International Baccalaureate (IB)
Middle Years Programme Update
We have made
great strides on our path to becoming a school authorized to
offer the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB
MYP). Following are some of our accomplishments from the
2011-2012 school year.
grade teachers have created curriculum maps of their classes.
Each map includes multiple units of study that outline the unit
question, concepts, skills, activities, and state standards of
each one. These maps are in the initial stages of
development. They are considered "work in progress" and we
will revisit them every year.
MYP Unit Plans
has documented and taught an MYP unit plan. These plans
are designed based on the information in the curriculum map.
They require teachers to indicate the learning objectives,
assessment activities, 21st century skills, and teaching
strategies included in the unit.
Here are some
examples of unit questions and activities:
How can I make a difference?
Bowls of Hope fundraiser
Are we free?
Class discussion/debate, blogs
How do we deal with negativity?
Real life problem-solving (money, altitude, etc.)
What on earth are you collecting?
Labs, Rock and Mineral Show
What is energy?
Creating a solar cooker and cooking hotdogs in it
How does art challenge you?
Ceramics: coil pots, animal and human sculptural
forms, pottery on the wheel, slab boxes
What is my role in my family?
Listening, writing, speaking, and reading activities;
class discussions, presentations
Why are you going to get off the couch?
Frisbee, badminton, bowling, 4-square, pilates
The unit question is meant to be open-ended and pique students'
interest. Throughout the course of the unit, students are
encouraged to consider the question from different angles and
construct their own response to it.
Activities should also be open-ended and allow students to
respond to the unit question in their own unique way.
A sample MYP
An MYP course outline is similar to a syllabus, in that it is
distributed at the beginning of the school year and provides
information for students and parents about curriculum and class
99% of Teachers Trained
In January, an in-school training workshop was held in the
Distance Learning Lab at WRHS. Fifty people attended,
including teachers, administrators, counselors, and social
workers. In the morning session, the trainer provided an
overview of the MYP; in the afternoon, teachers worked together
in their subject area on subject-specific items. Half of
the fee for the workshop was covered by grant money we received
through the Idaho Association of IB Schools. This was a
cost-effective way to provide training for the remaining members
of ours staff.
IB Learner Profile
The IB Learner Profile is an integral part of the Middle Years
Programme. It is a translation of the IB's mission
statement into 10 learning outcomes for the 21st century:
Wood River Middle School Principal, Mr. Fritz Peters, began the
school year by presenting seven staff pins at the first
all-staff meeting of the year. He recognized seven faculty
members for demonstrating the traits of the IB Learning Profile.
At the following meeting, those staff members passed their pins
onto other individuals who demonstrated similar qualities.
This has continued throughout the school year.
At Wood River High School's Awards Assembly, students were
honored for their academic accomplishments and contributions to
the community. Teachers worked together in departments to
nominate students based on attributes of the Learner Profile.
One student was then selected from the "Top Ten" for the award.
During the 2012-2013 school year, we will continue to implement
the Middle Years Programme. We will refine our curriculum
maps, create and teach more MYP units, and distribute course
outlines at Open House. We will continue to integrate the
Learner Profile into our curriculum and nominate Learners of the
Month based on the ten traits.
I will continue to provide updates on the school website and
through PTSA meetings and presentations. In the meantime,
if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at
firstname.lastname@example.org or visit
Also, you can view FAQs and answers about the IB MYP
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IB MYP Coordinator
Hello! Buenos dias!
name is Jane Walther and I am pleased to introduce myself as the
International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP)
Coordinator. I moved to Ketchum in 1995 and recently moved
back to the Wood River Valley after 12 years in Boise. I
am delighted to be back and working as part of the Wood River
Middle and High School teams!
Boise, I earned my teaching credential in Secondary French and
K-12 ESL. I taught both subjects at an IB school for 11 years.
During that time, I also earned my master's and doctoral
degrees, both in Curriculum and Instruction. I have
enjoyed using my experience and credentials as IB MYP
Coordinator at Wood River Middle School and High School.
The MYP is an innovative educational programme for students in
Grades 6-10 that encourages project-based learning, 21st century
skills, and critical thinking. As an international program,
the MYP is known all over the world for rigorous curriculum
and fostering a positive attitude toward learning. As
displayed in the graphic below, the MYP includes eight subject
Language A (First Language)
- Language B
- The Arts
- Physical Education
At the center of the diagram, the
Learner Profile is the core of the MYP. The programme
embraces a student-centered approach to teaching and
learning, with the aim of developing students who are
Inquirers, Knowledgeable, Thinkers, Communicators, Principled,
Open-minded, Caring, Risk-takers, Balanced, and Reflective.
Take time to view our Learner Profile video below.
Wood River High School is a candidate school* in
partnership with Wood River Middle School for the Middle
Years Programme. This school is pursuing authorization
as an IB World School. These are schools that share a
common philosophy - a commitment to high quality,
challenging, international education that Wood River High
School and Wood River Middle School partnership believes is
important for our students.
*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer
any of its three academic programmes: the Primary
Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), or
the Diploma Programme (and in addition the IB Career-Related
Certificate). Candidate status gives no guarantee that
authorization will be granted.