Action in the IB
Action is one of the five essential elements of the IB Primary Years Program (PYP) along with the acquisition of essential knowledge and skills, development of conceptual understanding, and demonstration of positive attitudes. Students engaged in successful inquiry, learn about themselves and the world, leading to greater empowerment and connectedness. Student initiated action may be observed as implementation of learning in a student’s own life or it may have a wider social impact.
At Shu Ren, we have been working hard to recognize students (and staff members!) who have demonstrated such action. As part of this celebration, we have created an “Action Wall” at our K-8 Campus. On it, people have been recognized for such things as tidying the school, taking initiative to apply their learning at home, as well as raising money for victims of the Mexican earthquake. At PreK, teachers have been working hard to recognize action in each of their classrooms by facilitating parental feedback through forms on their Weebly websites.
Given the nature of action and how it often extends a students learning and interests beyond school, we really need the support of people at home to recognize and communicate examples of action to your child’s teacher. Remember, action does not need to be grandiose. It begins with the most immediate and basic level: with the self and within the family. Effective action can demonstrate a sense of responsibility and respect for self, others and the environment.