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PYP Threads is closing

Dear friends,

In a letter this week, we were informed that the cost of keeping our ning online will more than double, as Ning,com will be raising their rates on October 1st, 2016

We  launched the PYP Threads ning in 2008, as a platform on which PYP teachers and administrators could continuing the learning and sharing which began at a PYP workshop in Geneva.  I anticipated that the service would live for a couple of years, but had no idea that 8 years later, there would be  more than 4000 members!

I sense that times have changed; the PYP conversation has moved on to other social media sites. Perhaps you already follow discussions on Twitter with #ibpyp and #pypchat, (or with the #pypchat Paper.li), or https://www.facebook.com/pyplibrary.

So, sadly, the decision has been made that PYP Threads  will go dark on 01 June 2017.  If you have any material on PYP Threads that you would like to download, you have only until 31 May 2017  to do so.

This ning has  seen a a lot of conversation, support and sharing among PYP folk.  Thank you all.


Here's a guide to the links at the top of this page:

There are several tabs at the top of this page linking to IB resources:  "Sharing PYP practice".  Clicking there will take you to a blog from the IB PYP office intended for "Sharing examples of what PYP implementation looks like in IB World schools" Visit this new initiative from the PYP, leave a comment, and subscribe to the RSS feed. The "Primary Years Program" tab takes you to a blog from the IB PYP Development team; and the "IBO in Practice" tab takes you to online issues of a newsletter from the IB for educators.

When you click the Photos tab, you'll go to the Photos page for this ning. Hover your mouse over the Photos tab, and you'll see a link to a group on Flickr called "Illustrating the PYP". You're invited to join the group there, and post your photos.There's also a link to the Visible Thinking Group on Flickr, and to the Librarian Edge page on Flickr.

Hover your mouse over the Nings tab; you'll see links to other nings of interest to PYP people: the PYP Group on the Flat Classrooms ning, (started by Leigh Newton),  Library 2.0, and Teacher LibrarianTalkabout Primary Languages (which is now a wiki, not a ning), Art Education 2.0K12 Online Conference, and Classroom 2.0 (a huge education ning, with more than 80,000 members, and 1202 Groups!) 

In the left side bar, you'll find a feed of the Tweets of PYP folks who have listed Twitter accounts in their Profile Information. You can see the full page at Twitter.

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I sometimes wonder, does any of our day goes without thinking? Even as I am writing this phrase, I am thinking about thinking. I am thinking what to write about thinking. But then do I know what to think how to think and why to think?

think wonder imagine visualize explore investigate are few words which we commonly use and…


Posted by Sangeeta Pratti on April 23, 2016 at 5:07pm

Thinking about Thinking – Making Thinking Visible

Being IB educators, we all give prominence to the conceptual understanding as it facilitates the students to think out of the box. As teachers we strive to teach our students the skills, and strategies along with the knowledge, to mould them into critical thinkers and active learners. It’s imperative that students are enabled with tools that empower them to critically contemplate about what they are learning. If they make connections with their learning, then the actual “Teaching for…


Posted by Svittaldev on March 19, 2016 at 6:00pm



Hi everyone,Our 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade students are looking for pen friends around the world. We want them to meet with different cultures and improve their English skills which they study as foreign language. Also it is a great chance to make…Continue

Tags: mindedness, international

Started by Mehtap Aslanboga in Units of Inquiry. Last reply by Delia Abanto Feb 6.

Challenges faced by children - hi all, I am going to handle an unit on the various challenges faced by children, and look forward for interesting activities for the session.

I look forward for various interesting activities to teach grade 4 children. Do suggest me some activities

Started by J. Arul Rohini in Units of Inquiry Mar 7, 2016.

Leadership Focused Unit- Trying to Craft a Central Idea 4 Replies

I currently trying to put together a new  unit of inquiry that dives into the concept of leadership.  So far I've got a working central idea of:"Leadership is inevitable and shapes our world."  I believe a line should be characteristics of a…Continue

Tags: Leadership, UOI

Started by Troy R. Kuchta in Units of Inquiry. Last reply by Troy R. Kuchta Feb 28, 2016.

Mother Tongue Programs

Good day!We have 4 Mother Tongue languages supported at our school: Mandarin, Korean, French and German. We are currently reviewing our planning and teaching of the MT languages.So, I was curious about how others support Mother Tongue languages at…Continue

Tags: Korean, german, french, mandarin, tongue

Started by Judy Imamudeen in Language Feb 27, 2016.

Portfolios in the early years 11 Replies

Can I get to know the process for documentation of portfolios in the early years?How can we involve students in the early years to make their own portfolio?Continue

Started by shilpa ahire in Early Years. Last reply by Jennylyn Curiano Feb 26, 2016.

The Mathematics Planning Puzzle

This blog post looks at using the conceptual understandings in the IB Scope & Sequences (or other curricula) as lines of inquiry. Maybe of interest for those schools looking at practical ways to map curriculum.…Continue

Tags: mathematics

Started by Christopher frost in Units of Inquiry Jan 3, 2016.






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