MYP Maths – An overview from a new IB Teacher (Part 1)


The Intro

I recently accepted a post an an international school in Tanzania which runs the IB Curriculum. For a while now I have considered the IB framework the most well positioned to adapt to the needs of students in the 21st century. So due to my interest in getting a deeper understanding of the IB framework and a desire for a fresh perspective on education, I decided to uproot my life and move to Tanzania.

As preparation for my new role, I started the process of familiarising myself with the structure of the MYP (Middle Years Program)- Mathematics program, as it seems as if a lot of my time will initially require being involved with that. Below is a useful graphic for understanding how the MYP – Mathematics program, fits into the overall IB offering for schooling. The MYP is generally applicable to 11 -16 year olds.



The most natural progression to the MYP program does seem to lead in from the IB PYP (Primary Years Program) However from what I can tell it’s not an absolute pre-requisite, as students do seem to be able to join an MYP program, coming from other frameworks / curricula such as Cambridge/ Common Core  or  individual country based programs.

Structural Elements of MYP Mathematics

The most helpful document I found initially to orientate myself was the MYP Mathematics Guide from Sep 2014 / Jan 2015, in terms of getting a good overview of the structure. I have taken relevant screenshots from this document to further highlight the key aspects.

The IB Learner Profile is a useful thing to consider as you thing about the activities you want to engage with your class if you are to build and develop these attributes.



The Guide also talks about reading MYP: From Principles into Practice


Overall MYP Program Graphic


Taken from the Guide, I found the following helpful

” The MYP is designed for students aged 11 to 16. It provides a framework of learning that encourages students to become creative, critical and reflective thinkers. The MYP emphasizes intellectual challenge, encouraging students to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects and the real world. It fosters the development of skills for communication, intercultural understanding and global engagement—essential qualities for young people who are becoming global leaders.”


An interesting paragraph taken from the section: Nature of Mathematics:



An interesting paragraph taken from the section: Mathematics across the IB Curriculum

Aims of MYP Mathematics



Objectives of MYP Mathematics




Official Sites recommended for Resources





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