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The Learner Profile

The International Baccalaureate Organization has translated its Mission Statement “into a set of learning outcomes for the 21st century” and has called it the “IB learner profile”.

“The learner profile provides a long-term vision of education.  It is a set of ideals that can inspire, motivate and focus the work of schools and teachers, uniting them in a common purpose….it defines the type of learner the IB hopes to develop through its programmes.

IB learners strive to be

  • Inquirers
  • Knowledgeable
  • Thinkers
  • Communicators
  • Principled
  • Open-minded
  • Caring
  • Risk-takers
  • Balanced
  • Reflective” (The IB Learner Profile Booklet, www.ibo.org)

At ISD, we have embraced the IB learner profile and continue to find ways for it to practically inspire our daily thinking, activities and work.

This is the student-friendly list of Learner Profile attributes published in 2008 by the IBO in Interact:

You are curious and ask important questions to inquire into the world around you.  You research independently and love learning throughout life.

Through your keen exploration of local and global issues you build an in-depth knowledge and understanding across all subject areas.

You think both critically and creatively to help solve problems and make responsible decisions.

You are able to understand and express yourself confidently in more than one language.  You work well and enthusiastically in team situations.

You demonstrate honesty, a sense of fairness and respect towards those around you.  You take responsibility for your own actions.

You take pride in who you are.  You are respectful of others’ opinions, traditions and values.  You consider more than one point of view when making decisions.

You are considerate towards the needs of others.  You are committed to making a positive difference to others and to the environment.

You are confident and show courage in new situations.  You are keen to try new things.  You defend your own beliefs strongly.

You recognize the importance of caring for yourself, balancing your physical, emotional and intellectual self (all parts of you!!)

You think carefully about how you learn through different experiences.  By being able to recognize your strengths and limitations, you can set goals for further learning and developing.



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