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Notes from the Teranga Center: Another Week of Fun and Learning at ISD

Last week in our Secondary Coffee and Learning, we shared two learning activities with our parents on the IB Learner Profile and experiential learning based on interests and passions.

The ten attributes of the IB Learner Profile are that we strive to be inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced, and reflective. This is no small order.

At ISD in the MYP and DP, we guide and shape our students in their skills, knowledge, and understanding. Additionally, there are moral and ethical components of learning. We are helping our students become outstanding young people who model and exemplify the ten attributes of the IB Learner Profile.

Concerning attributes of the learner profile, this week, the 6th grade began a novel activity, to be completely tech-free at all breaks. It was a challenge for some students as there is often a comfort in working behind a screen. Our Middle School students took some courageous risks putting away their devices and playing tag outside, as well as playing board games and dominoes.

They cared for each other as they supported their friends in trying something new, and were open-minded as they tried something different. Seeing our students device-free reminded us again that we also have a world to learn about each other in face to face interactions right here at ISD.

Parents also learned about how we help students follow in their interests and passions while choosing topics for PYP Exhibition, MYP Personal Project, or the DP Extended Essay.

The focus of this short workshop session was the DP Extended Essay. Parents were interested to see how their passions could be framed to help them understand how DP students find a topic for their Extended Essay. It was refreshing to see them excited and engaged in their learning, just as we hope ISD students are daily.

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