The IB Middle Years Programme - page 3

Approaches to learning (ATL).
A unifying thread throughout all
MYP subject groups, approaches to learning provide the foundation
for independent learning and encourage the application of their
knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts. Developing and
applying these skills help students learn how to learn.
• Service as action (community service).
Action (learning by doing
and experiencing) and service have always been shared values of
the IB community. Students take action when they apply what they
are learning in the classroom and beyond. IB learners strive to be
caring members of the community who demonstrate a commitment
to service
making a positive difference to the lives of others and
to the environment. Service as action is an integral part of the
programme, especially in the MYP community project.
• Language and identity
– MYP students are required to learn
at least two languages. Learning to communicate in a variety
of ways is fundamental to their development of intercultural
understanding and crucial to their identity affirmation.
MYP projects
MYP projects provide students the opportunity to demonstrate
what they have learned in the MYP. In schools that include MYP
years 5, all students must complete the personal project. In
programmes that include MYP years 4 or 5, schools may offer
students the opportunity to do both the community project and
the personal project. In schools that include MYP year 3 or 4,
students must complete the community project.
• The
community project
encourages students to explore their
right and responsibility to implement service as action in the
community. Students may complete the community project
individually or in small groups.
• Each student develops a
personal project
producing a truly personal and creative piece of work that stands as
a summative review of their ability to conduct independent work.
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