Student Action

Student Action

What is Action?

A big part of the IB curriculum’s philosophy, particularly the PYP, is ACTION. Loosely defined, it is when a learner transfers and applies their learning, voluntarily and self-led, beyond the borders of their classroom. It can be done individually or as a group.

Here is what the IB defines as effective action:

  • should be modeled by the adults in the school community—the action in which schools may engage will be based on the needs of the school community and the local community
  • should be voluntary and involve students in exercising their own initiative
  • is best grounded in the students’ concrete experiences
  • is most beneficial to the students when they are able to witness the outcomes
  • usually begins in a small way and arises from genuine concern and commitment
  • should include anticipation of consequences, and accepting of responsibility
  • may require appropriate adult support in order to facilitate students’ efforts and to provide them with alternatives and choices.

What does action look like?

Here are some examples of what action could look like:

What do we ask of you?

Please keep up to date with your child’s learning, as you currently are through conversations with your child and via the class blog. If you do notice that your child is engaging in ACTION, in any shape or form, please email their homeroom teacher, with a description.


You could also print and fill out one of these Action slips so we can display it on our Action board at school.

Action in the PYP

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