… in accordance with the IBO educational philosophy, encourages students in becoming:
The focus of ATL in the MYP is to equip students with the right tools and attitude to become lifelong, effective and independent learners. Approaches to learning encompasses skill-building in the following areas- Organization, Collaboration, Communication, Information Literacy, Reflection Thinking and Transfer where “learning how to learn” lies at the core.
Teachers should purposefully choose various teaching strategies that put students in the center of learning and has a focus on inquiry. Furthermore, different approaches to teaching help students meet subject group objectives; support the development of effective ATL skills; and are meaningful preparing students to achieve high levels of performance in the unit’s summative assessment. Approaches to teaching also support the idea of differentiation, modifying teaching ideas to meet the needs of the diverse learners.
The overall philosophy of the programme is expressed through three fundamental concepts that support and strengthen all areas of the curriculum. These concepts are based on:
– intercultural awareness
– holistic learning
Concepts are big ideas, which form the basis of teaching and learning in the MYP. These concepts engage students not only in higher order thinking, helping them to connect facts and topics with more complex conceptual understanding but also to relate them to real life issues. Furthermore they provide a focus for transferring knowledge and understanding across disciplines and subject groups.
The IB Middle Years Programme consists of five interactive areas providing global contexts for learning. Areas of interaction help students to make a connection to the outside world and encourage interdisciplinary thinking. See below a more detailed explanation for the Areas of Interaction.