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Balance- What does it mean to you?
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News

22 May 2015

Balance- What does it mean to you?

Article by: Martyn Robinson-Slater, IMYC coordinator, Teacher in Charge of Geography and Global Issues Network International School of Bremen

In life, we all seek and strive to find balance in whatever we do, but what does it actually mean to achieve balance in what we do?

The IMYC Balance unit highlights this through the lens of the Big Idea as ‘things are more stable when different elements are in the correct or best possible proportion’. This is an excellent way to start to approach and address the question ‘what does balance mean to you?’

I felt I had achieved something when got to the other end of the tightrope strap.

Student


A clear strength of the IMYC programme is the shared learning experiences that can be gained by exploring the themes and developing the Big Ideas - young people and teachers all benefit from working together on this programme. At the International School of Bremen, we feel it is important to develop a balanced approach to learning, encouraging young people to join clubs and societies and to especially be appreciative of the diversity that exists in the world today. Three of our mission statement beliefs support this concept:

     
  • Children have different learning styles and interests.
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  • Education should develop understanding of various cultures and appreciation of diversity.
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  • Education should inspire students to be lifelong learners.

With this premise in mind, we approached the theme of balance in an entry point by encouraging the principle of ‘healthy body, healthy minds’. Taking the dictionary definition as the starting point: ‘mental steadiness or emotional stability, the habit of calm behaviour,  judgment, having all things in the correct or best possible proportion’  (Dictionary.com), an initial interactive introduction developed the meaning of this definition to the young people.

 

Circuit training was fun and i could see how the different elements of the circuit had to be in balance.

Student

 

This approach explored the five things we all have to confront every day to maintain balance in our lives: mind, body,  spirit, social, and in the case of those involved in education, school! However we wanted this to be an active learning experience for young people so, working with the Physical Education department we developed a circuit programme that delivered the principle of a healthy body develops a healthy mind. The key points that were demonstrated through this approach were:

     
  • Your health is more stable when you balance and manage your physical and mental fitness.
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  • Fatigue/tiredness happens and takes place when your physical and mental fitness are out of balance. 
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  • Exercise is important to maintain physical and mental fitness.
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  • All forms of fitness, aerobic (exercise to increase oxygen intake), anaerobic (exercise to build strength), speed and power, muscular toning and endurance as well as mental control help you to maintain balance in your everyday life.

Through this approach we were able to develop what we see at the International School of Bremen as an inherent strength of the IMYC programme, that it supports the existing curriculum rather than something that has to be delivered as an ‘extra’. It therefore should be built in and not bolt on’.

The IMYC really is the total package, a curriculum programme that really does extol the statement Making Meaning, Connecting Learning and Developing Minds and here at the International School of Bremen, we add to this statement the body as well.


The entry point was great because we got to work in pairs and challenge ourselves.

Student