Glossary - MYP

Criterion Based Grading - Under criterion-based grading, teachers assess students against a given set of criteria, which are established by the International Baccalaureate for each of the subject groups - Language and Literature, Language Acquisition, Mathematics, Sciences, Individuals and Societies, Design, Physical and Health Education, and the Arts.

Curriculum All aspects of the teaching and learning process for students in an IB programme, namely its design, implementation, assessment and review.

Descriptors – Course-specific expectations for performance evaluation by the teacher. An example in Science: 1) transformed, manipulated and presented data to provide effective communication; 2) carried out a range of techniques proficiently with due attention to safety; 3) defined problems, formulated hypothesis, selected any relevant variables.

IB learner profile  A set of ideals intended to inspire, motivate and focus the work of schools and teachers, uniting them in a common purpose, and providing a set of learning outcomes for each IB student.

IB philosophy The IB’s set of beliefs and values that guides the development and delivery of its educational programmes. It is reflected in the IB mission statement, the IB learner profile, What is an IB education? and the programme-specific documents that describe and explain each individual programme, all available in the resource and document library.

IB Programme – A worldwide program for K-12 students, divided into four sub-programmes -- Primary Years (PYP) for K-5; Middle Years (MYP) for 6-10; Diploma Programme (DP) for grades 11-12; and the Career-Related Programme (CP) for grades 11-12.

IB World School A school that is authorized to offer one or more IB programmes.

MYP – The Middle Years Programme (MYP) is offered at Robbinsdale Middle School in grades 6-8 and is continued at Robbinsdale Cooper in grades 9 and 10. It culminates in a Personal Project and an MYP Certificate. Service work is required annually. MYP emphasizes thematic learning throughout eight curricular areas. MYP at Cooper is whole-school, with open access to honors and Advanced Placement courses.

You do not have to know all this stuff when you start the programme. We will guide students and parents through the process, giving you the information as you go.

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