The learner profile at the heart of everything



PYP logo 2013Before the break, a group of parents explored the learner profile and discussed what this might look like at home. The profile needs to come home with children! We agreed that adults need to serve as models and guides for children and show them what these attributes look like in different settings. please click on the link below to see a summary of what parents came up with:
Profile Attribute from parents


Welcome to another school year at IST


Hello and welcome (back) to IST. My name is Leah Bortolin. I am the PYP coordinator at the elementary school. I am looking forward to seeing and getting to know as many parents as possible. This year I will offer a number of workshops:

September 12 – An introduction to the PYP
October 10 – The learner profile
November 21 – The six traits of writing
January 16 – Inquiry
February 27 – Writing text types
March 27 – Approaches to learning (skills)
April 17 -Action
May 22 – What to do in the holidays

I welcome you all to come and have a chat anytime in room 4b!

Introduction to the PYP Presentation


Thanks to those parents who attended this workshop. Interesting discussions were had. Please post your comments and questions as well as ideas for future workshops.

Parent Workshop: Introduction to the PYP


Engaging Children over the Holidays


This morning we had an interesting discussion about what to do over the holidays. Next year we will focus on teaching the Essential Elements of the PYP – knowledge, concepts, attitudes, trans-disciplinary skills, and action. Today we talked about some of the trans-disciplinary skills: thinking skills. These are listed below:

Acquisition of knowledge
Gaining specific facts, ideas, vocabulary; remembering in a similar form.

Grasping meaning from material learned; communicating and interpreting learning.

Making use of previously acquired knowledge in practical or new ways.

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 two or more different points of view at the same time; understanding those points of view; being able to construct an argument for each point of view based on knowledge of the other(s); realizing that other people can also take one’s own point of view.

Analysing one’s own and others’ thought processes; thinking about how one thinks and how one learns.

We used work related to Bloom’s taxonomy, another framework for higher order thinking skills, to help us come up with different ways to help children work on their thinking skills. If you would like to learn more about these kinds of skills, feel free to explore these websites.


Bloom’s Taxonomy Parent Guide

Article on Bloom’s Taxonomy

Article on Using Higher Level Thinking Skills


Charts to help develop tasks to do over the summer:

Action Verb Guide to Bloom’s Taxonomy

Parent Workshop: Assessment


Writing Workshop