IB Attitude: Curiosity

Apr 26th, 2017

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Primary Years Program (PYP) balances the acquisition of knowledge and skills, the development of conceptual understanding, the formation of attitudes and the capacity to take responsible action. The IB Attributes include caring, balanced, risk-taker, open-minded, communicator, inquirer, knowledgeable, principled, reflective and thinker. The IB Attitudes include appreciation, commitment, confidence, cooperation, creativity, curiosity, empathy, enthusiasm, independence, integrity, respect, and tolerance.

In the IB, curiosity is defined as "being curious about the nature of learning and of the world, its people, and cultures." Thanks to Ms. Russell’s homebase for sharing what they think it means to be curious.

It's no secret that curiosity makes learning more effective and enjoyable. Curious students not only ask questions but also actively seek answers and solutions.  Without curiosity, Sir Isaac Newton would have never formulated the laws of physics, Alexander Fleming probably wouldn't have discovered penicillin, and Marie Curie's pioneering research on radioactivity may not exist.

At Annunciation, we cultivate curiosity. Our teachers harness students' drive - the drive to know, understand and engage in the world and its ideas.  Our classrooms are places students are encouraged to ask questions that add value to the topic or concept being studied and bring their passions and interests into their learning.

Did you know...research has shown that curiosity is just as important as intelligence in determining how well students do in school. 

Here are ten suggestions for nurturing your child’s curiosity:

  1. Value and reward curiosity.
  2. Teach students how to ask quality questions.
  3. Notice when kids feel puzzled or confused.
  4. Encourage students to tinker.
  5. Spread the curiosity around.
  6. Use current events.
  7. Teach students to investigate and look for evidence.
  8. Explore a variety of cultures and societies.
  9. Model curiosity.
  10. Encourage curiosity.

(Source:  Edutopia and ASCD)

Anne LaLonde Laux
International Baccalaureate (IB) Coordinator
Enrichment Teacher & Coordinator