What are the PYP Transdisciplinary Skills?
The Transdisciplinary Skills are a set of skills that are valuable for all their learning within the classroom and in life outside of school. They are called transdisciplinary because they are tools that can be used by students across all subject areas to become successful learners. Opportunities are provided for students to practice using these skills and reflect on how they are applying them to their learning. You can support the use of these skills outside of school by referring to them with your children and the community. The more purposeful, guided opportunities we have to use them, the more skilled we become in their use.
Thinking Social Communication Self-Management ResearchAcquisition of KnowledgeGaining specific facts, ideas, vocabulary; remembering in similar formComprehensionGrasping meaning from material learned; communicating and interpreting learningAnalysisTaking knowledge or ideas apart; separating into component parts; seeing relationships; finding unique characteristics.SynthesisCombining parts to create wholes; creating, designing, developing and innovatingEvaluationMaking judgments or decisions based on chosen criteria; standards and conditionsDialectical ThoughtThinking about and understanding two or more different points of view at the same timeMetacognitionAnalyzing one’s own and others’ thought processes; thinking about how one thinks and learns.Accepting ResponsibilityTaking on and completing tasks in an appropriate manner; being willing to assume a share of the responsibilityRespecting OthersListening sensitively to others; making decisions based on fairness and equality; recognizing that others’ beliefs, viewpoints, religions and ideas may be different and stating one’s own opinion without hurting othersCooperationWorking together in a group; being courteous to others, sharing materials; taking turnsResolving ConflictListening carefully to others; compromising; being fairGroup Decision-MakingListening to others; discussing ideas; asking questions; working towards consensusAdopting a Variety of Group RolesUnderstanding what behavior is appropriate in a given situation and act accordinglyListeningListening to directions; listening to others; listening to informationSpeakingSpeaking clearly, expressing ideas clearly and logicallyReadingReading a variety of sources for information and pleasure; and comprehending what has been readWritingRecording information and observations; taking notes and paraphrasing; keeping a journal or recordViewingInterpreting and analyzing visuals and multimedia; understanding how they convey ideas, values and beliefs; making informed choices about personal viewing experiencesPresentingConstructing visuals and multimedia for a range of purposes and audiencesNon-Verbal CommunicationRecognizing the meaning of visual and kinesthetic communicationGross Motor SkillsExhibiting skills in which groups of large muscles are usedFine Motor SkillsExhibiting skills in which precision in small muscle systems is requiredSpatial AwarenessDisplaying a sensitivity to the position of objects in relation to oneself or each otherOrganizationPlanning and carrying out activities effectivelyTime ManagementUsing time effectively and appropriatelySafetyEngaging in personal behavior that avoids placing oneself or others in danger or at risk.Healthy LifestyleMaking informed choices to achieve a balance in nutrition, rest, relaxation, health and exerciseCodes of BehaviorKnowing and applying the appropriate rules and procedures of groups of peopleInformed ChoicesSelecting the appropriate course of action or behavior based on fact or opinionFormulating QuestionsIdentifying what one wants to know and asking compelling and relevant questionsObservingUsing all of the senses to notice relevant detailsPlanningDeveloping a course of action and devising ways to find out necessary informationCollecting DataGathering information from a variety of first-second-hand sourcesRecording DataDescribing and recording information in a variety of waysOrganizing DataSorting and categorizing information and arranging in understandable formsInterpreting DataDrawing conclusions from relationships and patterns that emerge from dataPresenting Research FindingsCommunicating what is learned; choosing appropriate media.