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Cooperation - January 2017

Monthly attitude

In the month of January, we have been focusing on the PYP attitude cooperation.  Cooperation is cooperating, collaborating and leading or following as the situation demands. (  At Southlands, children are asked to consider whether they work well with others and share fairly, whether they are patient and wait their turn, and whether they lead and follow at the right times.

Cooperation does not always come naturally and must be learned.  Children need to learn to work with others, to share materials, information, and roles.  Some ways you can set the stage for the development of cooperation:

  • Be a role model
  • Give suggestions for ways to behave in a situation and explain your reasons
  • Give your child age-appropriate but real responsibilities
  • Expose your child to positive role models through the books they read, the shows they watch, and the (video) games they play
  • Offer opportunities for the whole family to work cooperatively on a project
Another way to get involved in your child’s learning

At the beginning of January, you should have received a letter explaining our plan to send home a unit overview of each unit of inquiry.  Please post this overview in a prominent place in your home and refer to it for the duration of the unit.  We hope you will record your child’s questions, connections, and action and return the overview to school at the end of the unit.  This will help you child’s teacher have a more complete picture of your child’s learning.


Tell me more about PYP:

Action is one of the five essential elements of the PYP and it is “an expectation in the PYP that successful inquiry leads to responsible, thoughtful and appropriate action.” ( Action is what students do to connect and extend their learning in the classroom, on the playground, at home, or in the larger community.   By taking action, “students are able to grow both personally and socially, developing skills such as cooperation, problem solving, conflict resolution, and creative and critical thinking” (Making the PYP happen).


Action is voluntary, student-initiated activities that stem from a genuine concern and a desire to make a positive difference.  Action might take the form of sharing new knowledge with others in order to increase their awareness of important issues, or it might be a project in response to the needs of a particular community, either locally or globally.   If we want children to make a difference in the world we need to help them personalize the action they take, and understand that it is not just a mandate from their teachers and parents, but a life long mindset.  Taking action can happen at any age if we as parents, educators, and the community, support children

By taking Action, students develop and demonstrate the PYP Learner Profile traits and PYP Attitudes, which are integral to becoming an internationally minded learner. 

Students who engage in action are encouraged to follow the IB Action Cycle whereby they carefully reflect on ways they can make positive changes in their classrooms, communities, and world, choose the form(s) of action they wish to take (e. g. activism, awareness, aid); act to bring change; and then reflect on their actions' effectiveness.