Educator Tips: Beginner’s Guide to Related Concepts in the PYP
Cindy Blackburn
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 What are Related Concepts?

In a conceptually-driven classroom, we shift from a focus on knowledge towards the development of enduring, evolving, and transferable meaning-making. Related concepts provide depth to an inquiry. They give insight into how the disciplines might be used as a tool for solving the problems we have identified in the transdisciplinary theme. Related concepts are often misunderstood, and many educators new to the PYP often struggle with identifying relevant related concepts for their units.

 In this Educator Tips video series, watch educator Cindy Blackburn explain the role of related concepts and how you might use them to think through your unit of inquiry.

You’ll learn:

  • The important role of related concepts
  • Examples of related concepts within units 
  • Resources for further exploring related concepts


  1. What’s a Concept
  2. What are Key Concepts
  3. Putting Concepts Together: Lines of Inquiry

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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.
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