How to get involved

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

Please see the criteria we use for selecting articles.

If you are a network or an association that regularly publish a newsletter that share practice locally and would like to take this to a wider audience, please get in touch with us.

If you have a class blog or professional blog, you can send a link to the article. If your work is not in a public website, you can send us a copy of the article.

You can reach us by email or through twitter @ibpyp (#ibpypblog).



29 Responses to How to get involved

  1. Michael Palmer 29 November 2011 at 11:23 am #

    I have been blogging this year with the aim to activate conversations between teachers across grade levels.

    Love the new Sharing blog.

    • Tasha Cowdy 10 March 2012 at 4:08 am #

      Hey Michael! Good to see you here! Love the post on MTV. Tried to leave a comment on you blog but didn’t have access. Perhaps it’s in-school only? Do you have any other forum for conversation? twitter? would be good to be in touch again.

    • Projestus M 5 May 2012 at 2:48 pm #

      It is my first time to teach in the IB school, i invite any possible experiences daily plans and mechanisms of assesment.

      • Helen 31 May 2012 at 3:39 pm #

        Welcome to IB PM. Further info about assessment is in the OCC and particularly take a look at the ‘sample units of inquiry’ publication which contains egs of summative assessment & planners.

  2. Neeti Bhalla Saini 12 December 2011 at 9:06 am #

    Blogs is such a fantastic idea in today’s times to stay connected and share like mindedness and thoughts. This sure will be a great learning experience.

  3. Fiorella Marquez 6 January 2012 at 5:04 pm #

    I would like to share information, thoughts, ideas, all about PYP. Could be possible to share ideas in Spanish too?

    • Patricia dela Puente 14 May 2012 at 11:03 pm #

      It´s great to share ideas, perhaps we can write in English and Spanish?

  4. Alexandra Castro 12 January 2012 at 4:22 pm #

    I would like to share a great experience with one of our unit of Inquiry… I am not sure how to do it!!… Will be in English and Spanish… Please, let me know!!!

    Saludos desde Texas

  5. Fiorella Marquez 14 January 2012 at 1:54 am #

    Hola Alexandra! De que parte del mundo eres?
    ¿Dònde enseñas?
    Lindo fin de semana,

  6. Nawzat Dirani 3 February 2012 at 12:04 am #

    t is amazing would like to know more about how i can make happen in my schoolI

    • Kassandra Boyd 6 February 2012 at 11:10 am #

      Hi Nawzat, Thanks for your interest in getting involved in this project. The best way to get started is talk to your PYP coordinator and find out if there’s a PYP network between your school and other PYP schools in your area. If there’s not, work with your coordinator to start one. It doesn’t have to be a formal network, just a way for like minded people to share ideas and get together. Once that’s established you might think about starting a newsletter to distribute to all the schools in your network. Keep in mind this process can take quite awhile. I helped to form a network in Hong Kong and it took 1-2 years to really get going with regular meetings and events. Then we started talking about doing a newsletter. Give yourselves time to set up your network. This blog isn’t going anywhere – the plan is to keep it running a long time. We’ll be here waiting for your group when you’re ready. 🙂

      • Patricia dela Puente 14 May 2012 at 11:13 pm #

        Hi Kassandra, it´s nice to read your post =)..
        I hope you are better now! We can share here our experience in Tambopata and Cusco… And all about ESD. (?)…
        Take care,

        • Kassandra Boyd 15 May 2012 at 11:44 am #

          Hi Patricia, it’s good to hear from you. I am feeling better. 🙂 While in Peru, I spoke to Greg, Martine and Pamela about setting up a network newsletter for the PYP network in Peru. I think they’re going to do it! It would be great if you wrote up an article about our trip and what you learned in the process for inclusion in the first Peru network newsletter. I think Greg was going to get it going. Once it’s published there, we can repost it here!
          🙂 Kassandra

  7. Rachel Iles 12 February 2012 at 12:12 pm #

    Dear PYP members,
    I am a Learning Technology Manager in an international school in the Netherlands. To broaden my own professional development, I would like to learn more about how ICT teaching and learning is integrated into the PYP & MYP curriculum.

    Would anyone like to share ideas with me, for example, about whether you have access to shared software resources, mobile technology, virtual learning environments, etc – how is ICT made available to students in your schools ?

    • Kassandra Boyd 13 February 2012 at 10:39 am #

      Hi Rachel, thanks for your interest. I’ll be interested to see what others have to say but I can point you to a few other places that might help you along. There’s a forum on IB’s Online Curriculum Centre (OCC) for conversations like this, it’s called “Web 2.0 in the IB classroom”. If you’re looking for PD opportunities you have two choices: Web 2.0 is an online continuum workshop and The Role of ICT in the PYP is offered face to face in all three regions. If you’re on Twitter, there are some great conversations about this on the following hashtags: #edtech and #techchat. Best of luck with your professional development!

    • Fiorella Marquez 15 February 2012 at 2:07 am #

      I will put you in contact with Mariella Urresti, our ICT teacher in Lower school at Newton College. She will give you a lot of ideas how to integrate ICT & PYP. Her mail is
      Good Luck!!

    • Mark Shillitoe 16 February 2012 at 7:31 am #

      Dear Rachel,
      As PYP coordinator I am currently implementing various ICT themes at our school with the particular emphasis on embedding I.T. in the classroom using iPads as a tool. In addition following a recent parent workshop, I have just launched a blog space to engage the whole learning community in the theme of 21st Century Learning, follow the link:
      Please email me and we can continue the discussion further.

      Kind regards,

  8. Fiorella Marquez 15 February 2012 at 2:09 am #

    I hope Cassandra can be in contact with our ICT teacher! She has a lot of experience integrating PYP & ICT.
    Good Luck!

  9. Tasha Cowdy 10 March 2012 at 4:16 am #

    Hi Rachel!

    I have found Twitter to be a very useful resource. Lots of great articles about integrating digital technology into teaching and learning engagements. There are many IT/ PYP people on Twitter. As Cassandra mentioned, #edtech and #techchat are good hashtags and chats to follow. I also find #ecetechchat helpful. Although aimed at early years educators, many of the ideas and issues are relevant for any age group.

  10. andy vasily 15 April 2012 at 10:38 am #

    Very interested in connecting with other PYP practitioners and sharing. I recently held a job-a-like at my school that went very well. It is motivating to meet face to face(or online) with others that share such a common interest in teaching. I love it.

  11. David Garcia 9 May 2012 at 11:58 am #

    Hi everybody!

    I teach Spanish as a foreign language in the PYP. I am really passionate about concept driven curriculum and would love to share some ideas with other foreign language teachers.

  12. Parul Singh 15 June 2012 at 1:26 pm #

    i m greatly impressed y the concept of PYP. I would love to learn more about it, and be a part of his amazing learning style. I am a corporate professional, howeer, also have a teaching degree.
    Please could you advise, how can i be a pat of this Practical learning style.

  13. Karuna 19 July 2012 at 9:15 am #

    Hi All,

    Parent of 2 kids, Very much impressed by concept based curriculum. Both my kids are in IB this year and have seen initial struggle for them to get the pace/hold of curriculum. They both actually now love it.

    Younger one is in PP1 and older one in grade 3.

    PP1 has UOI(unit of inquiry): All about Family
    Grade 3 : Migration
    Iam getting involved very much in helping them out , but only concern was and always there is how are these topics(UOI’s) decided.

    any thoughts on this?


  14. SHIVANAND CHOUDHARI 7 November 2012 at 1:34 pm #

    Hello sir,
    Please send the details of PYP Broucher and Application form for my child age between 7-8 years old. so we are very interested on join with your institute.
    shivanand choudhari

    • Kirsten Loza 7 November 2012 at 1:46 pm #

      Hi, Shivanand,

      You can find out more about the IB’s Primary Years Programme here:

      If you are interested in enrolling your child in a PYP school, you can find an IB World School closest to where you live by using the IB school finder here:

      Good luck,
      Kirsten Loza
      PYP curriculum manager

  15. anjali dias 10 November 2012 at 4:14 am #

    I would like you to give me some ideas for tuning in and going further on ‘How the world works’.My unit is on ‘Force’.This is for the age group 5 to 6 yr olds.I will be doing this unit for the first time and would appreciate if you posted some ideas.
    Central Idea is-Forces affect movement and shape of objects.
    concepts-causation and function.
    lines of inquiry-everyday forces,how forces make people and objects move.
    related concepts-forms of energy,transformation of energy.
    thank you.

  16. Mark Shillitoe 6 February 2013 at 11:50 am #

    Berlin Metropolitan School learning community embark on a creative learning journey.
    Beginning with whole school professional development at The Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin’s museum for modern art, colleagues collaborated on creating a curriculum based on the work of Martin Honert using visible thinking strategies.
    Exploring the transdisciplinary theme: How we express ourselves, all student inquiries are currently using the artwork: Das Fliegende Klassenzimmer: The Flying Classroom, as a provocation.
    If you are interested in joining our inquiries or simply would like to visit our virtual gallery please visit the above site.

    Creating curriculum from an artwork.
    Thank you to
    for the inspiration.

  17. bhoomija 30 August 2013 at 7:35 am #

    i have been with PYP for past 9 years as a primary teacher and have been recently appointed as coordinator. i need help in learning about my new job and how i can work at doing a great job.

  18. Rhona Murphy 14 January 2014 at 9:27 pm #

    Hi all
    I’m a first time user!
    I am the Social Studies Coordinator at our PYP school and I would love to know if anyone out there has any experience about the UOI Where we are in time and place for 4th grade. We are currently looking at the concept of Ancient Civilizations and what Legacies they have left behind. Would anyone like to share their knowledge and experiences.
    Thank you
    Rhona Murphy

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