Gareth Jacobson

Student initiated action in the PYP

Over the years I have seen PYP teachers grapple with the concept of cultivating student initiated action. One common misconception is the idea that student initiated action needs to happen within the tight 6/7 week frame of a unit of inquiry. However, like the development of the learner profile, student action needs to be nurtured […]

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Adam McGuigan4

The purpose of a central idea

EXTRACT FROM: The purpose of a central idea For years I have heard many PYP teachers arguing about what makes a good central idea or that central ideas are often too broad or inaccessible for students (especially lower primary). One thing that bugs me about central ideas is that it stifles any chance students have in making […]

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Tasha Cowdy

How we express ourselves: A kindergarten inquiry

“We are currently working on a unit of inquiry into How we express ourselves. The central idea is that people use many different languages to express ideas and feelings. As an initial provocation we shared a poem with the children titled The Hundred Languages of Children by Loris Malaguzzi. Malaguzzi was an Italian early childhood […]

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Nathan Horne

Curriculum and programming

“At the start of any new school year having your yearly program set up and having a blueprint for the way you are going to deliver your school’s curriculum to your students is vital. Let’s be honest, curriculum documents are often long, tedious and sit on shelves far out of the mind’s eye. The problem […]

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Carla Marschall

Making the PYP evaluation process meaningful

“How can pedagogical leaders structure the evaluation process to ensure it is meaningful and impacts on student learning? I thought a lot about this question throughout the PYP evaluation process. Having just finished a lengthy CIS accreditation process, the school now needed to prepare itself for another evaluative phase. This meant staff had just spent […]

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