promoting and celebrating student action

“Knowing is not enough, we must APPLY. Willing is not enough, we must DO”– Bruce Lee

Action is an essential element of the IB PYP program. “It is believed that education must extend beyond the intellectual to include not only socially responsible attitudes but also thoughtful and appropriate action” (Making the PYP Happen p.25). A student action is initiated by students, as an extension of the inquiry that occurs in the classroom. Our teachers model and encourage students to construct learning through a variety of learning experiences, classroom discussions and research and share their learning with the community both in and outside the classroom. The actions are ways that Spicewood students exhibit their commitment of Learner Profile and to the attitudes. Most frequently we we see students action through the summative assessment (culminating product at the end of each Unit of Inquiry), however, highlighting and celebrating student action at all times is something we also promote as a PYP school.

Example of ACTION:

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Source: Making the PYP Happen

The action taken by the student demonstrates student action by DOING something different, based on learning and inspiration from the classroom, however, it action is not limited to only doing something based on new knowledge. Remember, actions are verbs. Verbs take many shapes and sizes so, in turn, actions are

SAYING, THINKING, BEING, FEELING, or HAVING

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so perhaps you’ll use one of these things instead of DOING?

We want to hear HOW Spicewood students are taking action and celebrate them! In the third grade hallway, we have a student action bulletin board to do just the thing!

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Complete the online form so we can add all of the authentic action that takes place this year! We look forward to FILLING up the bulletin board with student action forms, sharing and celebrating all things ACTION related thanks for the PYP program.

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