“Working together was the key to the entire day.” Eighth grader DaJaun Piper summed it up quite well, when describing MYP Day, which was devoted to fostering collaboration, communication, teamwork, and leadership among students in our IB Middle Years Program.
MYP Day is an annual event designed for students in grades 6-10, specifically to bring to life concepts so that students learn things in context and in connection to their experiences in the real world. They came together this year for team-building exercises, challenging and fun activities, thoughtful discussions, and learning beyond their classroom
Students in grades 6-8 participated in activities related to the MYP curriculum’s Global Context Identities and Relationships, reflecting on what it means to work together as a team and what it means to be a team leader. They gathered at the Dwight School Athletic Center, where they were presented with different challenges and problems to solve using interpersonal skills and concepts learned in class to accomplish different goals together.
Students in grades 9 and 10 took an in-depth look at the MYP curriculum’s Global Context Fairness and Development, by discussing a variety of topics related to diversity with faculty and one another. Students selected three of eleven different sessions to attend and participated in a mix of activities and thoughtful conversations about gender roles and sexism, ageism, race, socioeconomic diversity, sexual orientation, learning differences, and physical disabilities. In addition, students looked at diversity in the media and stereotyping in advertising. Words such as “understanding,” “appreciating,” “developing an awareness of …” were critically important starting points for dialogues, where participants shared their personal perspectives.
Reflecting on this MYP Day program for grades 9 and 10, Eric Dale, Head of Middle and Upper School, said, “It is rare that students and faculty are given license to share their views of, and struggles with, such a personal topic. It is our hope that by encouraging our community to lean into challenging conversations and reflect on their own experiences, we will open the door for further dialogue and meaningful opportunities for service.”
Describing the day in greater detail, DaJaun said, “MYP Day was very enjoyable. Just being around my classmates and engaging in activities was great. We usually work together during regular school days, but this was different. We had to use communication skills to finish larger and more physical tasks….Working together was the key to the entire day. We used communication, listening, leadership, and assertiveness all throughout each activity. When we used these skills, the activity became so much easier. MYP Day gave me a chance to work with some of my classmates that I rarely work with. It was a pleasure doing activities with those I often don’t connect with. MYP Day was a huge success.”
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.