Action as a result of learning

Sep 18, 2023 8:00:00 AM | Action as a result of learning

Your child explores important concepts during each one of our units of inquiry. While we observe evidence of her/his learning every day in class,

Dear families, 

As you are aware, your child explores important concepts during each one of our units of inquiry. While we observe evidence of her/his learning every day in class, it is also important for us to know when your child takes action as a result of his/her learning outside of the classroom (e.g., comments, behaviors, change of attitudes). As the International Baccalaureate explains: 

“In the Primary Years Programme (PYP), it is believed that education must extend beyond the intellectual to include not only socially responsible attitudes, but also thoughtful and appropriate action. An explicit expectation of the Primary Years Programme (PYP) is that successful inquiry will lead to responsible action, initiated by the student as a result of the learning process. Primary Years Programme (PYP) schools can and should meet the challenge of offering all learners the opportunity and the power to choose to act; to decide on their actions; and to reflect on these actions in order to make a difference in and to the world.”  

So, PYP families, we need your help! At the start of each new unit of inquiry, the central idea and the lines of inquiry are explained in your child’s unit newsletter. Over the course of each unit, please take note of any action your child takes as a result of his/her learning. Should you find that their actions reflect their understanding about the central idea and lines of inquiry, please fill out the form attached to this email and return it to your classroom teacher with specific comments, behaviors, or changes of attitude. We will have a bulletin board at the school dedicated to sharing and celebrating our students’ actions! 

Thanks for your continued participation and support in strengthening our Primary Years Programme.  

Best regards, saludos, saudações, 

Sagrario Arguelles
Head of the Primary Years Programme 

Sagrario Arguelles

Written By: Sagrario Arguelles

Sagrario is a passionate professional with more than thrity years of experience in a wide variety of educational settings. She is an inquiring, lifelong learner that believes students learn best when they are empowered and feel ownership of their learning. She is bilingual in Spanish and English, and has a deep understanding of the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. Early in her educational journey, Sagrario worked in different schools in México, such as Alexander Bain and the American School Foundation. She held different teacher and administrative roles, such as lower school teacher, Primary Years Programme (PYP) coordinator and Academic Dean. She began her career in the United States in 2008 at Escuela Bilingüe Internacional in Oakland, California, where she implemented the Primary Years Programme (PYP) and oversaw the Middle Years Programme (MYP) implementation. She held the roles of Assistant Head, PYP Coordinator and Director of Curriculum and Learning for preK-8 grades. In 2018, Sagrario moved to Austin, Texas, where she joined The Magellan International School as the Head of Lower School. Her passion for education has also allowed her to do significant work for the IB as a workshop leader, consultant, school evaluation and accreditation leader, and IB field representative in charge of the quality of the workshops given in the Americas. Sagrario has also been instrumental in the implementation of new IB services for schools at a global level, developing a quality curriculum in schools. She has sought to share best practices wherever she has taught, presenting at educational conferences such as the IB Regional Conference and the California Association of Independent Schools Conference. Sagrario is a true believer that as educators, we need to nurture each child’s love of learning by cultivating academic excellence, emotional intelligence, and social engagement.