In our highly interconnected and rapidly changing world, IB programs aim to develop international-mindedness in a global context.
Students at the MYP age range learn best when their learning experiences have context and are connected to their lives and to to the world that they have experienced. When learning becomes meaningful and relevent, students are more likely to be engaged. Teachers can impact on student learning by providing engaging and inspiring global contexts that contribute towards development of the attributes of the IB learner profile. Learning in global contexts enables learners to directly link concepts with their own lives and put knowledge into action (Westera 2009). The contextual learning helps teachers and students answer the important question "Why are we learning this?"
Teaching and learning in the MYP involves understanding concepts in context. When teachers select a global context for learning, they are answering the questions:
• Why are we engaged in this inquiry?
• Why are these concepts important?
• Why is it important for me to understand?
• Why do people care about this topic?