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Learner Profile of The Month: Thinkers

The aim of the IB PYP and DP Programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world (International Baccalaureate Organization 2013). Thinking is one of the attributes of the IB Learner Profile. Thinkers exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognise and approach complex problems and make reasoned, ethical decisions. Critical and creative thinking are skills we endeavour to teach all students from an early age. Our students are taught to question and investigate, and to reach independent conclusions. By encouraging our students to think for themselves and continually investigate ‘why?’ we hope to create a culture in which our students not only take ownership of their learning but develop a love of learning and critical thinking that will continue to grow throughout their lives. This passion for problem solving and independent thinking will help them to become innovators and leaders, to think of new ways to address fundamental global issues, to come up with new ways to solve problems, and to play a crucial role in a global and challenging society.