IB Learner Profile

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    The Learner Profile:
    The IB Learner profile describes both characteristics of students entering the program and characteristics that students will gain throughout their experience in Big Sky's IB program. 

    Inquirers:  Our natural curiosity is nurtured. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct constructive inquiry and research, and become independent active learners. We actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.

    Knowledgeable: We explore concepts, ideas and issues which have global relevance and importance. In so doing, we acquire, and are able to make use of a significant body of knowledge across a range of disciplines.

    Critical thinkers: We exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to approach complex problems and make reasoned decisions.

    Communicators:  We understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication.

    Courageous: We approach unfamiliar situations with confidence and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. We are courageous and articulate in defending those things in which they believe.

    Principled: We have a sound grasp of the principles of moral reasoning. We have integrity, honesty, a sense of fairness and justice and respect for the dignity of the individual.

    Caring: We show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. We have a personal commitment to action and service to make a positive difference to the environment and to the lives of others.

    Open-minded: Through an understanding and appreciation of our own culture, we are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and cultures and are accustomed to seeking and considering a range of points of view.

    Well-balanced: We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives--intellectual, physical,spiritual, and emotional-- to achieve well-being for themselves and others. We demonstrate perseverance and self-discipline.

    Reflective: We give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and personal development. We are able to analyze their strengths and weaknesses in a constructive manner.