At the International Academy of Smyrna, we are moving towards becoming an IB World school in the areas of PYP (primary years program) and MYP (middle years program). IB has played an important role in changing the lives of students through strong academic curriculum. IB programmes engage students in an international education that provokes an acceptance and understanding of the world around them. You can learn all about the International Baccalaureate at www.ibo.org. Please visit their site because greater detail about the PYP and MYP is given.
International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program
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, of uncertainty and of questioning. The International Baccalaureate (IB) 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.
The programme consists of eight subject groups integrated through five areas of interaction that provide a framework for learning within and across the subjects. Students are required to study their mother tongue, a second language, humanities, sciences, mathematics, arts, physical education and technology. In the final year of the programme, students also engage in a personal project, which allows them to demonstrate the understandings and skills they have developed throughout the programme.
The five areas of interaction:
- Approaches to learning
- Community and service
- Human ingenuity
- Health and social education
If you have further questions about the Middle Years Programme contact: Mrs. Brandi Herbert at 678-370-0980 or brandi.Herbert@iasmyrna.org.
International Baccalaureate: Learner Profiles and Attitudes
The aim of the all IB programs is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world. In doing so IB has create the Learner Profile and the IB Attitudes. These IB-PYP The Learner Profile and the Attitudes are meant to be an explicit part of daily learning, modeled by both students and staff. These are woven into daily school life—the classroom, the cafeteria, at recess, Spanish classes, etc. Students also reflect on the attitudes during learning experiences and assessments. When reinforced at home (or when reinforcing the positive attitudes that students learn at home and other places), these attitudes become second nature for children.
The Learner Profile describes what we want students to become as they put all the components of learning together.
Inquirers: Their natural curiosity has been nurtured. They have acquired the skills necessary to conduct purposeful, constructive research. They actively enjoy learning and their love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.
Thinkers: They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to make sound decisions and to solve complex problems.
Communicators: They receive and express ideas and information confidently in more than one language, including the language of mathematical symbols.
Risk takers: They approach unfamiliar situations without anxiety and have the confidence and independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are courageous and articulate in defending those things in which they believe.
Knowledgeable: They have spent time in school exploring themes which have global relevance and importance. In doing so, they have acquired a critical mass of significant knowledge.
Principled: Students who are principled have a sense of fairness and are honest with themselves and with others. They understand that sometimes there are rules and they follow them. They have an understanding of moral reasoning. How can parents help to develop students who are Principled at home?
- Involve your child in deciding on the rules for a game or activity and then ensure that they stick to the ones that have been decided upon.
- Encourage your child to play games that involve teams. Discuss with your child the qualities of a team player. What sort of person would they want on their team?
- When your child wins a game insist that he or she is a well-mannered winner. They might thank their opponent or shake hands with them if it’s appropriate.
- When playing a game, don’t change the rules or let your child win. Being a gracious loser is just as important as being a good winner.
Caring: They show sensitivity towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a sense of personal commitment to action and service.
Open-minded: They respect the views, values and traditions of other individuals and cultures, and they are accustomed to seeking and considering different opinions.
Balanced: They understand the importance of physical and mental balance and personal well-being.
Reflective: They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and analyze their personal strengths and weaknesses in a constructive manner.
While we want to develop the Learner Profile, Concepts, and a vast array of Knowledge and Skills, these alone do not constitute an internationally-minded student within the IB-PYP. The IB-PYP Attitudes are a vital focus in the development of positive attitudes towards people, the environment, and learning.
- Appreciation: I notice the beauty of people and the world.
- Commitment: I stick to the job.
- Confidence: I believe in myself.
- Cooperation: I work with others.
- Creativity: I use my imagination.
- Curiosity: I wonder about the world.
- Empathy: I understand how other people feel.
- Enthusiasm: I enjoy learning and life!
- Independence: I can think and work on my own.
- Integrity: I tell the truth.
- Respect: I treat others the way I want to be treated.
- Tolerance: I know there are many kinds of people.