I just wanted to touch base with all of you. If you have had to miss our IB Informational Nights, or if you are new to Teasley and IB; I have some guidance for you. I have created a document that hopefully help you understand a little bit about IB and why we feel it is so valuable. Please feel free to email me with any questions. Thank you!!
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This month we are focusing on the Learner Profile traits of Inquirer and Knowledgeable.
For Inquirer, we are focusing on lessons we can learn from the book Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty. This is a fabulous book that shows how the curiosity of a little girl guided her into becoming a scientist. It is an example of how the joy and process of inquiry can be something continued throughout your lifetime. We would like to encourage this trait in our students and make sure they continue to love learning long after they graduate.
We are also focusing on being Knowledgeable. The power of this trait is exemplified through the book One Hen by Katie Milway. It is the story of a boy in a poor village in Ghana who was given a small loan with which he bought a hen. He then gained knowledge of how to care for it, how to farm and how to grow his money. Years later, he was the largest chicken farm in the country and he had provided for future generations and his community. It is based off the true story of Dr. Kwabena Darko who then created a trust to be able to give loans to those who cannot get them from traditional banks. You can learn more about the story at www.onehen.org.
Our new Learner Profile Trait this month is Risk- Taker. We introduced this trait in February because it relates so well to celebrating Black History Month. There were so many people that had the courage to stand up and be Risk-Takers during the Civil Rights movement, even when it was dangerous.
The book we read this month was called Courage. It has many different ways to be positive Risk- Takers. The examples in the book are very practical and range from physical courage (riding a bike without training wheels) to mental courage (being the first one to apologize in an argument). I love the examples that are given and the thinking it promotes from the children. Continue to have these conversations at home about positive risk vs. reward. Something may be “risky” but the reward may be worth it.
As you know, Teasley has been accepted as a Candidate School for the International Baccalaureate program. We are thrilled to be a part of such a world- renowned program. The goal of the IB program is to create Internationally Minded students who are lifelong learners that contribute positively to the world to make it a better place. You may have begun hearing your child (or your child’s teacher) talking about Learner Profile traits. These are the 10 traits that IB believes every student should have to achieve the goals mentioned above. While this authorization process will take years, we are hitting the ground running. We have begun introducing the Learner Profile traits each month. They are taught through a book and then the knowledge is extended through lessons based off of that character trait. The students are responding well to learning this way.
In January, we are focusing on learning how to be Open-Minded. We are reading Duck! Rabbit! which is about how one person says the character is a duck throughout the whole story and the other says it’s a rabbit. Students hopefully will learn that just because someone’s opinion is different than theirs, it doesn’t mean they are not correct.
I will be adding the new Learner Profile traits each month so that you can have access and know what we are focusing on each month.
Thank you for your support!!