We Strive to be Open-Minded

Dec 2nd, 2016

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 our school focused on the attribute, open-minded.  

Thank you to Ms. Paul's 5th-grade class for sharing what they think it means to be open-minded during our Monday Morning Assembly.

At Annuciation, we strive to be open-minded. 

People who are open-minded understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. Being open-minded means being comfortable with differences - respecting other people’s points of views and ways of doing things.  An OPEN-MINDED student knows that all people are different. They listen to the points of view of others and consider many possibilities before making decisions. It is okay to have different perspectives but we must understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right. 

How can parents help to develop the Open-Minded trait at home?

  • Encourage your child to try new things – new foods, new games and new activities.
  • Expose your child to different festivals, celebrations and traditions 
  • Encourage your child to really listen to others, and to listen to learn.
  • Introduce literature about many different cultures. Be sure that it is appropriate and reflects the culture in an appropriate way.
  • Languages open people up to understanding of different cultures and their values
  • Understand that other people with their differences, can be right.
  • Help your child practice how to evaluate a range of points of view


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