The International Baccalaureate Learner ProfileThe aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world. As IB learners, we strive to be: inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced and reflective.
IB Learner Profile Focus- The International Baccalaureate® (IB) learner profile describes a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond academic success. At Loveland High School, each month we focus on a different trait of the IB Learner Profile. In our classes, we discuss how to embody these traits and at the end of each month, students and teachers nominate members of our IB community who truly embody these traits. Click here to see a full list of our learner profile nominees.
May - We are REFLECTIVE
As the school year comes to an end, the LHS IB Community has an opportunity to spend time reflecting on the past semester and year. Being reflective is one of the IB Learner Profile traits, and indeed, the IB Programme believes there can be no true learning without reflection. Reflection allows us to reassess what has happened and what we have learned, and to analyze events, emotions, and thoughts of the past. It allows us to ponder, to question, and ultimately to feel grateful for all we have been through and the lessons we have learned along the way. This past semester, as an IB Community at LHS, we have taken many chances to work together and grow closer.April - We are KNOWLEDGEABLE
The LHS IB community focuses on being knowledgeable this April. According to the IB Learner Profile, a knowledgeable person will “develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines...engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.” This definition implies being knowledgeable involves studying and engaging with many different subjects, as our IB students do in their classes: They explore the sciences, the arts, mathematics, philosophy, history, and more.
In addition, being knowledgeable is not only considering many different types of issues, but looking at a single issue from many different types of viewpoints. For example, considering all the factors involved in an action, including environmental considerations (the sciences), aesthetic or emotional considerations (the arts), economic considerations (mathematics), ethical considerations (philosophy), previous examples of the action (history), and more. As our IB students graduate from LHS, we know they will bring this knowledgeable mindset with them into the world, and we encourage everyone in our IB community to consider how to be knowledgeable in their own every-day lives.February - We are COMMUNICATORSThis February, the LHS IB community focused on being communicators. The IB learner profile describes communicators as those who “express [them]selves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways…collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.”As the IB learner profile’s definition suggests, there are two parts to effective communication: sharing one’s own ideas and listening to others’ ideas. And as a former Chief Justice of the United States, John Marshall once said, “To listen well is as powerful a means of communication and influence as to talk well.” While it’s common knowledge that listening is often much more difficult than talking, the LHS IB community strives to be communicators in both senses of the word. We invite and challenge everyone to join us in pursuing this goal.
January - We are OPEN-MINDEDThis January, the LHS IB Programme focused on being open-minded, a characteristic from the IB learner profile. According to the IB learner profile, open-minded learners “critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others…seek to evaluate a range of points of view, and…are willing to grow from the experience.” This quality is especially needed in the world today, as changes occur in our own country and others, different cultures frequently come in contact with each other, and we continue building a world society.
-Sally Runions, LHS IB Alumus '11 and 2017 LHS IB Communications Intern