Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Session 5: Knowledge, Concepts, Skills and Action

The PYP curriculum is concept-driven and transdisciplinary

Knowledge is reflected in the Transdisciplinary Themes and Scope and Sequences. Knowledge is the significant, relevant subject matter we wish the students to explore and know about. The construction of knowledge requires skills.


Use the 4As Protocol to reflect on Lynn Erickson's Stirring the Head, Heart and Soul.  (Workbook pages 112 - 119)
Read the text silently, highlighting it and writing notes in the margin or on post-it notes to anwer the following 4 questions:

  • What Assumptions does the author of the text hold?
  • What do you agree with in the text?
  • What do you want to argue with in the text?
  • What parts of the text do you aspire to? to?

What we aspire to - sharing

What we can do - sharing

21st Century Skills
In groups brainstorm how PYP Approaches to Learning (Transdisciplinary Skills) align with ASB's 21st Century Skills:

  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Fluency
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Managing Complexity
  • Multicultural Literacy

The Inside Out Circle
  • What does action look like?  What could it look like?
  • What isn't action?
  • Effective action should ...
  • Why is action one of the essential elements?
  • Discuss action as service?
  • What is parent involvement in action?
Consider an action that your kids have done recently and where does it fit on the ladder and why...Reflect on the blog

Student initiated action in the PYP - Blog post by Gareth Jacobson

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