A Comprehensive Resource Bank for PYP Candidate Schools

Ritu V and Snigdha Baduni
5 min read

The first steps of your PYP journey can be exciting, liberating even. There’s a whole new world of teaching and learning to explore. One that’s filled with limitless opportunities to inquire, learn, and grow, forever.

On the flip side, limitless possibilities can mean limitless questions to navigate:

From internalising the PYP, to translating it into everyday teaching and learning, there’s a lot of ground to cover for new PYP schools. And sure, you’ve got hundreds of communities, guides, and educator-friends ready to offer direction – but which ones do you follow and when?

Wouldn’t your journey be a lot easier to navigate if you could use one comprehensive map rather than thousands of direction posts? That’s exactly why we’ve designed this resource :  as a map that guides you along the beautiful nuances of the PYP, while keeping you on-track to achieving your authorisation goals!

To that end, here are 5 key steps that we recommend during your PYP candidacy, along with resources designed by experienced PYP educators to help you each step of the way:

1. Creating a shared understanding of the PYP in your learning community

As experienced PYP educator Cindy Blackburn puts it, “Understanding the PYP is like learning a new language. It can be challenging at first, but once you get a grasp of it, there’s really no going back!” Starting with the basics of the PYP, these resources will guide you all the way to discovering advanced strategies to translate the curriculum into everyday teaching and learning.

2. Creating ongoing opportunities for collaborative planning and reflection

Curriculum planning lies at the heart of the PYP. It involves many moving parts including checking for horizontal and vertical balance, planning transdisciplinary units, curating relevant resources, designing assessments – all of which need the collective inputs of educators and students across subjects and grade levels. Here are a few resources that will help you create a more collaborative, and therefore more cohesive, PYP curriculum.

3. Support students in development of international- mindedness by developing the IB Learner Profile Attributes 

The learner profile remains a cornerstone of the IB and its philosophy of developing internationally-minded citizens. And while most teachers might already be teaching its attributes implicitly, the IB recommends that they focus on making more explicit connections to these attributes throughout the programme. Designed by experienced PYP educators, the following resources will help you make exploring the learner profile a daily practice in your classrooms!  

4. Developing student agency by providing them with ownership of learning 

Embracing agency early in their journeys helps students grow into lifelong inquirers and learners. But it can also be a tricky idea to implement in the PYP. How do we get such young students to develop their own learning goals? How do we then help them develop the vocabulary to articulate these goals? Let’s find out from experienced PYP educators! Here’s how they help young students take the lead on everything from identifying learning goals to co-creating lessons and assessments to planning independent inquiries for PYP exhibitions.

5. Providing evidence of student learning over time  

For truly well-rounded education – a philosophy that’s core to the IB – teachers and families need to work together to support students in identifying and achieving their goals. That’s why it is important to make student learning visible across the school community. Here are a few resources that will help you rethink the boundaries between school and home, and make student learning seamless and more impactful.

Toddle for candidate schools:

Built by IB educators with a collective experience of over 100 years, Toddle solves for the unique challenges that PYP educators face at every stage of their teaching and learning journeys. Here are some of the structures we’ve built specially for candidate schools and educators who are new to the PYP.

  1. Planners with stepwise IB guidance to help your teachers develop a deeper understanding of the PYP as they plan units
  2. A dedicated authorisation dashboard to manage evidence collection for your authorisation visit. Also helps foster a culture of ongoing evidence collection!
  3. Free access to hundreds of high-quality units and learning experiences built by experienced educators across the world
  4. Auto-generated, realtime curricular insights to help you ensure the horizontal-vertical balance of your curriculum

Want to learn more about how candidate schools around the world are using Toddle? We’d love for you to check out this PDF or write to us at support@toddleapp.com.

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Ritu V
Ritu V
Ritu works as a communications manager at Toddle. She aspires to help build an unconditionally kind, safe, society through her words and believes that she learns best about the world from her 4-year-old nephew. She holds a bachelor’s in engineering, and is now dipping toes into consumer psychology and neuroscience.
Snigdha Baduni
Snigdha Baduni
Snigdha is the director of learning and engagement at Toddle. She is a passionate PYP educator and has worked extensively in schools in India and the USA. She is a lifelong learner and aims to develop a love for learning in educators and students alike. She has Masters from Tata Institute of Social Sciences and University of Pennsylvania.
Disclaimer - This resource has been produced independently of and not endorsed by the IB. Toddle’s resources seek to encourage sharing of perspectives and innovative ideas for classroom teaching & learning. They are not intended to be replacements for official IB guides and publications. Views and opinions expressed by the authors of these resources are personal and should not be construed as official guidance by the IB. Please seek assistance from your school’s IB coordinator and/or refer to official IB documents before implementing ideas and strategies shared within these resources in your classroom.