• Attitudes are dispositions that are expressions of fundamental values, beliefs and feelings about learning, the environment and people.  It is vital that we focus on the development of personal attitudes that contribute to the well-being of the individual and of the group.  Throughout the year, the PYP attitudes will be interpreted and modeled for students.  The purpose of modeling is not to encourage students to mimic but to provide support to help students reflect on and develop their own set of values.  Teachers will look for authentic demonstrations of these attitudes in the daily lives of our students in order to raise awareness of, and build an appreciation for them.  Attitudes will be tied directly to learning engagements and become a part of classroom discussions.  

    In PYP schools, students should demonstrate:

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

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

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

    Cooperation:  Cooperating, collaborating and leading or following as the situation demands.

    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 differences and diversity in the world and being responsive to the needs of others.