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Susan Powers

I am an avid fan of inquiry based learning. Having taught for 23 years, mostly with the International Baccalaureate's Primary Years Programme, I have discovered that children love to be an interactive part of their own learning. The products in my store are engaging and hands on, promoting inquiry, critical thinking, research and communication skills. You can find more tips and tools on my blog too. Enjoy! Susan

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I am an avid fan of inquiry based learning. Having taught for 23 years, mostly with the International Baccalaureate's Primary Years Programme, I have discovered that children love to be an interactive part of their own learning. The products in my store are engaging and hands on, promoting inquiry, critical thinking, research and communication skills. You can find more tips and tools on my blog too. Enjoy! Susan
Developing IB PYP Student-Led Action Posters
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Developing IB PYP Student-Led Action Posters

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Inspiring student-led action is something that is an on-going, inclusive part of the enhanced IB PYP classroom. These posters are aligned with the PYP enhancements and can be used as a reference tool as the children come to understand the different forms that action can take; personally, locally and globally. You will find posters for: Social Justice Participation Social Entrepreneurship Lifestyle Choices Advocacy. Action Agency My wish is that this resource , aligned with the blog article, [Developing Student-Led Action in the IB PYP, ] you to clarify the process of developing student-led action and give your kiddos a few ideas that they will feel confident about sharing for bringing positive change to themselves, their community and even the world. By reading the article, you will also be linked to additional action inspiring posters that you can download for FREE! Cheers to encouraging your students to become their own superheroes! All my best, Susan Powers PYPteachingtools.com
IB PYP Key Concepts Question Cards for Any Age Level
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IB PYP Key Concepts Question Cards for Any Age Level

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Conceptual learning begins by understanding how to think conceptually and to formulate concept-based questions. These cards are ideal for developing understanding of the IB PYP Key Concepts as well as helping children to focus their thinking and develop higher level questioning skills. The cards are differentiated for Grades K-2 and Grades 3-6. Each card contains sentence stems for guiding the children’s thinking and structuring their questioning as they formulate their own questions with anything. Easy to print and keep in a box or a ring on table groups. I prefer to give each child their own set that they keep in their desks for easy access to use at ANY time and for ANY subject. I have seen children referring to the cards for formative assessments and reflections, for setting goals, for developing their own lines of inquiries as well as within literacy and maths. Perfect for collaborative thinking activities and encouraging accountable talk within discussions. Enjoy! Susan PYPteachingtools.com
Create Your Own IB PYP Learner Profile Posters Watercolour Digital Edition
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Create Your Own IB PYP Learner Profile Posters Watercolour Digital Edition

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These beautiful watercolour posters are all ready for you to have the children think critically about the descriptors of the IB PYP Learner Profile and then add their own text digitally, before printing them. I like to have the children work on the descriptors collaboratively, in small groups – each researching the definitions, critically evaluating the best way to summarise them and finally creating their own. It is a great way to reinforce an awareness of our Learner Profile as the children learn what it means to possess those attributes of a learner and be an active part of the creation of the posters. They’re then a beautiful reference to be used in your classroom all year long. These contain all of the IB Learner Profile attributes for both the PYP and the MYP, including options of risk taker/courageous and thinker/global thinker. In addition, there are printable versions that can be used for writing the descriptors for each attribute, if that is your preference. You can find that edition by clicking right here. You may also like the same create your own digital posters with the beautiful watercolour flowers rather than the brush strokes. You can look at those here. You can find many more inquiry based tips and tools in my blog and in my store. Enjoy! Susan Powers PYPteachingtools.com P.S. If you’re on social media, come and join in the chat on Instagram @pypteaching or Facebook @ PYP Teaching Tools. Would LOVE to meet you!
Journey Through the IB PYP Exhibition - A Complete Resource
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Journey Through the IB PYP Exhibition - A Complete Resource

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The IB PYP Exhibition! The big event that is the culminating journey of discovery for the children as they work their way through this valuable process. This resource is here to help you, dear teachers, as you embark upon this journey with them, facilitating the process that will lead to a final Exhibition, showcasing the childrens’ work. UK & USA spelling included. I have designed this resource as a guide and a working tool, using my experience with the IB PYP upper grades in multiple schools and countries. It is my goal to share these ideas with you within this resource. It can be used as a step-by-step guide or you can pick and choose the materials in any order, to suit you, the needs of your class and the timing of your Exhibition. It specifically encourages student agency throughout the process. You will find sections covering: Review and Reflection of the Essential Elements Inquiry and Research Reflection and Assessment Appendix - with alternative spelling and language of the IB PYP, in addition to information letters for parents and mentors. I am in the process of making this resoruce digital so that you will have that option too. I will add it to this same resource, thus making this a growing packet and a totally flexible tool. Please make sure you are following my store so that you will be notified of this update. You can find many more tips and tools for the IB PYP in my store and on my blog. Enjoy! Susan Powers PYPteachingtools.com
IB PYP Learner Profile Watercolour Posters with Positive Affirmations
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IB PYP Learner Profile Watercolour Posters with Positive Affirmations

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These beautiful watercolour posters contain the ever powerful words, “ I AM “ and they are designed around the IB PYP and MYP Learner Profile. They are designed to act as a reference point of the attributes of the Learner Profile, rather than descriptors. ( If you’d like this design as posters for your classroom, I also have a set where the children will create the descriptors themselves, for each attribute, as a part of their learning and reflection of their own Learner Profile. You can find the editable version for that resource here. ) These contain all of the IB Learner Profile attributes for both the PYP and the MYP, including options of risk taker/courageous and thinker/global thinker. The posters come in full size and half size. In addition, there are many more positive affirmations that were created by my fifth graders through their own reflections and for the benefit of other kids out there such as: I am enough I am strong I am a great friend etc. There are a couple of editable sheets in a separate file for you to add your own affirmations as you see fit. Included are mirror-image posters that have the text backwards. When held up to a mirror, they will read the correct way around. I LOVE to use these as a fun way to promote positive affirmations. I leave them in our reading corner, beside a mirror, and smile as I watch the children work their way through the positive affirmation posters.  Positive affirmation posters are a lovely way to spread the power of positivity throughout your classroom. I make sure that the posters are placed in high-traffic areas, such as in our library area, by the sink, the pencil sharpeners etc. I also change them up frequently. I don’t want the message to become a part of the wallpaper, so to speak. I want the children to notice the messages every single day. You may also like the same positive affirmation posters with the beautiful watercolour flowers You can look at those here. You can find many more inquiry based tips and tools in my blog and in my store. Enjoy! Susan Powers PYPteachingtools.com P.S. If you’re on social media, come and join in the chat on Instagram @pypteaching or Facebook @ PYP Teaching Tools. Would LOVE to meet you!
IB PYP & MYP Developing Critical Thinking Task Cards
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IB PYP & MYP Developing Critical Thinking Task Cards

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Critical thinking is the ability to think clearly, rationally and progressively about a problem or belief. It includes the ability to engage in reflective and independent thinking, making connections and solving problems. Critical thinking is not content knowledge or even evidence of understanding. While it involves and certainly requires these ideas, critical thinking is also very much a state of mind – a willingness and tendency to sit with an idea and ‘struggle wonderfully’ with it. This is part of the inquiry mindset! And this is what we want to encourage and develop further. These printable task cards are a terrific way to actively practise the inquiry mindset and build critical thinking skills, as per the Approaches to Learning Thinking skills . The task cards can be used in a variety of ways that encourage the children to reflect and really puzzle through problems and scenarios as they are asked to reflect on situations that require analysing, synthesising, categorising and evaluating, present doubt, possible antagonism, confidence issues and other difficulties. As you help the children with these thinking skills in a safe, familiar environment, it will greatly benefit them throughout school and particularly as they approach the IB PYP Exhibition. A great collaborative thinking activity, ideally suited for 4th – 7th grades. I’m not going to pretend; some are tricky! Suggestions: Whole class - sitting in circle, each child will have a card to read aloud and then share their opinion. These can be discussed as you go around the circle. Teacher led – read aloud a card to a small group and have them interact with each other to solve the problem or scenario. Small groups- Place a pile of cards face down in the middle of the group. Each person will take a turn to read a card, act out or offer their opinion and then those can be discussed within the group. Independent work - Each child can work with a few cards and write or draw how they would solve the social problems presented on the task cards. You will find 32 task cards ready to print and go. Enjoy! Susan Powers www.PYPteachingtools.com
IB PYP Inquiry Cycle Bulletin Board Signs
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IB PYP Inquiry Cycle Bulletin Board Signs

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Use these signs as a part of your IB PYP inquiry board to highlight the area of the inquiry process that you are working on. Or to record the children’s work as they progress through the inquiry cycle. There are two sets ,with options for text only or text plus images, so that you can choose which best suits your students and their level. The first set of signs are coloured and worded to align with Kath Murdoch’s inquiry cycle that is commonly used within many IB PYP schools. The second set of signs are another option for you to choose, if you prefer alternative vocabulary for your inquiry cycle or you can mix and match the wording. You can find many more tips and tools for inquiry-based teaching in my blog. [PYPteachingtools.com] Enjoy! Susan Powers
Tic Tac Toe Inquiry Based Activities The Holiday Bundle
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Tic Tac Toe Inquiry Based Activities The Holiday Bundle

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Homework suddenly becomes FUN and meaningful! Double whammy! Be the coolest teacher in the school with these engaging I.B P.Y.P. inquiry based tasks focusing on holidays & celebrations throughout the year. This EASY print and go packet contains a themed homework sheet with 9 trans-disciplinary activities. Thus, these can be used for 3rd grade up to 5th grade. The children love to independently select their own 3 tasks, horizontally, vertically or diagonally, just like Knots and Crosses. The activities focus on the Key Concepts, Learner Profile and the I.B. Attitudes, requiring the children to show their thinking and explain their solutions. Every one of the trans disciplinary skills is used within these activities as the children get to independently select their homework, research it and communicate their findings in fun, engaging and very creative ways. Included: New Year Valentines Day St. Patrick Day Earth Day Easter Summer Celebrate Our Country Back to School Thanksgiving Halloween Christmas Winter I hope you find this resource useful. There are other Tic Tac Toe packets available in my store, covering math themes as well as social studies. Please take a look at the many other resources that I have in my store and on my blog, all aligned with the C.C.S.S and the I.B Primary Years Programme. Enjoy! Susan Powers www.pypteachingtools.com
Back to School IB PYP Bulletin Board Kit
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Back to School IB PYP Bulletin Board Kit

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This bright and cheerful IB PYP bunting is perfect for back to school. Add it on your bulletin boards, hang it over your door to welcome your little learners are they walk into their classroom. Hang it around your room. It is versatile, comes in two different sizes, has everything that you need for your IB PYP bulletin boards and comes with an editable format so that you can change it up to suit yourself from year to year. Please note that only the text is editable due to copyright. The pennants themselves are not editable. You will need Power Point programme to edit this material. Simply copy and fold the top of the bunting over a length of string for an attractive classroom decoration. Or, simply pin to your bulletin board. Included: Unit of Inquiry/Enquiry Action! Our Learner Profile Key Concepts Welcome Skills If you like these materials, you may also be interested in my cute IB PYP posters that come in various packs suitable for little kids and the big kids, including a black and white set to match this bunting. There many other back to school inquiry based teaching tools as well as my complete IB PYP units of inquiry, all found in my store . Enjoy! Susan Powers www.pypteachingtools.com
IB PYP Learner Profile Floral Posters with Positive Affirmations
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IB PYP Learner Profile Floral Posters with Positive Affirmations

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These beautiful watercolour posters contain the ever powerful words, “ I AM “ and they are designed around the IB PYP and MYP Learner Profile. They are designed to act as a reference point of the attributes of the Learner Profile, rather than descriptors. ( If you’d like this design as posters for your classroom, I also have a set where the children will create the descriptors themselves, for each attribute, as a part of their learning and reflection of their own Learner Profile. You can find the editable version for that resource here. ) These contain all of the IB Learner Profile attributes for both the PYP and the MYP, including options of risk taker/courageous and thinker/global thinker. The posters come in full size and half size. In addition, there are many more positive affirmations that were created by my fifth graders through their own reflections and for the benefit of other kids out there such as: I am enough I am strong I am a great friend etc. There are a couple of editable sheets in a separate file for you to add your own affirmations as you see fit. Included are mirror-image posters that have the text backwards. When held up to a mirror, they will read the correct way around. I LOVE to use these as a fun way to promote positive affirmations. I leave them in our reading corner, beside a mirror, and smile as I watch the children work their way through the positive affirmation posters.  Positive affirmation posters are a lovely way to spread the power of positivity throughout your classroom. I make sure that the posters are placed in high-traffic areas, such as in our library area, by the sink, the pencil sharpeners etc. I also change them up frequently. I don’t want the message to become a part of the wallpaper, so to speak. I want the children to notice the messages every single day. You may also like the same positive affirmation posters with the beautiful watercolour brush marks. You can look at those here. You can find many more inquiry based tips and tools in my blog and in my store. Enjoy! Susan Powers PYPteachingtools.com P.S. If you’re on social media, come and join in the chat on Instagram @pypteaching or Facebook @ PYP Teaching Tools. Would LOVE to meet you!
Create Your Own IB PYP Learner Profile Posters Digital Version
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Create Your Own IB PYP Learner Profile Posters Digital Version

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These beautiful watercolour posters are all ready for you to have the children think critically about the descriptors of the IB PYP Learner Profile and then add their own text digitally, before printing them. I like to have the children work on the descriptors collaboratively, in small groups – each researching the definitions, critically evaluating the best way to summarise them and finally creating their own. It is a great way to reinforce an awareness of our Learner Profile as the children learn what it means to possess those attributes of a learner and be an active part of the creation of the posters. They’re then a beautiful reference to be used in your classroom all year long. These contain all of the IB Learner Profile attributes for both the PYP and the MYP, including options of risk taker/courageous and thinker/global thinker. In addition, there are printable versions that can be used for writing the descriptors for each attribute, if that is your preference. You can find that edition by clicking right here. You may also like the same create your own digital posters with the beautiful watercolour brush marks rather than the flowers. You can look at those here. You can find many more inquiry based tips and tools in my blog and in my store. Enjoy! Susan Powers PYPteachingtools.com P.S. If you’re on social media, come and join in the chat on Instagram @pypteaching or Facebook @ PYP Teaching Tools. Would LOVE to meet you!