We Strive to be Risk-Takers

Nov 11th, 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, risk-taker. 

At Annuciation, we strive to be risk-takers. This means we explore new ideas and innovative strategies, challenge our ways of thinking, and encourage ourselves and others to be confident in making decisions. This lifelong skill requires us to step out of our comfort zone and become courageous in our choices and actions. 

Here are some ways parents can help to develop children who are Risk-Takers:

  • Make sure your child understands the difference between being a risk- taker by trying new thing and doing things that are dangerous.
  • Encourage your child to play a new sport, try new food, or learn how to play a new instrument.
  • Provide a safe place where your child can talk about trying new activities and reflect on how it felt after he/she tried something new.
  • Encourage him/her to spend lunch or recess with someone new
  • Share with child when you have been a risk-taker and take time to explain your opinions and convictions.
  • Encourage your child to share his/her opinions
  • Help your child identify situations where they can courageously defend someone or something
  • Provide positive feedback when your child attempts to do something new.

Anne LaLonde Laux
International Baccalaureate (IB) Coordinator Annunciation Catholic School