‘What do you love about the Primary Years Program?’ is the check-in for today’s LTL meeting.
Our Learning Team Leaders, one from each grade level and a couple from specific learning areas, gather for our weekly meeting. With thoughtfully planned Meeting Wise agendas, clear objectives and protocols in place for everyone to have a voice, these meetings are a valuable space for collaboration, shared learning, community building, analysis of ideas and collective problem solving.
The objective of today’s meeting is to share the latest updates on the PYP review. Responses to the check-in question include the fact that it is purposeful and relevant, the attitudes it fosters, the culture it creates, the value placed on learner agency, the common language and understandings, inquiry as a stance, the concept driven approach, encouragement of ownership and action.
While all have access to the whole document, for the purpose of this meeting each participant receives one item from the review to read and consider. We then each share the gist of that particular change, using the ‘plus, minus, interesting’ protocol, followed by discussion and questions. This turns out to be a successful approach, encouraging everyone to engage with the big ideas and become familiar with the coming changes, while providing an opportunity to reflect on our growth as a learning community over time.
We finish with insights and puzzles:
- Great to see that even the PYP is reviewed and updated – always moving forward.
- How flexible will expectations be, once the changes are in place?
- We are well on the way already to many of the things that are ‘new’.
- What will the new planners look like?
- Our students have so much agency already. We need to notice it more.
- There is so much we are already doing. Will we still be able to be innovative?
- It’s encouraging me to be reflective about how my teaching aligns with the changes.
- Where to next?
It’s satisfying to note the understanding, passion and pride with which these educators talk about what has become, for us, not just a way of learning, but a way of being.