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How the IB Learner Profile shapes my life

Students aren’t leaving the IB Learner Profile at the door when class finishes; they are applying the attributes at home too, as they explain to IB World magazine

As an IB educator, what you teach students extends far beyond the classroom. Inspired and motivated by the IB Learner Profile, you help create a more peaceful, internationally-minded society by developing responsible, lifelong learners.

And it’s not without merit – students exemplify these attributes at home in many different ways, from ensuring a healthy school-life balance to improving their sports abilities. Below, students from different IB programmes share how the IB Learner Profile shapes their everyday lives:

Inquirers

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Alex Little

Hi, I am Alex Little and in the picture you see are me studying pine leaves, branches, and pinecones. I found that the leaves were different from each other, which I thought was very interesting and wanted to learn more. So I am going to take action and explore like an inquirer! And maybe you should too!

Alex Little, PYP student, Allisonville Elementary School, Indianapolis, US

I have natural curiosity; I love learning and I ask so many questions because I don’t always understand everything. For example, when I was in numeracy class, we were learning algebra and I completely didn’t understand it because it was hard. I asked a lot of questions and I finally understood after I got the answers I needed.

Addison Starr, 3rd grade, International School of Texas (PYP Candidate School), US

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Elliott Lindner

I do a lot of inquiring! Once I get interested in something, I stick to that topic. I ask questions and try to find out more and more about it. And, once I become an expert, I find something else to inquire about, and the inquiry just keeps going and going! It never seems to end! Then, I can even inquire into other people’s interests and learn a lot from them. I especially like looking around at nature and trying to answer questions by using a microscope or a magnifying glass. It’s not always about reading.

Elliott Lindner, PYP student, Beijing BISS International School, Beijing

Knowledgeable

I am knowledgeable. I use my knowledge to solve problems. I understand things. I am knowledgeable.

Noah Desserich, PYP student, Allisonville Elementary School, Indianapolis, US

Thinkers

My poem: I am a thinker, I think before I act, I solve problems, I think about the answer, I help my friends solve problems, I think when I try to solve problems. I am a thinker.

Gavin Bassett, PYP student, Allisonville Elementary School, Indianapolis, US

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Ethan Baker

Just about every day, I’m in a situation where I need to think before I do something. Being a thinker helps me make good choices, instead of just doing whatever I want to at the time. I try to think about what my responsibility is to my family and friends.

Ethan Baker, PYP student, Beijing BISS International School, Beijing

Principled

  • Proud of being who I am
  • Respectful to other people
  • Independent – like to do things on my own
  • Nice and caring to others
  • Creative – I like to make things
  • Ideas – I like to think
  • Planet – see how the world works
  • Listen – I make sure I can hear
  • Excited to learn at school
  • Decide to make good choices.

Sha’nia Newell, PYP student, Allisonville Elementary School, Indianapolis, US

Caring

I am caring because I care about other people. I am helpful because I can help others. I am earthy because I love the Earth. I am lovable because I love other people. I am open-minded because I can think of thoughtful things. I am respectful because I respect others. I have an attitude because I am positive.

Here is anagram of my name:

  • Caring
  • Helpful
  • Earthy
  • Lovable
  • Open-minded
  • Respectful
  • Attitude

Che’lora Felix, PYP student, Allisonville Elementary School, Indianapolis, US

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Maria Bahilo

I help take care of my sister after school and before school. I pick her up and stay with her. At the beginning of the year, when we moved back to China, it was hard for her to handle the change, I helped her to get used to a new classroom. Each morning, we practiced unpacking her bag and putting things in the right place. I’m glad that she can rely on me.

Maria Bahilo, MYP student, Beijing BISS International School, Beijing

Risk-takers

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Jadon Eplin

I am a risk-taker because while I’m living in China, I’m always trying new foods, sports and activities. I try not to say, “I don’t like it” just because it smells or feels different. I think, “Have I tried it yet?” and that helps me remember to give it a go.

Jadon Eplin, PYP student, Beijing BISS International School, Beijing

I am a risk-taker. I do unfamiliar things. I have courage to do things myself. I explore new things. I am brave. I think of new ideas. I am a risk-taker.

Leo Ochs, PYP student, Allisonville Elementary School, Indianapolis, US

Balanced

I am balanced because I am smart and I like to play. When I play, I play with girls and boys. I like all the subjects at school; writing, drama, art, everything! I also have an even amount of meat- and plant-based meals.

Kimberly Thorson, PYP student, Xi’an High-Tech International School, China

I am balanced because I am not always playing or reading. I study after school for one hour or an hour and a half. The rest of the time, I play.

Kim Si Yeon, PYP student, Xi’an High-Tech International School, China

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Addison Star

I am balanced because I do multiple things in school. I’m part of the student council and choir, and I do an extra literature class with my Headmistress. I also do multiple things outside of school: I do tennis class, gymnastics class, and I manage to go to dinner with friends in the middle of the week.

Addison Starr, third grade, International School of Texas (PYP Candidate School), US

Reflective

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I am reflective because, whenever I make mistakes, I try to use them to improve myself, especially in sports. I ask as many people as I can for advice and ways to work on my mistakes. On the weekend, I was doing something not quite right in a rugby game, so I asked my dad to show me the proper technique. After a while, I got it and it really improved my performance.

Lynfid Talamahina, MYP student, Beijing BISS International School, Beijing

I reflect on my work all the time and I also reflect on how I could be better at it. Please reflect right now how you could be principled, balanced, and reflective.

Addison Starr, third grade, International School of Texas (PYP Candidate School), US

Teachers and students: tell us how the IB Learner Profile positively influences your life: email editor@ibo.org

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