Want to submit, but need an idea?
All articles are welcome, however we are specifically interested in the following themes:
- Assessment – developing success criteria with students
- Approaches to learning – how students reflect on the development of the skills
- Collaborative planning – unique ways that your school finds the time to collaborate
- Continuous school improvement – how your school supports and reflects on a five-year plan
- Feedback to students – how to support students to feedback to their peers
- Leadership – how your school builds leadership in a learning community
- Learning spaces – how do you involve students in the design of learning spaces
- Well-being – how you build well-being into the units of inquiry
PYP practitioners are known to be dedicated and innovative teachers. Why not share your expertise and help other PYP educators learn from your experience?
The SharingPYP blog is your space to share tips, advice, strategies, experience and reflections for successful learner-centred practices for use inside the classroom and beyond.
We are looking for articles that illustrate both authentic and innovative approaches to teaching and learning. Submissions should reflect the global nature and educational philosophy of the IB PYP, and highlight effective practice in the implementation of the PYP curriculum framework.
Please use our template to submit your article (see submission pack below); send it to firstname.lastname@example.org together with your photo, short biography (maximum 50 words) and all required consent forms. In your biography, mention your Twitter handle and/or own blog link, if applicable. We promote all articles via Twitter (@IBPYP) to drive traffic to the blog.
At the moment we accept articles written in English only.
- should be written as a learning story (quotes allowed, conversation discouraged)
- should reflect the dialogue/thinking around current IB PYP principles and practice;
- not be published elsewhere); however, a new take on an existing article is a possibility – please provide a link to the original article;
- 500-900 words – longer articles will be directly returned to author for editing;
- must include references in article and bibliography at the end (if applicable)
- may include supporting high resolution images/video clips*;
- will be edited by our quality assurance team and, therefore, should be submitted in a Word format (not PDF); Note: y
- should avoid reference to Making the PYP happen.
- should be high quality;
- preferably no more than 8 minutes;
- should include a written summary of about 50 words.
* Our PYP community loves to see students and educators in action. However, note that for all students featured in the photo and video submissions, parents will need to sign a consent form (forms are available below). We understand that schools already ask parents to sign a consent form on the use of student images/videos; however, we require a separate consent form specifically for use on the SharingPYP blog.
Tips to consider
- Reflect personal experiences or school stories, including pivotal moments in understanding the PYP framework.
- Illustrate both effective and innovative approaches to learning and approaches to teaching.
- Share evidence-based practice.
- Describe what did not work so well as well as what worked well to support learner outcomes.
- Describe what you would do differently next time (lessons learned).
- Describe how your school investigated certain aspects of the PYP – and what you will apply from these experiences.
- Refrain from using acronyms such as POI, UOI, TD, EAL, CCSS, etc.
- Reference a central idea, if applicable.
Below are sample submission forms completed by PYP teachers:
Template for article submission (submit your article in this format)
Copyright permission form (this form is required)
Video & image consent form (only when submitting videos and/or photos/images of minors or adults)
- Manuscript submission (author)
- Quality assurance review (PYP development team)
- Initial edits (PYP development team); return to author for further work if needed
- Review & sign off (author)
- Final copyediting & proofreading (PYP development team)
- Obtain copyright permission (author)
- Publish on SharingPYP blog (PYP development team)