2013 11 20 Modeling the Learner Profile

posted Oct 14, 2013, 10:14 AM by Wade King PTA Drive   [ updated Dec 2, 2013, 1:21 PM ]

The topic of this month’s IB Home School Connection is modeling the IB Learner Profile.  This 10 point profile is the cornerstone of the IB Primary Years Program at Wade King Elementary!

We know that children learn by example—they copy what they see and learn by imitating behavior.  As parents, we can be powerful role models for our children.   When we reflect the IB Learner Profile for our children—for example, acting with honesty and integrity, showing empathy and concern, working collaboratively together and listening carefully­—we are exhibiting the positive behaviors that we want them to imitate and assimilate. 

Recently, the IBO revised the Learner Profile and the new version can be seen around the school (and below).  While the meaning of each attribute of the profile has not changed, the voice of the description has. The use of we was deliberately used to ensure that all of the members of the learning community—parents, faculty, staff, and students—strive to meet the aspirations of the profile over the course of their lives.  Working together we can create a community of Inquirers, Thinkers, Communicators and Risk Takers who are Knowledgeable, Principled, Open Minded, Caring, Balanced and Reflective.

Learner Profile



We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.


We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.


We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyze and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.


We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.


We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.


We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.


We show empathy, compassion, and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.


We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.


We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives - intellectual, physical, and emotional - to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.


We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.