As I’ve mentioned I teach at an International Baccalaureate (IB) school. For a majority of teachers that I’ve met, the IB is something they have heard about in passing but have little understanding of what makes it differ from their experience within the public or charter schools system.
IB leaners strive to be:
When I have a visitor to my class I always have my students introduce themselves by sharing their name, age and home country as well as their learner profile. They usually pick two to three of the attributes to convey who they are.
The IB also believes it is vital that there is focus on the development of personal attitudes towards people, towards the environment and towards learning. Attitudes, that contribute to the well-being of the individual and of the group.
In PYP schools, students should demonstrate:
These are words, again, that my students know and understand. I am impressed daily by their examples of these attitudes and I strive to always reflect them in my teaching.