The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program provides a framework for education that I very passionate about. Without a fixed curriculum it provides the opportunity for teachers to development learning which is relevant to our students and overlaid with conceptual connections and global contexts. For student the criterion based assessment means that they can clearly identify what is required of them to achieve and further improve. This learning journey is also inquiry based which increases student motivation and deepens their understanding. As a workshop leader I often get the chance to share this passion. The rest of this page just covers some of the areas I am presently heavily involved with at school.
Approaches to learning
The approaches to learning categories and clusters have been explicitly identified by the MYP as the skills which our students will need for the future, and are shown in the diagram below. Across all subjects these skills become a prerequisite for success and are identified, discussed and developed.
To help provide skill development opportunities I have created an ATL skills website for my school. As students begin the MYP it will be used to provide initial explicit skill development lessons for homeroom time. As they progress the site becomes a location to identify support, review progression, identify subject specific ATL skills and finally extend students to develop their own preferred learning strategies. It contains the following sections:
The personal project is a culminating element of the MYP and requires students to complete a suitably challenging individual project where they are required to reach a pre-determined outcome and reflect on this process through a report. Success in the this task really requires students to utilise the ATL skills they have developed through their MYP experience.