• What are the PYP approaches to learning?

    The PYP Approaches to Learning are a set of transdisciplinary skills that are valuable for all their learning within the classroom and in life outside of school. 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  Research
    Acquisition of Knowledge
    Gaining specific facts, ideas, vocabulary; remembering in similar form
    Grasping meaning from material learned; communicating and interpreting learning
    Taking knowledge or ideas apart; separating into component parts; seeing relationships; finding unique characteristics.
    Combining parts to create wholes; creating, designing, developing and innovating
    Making judgments or decisions based on chosen criteria; standards and conditions
    Dialectical Thought
    Thinking about and understanding two or more different points of view at the same time
    Analyzing one’s own and others’ thought processes; thinking about how one thinks and learns.
    Accepting Responsibility
    Taking on and completing tasks in an appropriate manner; being willing to assume a share of the responsibility
    Respecting Others
    Listening 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 others
    Working together in a group; being courteous to others, sharing materials; taking turns
    Resolving Conflict
    Listening carefully to others; compromising; being fair
    Group Decision-Making
    Listening to others; discussing ideas; asking questions; working towards consensus
    Adopting a Variety of Group Roles
    Understanding what behavior is appropriate in a given situation and act accordingly
    Listening to directions; listening to others; listening to information
    Speaking clearly, expressing ideas clearly and logically
    Reading a variety of sources for information and pleasure; and comprehending what has been read
    Recording information and observations; taking notes and paraphrasing; keeping a journal or record
    Interpreting and analyzing visuals and multimedia; understanding how they convey ideas, values and beliefs; making informed choices about personal viewing experiences
    Constructing visuals and multimedia for a range of purposes and audiences
    Non-Verbal Communication
    Recognizing the meaning of visual and kinesthetic communication
    Gross Motor Skills
    Exhibiting skills in which groups of large muscles are used
    Fine Motor Skills
    Exhibiting skills in which precision in small muscle systems is required
    Spatial Awareness
    Displaying a sensitivity to the position of objects in relation to oneself or each other
    Planning and carrying out activities effectively
    Time Management
    Using time effectively and appropriately
    Engaging in personal behavior that avoids placing oneself or others in danger or at risk.
    Healthy Lifestyle
    Making informed choices to achieve a balance in nutrition, rest, relaxation, health and exercise
    Codes of Behavior
    Knowing and applying the appropriate rules and procedures of groups of people
    Informed Choices
    Selecting the appropriate course of action or behavior based on fact or opinion
    Formulating Questions
    Identifying what one wants to know and asking compelling and relevant questions
    Using all of the senses to notice relevant details
    Developing a course of action and devising ways to find out necessary information
    Collecting Data
    Gathering information from a variety of first-second-hand sources
    Recording Data
    Describing and recording information in a variety of ways
    Organizing Data
    Sorting and categorizing information and arranging in understandable forms
    Interpreting Data
    Drawing conclusions from relationships and patterns that emerge from data
    Presenting Research Findings
    Communicating what is learned; choosing appropriate media.