Inquiry Into Attitudes: Independence

This is part of a series of inquiry-based provocations for essential elements of the PYP and the Learner Profile. For more, click here.

Independence is such an important element of a child’s life. But it can also be filled with much confusion as there is so much beyond their control. Why not open it up as an inquiry, allowing them to define, discuss, and better understand it? This provocation is suited for just that purpose.

Resource #1: La Luna, by Pixar

Resource #2: Memo, by Gobelins

Resource #3: Chopsticks by Amy Krouse Rosenthal 

Provocation Questions:

  • What does it mean to be independent?
  • How does independence change over a person’s life? Why?
  • What are the different perspectives on independence? How can this sometimes cause conflict?

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2 Replies to “Inquiry Into Attitudes: Independence”

  1. Interesting post and provocations, Mary. I think it would do well to discuss these issues with children. Even young children would be able to give quite wise responses to the issue. I had discussions with my then 5 year old granddaughter about what she would and would not allow her children to do at certain ages and why. They can be quite wise when we give them the opportunity to be.

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