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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
Spanish Getting Started with the IB PYP Kit Editable
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Spanish Getting Started with the IB PYP Kit Editable

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Big kids rule with this complete Spanish PYP getting started kit. This is 50 pages of a colorful and eye-catching Spanish version of my IB PYP posters, designed for the older kids, 3rd through 6th grade. The language within these posters is aligned with the International Baccalaureate Organization's actual descriptions. Therefore, the children become more used to the actual language used along with the academic language used constantly within the Primary Years Programme. You can edit the text and change it totally into Spanish, translate it gradually throughout the year, using each slide as a learning point or simply keep it in English. Suit yourself and the needs of your kiddos. This was created using PowerPoint 2007. Included: Posters for all of the Key Concepts •Lesson Suggestions for implementing the IB language with your older students •Focus pictures for activities to facilitate the Key Concepts •Posters for all of the IB Attitudes •Posters for all of the Learner Profile •Posters for the Trans disciplinary Skills You can purchase these posters in Spanish and English as separate packets for the Learner Profile, the Key Concepts and the Attitudes, all found in my store. By purchasing this all-in-one-packet, you SAVE! You can find more ideas for implementing the IB PYP in my blog or in my store. Enjoy! Susan Powers
IB PYP Bulletin Board Signs for the Learner Profile
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IB PYP Bulletin Board Signs for the Learner Profile

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These cute and colourful signs for the IB PYP bulletin board are great to use as a way to introduce the brand new unit of inquiry or to use as labels for displaying the children’s work on the walls. It offers collaborative learning and hands on inquiry requiring the children to think critically and apply their knowledge of the language of the International Baccalaureate’s Primary Years Programme, when the students are involved in the layout and creation of your class bulletin board and inquiry wall. The signs are designed as arrows for pointing to the specific sections of each inquiry and highlighting the lines of inquiry, central idea and the Learner Profile traits being covered within each unit of inquiry. Great for the end of the unit too, when the children use the signs to help them with their reflection process for their portfolios and for those kiddos embarking upon the IB exhibition. Spelling caters for UK and USA. (Courageous & Risktaker, Global thinker & Thinker all included, depending upon your school’s preferences. )Simply copy, laminate and cut. This kit includes signs for: Theme Central Idea Lines of Inquiry Our inquiries The Learner Profile ( large and small sizes) You can find many more inquiry based learning tools and ideas in my store and on my blog including a complete IB PYP Bulletin Board Kit, which includes all of the signs for the Learner Profile plus the Key Concepts, IB Attitudes and Skills. Enjoy! Susan Powers www.PYPteachingtools.com
IB PYP Bulletin Board Signs for IB Attitudes
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IB PYP Bulletin Board Signs for IB Attitudes

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These cute and colourful signs for the IB PYP bulletin board are great to use as a way to introduce the brand new unit of inquiry or to use as labels for displaying the children’s work on the walls. It offers collaborative learning and hands on inquiry requiring the children to think critically and apply their knowledge of the language of the International Baccalaureate’s Primary Years Programme, when the students are involved in the layout and creation of your class bulletin board and inquiry wall. The signs are designed as arrows for pointing to the specific sections of each inquiry and highlighting the theme, IB attitudes, lines of inquiry and the central idea being covered within each unit of inquiry. Great for the end of the unit too, when the children use the signs to help them with their reflection process for their portfolios and for those kiddos embarking upon the IB exhibition. Spelling caters for UK and USA. Simply copy, laminate and cut. This complete kit includes signs for: Theme Central Idea Lines of Inquiry Our inquiries IB Attitudes ( large and small) You can find many more inquiry based learning tools and ideas in my store and on my blog, including a complete bulletin boar kit with ALL of the IB PYP tools: key concepts, Learner Profile, IB Attitudes and the Skills. 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!