Insights from Our Students in Grades 4 & 5
Our Grades 4 & 5 students have since taken the lead in this partnership, collaborating with their teachers who organized fun experiences with their new friends. These activities often involve games or art and craft activities where meaningful interactions take place and profound relationships are fostered.
Through their once a month interactions, our students have found themselves in a position of reflection, spurring moments of wonder as they look back at their own actions, learning to put themselves in the position of another in order to better respond to a situation and in realizing their inherent potential to exhibit traits of the IB Learner Profile to address needs in meaningful ways.
Here are some of their reflections:
1. “One of my proudest moments was that I was told by someone that I was very caring towards them.” – JJ
2. “It was more fun than the last time they came to visit us – maybe because we know each other better now. I felt like I was being principled because I believe in helping people and that sure was the right thing to do – to be kind to others.” – Mola
3. “I felt great helping the blind students. I was a caring learner because I did my best to guide them in our clay model project. It was difficult for them because they cannot see and they have to use their hands and sense of touch to work on their clay model project.” –Tann
Being caring and principled learners were elements mentioned most in their takeaways.
According to the IB Learner Profile, being a caring learner means to “show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others”, where students have “a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment” (IBO, 2010).
Being a principled learner means that “they act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities” (IBO, 2010).
In many ways, they exhibited more than just these qualities – they were also thinkers, inquirers, risk-takers and reflective individuals as they engaged in this process. Through activities of social impact, these traits are reinforced with other very important traits – being caring and principled. Channeling these attributes can contribute towards the cultivation of individuals that respond with “empathy, compassion and respect”, with “integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities” to vital needs in their own community (IBO, 2010).
As more of our children are raised with these elements in mind, we foster a community of learners who care, learners with a strong moral and social conscience that see themselves as protagonists in their society, looking beyond the needs of themselves.
For more information on the IB Learner Profile, visit http://www.ibo.org/globalassets/publications/recognition/learnerprofile-en.pdf