Risk Takers

Nov 6th, 2015

The Road to International Baccalaureate Status

This week Annunciation students learned about the IB learner attribute, "Risk Taker".

"We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change."  IB program materials

How can parents help to develop students who are Risk-Takers at home?

If your child is feeling uneasy about trying something, encourage them to attempt it and then reflect on both whether they liked the activity and how it felt to try something new.

Your child might want to set some short-term goals. Consider activities that make him/her nervous. What are realistic goals for the week?

Your child might set a goal to:

  1. Offer an opinion in class
  2. Spend one recess with someone they might not usually play with
  3. Order something different from the lunch menu
  4. Try an activity they haven’t tried before

Sometimes being a risk taker involves doing standing up for what one believes. Discuss famous people like Martin Luther King, Jr. Nelson Mandela, Rosa Parks, etc.

Be careful to explain to your child the difference between being a risk-taker by trying new things and doing dangerous things.