01/12/16
Introducing our new Head of IPC
Introducing our new Head of IPC

Introducing our new Head of IPC and Education Lead

28/11/16
Classroom Monitor collaboration expanded to include the IMYC
Classroom Monitor collaboration expanded to include the IMYC

We have expanded our collaboration with Classroom Monitor to include an online assessment platform for the IMYC

24/11/16
IEYC/EYFS Cross-reference document released
IEYC/EYFS Cross-reference document released

We’ve released a cross-reference document to support schools in the UK and abroad to deliver the EYFS through the IEYC

09/11/16
First regional event held in Singapore
First regional event held in Singapore

Over two days in September, 34 teachers took part in our first regional event.

03/11/16
Bringing the ILMP to you
Bringing the ILMP to you

We are expanding our International Leadership and Management Programmes (ILMP) as demand grows worldwide.

26/10/16
The IMYC turns five!
The IMYC turns five!

To mark the IMYC’s fifth year of formal implementation, we have completed extensive updates for the curriculum.

12/10/16
Five IEYC units now available!
Five IEYC units now available!

We’re pleased to release the first five engaging, learning-focused units in the IEYC.

24/06/16
Collaboration with SIES – Announcement
Collaboration with SIES – Announcement

Fieldwork Education collaborates with Smart International Education Services.

23/05/16
New professional learning programme launched
New professional learning programme launched

We’ve added online & blended courses as well as regional events to complement our existing in-school training.

18/05/16
First IEYC unit released today!
First IEYC unit released today!

To The Rescue! follows a popular superhero theme and is available to download from our website.

12/01/16
Supporting the Teenage Brain
Supporting the Teenage Brain

Teachers and schools around the world are discovering the power of learning through a curriculum that recognises and supports

21/12/15
Announcing: The IMYC Self Review Document
Announcing: The IMYC Self Review Document

We are delighted to announce the release of our IMYC Self-Review Process.

10/12/15
11-14s: The Wasted Years?
11-14s: The Wasted Years?

Chief Inspector of Schools in England identifies that too many students are let down in the early stages of secondary school

09/12/15
Announcing our first joint accreditation visit with CIS
Announcing our first joint accreditation visit with CIS

Fieldwork Education collaborates with CIS for first joint accreditation visit

11/06/15
Keynote Speaker announced for European Summer School 2015
Keynote Speaker announced for European Summer School 2015

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04/06/15
IMYC Networking Conference at the UCL Academy
IMYC Networking Conference at the UCL Academy

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22/05/15
Balance- What does it mean to you?
Balance- What does it mean to you?

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01/05/15
Nepal Earthquake Appeal
Nepal Earthquake Appeal

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27/04/15
IMYC celebrates major milestone
IMYC celebrates major milestone

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19/03/15
5th Annual Southeast Asia Summer School returns to Malaysia
5th Annual Southeast Asia Summer School returns to Malaysia

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10/02/15
The art of learning with the British International School of Boston
The art of learning with the British International School of Boston

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14/05/14
Summer School returns to London! (23rd - 25th July)
Summer School returns to London! (23rd - 25th July)

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02/05/14
IMYC at The Academies Show London 2014
IMYC at The Academies Show London 2014

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01/05/14
Red Balloons for Syria
Red Balloons for Syria

La Escuela de Lancaster, Mexico

17/02/14
Learning through the lens of the big idea
Learning through the lens of the big idea

Beacon Academy, Jakarta

17/02/14
Interpretation entry point reveals student perceptions
Interpretation entry point reveals student perceptions

Beacon Academy, Jakarta

27/01/14
Learn, share and connect with other IMYC Teachers and Leaders at Summer School 2014
Learn, share and connect with other IMYC Teachers and Leaders at Summer School 2014

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17/01/14
Two international schools connect learning with IMYC
Two international schools connect learning with IMYC

International School of Bremen and International School of Eerde

19/11/13
Students share IMYC learning on new IMYC Members’ Lounge
Students share IMYC learning on new IMYC Members’ Lounge

International School Eerde, Netherlands

13/11/13
Visiting an apple orchard engages students in the IMYC Traditions unit
Visiting an apple orchard engages students in the IMYC Traditions unit

International School Eerde, Netherlands

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