Ever wonder what is going on in your child’s school day? Or how are all these questions actually learning experiences?
The IB Primary Years Program (PYP) is our guiding framework at AAS working alongside our school mission of, Love learning, Respect others and Contribute to our global community. Today at our parent information meeting we discussed the five essential elements of PYP and how these elements work together for inquiry learning and teaching.
In the slideshow presentation we likened the 5 Elements to a healthy growing tree.
Concepts:- Our understanding of these are the roots of our learning and growing.
Concept learning is about big transferable ideas that transcend time, place, and situation. By using a concept focus student learners are making sense of facts and the world around them. Students construct questions to drive their learning deeper than content.
Knowledge:- Our knowledge grows as we water our concepts with questions.
Knowledge is content learning, gaining specific facts, ideas, quotes and vocabulary. Knowledge is spread over the six transdisciplinary themes and is present in all learning areas beyond our units of inquiry.
Skills:- Our skills to learn grow right alongside our knowledge as we continue exploring our concept questions.
Skills are different approaches to learning, they are transdisciplinary in that they can be used in a variety of learning experiences and environments. We use our skills everyday to thrive and adapt to our world.
Attitude:- Our attitudes are the branches that help us to continue to reach understanding and grow our concept questions, knowledge and skills.
Encouraging a positive attitude and a growth mindset as students learn and experience success and challenges leads to the development of the LEARNER PROFILE. The Learner Profile are the 10 attributes of a PYP Learner.
Action:- All of our concepts, knowledge, skills and attitudes create the fruit of action because we have the roots, trunk, and branches to grow fruit.
Action incorporates students making connections to what they have learned, applying skills, demonstrating understanding and reflecting on the learner profile and attitudes. It is a complex process of understanding and making a choice to act on new learning and reflections.
View the IB web site http://www.ibo.org/information-for-parents/pyp-for-parents/