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IB Middle Years Program

The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP) is a programme for adolescent learners aged between 11-16 years in the IB Continuum of Programmes.

This programme places specific emphasis on the holistic development of students and their individual abilities and levels of understanding. Their learning is further broadened with values and sound judgments challenging their emotional, physical, psychological and social well-being.

The IB MYP comprises eight subject groups:

  1. Language and literature
  2. Mathematics
  3. Sciences
  4. Individuals and societies
  5. Language acquisition
  6. Arts
  7. Physical and Health Education
  8. Design

It is mandatory for students to choose subjects from each subject group. These concurrently taught subjects give students an opportunity to develop disciplinary and interdisciplinary learning.

The programme model concentrates on student-led learning in every possible classroom setup. Teaching Learning at Oakridge focuses not only on concepts and content but skills development is an integral part. The Approaches to Learning Skills ( ATLs)  – Social, Research, Communication, Thinking, Self Management are embedded in the teaching units and daily transactions.

The Association of Indian Universities (AIU) has officially accepted the IB MYP in India. The MYP Year 5 (Grade 10) certificate is now accepted as qualifying criteria to apply for higher education or Junior College.

Reference – MYP: From Principles into Practice. http://bit.ly/2OlVNpt

Oakridge believes in exposing students to a variety of skills needed to keep them engaged in self-learning. In line with this, we consistently engage students’ synergies guided by the IB learner profile elements. Broadly the subjects provide students with learning objectives to ensure a base of knowledge in each area of study. In this way, Oakridge affirms the dynamic pattern of the three stages – inquiry, action, and reflection as essential relationships found in every unit of study. The rationale here is to inculcate the habits of going that extra mile in researching the topics, develop critical thinking and above all attain mastery on the subjects The MYP instructional model follows an inquiry-based approach. Students are encouraged to reflect on their learning, formulate their own inquiries for further study and consider appropriate action based on what they have learned.

At Oakridge, we believe in keeping our students up-to-date with technology. Tablets and laptops are used to enhance teaching and learning in the MYP classrooms.

Reference – MYP: From Principles into Practice. http://bit.ly/2OlVNpt

MYP has a “criterion-related” approach to assessment.  Each subject in the MYP is assessed across four criteria. Assessment in the MYP aims to support and encourage student learning by providing feedback on the learning process and exhibit transfer of skills across disciplines including the personal project and interdisciplinary units.

It is an ongoing process that includes diversified practices like written assignments, oral presentations, fieldwork, practical work, role-play, debates, exhibitions, performance, tests and examinations, research papers, peer and self-assessment etc.

The MYP Year 5 culminates with the E-assessment which is a combination of on-screen assessment and portfolios. This is conducted by the IB and leads to the MYP Certificate.

  • On-screen examinations for courses in language and literature, individuals and societies, sciences, mathematics, and interdisciplinary learning.
  • Personal project: a student-centred and age-appropriate extended project in which students consolidate their learning throughout the programme.
  • One ePortfolio from a course of study in language acquisition, the course in physical and health education, arts or design.

In order to obtain the IB MYP certificate, students must meet the school’s expectations for community service. The MYP certificate recognizes that the student has fulfilled all the requirements of the MYP.

Reference – MYP: From Principles into Practice. http://bit.ly/2OlVNpt

Personal Project

An opportunity to showcase the journey of learning through the years spent in the Middle Years Program. It gives a chance to the learner to pick up any topic of interest that is worth a challenging goal. Personal Project can be referred to as “Passion Project” as learner works on a topic of his/her choice, what he/ she is passionate about.

The project encourages students to practice and strengthen their ATL skills and develop an area of personal interest.

It is a mandatory requirement for the IB MYP Certificate.

Service as Action

“Service as Action is an essential component of the MYP, which aims at instilling the must-have 21st-century qualities such as inquirers, caring, self-dependence and self-motivation, where students are encouraged to take meaningful ‘actions’ to reiterate on their roles and responsibilities as global citizens. The programme, through its tenets strongly based on the IB learner profiles and ATL skills, encourages the leaders of the next generation to be risk-takers, knowledgeable and empathetic and ethical future leaders.

At Oakridge, students work independently and collaboratively with their communities and/or NGOs to make a difference in society. Through these works, they provide solid and meaningful evidence of achieving the 7 necessary learning outcomes, which are carefully carved on the fundamental principles of the IB and bring out the best in young minds.

Reference – MYP: From Principles into Practice. http://bit.ly/2OlVNpt


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