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Dressing up for success

Career Day Parade prepares young students for their futures  Primary Years Programme (PYP) at Windsor Park Elementary in Corpus Christi, Texas, US, dressed as policemen, architects and firemen for their annual Career Day Parade. For the last eight years, PYP students have learned that jobs make a difference in the world as part of the […]

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Celebrating diversity and difference

Family ‘Cultural Day’ engages the IB learner profile and demonstrates intercultural understanding and respect Charter Oak International Academy, in West Hartford, Connecticut, is a highly diverse school community. Families speak 20 different mother tongue languages, including Spanish, Arabic, Hindi, Nepali, Portuguese and Vietnamese. To celebrate this diversity, the school hosts an annual Cultural Day Celebration […]

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Thinking skills in physical education

This article demonstrates how the development of thinking skills can help build a bridge between subjects such as physical education and social studies. Through a contemporary dance approach, the author supports students’ creativity and leads them to express their understanding of the unit ‘Sharing the planet’ in a meaningful way.

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Learners leading learning

How can students effectively develop their own learning pathway through questioning? Read about PYP students who wanted more ownership of their learning: to design their own inquiry. This is a case study of how one year 6 class applied a questioning process to lead their own learning.

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Award-winning ‘tech girl’ superheroes

PYP trio win international competition for an app idea that helps people find shelter during a disaster Isabel Haupt and her family were affected by the 7.8 earthquake in Kaikoura, New Zealand, late last year, even though they live over 150 miles away in Wellington. She saw firsthand how residents could be left stranded with […]

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The “perfect” way to show appreciation to teachers

Sakhi Kochar, PYP Coordinator tells IB World magazine how her school in Norway celebrated World Teachers’ Day 2017 How can students show appreciation to their teachers? Pretending to be them worked really well at a Primary Years Programme (PYP) candidate school in Norway.  Celebrating World Teachers’ Day has been a tradition at Northern Lights International […]