IB Learner Profile Exploration Series – Session 1: Open Minded

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As an IB world school, BIBS curriculum is set with the IB Framework. A true bilingual school, BIBS’s curriculum has also been fused with Chinese culture. In order to help parents learn more about the IB Framework and specifically, the IB Learner Profile, we have started our exploration journey on the IB Programme at its core – the IB Learner Profile. This series includes 10 articles introducing parents to the IB Learner.

IB Learner Profile Exploration First Session: Open-Minded

The International Baccalaureate (IB), is the world’s most popular international diploma program. Working within the IB framework, the IB Programmes aim to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity, share the guardianship of the planet, helping to create a better, more peaceful world. Quite naturally, the IB learner is at the center of the IB Programmes. Each student, throughout the course of their studies is guided to learn and grow in such a way that they become: Inquirers, Knowledgeable, Thinkers, Communicators, Principled, Open-minded, Caring, Risk-takers, Balanced and Reflective. Together, these 10 individual attributes make up the complete IB Learner Profile. This profile serves as the ultimate model for graduates from the IB Programmes.

Each month, BIBS Shunyi campus IB MYP teachers are highlighting one of the ten learner profile attributes. Thus as the series continues students will be introduced to, and educated about the entire IB Learner Profile.

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September’s featured Learner Profile attribute was “Open-minded.” This attribute encourages students to critically appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. Students seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience. BIBS’s bilingual program and the respect and great fusion of Chinese culture reflects this profile perfectly.

Sitting in a Grade 9 Chinese lesson among the students, indeed just like one of the students, I sat to listen and feel how the Chinese teacher introduces the concept of being open-minded. At the beginning of the class, one by one students approached the front to give a short speech on their hobbies, ideas or other interesting topics. One such speaker was an artistic young man speaking about House Music. It is totally new to me and I can feel to a lot of students as well. He focuses on the history, characteristics and famous examples of House Music. Through his speech, we can feel his enthusiasm for music. After, students were divided into different groups to give comments and advice. As an extension, interested students are welcomed to explore further on their own. During the whole process, the teacher stayed in the back of classroom, encouraging students of different views to make their own decisions.

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Next came to the main part, called “Tasting Images” in Chinese. The Chinese teacher shared a poem to explaining how to “combine emotion with scenery.” Sentences translated from Chinese read: “My loneliness is a long snake, still with no words.” Quite the opposite of the type of teaching where information is dumped on students, rather, this model encourages interaction and inspiration. Independent of whether the students are outgoing or quiet, everyone got a chance to express themselves. In the end, the poem stood out as a vivid picture revealed on the paper, a poem born no longer mysterious.

The lesson passed quickly, and I wanted to keep on learning! Encouraged by today’s study, I wanted to make a poem myself:

“An Open-Minded person is the king of hundreds of valleys, who never denies a small river, who never laughs at a small valley, with their humbleness and display of justice. Learning from others, make himself more profound……”