We Strive to be Thinkers

Dec 9th, 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, thinker.

Thank you to Ms. Warnemundes's 5th-grade class for sharing, during our Monday Morning Assembly, what they think it means to be a thinker.

At Annuciation, we strive to be thinkers. 

THINKERS work to solve problems. Thinkers try to imagine multiple solutions to a question or challenge. Thinkers make decisions and try to predict the outcomes of their actions. They think creatively and critically. Thinkers use thinking skills to analyze and take responsible action on complex problems. Thinkers exercise initiative.  

How can parents help to develop children who are Thinkers?

  • Encourage your child to try to think of solutions to problems independently. Pose different real-life problems and questions to your child:  
    • "I’m not sure how to arrange the glasses so they can all fit in the cupboard.” 
    • “I wonder how much the groceries in the cart will cost… how can we estimate?”
    • “We need enough cookies for the 25 people in your class. What kind of change should we make to our recipe?”
  • Ask your children questions when they are working on a problem:
    • "Do you have any ideas about how we might begin?”
    • " How can we do this differently?”
    • ” I had never thought of that. Tell me more about it.”
    • ” What other ways can we show that?”
    • ” Why do you think that?”
    • ” How did you figure that out?”
    • Give your child an opportunity to think; reflection time is crucial for developing thinking skills.
  • Practicing visual thinking skills with images. Making sense of intriguing images can be like detective work.
  • Practice parallel thinking as a family or team to generate more, better ideas and solutions.
  • Go beyond the obvious to discover alternate solutions
  • Spot opportunities where others see problems

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