Making Meaning, Making Connections | Eton International School launches IMYC

Following their IPC launch last April 13, 2013, (read more about IPC here) Eton International School launched another theme-based curriculum for High School students called International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC) last May 3, 2013 at the Centennial Hall Ballroom, Manila Hotel through a symposium entitled “Making Meaning, Making Connections,” making it a part of the growing international academic community adopting IMYC worldwide.
Developed by Fieldwork Education, the organization behind the increasingly popular International Primary Curriculum (IPC), the IMYC is a curriculum that focuses mainly on student learning. Specifically, it responds to the needs of 11 to 14 year-old students by encouraging independence and interdependence in their learning through discrete subjects and themes, providing learning that helps them make connections that are relevant to their own lives.

In this symposium, I learned that we should study how the brain works in general and move to the needs of the adolescent brain, specifically regarding how they make decisions, and why creating a safe environment to take risks is so important. Learning should not be as hard as filling students with so much homework, researches, or projects. Subjects in class are in some ways related; with this, making connections and associating it to one another will make learning easier and students will not feel too much burden in studying. We should help children to learn by making connections with other subjects - for example related subjects like Math and Science could be taught simultaneously.

Also, before shifting or starting teaching something new to students, make sure there are no gaps. Meaning if we want them to understand Calculus, Algebra should be mastered or well taught in order for them to advance. We must predict what they should learn and how to learn to remember things. The brain learns best in high challenge low stress situations so a successful transition from Primary to Secondary with very challenging subjects is hard. We should reduce the stress for students.
IMYC Regional Manager Isabel Du Toit shares that IMYC shows real understanding of the unique philosophy and approach to learning that students at this developmental level require. The IMYC attempts to put theory into practice and openly addresses the challenges that schools face when trying to bridge this gap.

I'm sure you will agree with me that Learning is a continuous process. We try to access learning more than once. So we should really consider thinking of different approaches and methods that are effective to each student. We don't stop to learn because we all want to earn wisdom.

Making Meaning, Making Connections: When people work together, they can achieve a common goal. Success over time requires persistence. Let your students answer this: What do we know? What do we think we know? What do we want to find out?

IMYC supports a more progressive view of education that recognizes learning takes place outside the classroom and that the role of schools is to prepare students for meeting the open-ended problems they will face throughout their lives,” says Eton International School President Jacqueline Marzan-Tolentino.

IMYC focuses on connecting with each other to learn your best. Researching is not about going to the library and being in the computer for a whole day but it also means enjoying, playing, talking to each other, and exchanging ideas. Taking all ideas and bring it to subjects and experiments. It is not playing but developing different channels to enter that learning. IMYC believes that accessing from students and do interesting activities to encourage them to learn is more effective than pressuring them to the point that they thought that school is boring. High school students have harder and challenging subjects so we should be aware of inventive ways to understand them. Let them explore things outside and incorporate them in school. We as parents had this fear when we see changes in our children. Teenagers' changes is a big thing but we should not think of it as a threat rather see it as an opportunity to channel it for them to learn.

After the symposium, the contract signing between Eton and IMYC took place.
For more inquiries about IMYC, please contact Ms. Jolinne Pamatmat at tel. no. 5221003, mobile no. +639166289490 and e-mail address imyc.eton@gmail.com. 
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7 comments:

  1. Hi Irene...this is a bit off-topic but I'm in search of a school for my daughter. It's still early because I plan to enroll her next year pa. She's staying in her old school this year for kindergarten. But I'm at a lost and would appreciate your help :)

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  2. I think adding some independence in the learning process lets students develop some form of ownership for their actions.

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  3. "When people work together, they can achieve a common goal." --> It's nice that as early middle school, our kids are taught teamwork... In the work scenario (at least where I come from, it's very seldom that a task (and credits) are given to just one person. We just have to learn to co-exist.

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  4. Haven't heard this kind of learning. This is new especially to me. I think I will be needing your opinion pag malapit na mag aral kiddos ko.

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  5. IMYC focuses on connecting with each other to learn your best. Researching is not about going to the library and being in the computer for a whole day but it also means enjoying, playing, talking to each other, and exchanging ideas. - Suddenly, I wanted to return to school again. :)

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  6. This is my first time to read about this kind of learning. Will check some details and research more- this is interesting. Thanks for sharing

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  7. Thank you for the info. I am working in an international school, and we are trying to widen our connections with other international schools.

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