic subjects, but rather are common themes established within and visible across all specific disciplines.
The Middle Years Program provides a framework of academic rigor that encourages students to embrace and understand the connections between traditional subjects and the real world. Learning encourages students to become creative, critical, and reflective thinkers through the use of the IB Learner Profile attributes.
The MYP curriculum requires mastery of eight subjects: Language and Literature, Language Acquisition (Spanish), Individuals and Societies (Social Studies), Sciences, Mathematics, Physical and Health Education, Design, and Visual Arts. The engine driving the MYP through every class moves on the belief that there are different approaches to learning. All students can be taught to be independent problem-solvers with strong study skills.
MYP teachers use internationally published IB assessment criteria as a benchmark for their grading. They provide a variety of assessment tasks, such as open-ended activities, investigations, organized debates, hands-on experimentation, and reflections, allowing students to demonstrate their achievement according to the determined criteria. In addition, the MYP provides experiential learning through service, whereby students take planned action and reflect on their personal growth.
For more information International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program please visit www.ibo.org