All 3 of our IB programmes have 21st century skills built into them. However they were developed at different times by different groups of teachers in different schools. The MYP and PYP both started as different programmes that later came under the umbrella of the IB. Our challenge as a school is to connect them in meaningful ways to produce a coherent programme that runs from pre- school to grade 12 - and it was pointed out that 20% of this year's graduates have actually spent their entire school life here in this international school so the programmes need to flow together and build upon each other. So far, what we have as a way of unifying these 3 programmes is the emphasis on international mindedness and the learner profile. Our challenge this year is to consolidate what we are doing and to identify the desired outcomes - what we want the students to know (the content), what we want them to understand (the concepts) and what we want them to be able to do (the skills), and we also want to know how this is going to look in each grade in the school.
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