Teaching Developed in Local and Global Contexts
In IB programmes, learning contexts should be (or should model) authentic world settings, events and circumstances. Contexts for learning are chosen from global contexts to encourage international mindedness and global engagement within the programme. The IB encourages teachers to design units around a range of ideas and issues that are personally, locally, nationally, internationally and globally significant.
The image below indicates the relationship between the PYP transdisciplinary themes and the MYP global contexts.
In the table below, you will find some examples about the explorations that can be conducted in each global context in various MYP subjects. Nonetheless, it is important to remember that Global Contexts have the power of changing the focus of a unit and, therefore, these examples must not be seen as the only way to look at things.
As a key component of the statement of inquiry, the global contexts provides the ‘playground’ that contextualize
- what students will know
- what students will understand and
- what students will be able to do.