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The Middle Years Program in the Classroom

Dale Thompson, Of the Record staff

How does the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program work in the classroom?

On Wednesday the Park City Education Foundation hosted an information session to answer basic questions about the program. Teachers also presented, and explained, how they use IB concepts in the classroom.

The IB Middle Years Program focuses on eight subjects: humanities, technology, mathematics, art, science, physical education, foreign language and literature.

One of the key components of the IB Middle Years Program is integrating these concepts in the classroom so students begin to understand how their learning relates to things outside of a particular subject matter.

"It’s breaking down the walls and corridors of schools," IB Coordinator Abdul Rasool said.

Here is how teachers are accomplishing this:

Jamie Duis, a science teacher, said the IB program helps give purpose to her lessons. She recently used an article from Time magazine as a conversation piece in the classroom and encouraged students to discuss the topic and how it relates to their lives. The piece was about younger generations having increased access to technology and the effects of constantly being "plugged in." She also asked students the effect of technology on the "haves" and the "have nots."

Wanda Taylor, a physical education teacher, discusses what it takes to get a college scholarship or engages students with questions about what swimming stroke would be the most effective to save their life in certain scenarios, such as being stuck in the middle of the ocean.

Danielle Clark, a language arts teacher, said last year several ninth-graders did a research project about the effectiveness of grades and found them to be ambiguous. She now uses the IB rubric system to grade the writing assignments, which designates a number, 1-7, in several different areas, a reflection of how well the student understands different concepts of the assignment.


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