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Yoga – an essential element?

  This article explains the relevance of yoga in a child’s education, and how it aligns with PYP philosophy and practice. When practised every day, yoga not only benefits children physically, but also plays an important role in the ongoing development of wellbeing and mental health.     Yoga offers a holistic fitness array of […]

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Design thinking for school leaders to drive change

This article shares a process of how PYP school administrators and their change team used design thinking to adapt the primary school’s curriculum to stakeholder needs – including students, parents and teachers. The outcome of using this methodology included significant changes to both school culture and curriculum. Driving school change during PYP candidacy is a […]

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Activating Parents to Develop Student Agency

Day-to-day life can leave little cognitive space for parents to consider the future-focused and transformational nature of the PYP. As the PYP moves forward in developing agency in the  Learners, the potential benefits of bringing our parent communities along with us as informed and active partners cannot be overstated. For those familiar with psychology, the […]

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Samia Henaine, Makassed - Houssam Eddine Hariri High School, Lebanon

The Mathematics routines that cultivate learner agency

This article shares examples of how classroom routines could be one of the effective tools to foster learners’ agency and raise their voice and choice while learning mathematics. During the last months, the concept of “agency” has dominated the discussion between educators since it is one of new terminologies that appeared in PYP: From principles […]

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Lauren Grahame, Istanbul International Community School, Turkey

Independent Learning Thursdays – A Stepping Stone to Student Agency

Most teachers probably have some “choice time” built in their weekly schedules. This article looks at how this time can be used to move students toward independent learning and student agency with a few easy adjustments. The Origin For several years, I have built pockets of time called “Mish Mash” into my 5th grade classroom. […]

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