IB in Methow Valley Schools
Methow Valley Elementary School and Liberty Bell High School are authorized IB – Primary Years Program (PYP) and Middle Years Program (MYP) World Schools. This framework helps ensure consistency and coordination of curriculum and instruction across grade levels.
Teaching and Learning
In the IB framework, we celebrate the many ways people work together to construct meaning and make sense of the world.. An IB education empowers young people for a lifetime of learning, independently and in collaboration with others. It prepares a community of learners to engage with global challenges through inquiry, action and reflection.
Sustained inquiry forms the core of the written, taught and assessed curriculum in IB programs. IB programs feature structured inquiry both into established bodies of knowledge and into complex problems. Prior knowledge and experience establish the basis for new learning, and students’ own curiosity provides the most effective provocation for learning that is engaging, relevant, challenging and significant.
Principled action, as both a strategy and an outcome, represents the IB’s commitment to teaching and learning through practical, real-world experience. IB learners act at home, as well as in classrooms, schools, communities and the broader world. Action involves learning by doing, which enhances learning about self and others. IB Schools value action that demonstrates a concern for integrity and honesty, as well as a strong sense of fairness that respects the dignity of individuals and groups. Principled action means making responsible choices, sometimes including decisions not to act. Action in IB programmes may involve service learning, advocacy and educating self and others.
Critical reflection is the process by which curiosity and experience can lead to deeper understanding. Reflective thinkers must become critically aware of their evidence, methods and conclusions. Reflection also involves being aware of potential bias and inaccuracy in one’s own work and in the work of others. An IB education fosters creativity and imagination. It offers students opportunities for considering the nature of human thought and for developing the skills and commitments necessary not only to remember, but also to analyse one’s own thinking and effort—as well as the products and performances that grow from them.
Through inquiry, action and reflection, IB programs aim to develop a range of thinking, self-management, social communication and research skills referred to in IB programs as “Approaches to Learning”.
Effective teaching and learning requires meaningful assessment. IB World Schools clarify the purpose of student assessment, the criteria for success and the methods by which assessments are made.
Assessment is ongoing, varied and integral to the curriculum. Assessment may be formal or informal, formative or summative, internal or external; students also benefit by learning how to assess their own work and the work of others.
IB students demonstrate what they know and can do through consolidations of learning, culminating with the PYP exhibition and the MYP personal project, The entire school community can be involved in providing feedback and support as students demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and mastery of skills.
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The IB Continuum (video)