This year has also seen turbulent times as the world continues to be rocked by global conflicts. Following on from several years of disrupted education as a result of Covid, I am seeing a high level of anxiety in schools these days, as well as educators rising to these challenges with an increased focus on wellbeing. When I'm in schools for evaluation and verification visits I hear a lot about how schools have coped with crisis - and how many are still dealing with it. Back in 2020, in response to changed education patterns as a result of Covid, the IB published some crisis support resources and today I thought I'd take a look through these and see how relevant they still are to the situation facing schools around the world.
When I lead PYP workshops, I notice that one of the hardest things teachers grapple with is writing strong, significant central ideas. In my work on the FPiP, I have been able to refresh some of the "old" central ideas to make them more relevant to the current thinking in the PYP. Actually even though I know this makes me sound a bit geeky, I really enjoy revising central ideas as I think it is "hard fun". It was therefore good to look back to some examples of central ideas that help students to learn about issues such as dealing with crises. Units of inquiry are frequently safe spaces for students to work through challenging issues, so how can we write strong central ideas that work with all of the transdisciplinary themes? Here are a few examples:
Who we are: In times of crisis, people look to support the basic needs and well-being of themselves and others
Where we are in place and time: Communities change through human displacement
How we express ourselves: People connect through the sharing of ideas, feelings and experiences
How the world works: Crises disrupt human and natural systems
How we organise ourselves: Individual and collective action can have far reaching impacts in times of crisis
Sharing the planet: Responses to conflict can support or obstruct pathways to peace and justice.Image by Sutorimedia on Pixabay. Free for use under the Pixabay Content License