In the next few weeks many people are going back to school! I'll be finishing my maternity leave and will be starting back on the 23rd, so am thinking of activities to do with the students at the start of the year. I've previously posted these back to school resources. This year I will do something with the IB Learner Profile, inspired by three things:
1. When I attended a TOK workshop a few years back, they had an ice breaker activity where we would describe someone we admired, using the IB Learner Profile attributes we felt they embodied!
2. A while back I had my students describe each attribute in relation to my subject, Design. What does it mean to be a caring designer? a balanced designer? etc
3. Toddle recently put out this great resource connected to the IB Learner Profile. It also connected to the Global Goals (something I weave into almost every unit I teach!) In this resource there are a range of noteable people, with some key quotes and information about them, their connection with the global goals, then a chance for students to reflect, inquire and also describe how they might take action, inspired by that person!
I'll just be returning part-time, doing my MYPC role, and not teaching. This means I am thinking mostly about what I can plan for homeroom/advisory activities. Some ideas:
MYP 1 Homeroom: Icebreaker for Grade 6s - Describe someone who inspires them, using the IB Learner Profile attributes to describe them. Use one of the Toddle posters as an example (probably Amanda Gorman).
Grade 7-8 Homeroom: In groups give students a lamiated print out from the Toddle posters (a different one for each group). Have them find out more about the person and share back to the group. Then have the whole class brainstorm how they could take action, inspired by those people.
Grade 9 Homeroom: As the Toddle resource is organised geographically (Africa, Europe & the Middle East, the Americas and Asia-Pacific) I will get students to discuss different role models from different places - prompting them to think about their home country, host counry (Germany) or other places they associate with.
Grade 10 Homeroom: I'll have students explore this resource, then use it as inspiration to describe what they want to achieve by the end of Grade 10 (mostly focussing on the Personal Project). If someone was to meet them in a years time and make a poster like this for them, what would it say? How would they have demonstrated the IB Learner Profile attributes? How would they have taken action? What would they have done to work towards the Global Goals?
In subjects - Poster Design: Have students design similar posters, inspired by this resource, connected to the particular subject. This could even be a whole design unit - have students design IB Learner Profile hero posters - showing famous designers! This could be done in any class.
In subject - Research Project: Have students research the different people featured in the posters, or research people relvant to the unit, and then create a similar resource to show what they have uncovered.
Assemblies/Newsletter: Feature a different person from the poster series in school assemblies or in the newsletter. For schools that have mini advisory periods in the morning these could be explored then.
Displays: Use the posters to create displays. You could have hero of the month, or different types of heroes around different areas of the school (for example, science hero outside the science labs). You could also create posters/displays showcasing different teachers/students/staff!
So often IB Learner Profile is explored so well in primary school, but often neglected in secondary school. These ideas are hopefully some practical/authentic ways to bring the learner profile into the secondary school classroom!
IB Learner Profile resource from Toddle is available for free here.