5 Areas of Interaction
Holistic education is provided through the 5 areas of interaction. These areas give the MYP its distinctive core and are presented in a coherent and creative way through the subjects, through interdisciplinary teaching, projects and special programs.
- Provides a framework for cross-curricular work
- Encourages teaching of concepts, illustrated by content
- By involving all subject the awareness is raised on the integrated subjects
- Provides appropriate learning experiences across all subjects.
- Focuses thinking, like a lens
- Gives a structure for exploration
- Enables teachers and students to strive for depth and richness
- Provides links to issues outside the classrooms.
A) Approaches to Learning
Is concerned with developing:
- Intellectual discipline
In order to create:
- Critical, coherent thought
- Independent ideas
- Problem solving skills
- Decision making power
- Learning how to learn
- Awareness of thought processes
- Strategic use of thought processes
B) Community and Services
Students have the opportunity to extend their learning beyond the classroom by participating in the communities in which they live.
The emphasis is on:
- Developing community awareness and concern
- A sense of responsibility
- Developing the skills needed to make an effective contribution to society
Community and Service is part of every day. Some examples:
Within the school community:
- Providing the catering during school events
- Helping younger children in the preschool or primary section
- Cooking healthy lunches for class and /or parents
- Preparing ‘Dark in the Park’ theatre sessions for younger children and families
- Transporting Christmas trees to families and re-planting them as part of the ‘Lease a Tree’ Christmas tree project
Within the local community:
- Making the community aware of CO2 output
- Assisting with Green week; DG Environment’s annual environmental campaign
- Christmas tree replanting campaign
- Providing art sessions, theatre performances for the local Retirement home
- Organising debating sessions on current issues
Within the international community:
- Making school materials for a preschool in Burkina Faso
- Collecting clothing for Africa
- Collecting toys/baby goods for Eastern Europe
- Organising charity events to raise money.
C) Human Ingenuity
This Area of Interaction is concerned with the products of the creative genius of people and their impact on society and on the human mind.
Students learn to appreciate the human capacity to:
- Improve the quality of life
Students are encouraged to see the relationship between science, aesthetics, technology and ethics.
This area of Interaction aims to develop the students’ awareness of their interdependence with the environments in which they live. Herby aiming to them accepting responsibility for maintaining environment in good order, hereby targeting all levels; immediate, extended neighborhood and world at large to remaining fit for the future!
Children are confronted with:
- Looking after ones own environment
- Looking after and valuing ones own belongings
- Using resources wisely
- Respecting goods belonging to others
- Environment situations at home – saving water, electricity etc.
- Environment issues at school
- Practical solutions are found and put into practice such as reducing packaging, recycling and composting.
- Development of critical thinking in relation to ecology and economics.
- Global political and economic environmental issues
- Balanced understanding develops through: research, discussions, readings, participating in EU conferences and participating in Green Week
E) Health and Social Education
Learning to look after one self is part of educating the whole personality. This follows through from preschool, into Primary and now towards the young adult’s mind. Respect for and liking of one’s own body is the base of a healthy future.
Health and social education aims to:
- Prepare students for a physically and mentally healthy life.
- Become aware of potential ‘hazards’
- Help to make responsible and informed decisions for their own well being
- Extend personal responsibility towards the wellbeing of:
- The well being of others – both physical and emotional
- The physical environment at large.