We Strive to be Balanced

Jan 13th, 2017

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Learner Profile describes a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond academic success.  The Profile implies a commitment to help all members of the school community learn to respect themselves, others, and the world around them.  The Profile consists of 10 attributes.  This week we have focused on the attribute, Balanced.

Thank you to Ms. Farstad's 4th-grade class for sharing, (during our all-school assembly), what they think it means to be balanced.

At Annunciation, we strive to be balanced. 

People who are balanced understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives—intellectual, physical, spiritual, and emotional—to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.  

How can parents help to develop children who are balanced? 

  • Encourage your child to participate in a wide variety of structured and non-structured activities.
  • During less structured times, be aware of the activities that your child is participating in. Watch for too much time in front of the computer, TV, Netflix, or on Social Media. 
  • Have your child track his/her food intake, sleep, and exercise for a week.  Graph or chart the data and see what it looks like.  
  • Remember, every child has unique strengths. These special attributes or strengths can show up in and outside of school.  There are a wealth of opportunities for students to shine outside of school.  Encourage your child to explore new activities, groups, and clubs.
  • Try praising your child for his/her hard work instead of labeling him/her as 'smart' or 'talented'.  Research from Carol Dweck suggests that people with a fixed mindset are usually reluctant to take on challenges because they believe their achievements come from innate or natural abilities.  Those with a growth mindset are usually more willing to face challenges with hard work because they believe in always learning new skills. 
  •  Create routines that your children can count on, including homework, play and sleep times.
  • Spend time as family doing many different things/activities that include the arts, culture, service, learning, nurturing your faith, and having fun!
  • Model being BALANCED in your own life.  Spend time working, reading volunteering, praying, and playing together! 

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