Objectives and teaching methods
OTR International School was accepted as a candidate school for the Middle Years Programme of the International Baccalaureate in October 2018. The IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) is an educational framework that integrates with any other educational program. The MYP develops active learners and internationally minded young people who can empathise with others and pursue lives of purpose and meaning. It encourages students in the lower secondary cycle to make practical connections between their studies and the real world, preparing them for success in further study and in life. The programme empowers students to inquire into a wide range of issues and ideas of significance locally, nationally, and globally. The result is young people who are creative, critical, and reflective thinkers.
As part of the IB continuum, the MYP is designed to help students develop the characteristics of the IB learner profile.
It offers students opportunities to:
- develop their potential
- explore their own learning preferences
- take appropriate risks
- reflect on, and develop, a strong sense of personal identity.
At a time when students are establishing their identity and building their self-esteem, the MYP can motivate students and help them to achieve success in school and in life beyond the classroom.
Teaching and Learning
The IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) provides a framework of learning that emphasizes intellectual challenge and encourages connections between studies in traditional subjects and the real world. The MYP focuses on “learning how to learn” through the systematic development of approaches to learning (ATL) skills for communication, collaboration, organization, self-management, reflection, research, informational literacy, media literacy, creative and critical thinking, and transfer of learning. It also fosters intercultural understanding and global engagement —essential qualities for young people today.
Interdisciplinary teaching and learning build a connected curriculum that addresses the developmental needs of students and prepares them for further academic study and life in an increasingly interconnected world. The MYP uses concepts and contexts as starting points for meaningful integration and transfer of knowledge across eight subject groups.