Action

What is Action in the Classroom?

  • Action is connected to agency, the learner profile and international-mindedness.

  • Action is student-initiated and can be individual and collective.

  • Action is authentic, meaningful and mindful.

  • Action can happen at any time; it can be short or long term, revisited or ongoing.

  • Action is supported by the learning community.

  • Demonstrations of action include participation, advocacy, social justice, social entrepreneurship, or lifestyle choices.

Action is Connected to Agency

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The Action Cycle

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Action Cycle Poster

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Knowledge To Action

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Action Choices

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Supporting Action

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Teacher Action

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Translating Student Voice into Student Action - Webinar

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In this webinar Lauren Fullmer and Laura Bond discuss their book, "Students Taking Action Together". The premiss of the book is if students are to take action they have to rehearse democratic behaviors in the classroom and have good oracy skills.

Students Taking Action Together- Book

By: Lauren M. Fullmer, Laura F. Bond, Crystal N. Molyneaux, Samuel J. Nayman, Maurice J. Elias

Students Taking Action Together, based on a program of the same name developed at Rutgers University, clarifies that the way to prepare young people for life in a democracy is by intentionally rehearsing democratic behaviors in the classroom.

This field-tested program ("STAT" for short) is built on five research-backed teaching strategies that work with existing social studies, English language arts, and history curriculum in the upper-elementary, middle, and high school levels.

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Amazon.com: ISBN-13:978-1416630975 / ASCD (June 28, 2022) 235 pages

Incorporating these strategies into your lessons is a way to meet students' natural desire to be heard with skill-building that empowers them to

  • Adhere to norms of civil conversation, even when topics are controversial and emotions are high;

  • Speak confidently and listen actively;

  • Engage in respectful debate aimed at understanding issues rather than winning points;

  • Target communication to different audiences, needs, and contexts; and

  • Examine problems from many sides, considering potential solutions, drawing up action plans, and evaluating these plans' effectiveness against historical examples.

In addition to vignettes that show the five STAT strategies in action, you'll find practical teaching tips and sample STAT lesson plans. For school leaders, there is a road map for school-wide STAT implementation and guidance on communicating the program's value to stakeholders.

Are you ready to help students understand complex content, confront pressing social issues, and engage with the structures of power to advocate for change? This book is for you.

Supporting Action

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Connecting Action and the Learner Profile

  • Students synthesize and apply their conceptual understandings, knowledge and approaches to learning to take action on issues—knowledgeable

  • Students use creative- and critical-thinking skills—thinkers

  • Students communicate effectively, valuing other perspectives—communicators

  • Students demonstrate empathy, compassion and respect—caring

  • Students seek well-being of self and others—balanced

  • Students act with integrity and honesty—principled


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PYP Action Is

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Types of Action

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PYP Action Poster

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