PYP-MYP Transition in the Right Hands
When learners join a school/program, they arrive as a plant arrives in a garden: with the hope to grow roots; looking forward to belonging; aspiring to blossom in splendorous ways; with a strong desire to be part of a symphony of colors, and shapes; and trusting that [edu]carers will create a safe space for them to be who they are, and not who some people may want them to be.
In order to further support the PYP-MYP transition at QAIS. Phase 1 of this student-led transition was the ATL-Museum, as an introduction to the PYP Exhibition. At this phase, MYP students gave some tips to PYP students on how to explore ATL skills, and how to explicitly talk about them during their exhibition. Phase 2, this current experience, consisted of a series of sessions in which PYP students who will become MYP students next year had the opportunity to head about MYP information that will be of outmost importance in the next stage of their IB journey.
To prepare for this phase, students brainstormed on topics they found to be critical to know about prior to coming into MYP (See table below), and then they brainstormed on guiding questions that could help them explore the topic. Finally, each of them chose a topic for which they felt they could provide a variety of examples.
Since there were some topic that were not addressed in this 2nd phase, there will be a 3rd and last phase (a panel) in which PYP students will ask questions for MYP students to answer.
After this experience, I am fully convinced that students are the best people to talk about what this transition feel like. They have lived it, so they know what took longer to understand, what was the hardest thing to embrace, and what is still difficult to attain. They walked the path that was designed for them and, therefore, they are the most appropriate people to provide feedback on it, to suggest ways to prepare for it, and to make recommendations on how to improve it, we just need to allow them to do it.
See below for some pictures of this experience.