The world today has seen many changes across the various sectors of the economy and life in general. It is interesting to note that these changes will be rapid in this new decade and beyond. Technological advancements, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of
Things (IoT), have impacted on every aspect of our lives today. They have indeed made the world a global village. Employers are not just looking for prospective employees with excellent academic laurels but those who can demonstrate competencies in life skills such as thinking, social, research, self-management and social skills. These skills drive every recruitment process. Another fact is that, we do not know what the job market will look like in the future. Most clerical jobs are now being done with the help of technology.
The solution to this is to provide our young people with skills that will develop them into global citizens and problem solvers. There is no better way to do this than through the Middle Years Programme (MYP). The MYP places emphasis on the explicit teaching of the approaches to learning skills (life skills). The ATLs is at the heart of the programme model and really drives teaching and learning in the classroom and beyond. This can be seen in the unit planners, Personal and Community Projects, as well as the eAssessments. Thus, students are required to demonstrate their knowledge in the use of these skills throughout the programme.
This article from the IB website says it all;
“More than 77,800 Middle Years Programme (MYP) students from around the world are receiving their eAssessment results from the May 2019 examination session today.
This represents an 8% increase compared with last year. 819 schools in 98 countries participated, and students received an average score of 36.54 points (of 56 possible maximum).
Regulated by Ofqual in the UK, the MYP eAssessment (on-screen assessments and ePortfolios) aims to challenge students to think critically and independently while solving real-world problems using a broad range of knowledge. 75% of the assessment focusses on inquiry, communication and critical thinking skills, while the other 25% focusses on knowledge and understanding. MYP eAssessments utilise media-rich on-screen examinations that enable creative responses, or responses that require students to manipulate data and present new understandings using much more dynamic methods than on paper”. (IBO, 2019)
This means that teachers must ensure they provide opportunities for students to learn and use these skills. Students must also make the most of these learning opportunities. By so doing, we are preparing our young people for the future.
29 – 31 January, 2020 MYP IDUs (G7-10)
G10 – ID on-screen examinations (31 Jan)
30 January, 2020* Personal Project completion and submission
(*Apologies for the incorrect date in the last bulletin)