The Learner Profile and Character Traits
The IBPYP defines the characteristics of students who are aware of and sensitive to the experiences of others. These attributes or attitudes culminate in a PYP Learner Profile, which helps teachers and students to establish goals, plan units of inquiry, and assess performance. In PYP, the Learner Profile exemplifies "the international-minded person."
Their natural curiosity has been nurtured. They have acquired the skills necessary to conduct purposeful, constructive research. They actively enjoy learning and their love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.
They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to make sound decisions and to solve complex problems.
They receive and express ideas and information confidently in more than one language, including the language of mathematical symbols.
They approach unfamiliar situations without anxiety and have the confidence and independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are courageous and articulate in defending those things in which they believe.
They have spent time in school exploring themes whichhave global relevance and importance. In doing so, they have acquired a critical mass of significant knowledge.
They have a sound grasp of the principles of moral reasoning. They have integrity, honesty and a sense of fairness and justice.
They show sensitivity towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a sense of personal commitment to action and service.
They respect the views, values and traditions of other individuals and cultures, and they are accustomed to seeking and considering different opinions.
They understand the importance of physical and mental balance and personal well-being.
They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and analyze their personal strengths and weaknesses in a constructive manner.
PYP Student Attitudes or Atributes
|The learner profile is the end result of the daily implementation of positive attitudes towards people, towards the environment, and towards learning. We want students to develop: |
|Appreciation- appreciating the wonder and beauty of the world and its people |
|Commitment- being committed to their learning, persevering and showing self-discipline and responsibility|
|Confidence- feeling confident in their ability as learners, having the courage to take risks, applying what they have learned and making appropriate decisions and choices |
|Cooperation- cooperating, collaborating and leading or following as the situation demands |
|Creativity- being creative and imaginative in their thinking and in their approach to problems and dilemmas|
|Curiosity- being curious about the nature of learning and of the world, its people and cultures |
|Empathy- imaginatively projecting themselves into another's situation, in order to understanding his/her thoughts, reasoning and emotions|
|Enthusiasm- enjoying learning|
|Independence-thinking and acting independently, making their own judgments based on reasoned principles and being able to defend their judgments|
|Integrity-having integrity and a firm sense of fairness and honesty |
|Respect-respecting themselves, others and the world around them |
|Tolerance-feeling sensitivity towards differences and diversity in the world and being responsive to the needs of others |