Kindergarteners Model Cooperation

Mar 10th, 2017

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) balances the acquisition of knowledge and skills, the development of conceptual understanding, the formation of attitudes and the capacity to take responsible actions.

Teaching and learning in the IB program focuses on developing attributes and attitudes in students and staff members. An attribute is a characteristic of a person (who s/he is). An attitude is the position or way a person acts (how s/he acts).

During the first half of the year, our community focused on the attributes of an IB learner. For the rest of this year, our focus has shifted to sharing the importance of attitudes in the PYP.  These IB-PYP Attitudes are meant to be an explicit part of daily learning, modeled by both students and staff. The attitudes we use include appreciation, commitment, confidence, cooperation, creativity, curiosity, empathy, enthusiasm, independence, integrity, respect, and tolerance.

Thank you to Ms. Heer's class for communicating what it means to cooperate. When we cooperate, we contribute toward a common goal.  Cooperation and collaboration require listening to the ideas, thoughts, and opinions of others and working with others willingly and agreeably. 

Anne LaLonde Laux
International Baccalaureate (IB) Coordinator
Enrichment Teacher & Coordinator