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What are the Essential Elements of The Middle Years Programme

If you are new to the International Baccalaureate board, you might not be fully aware of how MYP works or what exactly it is.

IB Middle Year Programme gives paramount importance to communication, intercultural understanding and global engagement. The programme also encourages the student to become more creative,  reflective and critical thinkers.

The whole MYP programme was revised in September 2014 to provide the students with a more rigorous and highly flexible framework that powerfully integrates with local educational requirements. New industry-leading onscreen examinations and ePortfolios offer exciting opportunities for reliable, robust digital assessment of student achievement.

To get a better understanding of IB MYP, the following are some of the elements that will help you provide with wholesome knowledge:

  • Approaches to Learning (ATL) – The programme helps you polish your skills, organize and present ideas, how to work in a group and independently and how to strengthen effective skills such as mindfulness and resilience.
  • Conceptual Understanding– MYP focuses on generating ideas and makes sure that it has relevance within and across the subject and pushes students to move beyond the classroom, use learning as a way to connect experiences and ideas within many contexts.
  • Global Contexts– The board makes sure that they develop international-mindedness amongst the students at the same time creating authentic and relevant opportunities for global learning and understanding.
  • Service and Action– Encouraging students to act and make a positive difference in their lives and of others and also develop an understanding of self and responsibility towards the community 

Moreover, recent research showed that, while examining student performance on the International Schools’ Assessment (ISA), this global study which was conducted by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) explored PYP and MYP student performance—in comparison with non-IB students—in subjects like mathematics, reading, and expository and narrative writing.

The data from a total of 50,714 international students, 68% of whom were IB students, suggested that the PYP and MYP cohort performed better than their non-IB peers in all four assessment areas and at many grade levels.

In addition to that the study found that, in comparison with non-MYP students, MYP students generally rated higher in certain non-academic attributes such as international and civic-mindedness as well as global awareness (Sizmur and Cunningham 2013).

Hence, enrolling your child in an international school i.e.,  affiliated to the IB board is a very vital option. MLSI (Mount Litera School International) is one the best schools as they focus on core subjects like maths, science, history but at the same time pay equal attention to communication, social, research and self-management skills.

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