HFCA Partnering with Parent – Understanding the IB Learner Profile

ib-learner-profileDear Parents,

As we begin our Candidacy* as an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, teachers, staff, and students have begun discussing the ten attributes contained in the IB Learner Profile. The Learner Profile represents a lifelong, holistic vision of education, and is central to IB’s definition of an “internationally minded” person. These attributes are representative of our faithbased school and aligned with our Catholic values, morals and principles. Please note that while we are a Candidate in the IB Primary Years Programme, (Preschool-Grade 5) we are also implementing the IB
Learner Profile in our Middle School.

HFCA teachers are interpreting the the Learner Profile in a manner appropriate to the age and development of the students, and intentionally weaving these attributes into the lesson.

Our first IB Parent Education meeting was on September 24, where we introduced the Learner Profile to our parent community. You will undoubtedly be hearing your student(s) and teachers use these terms. We also discussed ways parents, as vital partners with HFCA, can reinforce these attributes outside of school.

Listed below are descriptions of the ten attributes and examples shared by parents attending the meeting on how parents can model and encourage these qualities.

Definition of Learner Attribute As parents we can… Example
An inquirer is curious and knows how to find answers. They have a desire to learn. model and encourage children to pose questions and come to conclusions. “When asked a question I don’t know, I include my children and find the answer together using different resources.”
A knowledgeable person demonstrates an awareness of important local and global events. engage in new things and share what we have learned with our children. “At family meals, each member of the family shares his or her day and teaches others what they have learned.”
A thinker takes the initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions. demonstrate approaches to problem solving by encouraging the discussion of issues. “I share the resolution of a problem by talking through the process used to arrive at the conclusion.”
Effective communicators listen and observe carefully the thoughts, words, actions and feelings of others. show children that good communicators share ideas in many different ways. “I will recognize when children share their thoughts without insulting or hurting others.”
A principled person acts with integrity, honesty and respect, and matches actions with words. point out the times when someone did what was right versus what was easy. “We can tie this trait to Pope Francis’ recent message of the importance of obeying the Golden Rule.”
Open-minded means seeking and evaluating a range of views, and a willingness to grow from the experience. listen and respect others who may have views and ideas different than mine. “I model open-mindedness when I listen to both older and younger generations and see the value of their experiences.”
We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives—intellectual, physical, and emotional–to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. not only make sure our children’s lives are balanced, but look for balance in my roles as parent, spouse and employee, etc. “I try to make time for myself to be with friends, exercise or just read for relaxation and enjoyment.”
A risk-taker works independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change. encourage our children and support them as they try new things, even if they seem hard to do. “I can model being a risk-taker by learning more about technology-even if I have to ask my kids for help.”
A reflective person gives 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. reinforce that there are natural and logical consequences for all of our behavior-positive and negative. “As a positive reinforcement, I can reflect and comment to my child that her good grade was the result of studying for the test.”
A caring person shows empathy, compassion and respect. They have a commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us. verbalize our concern about other people’s needs and feelings, modeling that it is important to help others. “I try to recognize when siblings do something kind for each other without being asked.”

* Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.