What is IB? International Baccalaureate is a framework for teaching the core curriculum. It focuses on teaching students to be life-long learners. It also encourages students to become internationally minded which means recognizing a common humanity and creating a better and more peaceful world. IB teaches students to develop a love for learning and how to find answers to their own questions, to do their own research and to "dig" deeper into classroom subjects. IB is very hands on and does not have a lot of worksheets and "busy work".
What does IB teach my child? The IB program focuses on the Learner Profile which has 10 attributes: Principled, Inquirer, Open-Minded, Communicator, Reflection, Knowledge, Balanced, Risk-Taker, Thinker, and Caring. There are 12 attitudes that help the student build their Learner Profile: Appreciation, Commitment, Creativity, Confidence, Curiosity, Cooperation, Empathy, Enthusiasm, Independence, Integrity, Respect, and Tolerance.
What can I do as a parent to reinforce IB? Be positive, encouraging and support learning. Ask your student questions and provide them with learning opportunities. Try to familiarize yourself with the IB program and use the language (especially the attitudes) in your home.
As part of the IB program, we encourage students to display the following attitudes:
Appreciation – appreciating the wonder and beauty of the world and its people.
We read Up the Learning Tree by Marcia Vaughan to introduce this attitude.
Commitment – being committed to the learning, persevering and showing self-discipline and responsibility.
We read The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles to introduce this attitude.
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.
We read Dancing in the Wings by Debbie Allen to introduce this attitude.
Cooperation – cooperating, collaborating, and leading or following as the situation demands.
We read Click Clack Moo by Doreen Cronin to introduce this attitude.
Creativity – being creative and imaginative in their thinking and in their approach to problems and dilemmas.
We read Freefall by David Weiner to introduce this attitude.
Curiosity – being curious about the nature of learning and of the world, its people and cultures.
We read Why Explore? by Susan Lendroth to introduce this attitude.
Empathy – imaginatively projecting themselves into another’s situation, in order to understand his/her thoughts, reasoning and emotions.
We read Cleversticks by Bernard Ashley to introduce this attitude.
Enthusiasm - enjoying learning.
We read The Night Before First Grade by Natasha Wing to introduce this attitude.
Independence – thinking and acting independently, making their own judgements based on reasoned principles and being able to defend their judgements.
We read I Can by Susan Winter to introduce this attitude.
Integrity – having integrity and a firm sense of fairness and honesty.
We read Pedrito’s Day by Luis Garay to introduce this attitude.
Respect – respecting themselves, others and the world around them.
We read The World Turns Round and Round by Nicki Weiss to introduce this attitude.
Tolerance – feeling sensitively towards differences and diversity in the world and being responsive to the needs of others.
We read Smoky Night by Eve Bunting to introduce this attitude.
IB Learner Profiles
We also aim to cultivate students who are:
Inquirers~ They develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.
Knowledgeable~ They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad range of disciplines.
Thinkers~ They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions.
Communicators~ They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.
Principled~ They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.
Open-minded~ They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.
Caring~ They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.
Risk-takers~ They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.
Balanced~ They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.
Reflective~ They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.