Blogs & Websites
Sharing PYP Blog
(Focus: All aspects of the PYP)
This blog is a global platform with the purpose of deepening understanding and furthering the implementation of the PYP. It hosts all the essential updates, news, links to resources and publications to keep you fully informed. The blog articles illustrate diverse experiences in implementing the programme and facilitate the connections among PYP educators around the world.
The PYP development team welcomes contributions which exemplify PYP learning and teaching practice. Learn more about how to contribute on the How to contribute page.
PYP Nano PD Resources
(Focus: PD resources provide support and understanding about key characteristics of the PYP)
PYP nano PD resources provide support and understanding about key characteristics of the PYP. Educators can complete the workshops on their own time individually or collaboratively and then they could be reviewed at grade/division level meetings.
Nanos are divided into Four Series
Support understanding of key characteristics of PYP leading to authorization
Engaging with the PYP enhancements
Innovating in the PYP
The learning community
(Focus: Agency, Inquiry, Assessment, Early Years - Play, Leadership, Learning Environment, PYP Enhancements)
The resources in the IBO PYP Playlist are designed to help your school community learn about the PYP and become active in your students' education. The resources in the PYP Playlist do not currently represent all areas of the Enhanced PYP, but... The playlist will continue to be developed over time. More areas will be included as well as different resources for other stakeholders in your learning community.
Areas of Interest
Early Years - Play
(Focus: Various IB Podcasts)
IB Matters is a podcast (established in April 2019) which brings listeners content related to International Baccalaureate (IB) education. It is for students, parents, and teachers interested in learning more about IB and for those working in IB schools wanting access to pedagogical support for their teaching.
Please listen, subscribe, and post a review to help us spread the word about the IB. Follow IB Matters on twitter @MattersIB and be sure to let us know what you would like to hear more about in future episodes.
(Focus: collaboration platform for IB PYP and MYP teachers)
Toddle is a collaboration platform for IB PYP and MYP teachers, designed by IB teachers. Toddle seamlessly integrates curriculum planning, evidence collection, student portfolios, reporting, and parent communication - all from one beautiful interface - and helps teachers focus on the important things... all for a fee of course.
There are different plans to use Toddle, be it for teachers and schools looking for a unit planning tool aligned to IB PYP / MYP, For schools looking to streamline their entire planning and evaluation process or for schools looking for a one-stop technology solution for the PYP - both for in-school and online learning.
Some Recent Posts
PYP Teaching Tools
(Focus: Implementing the PYP, Inquiry, Early Years, ATL, Mindfulness)
Susan is an avid believer in the inquiry based process of learning, having taught mostly within the International Baccalaureate’s Primary Years Programme. By teaching children to wonder and how to find out the answers to their questions, we are creating lifelong learners with a global outlook.
The goal of this blog is to offer some PYP guidance and inspiration with tips and tools that teachers can use in their classroom.
Some Recent Posts
Future Focused Learning
(Focus: Powerful questioning techniques which could be used when developing central ideas or lines of inquiry and inquiry-based learning)
This website - Future Focused Learning - is a wonderful resource to support:
It also includes these resources which could be used when developing central ideas or lines of inquiry
Making Good Humans
(Focus: Agency, Assessment, Concepts, Inquiry, Literacy & Math Inquiry, Planning, Professional Development, Classroom Set-up, Units of Inquiry)
Taryn Bong Clegg is the PYP Coordinator at her school and this blog is her small attempt to continue to make sense of the PYP, of inquiry and of how to make a real difference in the world through education. She askes: "Please bear with me as I muse, struggle, make mistakes, take risks and reflect on my own understanding and the things we are trying at our school… and hopefully along the way we can grow, share and build a better understanding of the PYP."
Literacy & Math Inquiry
Units of Inquiry
What Ed Said
(Focus: Authentic Learning , Collaboration, Collaborative Planning, Creativity, Educational Change, Flat Classrooms, Global Connections, Inquiry, Learner Agency, PYP Concepts. PYP Exhibition , Teachers as Learners, Technology, Thinking Routines. Units of Inquiry)
A very informative and provocative blog by Edna Sackson who a IB PYP learning consultant, workshop facilitator and presenter. She is the Teaching and Learning Coordinator at an IB PYP school in Melbourne, Australia.
Edna is the administrator and ‘Granny’ for Sugata Mitra’s Granny Cloud project, interacting with children in disadvantaged settings in India. She is the administrator of a collaborative inquiry blog, Inquire Within, home to a range of perspectives from inquiry teachers across 16 countries.
(Focus: inquiry learning, learning environments, online learning, personalized inquiryschools, teacher inquiry)
Kath Murdoch is an experienced teacher, author, university lecturer and popular consultant who has worked for many years in schools throughout Australia, New Zealand, Asia, America and Europe. She is widely respected for her work in the field of inquiry based learning and integrative curriculum in which she has taught, researched and published for well over 20 years.
Professional Learning International Blog
(Focus: Concept-Based Inquiry)
Rachel French is a full-time educational consultant and presenter. Through workshops and ongoing consultation Rachel supports schools around the world with the planning and implementation of Concept-Based Inquiry. She also coaches and provides feedback to teams of teachers on curriculum development. She is experienced in aligning Concept-Based Inquiry and the IB programmes.
Rachel is also the director of Professional Learning International (PLI), a company she founded to support international schools and educators in accessing leading professional development opportunities. Through PLI, Rachel French is now the sole provider of the annual Dr. H. Lynn Erickson and Dr. Lois A. Lanning Certification Institute for Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction Trainers and Presenters. Website: www.professionallearninginternational.com
Pedagogy of Play Blog
(Focus: Family Engagement, Home Learning, Adult Playful Learning, Primary School, Early Childhood, Outside the Classroom, Classroom Examples)
Hello and welcome to the official blog of the Pedagogy of Play research project! In 2014, some folks from the LEGO Foundation and Project Zero, a research organization at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, began thinking together about learning through play. What is the role of play in empowering children to be lifelong learners? In helping them develop critical and creative thinking skills? What does school-based playful learning and teaching look and feel like? How can a culture of playful learning be cultivated and sustained in schools?
The Pedagogy of Play (PoP) project officially took shape in 2015 with a playful participatory research project based at the International School of Billund (ISB), Denmark. With a mission and vision founded on the belief that play is a core resource for how children learn, ISB was fertile ground for exploring our questions. This co-created research inspired a working set of playful learning principles, practices, and tools and the inspiration for an evolving pedagogy of play framework.
Yet we know that playful learning is shaped by culture and context -- that is, what play looks and feels like in one place is likely not the same in another. So we have begun to explore other contexts of playful learning: how learning through play might be similar or different to what emerged from ISB and what a cross-cultural pedagogy of play might look like.
We hope this blog provides a mental playground for tinkering with ideas and building a community of playful thinkers and thoughtful players.
Inquiry Into Learning
(Focus: Inquiry, Assessment, ICT, Math, Skills, Assessment, Action)
Yuni Santosa is a learner and PYP educator. She has been teaching since 2002. She is passionate about teaching and learning in an inquiry-based environment.
This is her personal blog which is a part of her learning journey. As a part of the learning community, she takes time to think and reflect on her thoughts and practices and shares them with others. This is a way to extend and challenge her own thinking and practice in order to grow as an educator.
Note: Last entry was April 2020
(Focus: Categories, Agency, Collaboration, Creativity, Connect, Empower, ISHCMC, Resourcing, Stepping into Leadership, Studio)
A wonderfully rich blog chuck full of innovative and inspiring IB PYP teaching. The site was created and maintained by Tania Mansfield. She has been inspired over the past few years by wonderful educators, professionals and real people sharing their thoughts, observations and lessons in life. She is hoping that through her own learning journey she can continue to learn and to share.
More Thoughts From Tania
(Focus: Inquiry, Early Years, Concepts, Exhibition, Planning, Action, Design)
Sonya Terborg is an international educator located at the intersection of innovation, creativity and passion. She has been teaching for 20 years in 7 countries, located in 4 continents. She enjoys learning more about the challenges and triumphs in education and believe in sharing ideas in order to deepen understanding.
This blog the home for her thoughts and ideas on innovation in education. She hopes to use it as a gathering place for all her ideas and as a way of connecting with others with a passion for education and learning.
(Focus: Agency, Inquiry, Assessment, Leadership, Learning Environment, PYP Enhancements)
Studio 5 created by Grade 5 educators at the International School of Ho Chi Minh City. The website and Blog reflect ongoing Action Research and is a reflection of their learning which is ever changing and evolving.
Studio 5 is designed to remove some of the structural barriers to a self-directed learning environment. It creates the conditions for increased independence, multi-layered collaboration agency and the opportunity to focus on fundamental skills and characteristics.