What Is an IB Learner?
We use the term "IB Learner" when we see students showing the character traits of the IB Learner Profile and Attitudes.
An IB Learner is
- aware of others,
- advocates for him or herself,
- and strives to be an independent thinker.
IB Learners are not afraid to make mistakes, and constantly seek ways to improve themselves.
What are the Learner Profiles?
- Inquirers—their natural curiosity has been nurtured and they actively enjoy learning.
- Thinkers—they exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to solving complex problems.
- Communicators—they receive and express ideas and information confidently in more than one language.
- Risk-takers—they approach unfamiliar situations without anxiety and have the confidence to explore new ideas.
- Knowledgeable—they have explored themes that have global significance and have acquired a critical mass of knowledge.
- Principled—they have a sound grasp of the principles of moral reasoning and have acquired integrity, honesty and a sense of justice.
- Caring—they show sensitivity towards the needs and feelings of others, and have a sense of personal commitment to helping others.
- Open-minded—they respect the values of other individuals and cultures and seek to consider a range of points of view.
- Well-balanced—they understand the importance of physical and mental balance and personal well-being.
- Reflective—they give thoughtful consideration to their own learning by constructively analysing their personal strengths and weaknesses
What Are the IB Attitudes?
Birney takes an integrated, schoool-wide character education approach that leads students to become examples of the IB learner profile. To reach this goal, students learn to adopt the following attitudes: