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Thinkers

In May, we are focussing on the trait thinker.  Thinkers use critical and creative thinking skills to analyse and take responsible action on complex problems. As well, thinkers exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions. (IBO.org)


What does this mean? It means thinkers like to think! They consider the pros and

cons of each situation and they play with new possibilities. Thinkers love trying to

figure things out themselves and finding new ways of doing things.  Good thinkers are also principled in their decision making.


There are many things you can do to encourage your child to be a thinker:

  • Encourage your child to think of multiple solutions to problems.

  • Pose different real-life problems and questions to your child.

How could we arrange the glasses so they can all fit in the cupboard?

I wonder how much the groceries in the cart will cost. How can we make an estimate?

We need to make 20 cookies. What changes should we make to our recipe?

  • Ask your child questions when they are working on a problem.

Do you have any ideas about how we might begin?

How can we do this differently?

I didn’t think of that. Tell me more about it.

What other ways can you show that?

Why do you think that?

How did you figure that out?

  • Help your child to become a better thinker by allowing them to solve problems and make

decisions on his/her own.

  • Talk with your child about current events from multiple points of view.


Don’t forget to check the Learner Profile book lists that are posted on the school website under the IB tab.  There are many suggestions for books you can read and discuss with your child as

you explore the learner traits.  Your child will likely have come across a number of these books at school, but you can read them again with your child and use them as conversation starters.


PYP Written Curriculum

In the Primary Years Programme, the written curriculum incorporates five essential elements.

Knowledge: What do we want students to know?

Key Concepts: What big ideas do we want students to understand?

Approaches to Learning: What do we want students to be able to do?

Attitudes: What do we want students to feel, value, and demonstrate?

Action: How do we want students to act in response to their learning?


Action


Internationally minded learners

embody the attributes of the

PYP Learner Profile

and

take action

to help to create a better and more peaceful world.


Action is one of the five essential elements of the PYP and it is “an expectation in the PYP that successful inquiry leads to responsible, thoughtful and appropriate action.” (IBO.org)


Action is voluntary, student-initiated activities that stem from a genuine concern and a desire to make a positive difference.  Action is what students do to connect and extend their learning in the classroom, on the playground, at home, or in the larger community.  Action might take the form of sharing new knowledge with others in order to increase their awareness of important issues, or it might be a project in response to the needs of a particular community, either locally or globally.  Even a change in opinion or perspective can be viewed as a form of action.


If we want children to make a difference in the world we need to help them personalize the action they take, and understand that it is not just a mandate from their teachers and parents, but a life long mindset.  Taking action can happen at any age if we as parents, educators, and the community, support children. By taking action, “students are able to grow both personally and socially, developing skills such as cooperation, problem solving, conflict resolution, and creative and critical thinking” (IBO.org).


Students who engage in action are encouraged to follow the IB Action Cycle whereby they carefully reflect on ways they can make positive changes in their classrooms, communities, and world, choose the form(s) of action they wish to take (e. g. activism, awareness, aid); act to bring change; and then reflect on their action’s effectiveness.