Action in PYP

“Knowledge without application is like a book that is never read.” - Christopher Crawford

One of the best ways to help students get to deeper learning is to have them use what they have learned in a new way, in other words to take action. Action is when students connect their learning to the real world and develop a passion to make a difference in and to the world. Students spontaneously connect their learning to the world around them in meaningful and authentic ways when they know why they are learning what they are learning.

We at Apeejay School International truly believe in providing a safe learning environment to the students while honouring their voice, choice and ownership of their learning. It allows them to explore, learn without having any fear of failure and enjoy their learning. Through inquiry-based learning they are encouraged to ask questions, explore various resources, and participate actively in relevant and meaningful hands-on learning engagements to find answers to their questions. Our focus on experiential learning, skill development and active participation help them understand the concepts to a greater depth and breadth and they are able to clearly see the connection of their learning with the world in and outside the classroom. The 6 transdisciplinary themes in PYP provide opportunities for students to inquire about globally significant real-life issues, gain knowledge and conceptual understanding of the issues and develop skills and dispositions to be able to empathise with the issues. This results in a natural cycle of learning i.e. ‘Think- Reflect -Act’. Students are encouraged to think creatively and critically, reflect and develop a sense of belonging to local and global communities and look for the opportunities that will allow them to make a positive change in and to the world.

Action taken by our students is authentic, meaningful, mindful, responsible and responsive. It is often observed by parents and facilitators as a change in their attitude, a demonstration of responsibility, or of respect for self, others and the environment, an engagement in school decision-making or an expression of support in community, local and global decision-making or plan for action in the future.

As an integral part of the learning process, action can be embarked upon at any point and can take many forms, depending on individual development, learning and experiences. Action may take place at home, at school or in local or wider communities at an individual level or collectively.

Here are some examples of actions taken by our students-

Our grade 1 students while learning about transportation and how systems of transportation respond to changing times noticed the traffic signs on the road and explained their importance and use to their parents. They also researched about the job responsibilities of drivers of different transportation services like cab drivers, pilots, truck drivers, firefighters etc. and also why we all should respect them and presented it through role play.

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Grade 4 students during their first Unit of Inquiry about Migration, learned through role-play - playing the role of government bodies to discuss and decide the laws in the form of Articles for migrant children to make sure that the rights of migrants are taken care of.

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In another Unit of Inquiry, they learned about child rights and wanted to reach out to the underprivileged. So they set up a stall during the Diwali Mela in school to sell paintings, bookmarks and decorative items created by them. All the proceeds were donated to the CRY foundation.

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