The IB Learner profile
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The IB Learner profile
The IB Learner profile
IB Schools of North Carolina
Round Table Discussions
Jacson Lowe & Nicole Mallon, facilitators
Parkland High School
November 11, 2009Who we areName and positionSchool and/or districtLevel (PYP, MYP, DP)Nature of the program on your campus (school within a school? Magnet? Full campus IB program, etc)
Pre-Assessment!Take into consideration the other two programs represented in the room (PYP, MYP, DP).Make an educated guess as to a curriculum similarity found in all of the programs (not counting the IB learner profile!).Make an assumption about something unique as it pertains to your programs curriculum structure. Well check your answers momentarily What the experts say What is perhaps most notable about our findings is the degree to which IB standards were found to be related to the kinds of key cognitive strategies that our previous research points to as being so important for success in colleges and universities, -- David Conley, CEO of the Educational Policy Improvement Center, in a study released 2009. The Educational Policy Improvement Center (EPIC) announced today the results from their report International Baccalaureate Standards Development and Alignment Project. 4What the experts say We have learned that its not enough for students to study content in isolation; they must use their content knowledge to solve problems, make conjectures and inferences, and think deeply about the big questions of the disciplines. The IB standards seem to be particularly well suited to achieving these aims.-- ConleyWhat the experts say For many years I have been an IB fan. It has taken seriously more of the issues in the world of today (and tomorrow), and has been less influenced by fads, and the test-taking obsessions of ministers of education, than any organization of its size. The development of separate programs for the early and middle years is also meritorious and I applaud the inclusion of the arts as subjects worthy of serious study. Howard Gardner, from an interview w/ IB World Magazine, 2007.The roots of IB success?The key questions we must ask
Is the success of IB graduates a product of viable curriculum or high achieving students? Or, is it both? Neither? When does it start?
InquirersKnowledgeableThinkersCommunicatorsPrincipledOpen-MindedCaringRisk-takersBlalancedReflectiveWhy we are hereTo what extent do our philosophy, our school structures and systems, our curriculum and units of work enable students, and the adults who implement the programmes, to develop into the learner described in the profile?
-- From the IB Learner Profile Guide
Another pre-assessment!Complete the following statements:I think my program does a great job developing the IB learner profile by My program has a deficiency in terms of building the IB learner profile in the area of The one IB Learner trait I wish my school as a whole would focus on more would be The one IB Learner trait I feel my school as a whole does a good job promoting is Thinkers/KnowledgeableThe How and Why of How and Why
Can students be knowledgeable with out developing the ability to think? How can we encourage students to think more and memorize less? From the IB Learner Profile Guide: To what extent does the range of assessment strategies we use meet the diverse needs of studentsand encourage creative and critical thinking?InquirersLearning for the sake of learning how do we compete with the Internet?Or, do we? Creating 21st century learners that want to know more and have the tools to do so.
From the IB Learner Profile Guide: Is it possible to create more experiences and opportunities in the classroom that allow students to begenuine inquirers? Open-MindedTeachers need to create crises of engagement that enable students to experience the shock of one another and what we do with the subsequent emotions after experiencing different rules and systems. (Skelton 2007)
From the IB Learner Profile Guide: How well do we model empathy, compassion and respect for others in our classrooms and around the school?
Risk TakersIs failure an option?
Is it the best option?
From the IB Learner Profile Guide:In formative assessment tasks, do we provide students with enough opportunities to take intellectual risks, and then support them in taking such risks?
Do we encourage it building wide?
CommunicatorsHow are we fostering a students ability to transfer thoughts into words? Do we spend to much time on talking skills and not enough on listening skills?
From the IB Learner Profile Guide:How much attention do we pay to how students interact with other students in group-work activities?
What is the quality of interaction between students and teachers around the school?18BalancedEspecially at the DP level, how do we encourage full participation without full burnout?
CASEEHome workFrom the IB Learner Profile Guide: Are support structures in place to oversee the personal, social and emotional welfare of students, as well as their academic development? What can be done in the early programs to help prepare DP students in phases such as efficiency and time management? CaringWhy is this such a huge component in the IB model? Isnt it just about academics?In what ways do we encourage profile traits such as caring outside of the school building?How do we best encourage empathy and sympathy both locally as well as globally?
ReflectiveStudents should track their own progress and assess how they are progressing toward proficiency and advanced competence relative to clearly-articulated learning goals.-- Marzano
From the IB Learner Profile Guide: Can we provide time for students to reflect on an assessment task and what they have learnt from it?PrincipledFrom the IB Learner Profile Guide:Could we create more opportunities to discuss the ethical issues that arise in the subject(s) we teach?
Do we deal with what is right and what is wrong if we want to have principled learners? Do we walk the fine line between indoctrination and universal truths? (Anyone teach TOK?)
Weve got the BaccalaureateNow help us out with this whole International thing How do we incorporate internationalism into our math and science curricula as we develop IB learners? How do we encourage parents to promote and encourage internationalism at home and in the community? How do we encourage the students to see the importance of the IB Learner profile as part of the global community?Promoting the IB LearnerA case study Shepard Middle School in DurhamFor more info -- http://www.shepard.dpsnc.net/One of the IB Learner Profile traits is featured each month in the Parent newsletter
One male and one female receives an award at 8th grade graduation for best exemplifying all 10 traits
For the 2009-10 school year, each grade level team is celebrating members who have shown excellence in the characteristics
In Community and Service reflections, students have to relate the experiences specifically to the IB Learner profile
Language A teachers have students identify the traits in literature as part of their analysis of works studied