Concepts & Action

Concepts: What do we want students to understand?

Concepts are mental constructs or ideas that allow us to look at concrete facts or pieces of knowledge from a variety of perspectives. Through a rigorous, global action research project, the PYP identified the following concepts as Key Concepts that transfer across time, place, cultures and subject areas. It allows us to look beyond ‘right’ answers to answers that help us make meaning of our world.


Action: How do we want students to act?

The Action component involves students thinking and acting responsibly by taking thoughtful and appropriate action. The value is in the action being initiated by the students where they take ownership of the process and lead themselves forward. Action may extend their own learning or have a wider impact, and often looks different depending on the age group.


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