PYP Attitudes

Another essential element of the PYP is a particular set of attitudes. These attitudes affect the learning environment and the personal interactions that occur within them.


Appreciation: Appreciating the wonder and beauty of the world and its people.


Commitment: Being committed to their learning, persevering and showing self-discipline and responsibility.


Confidence: Feeling confident about their ability as learners, having the courage to take risks, applying what they have learned and making appropriate decisions and choices.


Co-operation: Co-operating, collaborating and leading or following as the situation demands.


Creativity: Being creative and imaginative in their thinking and in their approach to problems and dilemmas.


Curiosity: Being curious about the nature of learning, about the world, its people and cultures.


Empathy: Imagining themselves in another’s situation in order to understand his or her reasoning and emotions, so as to be open-minded and reflective about the perspectives of others.


Enthusiasm: Enjoying learning and willingly putting the effort into the process.


Independence: Thinking and acting independently, making their own judgments based on reasoned argument, and being able to defend their judgments.


Integrity: Being honest and demonstrating a considered sense of fairness.


Respect: Respecting themselves, others and the world around them.


Tolerance: Being sensitive about the differences and diversity in the world and being responsive to the needs of others.


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