Critical Thinking and Creativity in the IB MYP Years

Nadia Fitzgerald - Head of English Department
December 1, 2023

Critical thinking and creativity skills are key elements in the IB Programme. At Bogaerts, the framework of learning encourages students to become creative, critical, and reflective thinkers. Our MYP phase emphasises an intellectual challenge, encouraging students to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects and the real world. Students are driven by their inquiry and creativity to develop deep understandings within their learning.

When students are thinking critically, they are intellectually engaged. As recognition of the importance of critical thinking skills has grown, so has the interest in teaching and measuring those skills and understanding their relationship to other educational outcomes. Mixed instructional approaches that combine both content and critical thinking skills have proven conducive to different learning styles. The project-based approach during lessons and immersive learning strategies across interdisciplinary subjects increase the interest and engagement of learning. Learning through practical experiences and collaborative interaction further creates a deeper understanding and long-term acquisition of knowledge and skill development.

The MYP 2 English classes worked in groups creating and presenting a puppet show as their final project. The unit of Fairy Tales was focused on, studying the style of story writing and the cultural influences in Literature. The students worked collaboratively to create a written script, in conjunction with a designed set and puppet characters, which was presented to an audience, focusing on oral communicative presenting skills. This was a successful project and highly enjoyed by all.

November 28, 2023

Nadia Fitzgerald - Head of English Department

Bogaerts International School