Educator Tips: Beginner’s Guide to Key Concepts in the IB PYP

Cindy Blackburn
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Like most elements of the PYP Framework, the PYP key concepts simplify and refine our teaching practice. These big, organizing ideas are revisited again and again, building shared mental schema and language for explaining the world around us. The concepts have been created with the aim of being timeless, universal and abstract, to help learners engage in creative and abstract thinking to deal with tricky ideas. Concepts can enable students to deal with information in a transdisciplinary way, which the IB is keen on encouraging. 

In this Educator Tips video series, watch educator Cindy Blackburn, explore the role of the key concepts and share some tips for how you might use them to develop a strong unit of inquiry

What you’ll learn:

  • What are key concepts
  • Resources that can support unpacking key concepts 
  • How to choose relevant key concepts for your unit

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Cindy Blackburn
Cindy Blackburn
Cindy has a Masters of Education in Teacher Leadership and has worked as an PYP educator and coordinator internationally for the past ten years. She currently works as the Director of learning and engagement at Toddle and specializes in developing resources to support teachers and leaders in honing their practice and understandings, to make the PYP simple, actionable, and above all else, joyous.
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.