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The IB Middle Years Program
(MYP) curriculum in details

The IB Middle Years Program (MYP)
curriculum in details

The IB MYP program begins in Grade 6 and follows through to Grade 10. The program entails inquiry-based teaching to ensure that students reach a higher level of critical thinking.

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https://www.ibo.org/programmes/middle-years-programme/curriculum/

Learning Methodologies

At EIS, we pride ourselves in our moving towards
a student led approach rather than the typical teacher led classroom

At EIS, we pride ourselves in our moving towards a student led approach rather than the typical teacher led classroom that focus on memorizing facts.

Our curriculum is concept-based, which is an approach to curriculum design that moves away from subject-specific content and instead emphasizes on key concepts which are “big ideas” that can transfer across multiple subjects.

Meanwhile related concepts are more subject specific and they enrich the learning by giving depth to it through concentrating on developing the language of each subject area.
According to H. Lynn Erickson, a concept - based curriculum:

•Focuses on concepts, principles and generalizations, using related facts and skills as tools to gain a deeper understanding of disciplinary content, transdisciplinary themes and interdisciplinary issues.

•Facilitates conceptual transfer through time, across cultures and across situations.
•Values a solid base of factual knowledge.
•Raises the bar for curriculum and instruction by shifting the focus from memorization to the conceptual level of understanding.
Our curriculum is concept-based, which is an approach to curriculum design that moves away from subject-specific content and instead emphasizes on key concepts which are “big ideas” that can transfer across multiple subjects.
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Teaching and learning in context:

Contextual teaching and learning gives the possibility to students to connect the concepts that they are learning to real life experiences.

Global contexts tunnels the learning toward real world settings, events and circumstances and that in its turn encourages international mindedness and global engagement within the programme.
Like its primary years counterpart, the IB PYP, the IB MYP fosters six global context that are an extension of the PYP’s transdisciplinary themes.
• Identities and relationships
• Orientation in space and time
• Personal and cultural expression
• Scientific and technical innovation
• Globalization and sustainability
• Fairness and development
Global contexts tunnels the learning toward real world settings, events and circumstances and that in its turn encourages international mindedness and global engagement within the programme.

Why is the MYP a better choice for your child ?

Research studies also show that the MYP provides students with an advantage over their counterparts in other programs. For example, a study done on two comparable US schools, one with MYP and one without, resulting in significant increases in performance for math and sciences, as well as a slight improvement in English proficiency and reading.

Although not strictly academic, the MYP program has an added benefit socially for the students. Most notably, students of MYP find themselves to be more globalized, open-minded, and caring for those around themselves. These values both encompass those of the IB program and Eastwood itself: service to others, academic excellence, and making the world a better place.

Sizmur, J., Cunningham, R. (2012). International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP) in the UK, Slough: NFER.

https://www.ibo.org/globalassets/publications/ib-research/mypkeyfindingssheetweb-3.pdf
MYP schools comparison schools, EIS

What other global MYP students
say about the IB MYP?

This feedback is based on an anonymous survey taken by hundreds of MYP students across many international schools, with consistent resulting data.
Sizmur, J., Cunningham, R. (2012). International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP) in the UK, Slough: NFER.

The results are clear, more than 65% either agree or strongly agree that they enjoyed the MYP. Furthermore, an overwhelming majority (also greater than 65%) claim that MYP provided them with a broader learning experience, awareness of other cultures, interest in global issues, and critical thinking skills. Such feedback is clear: students love the MYP.

MYP Subjects:

The IB MYP consists of 8 subject groups which our students benefit from to grow academically and as a global citizen:
  1. Language and Literature
  2. Language Acquisition (French or Arabic)
  3. Individuals and Societies
  4. Sciences
  5. Mathematics
  6. The Arts (Visual Arts and Preforming Arts)
  7. Design
  8. Physical and Health Education (PHE)


The requirement from year 1 to year 3 (grades 6 to 8) is a minimum of 50 hours of instruction per subject group in each academic year. Although for years 4 and 5 (grades 9 and 10) the requirement is a minimum of 70 hours per subject group.
IB student perceptions of taking part in the IB MYP

Program Schedule

What is the schedule like for a typical student
at our IB school in Beirut ?

Students in the Years 1-3 of the IB MYP program are in class 32 hours a week
which offer all eight subject groups. These hours include:


WEEKLY SCHOOL TIMETABLE
NO. MINUTES
6 300
5 for Arabic; 3 for French 250; 150
3 150
6 300
6 300
2 100
2 100
2 100
Students in Years 4 & 5 of the IB MYP program are free to choose between
Visual Arts and Design, and between History and Economics.
These hours include:


WEEKLY SCHOOL TIMETABLE
NO. MINUTES
6 300
5 for Arabic; 3 for French 250; 150
3 150
6 300
7 350
3 150
2 100
In the MYP programme, The students will also be subjected to at least one interdisciplinary unit (IDU) that integrates together concepts, and skills from two or more disciplines and create new understanding. The advantages about IDUs is that students end up expanding their learning with different subjects which leads to collaborations and innovative thinking.
Are you looking for a career in teaching?

We are always looking for dedicated educators who are team-oriented and show commitment to student learning. Teachers who share a belief in the school’s mission, and believe they can contribute to our learning environment are encouraged to apply by submitting their CV online. The school will contact those who they believe are a right ?t for the available vacancies.

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Did you know we offer mindfulness classes starting in nursery?

Students at Eastwood learn and engage in mindfulness practices in forty-minute sessions twice a week with a certified mindfulness educator. Learn more about our new program.

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Did you know we offer the PYP in French?

Eastwood offers the PYP in French due to the significance of the French language to Lebanon’s history, culture, and present day affairs, and due to the rise and growth of French on the global stage. Speaking one of the leading languages of business, education, science, technology, commerce and trade is a form of power and access to greater opportunity, and we aim to provide that power and opportunity to students.

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