Sunday, November 25, 2007

Goals for us as learners

This is a photo I made for the IBO Learner Profile which is I think one of the best things to come out of the International Baccalaureate Organisation. The Learner Profile "is the IB mission statement translated into a set of learning outcomes for the 21st century".


IB learners strive to be:

Inquirers They develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy earning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.
Knowledgeable They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.
Thinkers They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethicaldecisions.
Communicators They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creativelyin more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.
Principled They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice andrespect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.
Open-minded They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.
Caring They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings ofothers. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.
Risk-takers They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.
Balanced They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.
Reflective They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.

What a fantastic set of goals. It is my goal to make a poster about each of these. The photo is one that I took on my trip to China earlier this year. I love the Flickr toys that made it easy to do.


  1. Anonymous3:33 am

    My school in MA is also an IB school. We were the first school in the city to pilot the program. Parents and students love it. It allows children a broader sense of the world and themselves. I love the posters you created they are awesome. We have posters in our classroom just of the areas of interaction, but they are just made from Word.

  2. AeonFrodo8:27 pm

    Risktakers... I had to admit, Ulrich (from Code Lyoko) does that a lot when he's fighting Xana's monsters. A lot of calculated risks, I may add. I just wanted to point my observance.
    Sometimes, I think I would love to take more risks... maybe I should.

  3. Hi anonymous. I made the poster myself. You can too, using any photo you have taken or copyright free photo on line and go to fd's flickr toys. Just google it.

  4. Hi Jo - I, too, find a rich empathetic seam for these goals within my thinking. The people who came up with these statements for the IB Learner Profile are the same people behind Project Zero at Harvard. You may be interested in the Project Zero website - in particular the Visible Thinking pages and resources.It's at

  5. Jo,

    Hi, how are you? I am in the college of education at Michigan State University here in the States. I found your blog when I searched under education and am very interested in learning more about your school systems in Australia! I just created a blog for one of my teaching classes, which I will be using to document my learning and experiences on my way to becoming a teacher. I really enjoy your blog and just wanted to say hello! (: