Tuesday, December 9, 2014


This blog will be used to support the IB PYP workshop Making the PYP Happen in the Classroom at ASB in January 2015.

We hope you will find the information in the blog posts useful and that you will join our learning community by adding your comments and reflections.

In the 2 days of this workshop we will be looking at 3 big questions:

  • Why? - this is the philosophy behind the PYP
  • What? - this is the theory behind the curriculum.  We will be looking at the written and the assessed curriculum.
  • How? - this is our practice and how we bring the curriculum alive.  We will be looking at planning for inquiry, teaching and learning.

Transdisciplinary Theme:  How We Organize Ourselves
Central Idea:  The PYP is a philosophy and curriculum framework for an international education
Lines of Inquiry:
  • the essential elements of an international curriculum
  • inquiry as a stance
  • teaching and learning of the whole child
  • planning and assessing to inform and transform teaching
Key Concepts:  form, function, causation

Summative Assessment:  Consider an upcoming unit of inquiry.  Develop a summative assessment task that caters for the learning of all students (i.e. should involve differentiation) and demonstrates the engagement with the unit through the 5 essential elements.

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