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What does pink sound like? A collaboration between visual art and music

This article is about a collaboration between music and visual art at IS Ruhr. The aim was to increase students’ conceptual understanding of the arts by exploring and connecting elements used in visual art, music, and dance. In this process students’ ATL skills and the IB learner profile were deepened. After many conversations about the […]

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Responding to authentic student inquiry

There is intentionality behind setting up a meaningful provocation for inquiry. During this playful inquiry, children showed excitement in understanding school systems, demonstrated ownership of learning, and applied mathematical skills in a real context while collaborating with peers. Neev Academy, North Campus’ academic year kicked off with lots of hopes and possibilities for all the […]

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The Paper Clay Project

This article is about curiosity and the developing understandings of the properties of materials in young learners. In our early years class our unit of inquiry for the first term was concerned with understanding the properties of materials, and how people use them. This unit was introduced to the class for the children to develop […]

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What Lies Beneath Learner Agency? Exploring the pedagogy that supports learner agency

This article explores the complexities of learner agency. It discusses some important pedagogical practices that support self-directed, mastery-driven inquiry. Learner agency is a key feature of the Enhanced PYP. As a community of educators, many of us are still working to create environments that support student agency. Recently, I’ve been imagining leaner agency, as the […]

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How Does ‘Design Thinking’ Impact Learning?

Design Thinking to Support Students’ Ownership of the Learning Process  The PYP Principles into Practice introduced a Design Thinking Process based on the Stanford University D-School of Design’s model. This is one example of how the Design Thinking Process can be integrated into a unit of inquiry with Grade 3 students.  At Munich International School […]

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A transdisciplinary approach to a Grade 4 unit of inquiry

The article focuses on building a transdisciplinary approach to a unit of inquiry and how multiple perspectives enhance student understanding. Some initiatives towards including elements of the enhanced PYP are also detailed in the article. In this article, my attempt is to focus on the transdisciplinary approach to a unit of inquiry along with some […]

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