Eton Launches International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC)

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Students in grades six through eight are changing physically, socially, emotionally, 
and intellectually. During this time, children are struggling to define themselves as individuals
and in relation to others. They begin to question the role of adults in their lives, and their 
peers take on increasing importance. They face many unique challenges as they struggle 
to find themselves in this transition between childhood and adulthood.

I should know I have two teenage kids already.

Generally, children who are 10 to 15 years of age and in grades six through eight are similar 
in the ways they learn. They tend to learn best by doing, experiencing, and using their 
senses. They often require concrete models and have a need to make relevant associations 
between what they learn and their everyday experiences.

To put in in a general manner, do refer to the table below.

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Ref: Alamance-Burlington School System

With this in mind, I think Eton International School made it sure that their students who are in this stage of learning get the best academic foundation, not witholding the uniqueness of each middle-aged child.

Good to know that Eton International School had launched the latest theme-based international curriculum called International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC) last May 3, through a symposium entitled “Making Connections, Making Meaning,” making it a part of the growing international academic community adopting IMYC worldwide.  The event took place with the parents and educators interested to know more about new innovations in global education, at the Centennial Hall of Manila Hotel.

“IMYC supports a more progressive view of education that recognizes learning takes place outside the classroom and that the role of schools is to prepare students for meeting the open-ended problems they will face throughout their lives,” says Eton International School President Jacqueline Marzan-Tolentino. 

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The International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC) is a curriculum that has been designed to meet the very specific learning and developmental needs of 11 to 14 year olds. The work that went in to creating the IMYC involved several years of research with teachers, headteachers, children, parents, neuroscientists, psychologists and other experts of adolescents. It also drew on the experiences of its sister curriculum; the highly successful and rigorous International Primary Curriculum (IPC).

A crucial determining factor of the IMYC was one we all know, regardless of whether we’re teachers, parents or scientists; that adolescence is a tricky time for many students and adults to handle. One of the researchers whose work influenced the IMYC was Harry Chugani, a neurologist at Wayne State University in Detroit who sums up the state of many students during their middle years: “Adolescence is a time when brains are absorbing a huge amount, but also undergoing so many alterations that many things can go wrong,” he says. “The teenage years rival the terrible twos as a time of general brain discombobulation.”

It is this ‘fine tuning’ of the brain that influences how 11-14 year olds respond to the way they learn and the way they are taught. The very specific needs caused by this fine tuning are addressed and supported in the IMYC and by meeting these needs, the curriculum creates an enriching learning experience for students. At Rainbow International School in Seoul, South Korea, Principal Emin Huseynov says: “Before [learning with the IMYC], our students were using many resources in different classes but they were not able to link any of their subjects. It was a hard way for them to learn. Now with the IMYC it’s different, they make links to all their subjects so all the learning makes sense to them. Now the students are learning together, working as a team, they are learning to work out their problems together and learning from each other. They are happy, the behaviour is good, they are more engaged. They are getting hungry for more learning.”

The International Middle Years Curriculum is now being used by international schools in 18 different countries including those in Qatar, Oman, China, Indonesia, Costa Rica, Kenya, Thailand, Netherlands, Qatar and the USA as well as national schools and academies in the UK.

More information about the International Middle Years Curriculum is available atwww.greatlearning.com/imyc

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