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Shannon O’Dwyer, Language Coordinator and Optimal Learning Teacher at Beijing BISS International School

A concept-driven learning

This post is an excerpt from a post entitled “Don’t lock me into 8 key concepts” by Shannon O’Dwyer. The full post explains concepts in a nutshell and why concept-driven teaching is both easy and hard. This excerpt provides an insight into how teachers can make it happen.

Marcie Lewis, Grade 4 PYP teacher at Ridley College, Canada

Maps and infographics to provoke inquiry

“As an inquiry-based teacher, I am always searching for new strategies and ideas to provoke and engage my students in their own inquiries. One of the latest strategies that I have found effective is the use of maps and infographics as a way to engage students in questioning and searching for a deeper meaning. For […]

Edna Sackson, PYP educator, Teaching and Learning Coordinator at Mount Scopus College, Australia

Concept driven inquiry learning

There is a buzz in the room as 11 year olds sit in groups around large sheets of butcher paper, talking animatedly. I like visiting this classroom, seeing how the two teachers collaborate and the children engage in their learning. Today they are brainstorming the big ideas in Sharing the Planet, one of the transdisciplinary […]

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Open-mindedness as a part of IB learning

Possessing an open mind is a significant part of IB learning. IB students are open-minded since they understand and appreciate cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities.

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PYP Practice: Curriculum and programming

Nathan Horne is currently teaching PYP physical education at ISS International School in Singapore. He leads workshops in the use of technology in PE to promote critical thinking and is passionate about advocating for 21st century physical education. He says: “At the start of any new school year having your yearly program set up and […]

Introducing Tales from Different Cultures

These entertaining stories, retold by acclaimed authors Andrew Fusek Peters and Polly Peters, encourage traditional storytelling in the modern contexts of the classroom and home. With colourful characters and unpredictable twists and turns, these books will engage PYP learners while introducing them to stories from other cultures.

Call for articles: Sharing PYP

The Sharing PYP Practice blog aims to showcase and celebrate diverse and sound practice from schools implementing the Primary Years Programme. The PYP development team welcomes contribution to this blog in any language.

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PYP: Embarking on a learning journey

This article originally appeared within Sharing PYP Practice. Jennifer Fenton is currently a Grade 4 teacher and team leader at the Canadian International School of Hong Kong. She is a PYP workshop leader and has previously worked in Kenya and Canada as a teacher, administrator and curriculum coordinator.