What does it mean to be international minded? How can schools provide a global education? How can learners be taught intercultural competence and inspired to be globally engaged?
These are some of the questions that we will continue to explore as we become a stronger IB World School, particularly through the implementation of PYP.
At our last parent workshop in March, participants were asked to consider their own perspectives on potentially unfamiliar events. For example, we all imagined being a "bear": What is it like to be a bear? What would I need to know to understand what it is like to be a bear?
Global citizens, such as the members of the SIS community, work together to ensure that learners develop an open and reflective mindset when considering their own and other people's perspectives. To do this, students do not only need to be knowledgeable, but they must also be critical, creative and reflective in their thinking.
IB recognizes that we live in a world of diverse beliefs and cultures. To this end, it defines international minded learners through the attributes of the learner profile. SIS aims to develop learners who are:
The IB learner profile attributes complement our SIS mission and ESLR's. When we see our community demonstrate these attributes, it shows our school mission in action.
To learn more about the IB learner profile attributes, check out the IB website at http://www.ibo.org/benefits/learner-profile/
Leda Cedo | PYP Coordinator