Over the years, new boards and curricula get introduced with the purpose of bettering the quality of education for students worldwide. One such board that is benefitting students around the world is the International Baccalaureate (IB). Children who study the IB program are encouraged to think independently and drive their own learning. IB education is replete with innovation with ground-breaking programs like the Middle Years Program that inspires students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world.
So, what exactly is the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program?
The Middle Years Program (MYP) is a challenging framework that comprises of eight subject groups and aims to provide a broad and balanced education for early adolescents. It is a five-year program that requires at least 50 hours of teaching time for each subject group, in each year of the program. The subject groups covered by this program are Language acquisition, Language and literature, Individuals and societies, Sciences, Mathematics, Arts, Physical and health education, and Design. To put it simply, the MYP aims to help students develop their personal understanding, their emerging sense of self and responsibility towards their community.
Let’s find out how this program helps students!
- Use of global contexts
Don’t we all understand things a lot better when we have context? Children are no different. The IB board understands that students learn efficiently when their learning experiences are connected to their lives and their experience of the world. Using global contexts, students of this challenging framework develop an understanding of their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet. The eight subject groups focus on helping students explore more about identities and relationships, personal and cultural identity, orientations in space and time, scientific and technical innovation, fairness and development, and globalization and sustainability.
- Conceptual understanding
Each concept stems from a certain thought process and aims to simplify or solve something of relevance. MYP students use concepts to inquire into issues and ideas of personal, local and global significance and inspect facts and statistics holistically. All MYP subject groups encourage the application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts and thereby provide the foundation for independent learning. Developing and applying their research, communication, and management skills helps students learn and grow into global citizens.
- Effective action
Action and Service are core values of IB education. Students take effective action when they use what they learn in the classroom and beyond. IB students strive to be thoughtful members of the community who show a commitment to service, thus making a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment. To put it simply, the aim of this program is to create socially conscious adults who will go on to make meaningful contributions long after they’ve completed their education.
The IB board has several programs to offer for different age groups. The Middle Years Program, which hopes to develop active learners and internationally minded young people, is just one of them!