The pillars of the PYP
The PYP has basic pillars with which teachers base their holistic instruction.
1. Knowledge: This is all of the conceptual learning that we do through our Program of Inquiry, which includes our 6 transdisciplinary units, where we include all of the Florida science and social studies standards.
2. Concepts: The concepts are the big ideas that facilitate the learning. They support higher order thinking and a more broad look at topical subjects.
3. Approaches to learning: The PYP position is that, in order to conduct purposeful inquiry and in order to be well prepared for lifelong learning, students need to master a range of skills beyond those normally referred to as basic. These skills are relevant to all the subject areas as they support the complexities in the lives of the students. These skills are valuable, not only in the units of inquiry, but also for any teaching and learning that goes on within the classroom, and in life outside the school.
4. Agency: Agency is when our students have ownership of their own learning and action that comes from that learning. Our job as teachers and parents is to facilitate opportunities with their learning that enable more active participation.
5. Action: As a PYP candidate school, we believe that all students should be offered opportunity and the power to choose to act, decide to act, and reflect on their action in order to make a difference in the world. We believe that action is a powerful tool for learning, and is not centered just in what students choose to do, but even shifts in what learners think, feel, say, have, believe, and become.
6. Learner Profile: At the heart of the IB is the “learner profile”, a long- term, holistic vision of education that puts the student at the center of everything we do. The learner profile is the IB mission statement translated into a set of learning outcomes for the 21st century. The ten qualities of the learner profile inspire and motivate the work of teachers, students and schools, providing a statement of the aims and values of the IB and a definition of what we mean by “international-mindedness”. The learner profile unites us all with a common focus: on the whole person, as a lifelong learner. It applies to us all – student, teacher, parent or administrator – for we are all continually learning.