This year, my school is in its exploratory year of the PYP. I have had the privilege of attending trainings and professional development, but they only skimmed the surface. It wasn't until my team and I created our first planner that I felt I had any bit of an understanding of the program. The month of April was then consumed by my our PYP unit. (For those of you not familiar with IB, I highly recommend checking out this link.)
We decided to take a topic we were familiar with and tweak it. My teammates and I went with nonfiction text elements through penguin research. In the PYP world that resulted in How the World Works.
The best part about this unit is the interaction among my students. I try very hard to get them to work together, but this way of teaching forces them to.
We also spent some time watching snippets of the Kratt brothers. PBS is amazing! I learned so much from this show.
Of course, we also integrated our Art Friday's into the unit.
Be sure to tune in over the next few weeks for more on this PYP unit.
Do you teach at a PYP school? I would love to hear about your experiences!