Tagged: Bubble-up

Bubble Up Curriculum

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Naturally embedding the curriculum is difficult no matter how much experience you have. Most teachers find it difficult. In the beginning of the year we introduced Passion Projects – a way to give students time to work on something they like doing and has meaning to them. Using the PYP framework we would then sit with students and have a conversation about how the 5 PYP elements naturally connected to what they were doing. This was so useful we started to do it with every student and recorded their conversations. Not only did the students have better clarity and vision, it also deepened our understanding too. Moreover, it showed us the power in learning something that the students had control over and how natural learning took place in a whole new light. It moved our knowledge forward of the PYP. The students also know what they are talking about instead of just regurgitating the PYP lingo. More on this later…

Subjects and Strands – “Kids speak.”

A really big part of the “bubble up” curriculum is putting the PYP subjects and strands in student language. This empowers them to know what they are talking about. A group of our students did this and then created the above document. Students need to know what each strand means if they are going to be deciding whether it connects to their learning or not. Very useful when students take control of their learning. They will then have to justify not only the “what” but the “why!” Why does this connect to my learning. Now we have movement which deepens understanding and empowers learning!