Educator Tips: Beginner’s Guide to Key Concepts in the 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 Blackburn is an experienced PYP educator and is passionate about sharing her learnings in the form of visual, engaging, easy-to-access teaching and learning resources. She works with the Toddle Team to support PYP educators as they grow in their practice. She is a believer in digital collaboration and loves connecting with teachers from around the world to share best practices.
Disclaimer - The ideas and resources presented in this blog have been developed independently from and are not endorsed by the International Baccalaureate (IB).