Ms. Cindy’s Learner Profile Posters – a collection of continuums and how to use them
Ms. Cindy’s Learner Profile Posters – a collection of continuums and how to use them
Cindy Blackburn
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Our journey of creating the learner profile attribute continuums

All of us know that the IB emphasises placing international mindedness at the center of education. In IB’s Learning Community, the authors provide a cycle for developing international mindedness that begins with defining our own understanding! In IB’s educational framework, special focus is given to “reaching in” to identify our personal traits in relation to others and “reaching out” to see our greater impact on the various communities to which we belong.

With these ideas in mind, my colleague Charlotte Hewlett and I decided to dig deeper into our personal definition of each profile. Using the personal, local, and global framework, we developed expanded definitions for reaching both inward and outward to build the attributes of international mindedness.

In IB’s educational framework, special focus is given to “reaching in” to identify our personal traits in relation to others and “reaching out” to see our greater impact on the various communities to which we belong. Click To Tweet

How you can use the continuums and make them your own?

This handmade resource can be used to support the entire learning community in developing their understanding of each learner profile!

I have used this tool with teachers, parents, and students to help start stronger discussions about what it truly means to develop and exemplify these attributes. It can also be used to promote self-regulation by giving students the language to identify their areas of strength and growth and developing specific goals. 

Things you could try

  • Have your staff create their own personal, local, and global descriptors for the profile and compare them to ours.
  • Place the profile posters around the room and prompt learners, “Which attribute of the learner profile would you most need to be able to…” learners walk to the various posters and use the terms to explain their thinking.
  • Use the posters as a reflection or goal setting tool. One way I show(ed) this attribute is/was… One way I could continue to grow would be…
  • Use the posters as a tool for prompting student action. How could we show open-mindedness personally, locally, or globally?

Make your classroom extra special! 🎉

Download these posters for your classroom and help students in their development and understanding of the attributes of the IB learner profile

Cindy is the PYP Coordinator and Grade 5 teacher at the American School of Antananarivo, Madagascar. She has worked internationally in PYP schools for seven years and in pedagogical leadership for the past four in Albania, China and Thailand. She is a believer in digital collaboration and loves connecting with teachers from around the world to share thinking and best practices.

Disclaimer - The ideas and resources presented in this blog have been developed independently from and are not endorsed by the International Baccalaureate (IB).
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