“Let me think about it!”
“I’m still thinking about that.”
“Can I get back to you about that?”
“I need some time to think.”
Our Learner Profile attribute this month is Thinkers: We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyze and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.
THINKING SKILLS: The search for understanding is central to the IB Programme, however the emphasis on the development of concepts does not preclude the importance of developing skills. Students need to develop a whole range of skills beyond those normally referred to as basic, including skills which transcend the individual subjects.
Grade 5 Exhibition Update
The Grade Five students are on the home stretch in their journey through exhibition. Each group has been participating in action projects for exhibition evening. We are hoping to bring about a deeper understanding of how personal health affects ways of life and course of action.
Exhibition evening will be held on May 13th at 6:30 pm at the school. There will be a formal gathering in the gym for all community members to kick off the evening. In order to extend the theme of “Who we are”, community members and invited guests will participate in a series of stations that describe the students learning and action process. We appreciate your continued support in expressing our love of our shared humanity and connection to our catholicity.
The program for the evening can be found on our school website under the Exhibition tab.
Grade 9 Personal Project
The Grade 9 students have now participated in 3 workshops that have aided them in their planning and setting goals for their project. For more information about the project please visit the personal project tab on our website.
How can parents help to develop students who are THINKERS at home?
- Encourage your child to try to think of multiple solutions to problems independently.
- Pose different real-life problems and questions to your child, like, “I’m not sure how to arrange the glasses so they can all fit in the cupboard,” or “I wonder how much the groceries in the cart will cost… how can we make an estimate?” or “We need enough cookies for the 20 people in your class. What kind of change should we make to our recipe?”
- Ask your children questions when they are working on a problem like, “Do you have any ideas about how we might begin?” or “How can we do this differently?” or ” I had never thought of that. Tell me more about it.” Or “What other ways can we show that?” or “Why do you think that?” or “How did you figure that out?”
- Help your child to become a better thinker by allowing them to solve problems and make decisions on their own.
Resources that will help promote the attribute of thinkers:
What will I be today
The story of Ish
As always we welcome questions about the IB programme in our school. Rosanne Boutin is the co-ordinator for the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the the Primary Years Programme (PYP). She can be reached at 462-3806.