WHY WE CARE ABOUT...
The IB Continuum
Meadowridge School is an IB Continuum World School offering the Primary Years (PYP), Middle Years (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (DP). While each programme is distinct in many ways, there are components that tie the programmes together and, thus, create a continuum of programmes and learning experiences for students as they progress from Junior Kindergarten through Grade 12.
What components unify our three programmes?
Central to all IB programmes are the IB Learner Profile, Approaches to Teaching (ATT), Approaches to Learning (ATL) and capstone projects for each programme.
Now, let's explore these four components.
IB LEARNER PROFILE At Meadowridge and for all IB programmes, the IB Learner Profile is at the heart of the kind of learner we aspire to develop. These profiles represent a broad range of attributes that are critical to the development of well-rounded, engaged and responsible citizens of the world. The Learner Profiles are embedded implicitly in our intentions and thinking, and explicitly in our curricular and co-curricular endeavours. You will see these profiles posted throughout the school, in student agendas and in many other places at Meadowridge.
The Learner Profiles aim to develop learners who are:
APPROACHES TO TEACHING (ATT) At Meadowridge and for all IB programmes, teaching is based on six key principles. Teachers in each of the three programmes develop their courses, units and lesson plans with these principles in mind.
- Teaching is based on inquiry. Learning is a process that inspires curiosity, and coupled with skill sets, enables students to be life-long learners.
- Teaching is based on conceptual understandings. Learning about "big ideas" connect content from a variety of disciplines.
- Teaching is based on collaboration. Learning is often a social phenomena and enhanced because of contextual interactions between learners.
- Teaching is differentiated. Learners are individuals and learn best when effective strategies are employed for individuals.
- Teaching is developed in local and global contexts. Learning is optimized when connected to personal and real-world contexts.
- Teaching is informed by assessment. Authentic assessment practices are crucial in supporting learning.
APPROACHES TO LEARNING (ATL) At Meadowridge and for all IB programmes, learning is centred around five overlapping skill sets that have relevance across disciplines. The goal for educators with the ATLs is not only to focus on specific content within the subject areas, but also to ensure that the development of these enduring skill sets are at the forefront of their planning and delivery.
- Communication Skills
Interacting and exchanging thoughts, ideas and information effectively
Reading, writing and listeningUsing language to gather and share information
- Social Skills
Effectively collaborating with others
- Self-Management Skills
Managing time and tasks effectively
Managing one's physical and emotional responses
Reflecting on what has been learned
- Research Skills
Finding, interpreting, judging and creating information
Interacting with media to use and create ideas and information
- Thinking Skills
Analyzing and evaluating issues and ideas
Developing the skills of invention
Utilising skills and knowledge in a variety of situations
CAPSTONE PROJECTS A unique feature of the IB programmes are the capstone projects in the final year of each. These projects require the students to showcase themselves through the lens of the Learner Profile, while incorporating aspects of the Approaches to Teaching and Approaches to Learning in their inquiries.The PYP-Exhibition occurs in the spring of Grade 5 as one of the Units of Inquiry. Students work in collaborative groups to investigate a real-world problem or issue and present their findings to other students, teachers and parents at the annual Exhibition Day celebration.
The MYP Personal Project is undertaken by students throughout Grade 10. Students investigate a topic related to a personal passion or interest.For students in Grade 12, the DP Extended Essay is a research paper of significant depth and breadth, giving students an opportunity to conduct independent research or investigation on a topic that interests them.