… 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. They ahve relevance within specific disciplines and across subject areas. 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. MYP students use concepts as a vehicle to inquire into issues and ideas of personal, local and global significance and examine knowledge holistically. The MYP prescribes sixteen key interdisciplinary concepts along with related concepts for each discipline.
Students learn best when their learning experiences have context and are connected to their lives and their experience of the world. Using global contexts, MYP students develop an understanding of their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet through developmentally appropriate explorations of:
identities and relationships
personal and cultural identity
orientations in space and time
scientific and technical innovation
fairness and development
globalization and sustainability