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 International Baccalaureate
® IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) PowerPoint Presentation

For further information, please call Mr. Elting, at 494-5665, ext. 250 or email SElting@escambia.k12.fl.us

 

                               

Workman Middle  
IB Middle Years
Candidate School Programme  

IB

2010-2011 

 

What is it?

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The International Baccalaureate Organization’s Middle Years (MYP) Candidate School Program at Workman Middle will provide a framework of academic challenge and life skills for students in grades 6-8. This tuition free, three year program will offer an educational approach that goes beyond traditional school subjects. Successful completion of the program will set your child on the road to success and can serve as an excellent preparation for the IB Diploma Programme currently being offered at Pensacola High School .  There are over 2,000 IB World Schools in 124 countries, 50,000 teachers and 500,000 students aged 3 to 19 years currently benefiting from this high quality international education.  The ultimate goal of the Middle Year Candidate School Program at Workman Middle is to develop students who are active, compassionate, lifelong learners and who will grow to celebrate diversity in our school, our community and the world as a whole.

  

The program also…

 

  • ·         Encourages international-mindedness in IB students, starting with a foundation in their own language, culture and community

 

  • ·         Encourages a positive attitude to learning by challenging students to solve problems, show creativity and resourcefulness and participate actively in their communities

 

  • ·         Reflects real life by providing a framework that allows students to see the connections among the subjects and real issues

 

  • ·         Supports the development of communication skills to encourage inquiry, understanding, language acquisition, and to allow student reflection and expression

 

  • ·         Emphasizes through the learner profile, the development of the whole-student- physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically

 

The Curriculum

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 The Middle Years (MYP) Candidate School Program at Workman Middle will consist of Eight Subject Groups: English, Spanish, Humanities, Sciences, Mathematics, Arts, Physical Education and Technology.

 

These will be integrated through the Five Areas of Interaction: Health and Social Education, Community and Service, Approaches to Learning, Environment and  Homo Faber which provide a framework for learning within and across the subjects. In the final year of the program, students will also engage in a personal project which will allow them to demonstrate the knowledge and skills they have developed throughout the program.

 

Students and parents will also develop an understanding of the IB learner profile. These ten qualities inspire the work of teachers, students and our school. IB learners are: inquirers, thinkers, communicators, risk-takers, knowledgeable, principled, open-minded, caring, balanced and reflective.

 

 

 

 

 

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Assessment

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Teachers organize continuous assessment over the course of the programme according to specified assessment criteria that correspond to the objectives of each subject group. Regular school assessment and reporting play a major role:

  • in the students' and parents' understanding of the objectives and assessment criteria
  • in the students' preparation for final assessment
  • in the development of the curriculum according to the principles of the programme.

Teachers are responsible for structuring varied and valid assessment tasks (including tests and examinations) that will allow students to demonstrate achievement according to the objectives for each subject group. These include:

  • open-ended, problem-solving activities
  • investigations
  • organized debates
  • hands-on experimentation
  • analysis and reflection.

In keeping with the ethos of approaches to learning, schools also make use of quantitative and qualitative assessment strategies and tools that provide opportunities for peer- and self-assessment.

The recording and reporting of individual levels of achievement are organized in ways that provide students with detailed feedback on their progress as it relates to the assessment criteria for each subject group.

   Quality Assurance and Professional Development ________________________________________

Workman Middle is a candidate school because any school wishing to offer the Middle Years Programme and attain IB World School status must first go through the authorization process. This may take 1 to 2 years. The requirements for authorization are the same for all schools, even though the process is administered slightly differently in each IB region. The process is designed to ensure schools are well prepared to implement the programme successfully.

This is a challenging programme that demands the best from both motivated students and teachers. Schools can access an extensive package of IB professional development for teachers and administrators and commit to ongoing professional development. Teams from the organization visit IB World Schools from time to time in order to support an ongoing process of review and development.

Life in the 21st century places many changing demands on students making the transition through adolescence. They are at a crucial period of personal, social, physical and intellectual development and of uncertainty and questioning. The Middle Years Programme is designed to help them find a sense of belonging in the ever-changing and increasingly interrelated world around them and to foster a positive attitude to learning.

 

Workman Middle School      6299 Lanier Drive     Pensacola , FL. 32504     (850) 494-5665

Juanita Edwards: Principal     Traci Ursery: Assistant Principal     Stephen Elting: IB Coordinator MYP

 

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