The IB Learner Profile represents 10 attributes valued by IB World Schools. We believe these attributes, and others like them, can help individuals and groups become responsible members of local, national and global communities.
As IB learners we strive to be:
Students who are inquirers nurture their curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. They know how to learn independently and with others. They learn with enthusiasm and sustain a love of learning throughout life.
How can parents help to develop students who are inquirers at home?
- Check out books from the local library on topics that your child is interested in.
- Research topics of interest with your child. Teach them that some sites are more reputable than others.
Students who are knowledgeable develop and use conceptual understandings and explore knowledge across a range of disciplines. They engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.
How can parents help to develop students who are knowledgeable at home?
- Have a conversation with your child about what they are learning at school. Ask them, "Why do you think that is important to learn?"
- Foster areas of interest for your child with books and activities. Encourage them to explore other areas as well.
Students who are thinkers use critical and creative thinking skills to analyze and take responsible action on complex problems. They exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.
How can parents help to develop students who are thinkers at home?
- Encourage your child to think of solutions to problems independently. Help them think through their plan out loud.
- Pose real-life problems to your child and ask for ideas for how to get started, how to solve the problem, and how effective the solution was.
Students who are communicators express themselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. They collaborate effectively, listen carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.
How can parents help to develop students who are communicators at home?
- Encourage your child to stay in touch with family members and friends who live in other cities and countries by writing letters, using the phone, or sending emails.
- When working on math homework, ask your child to explain the answer to you orally or by drawing a picture.
Students who are principled act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. They take responsibility for their actions and their consequences.
How can parents help to develop students who are principled at home?
- When playing a game with your child, don't change the rules just to let your child win. It is just as important to be a gracious loser as it is to be a humble winner.
- Encourage your child to be honest about their choices in behavior and to accept responsibility for the consequences- good and bad.
Students who are open-minded appreciate their own culture and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. They seek and evaluate a range of points of view and are willing to grow from the experience.
How can parents help to develop students who are open-minded at home?
- Encourage your child to try new foods, activities, and games.
- Encourage your child to really listen to others when they speak. Model this for your child when your child speaks to you.
Students who are caring show 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 them.
How can parents help to develop students who are caring at home?
- Model the kind of caring behavior you want to see in your child at home. Using kind words, helping others without being asked, even simply holding the door for someone all show your child that you care about people.
- Find a community organization that your family can get involved with to help others in our city.
Students who are courageous approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; they work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. They are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.
How can parents help to develop students who are courageous at home?
- If your child is feeling nervous about trying something new, encourage your child to try and then reflect together about how it felt to try something new.
- Encourage your child to set a short term goal for the week like playing with a new friend at recess or trying a new food.
Students who are balanced understand the importance of balancing different aspects of their lives-intellectual, physical, and emotional- to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. They recognize their interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.
How can parents help to develop students who are balanced at home?
- Discuss the food groups with your child. Spend time during a meal deciding if what your family is eating is balanced.
- Find a balance in the activities your child does at home: structured and unstructured, active and calm, academic and creative.
Students who are reflective thoughtfully consider the world and their own ideas and experience. They work to understand their strengths and weaknesses in order to support their learning
How can parents help to develop students who are reflective at home?
- Spend some time reviewing graded papers with your child. Discuss the work and give the opportunity for your child to explain his/her choices, identify strengths and even areas of help needed.
- Goal setting can help your child turn a weakness to a strength. Have your child choose an area to improve, and check in regularly and frequently on your child's progress toward his/her goal.