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5 Areas of Interaction

Students may answer the following questions as they explore the visual arts through the lenses

of the Areas of Interaction.

Human Ingenuity:  In what way has art influenced knowledge?  How have the visual arts evolved

over time?  To what extent do people change through art experiences?

Community and Service:  How does art communicate across time and cultures?  Does a

community shape visual art?

Health and Social Education:  How can the visual arts help and influence others? 

What behaviors and attitudes will I seek to change in myself through what I have learned in the

visual arts?

Environments:  How can my experiences in visual arts help impact the school environment?

What do I want to change?

Approaches to Learning:  How do I plan and organize my work effectively?  What will I

do differently in the next unit of work?

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IB MYP

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Approaches to Learning


 

IB Middle Years Programme

What is it?

     The International Baccalaureate Organization’s Middle Years Program at J. H. Workman Middle School provides a framework of academic challenge and life skills for students in grades 6-8. This tuition free, three year program offers an educational approach that goes beyond traditional school subjects. Successful completion of the program will set your child on the road to success and can serve as an excellent preparation for the IB Diploma Programme currently being offered at Pensacola High School. There are approximately 989 IB World Schools in 75 countries offering the Middle Years Programme. J. H. Workman  is proud to be the first middle school in the entire panhandle of Florida to offer this engaging, high-quality international education.  The ultimate goal of our Middle Years Programme is to develop students who are active, compassionate, lifelong learners and who will grow to celebrate diversity in our school, our community and the world as a whole.

 

The program also… 

  • Encourages international-mindedness in IB students, starting with a foundation in their own language, culture and community
  • Encourages a positive attitude to learning by challenging students to solve problems, show creativity and resourcefulness and participate actively in their communities
  • Reflects real life by providing a framework that allows students to see the connections among the subjects and real issues
  • Supports the development of communication skills to encourage inquiry, understanding, language acquisition, and to allow student reflection and expression
  • Emphasizes through the learner profile, the development of the whole-student- physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically
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The Curriculum

     The MYP consists of Eight Subject Groups: Language and Literature (English), Language Acquisition (Spanish or Chinese),  Individuals and Societies (Humanities), Sciences, Mathematics, Arts, Physical Education and Health  and Design (Technology).

     These will be integrated through Global Contexts, Approaches to Learning and Concepts which  provide a framework for teaching and learning within and across the eight subjects. In the eight grade, all students will be responsible for a culminating activity known as the Community Project which will allow them to demonstrate the knowledge and skills they have developed throughout the program.

Students and parents will also develop an understanding of the IB learner profile. These ten qualities inspire the work of teachers, students and our school. IB learners are: inquirers, thinkers, communicators, risk-takers, knowledgeable, principled, open-minded, caring, balanced and reflective.

 

Assessment

     Teachers organize continuous assessment over the course of the programme according to specified assessment criteria that correspond to the objectives of each subject group. Regular school assessment and reporting play a major role:

  • in the students' and parents' understanding of the objectives and assessment criteria
  • in the students' preparation for final assessment
  • in the development of the curriculum according to the principles of the programme.

     Teachers are responsible for structuring varied and valid assessment tasks (including tests and examinations) that will allow students to demonstrate achievement according to the objectives for each subject group. These include:

  • open-ended, problem-solving activities
  • investigations
  • organized debates
  • hands-on experimentation
  • analysis and reflection.

     In keeping with the ethos of approaches to learning, schools also make use of quantitative and qualitative assessment strategies and tools that provide opportunities for peer- and self-assessment.

The recording and reporting of individual levels of achievement are organized in ways that provide students with detailed feedback on their progress as it relates to the assessment criteria for each subject group.

 

Quality Assurance and Professional Development

     In June, 2012 Workman was fully authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization as an IB World School joining the ranks of only 890 other school in 75 countries to offer the Middle Years Programme. The requirements for authorization are the same for all schools, even though the process is administered slightly differently in each IB region. The rigorous process schools must go through to achieve World School status is designed to ensure schools are well prepared and committed to implement their programmes successfully.

This is a challenging programme that demands the best from both motivated students and teachers. Schools can access an extensive package of IB professional development for teachers and administrators on the IB Online Curriculum Centre (OCC) and must commit to ongoing professional development for the principal, teachers and the coordinator at official IB workshops. Authorized schools must be re-evaluted every 4 years the standards and practices continue to meet the expectations of the IBO. Teams from the organization visit IB World Schools from time to time in order to support an ongoing process of review and development.

Life in the 21st century places many changing demands on students making the transition through adolescence. They are at a crucial period of personal, social, physical and intellectual development and of uncertainty and questioning.The Middle Years Programme isdesigned to help them find a sense of belonging in the ever-changing and increasingly interrelated world around them and to foster a positive attitude to learning.

Link to International Baccalaureate Organization

www.ibo.org The International Baccalaureate® (IB) is a non-profit educational foundation, motivated by its mission, focused on the student. Our three programmes for students aged 3 to 19 help develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. Founded in 1968, we currently work with 3,318 schools in 141 countries to develop and offer three challenging programmes to over 985,000 students aged 3 to 19 years. 

  

IB Learner Profile

The IB learner profile is the IB mission statement translated int a set of learning outcomes for the 21st century.  The learner profile provides a long-term vision of education.  It is a set of ideals that can inspire, motivate and focus the work of schools and teachers, uniting them in a common purpose.

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Parent Portal

Dear Parents:

It is very important that you stay up on your child's grades and progress throughout the school year. The link provided below will allow you to access your child's progress in all classes. Please check it on a regular basis to ensure we are doing all we can to help your child succeed. 

 

This site is the parent portal and you can log in to check all classes and grades. There is also a student gradebook portal located on the district home page under students. If you have any questions please call 494-5665.

 

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