IB Middle Years Programme (MYP)
The MYP teaches through exploring concepts, which are the big ideas that have relevance within and between subject areas. There are sixteen key interdisciplinary concepts explored in MYP subjects, with additional subject specific related concepts.
Students learn best when their learning has a context and is 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.
The MYP curriculum framework comprises eight subject groups, providing a broad and balanced education for early adolescents.
The eight subject groups are:
Studies of Language and Literature
Individuals and Societies
Physical and Health Education
All subjects are studied each year. The IB MYP guides the pedagogy of the programme, that is, how we teach. The content of each course is guided by both the Taiwan Ministry of Education standards and international standards.
PROJECT BASED LEARNING
In the Middle Years Programme projects, students complete a significant piece of work over an extended period of time, on a subject of personal interest.
MYP projects encourage students to apply their learning, and reflect on the outcome of their work. These essential skills help prepare them for success in further study, the workplace and the community.
MYP projects are student-centred and age-appropriate. They enable students to engage in explorations of topics that are relevant and interesting to them through a cycle of inquiry, action and reflection.
The project provides an opportunity for Grade 10 students to produce a personal and creative work. Through completing this project, students use and develop research and self-management skills that are important for their future learning. This project is an assessment task that is moderated by the International Baccalaureate Organization, and is reflective of their learning journey as an IB MYP student.
The community project gives Grade 8 students an opportunity to develop awareness of needs in various communities and address those needs through service learning. The Community Project aims not only to reach self-management and communication skills, but also to allow students to explore personal interest, and demonstrate action through learning
one student at a time...
MYP is a different system compared to other local schools in Taiwan. The way of teaching is more liberal, and sport and activities are more important in this school. I really enjoy my school life with my friends at IIS and appreciate the great environment we have." -Grade 10 student
I consider the MYP at IIS to be very valuable and extraordinary. I believe that this programme has the ability to encourage students to pursue their ATL skills, and understand the relevance of each important task and how it will affect us deeply in the future. I like and enjoy the classes in the MYP. I think that I learn a lot and receive a great amount of knowledge from the courses and classes." - Grade 9 student
"In my opinion, the most valuable aspect of the MYP in IIS is the diverse courses. Sometimes subjects combined are together to provide a special inter-disciplinary experience, and we learn the way to connect things together. This experience constructs a creative mind for students learning in this environment. Studying at IIS for about 2 years, I have also found out that every single student in IIS can have their own speciality - cardboard DIY, piano playing, debate, or even just studying. And what's even better is that people have a chance to learn from each other thanks to the family system, students have more chances to learn from each other."- Grade 9 student
"I think the MYP is a good study environment for us, we can learn the different things in the MYP. In my opinion, the MYP study guide is good for us because we only learn the things that we will be useful in future. The homework and the assessment of MYP don't give us a lot of pressure, which means we can enjoy our learning."- Grade 8 student
Real learning has occurred when students can take action and apply what they are learning in their classes.