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Approaches to open-mindedness

By Neil Bunting ‘Open’ is a word with positive connotations in most languages. However, the term ‘open-mindedness’ is not always embraced positively by all cultures. It can be associated with things being lost, watered down, or ideals being sold out. In this post, I’m going to look at open-mindedness in the context of international students, […]

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Siva Kumari explains how the IB engenders the ethos of international-mindedness

The New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) in the US celebrated their 130th annual conference in November 2015. IB Director General, Dr Siva Kumari, was honoured to attend the event and joined a veritable “who’s who” of speakers from the world of education. We have taken some excerpts from Siva’s keynote speech—Intercultural Competence: […]

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Approaches to compassion and humility

By Neil Bunting One of the attributes of the IB Learner Profile is ‘caring’ with a focus on empathy, respect and compassion, plus a commitment to service and making a positive difference to others. Compassion and humility are caring characteristics expected of an IB learner and aligned with the belief that students studying an IB […]

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The river in which we are swimming: Making sense of the global renaissance in education

Peter Senge’s keynote speech provided an inspiring, enlightening and educating start to the second day of the 2015 IB Africa, Europe and Middle East (AEM) regional conference in October. He talked about a global renaissance in education, explaining that “the way we live is a consequence of the way we are educated.” Peter described how the […]

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Approaches to uncertainty and risk-taking

By Neil Bunting Change can cause enormous stress. Whether that is a positive or negative experience depends on the individual’s perception. It is often said that getting married, the birth of your children and moving house are three of the common profoundly stressful experiences many of us go through. Some people, like myself, thrive on […]

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Developing student agency improves equity and access

By Rhonda Broussard In the summer of 2006, I moved my family from Brooklyn, New York, to St. Louis, Missouri, and began searching for the right learning community for my children and myself. On the heels of teaching in Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma Programme (DP), I found that most urban schools were expecting […]

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Approaches to reflection

By Neil Bunting The IB learner profile is a fantastic set of attributes. I haven’t encountered another school programme that uses shared humanitarian values explicitly in the same way. My blog posts contain some personal interpretations and thoughts about the IB learner profile values. I hope that they encourage further discussion, inspired by the common […]