Interpreting this diagram

A colleague of mine, Tony, came across this fantastic graphic during an in-school workshop I ran here at NIST. It was a Making the PYP Happen workshop and Tony was conducting his own inquiry into the Learner Profile. He presented this image to the group and we stood around it, interpreted it and discussed it for quite a long time!

I decided to use the image again in this workshop in order to provoke conversation about the Learner Profile and the relationship between the Learner Profile and the PYP Attitudes.

How do you interpret this graphic?

Could it be used in your school?

Could it be used in your classroom?

Could it be used in planning?

Tree Diagram found at http://www.greenwichschools.org/page.cfm?p=2971
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2 comments

  1. Susan Elahi

    This graphic is very self explanatory. i will use it in the classroom and to share with colleagues. We have never made the connection before between the Learner Profile and the Attributes. The kids connect with the roots and tree idea right away.

    • Mr. Sam

      I agree, Susan. I love how self-explanatory it is! The organic way that the attitudes feed into the long-term development of the Learner Profile attributes really helped me to understand how to work with both of them in a more meaningful way.

      It also showed me that the attitudes need to be the focus early on and then, as the kids get older, they can reflect on how the attitudes are helping them to develop the Learner profile attributes in themselves.

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