September: Risk Taker
The September Learner Profile characteristic is “risk-taker.” To be a risk-taker is to be resourceful and to try new things. In our goal to develop lifelong learners, we hope that students develop this characteristic in their learning and their approach to life. At school, we encourage students to be open to making mistakes in their learning and to be ready to try new things. At home, ways to help your child develop the characteristic of being a risk taker is to encourage your child to try new things, to share his/her ideas even if they are different from others’, and to make mistakes and learn from them.
I am brave when I try new things.
The October Learner Profile characteristic is “principled.” To be principled is to have integrity and be honest. In our goal to develop global thinkers, we encourage students to show respect for the rights of people everywhere and take responsibility for their actions and consequences. At home, you can help your child develop the characteristic of being principled by encouraging your child to be honest even when they have made a poor choice, by accepting responsibility for their choices, and by doing the right thing even when nobody is watching.
I tell the truth and do the right thing.
The November Learner Profile characteristic is “caring.” To be caring is to show empathy, compassion and respect. We encourage students to have a commitment to service and to make a positive difference in the lives of others. At home, you can help your child develop the characteristic of being caring by encouraging your child to be respectful, to be compassionate and to be positive to others.
I take care of the people and things in my world.
The December Learner Profile characteristic is “communicator.” To be a communicator is to express oneself confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We are able to work with others effectively and listen to other perspectives carefully. We encourage students to communicate appropriately at school using their words and actions. They use these skills at recess, in the cafeteria and in their classrooms. At home, you can help your child develop the characteristic of being a communicator by encouraging your child to use his/her words to express him or herself, to listen to other people, and to share his or her ideas.
I share my ideas and listen when others have something to say.
The January Learner Profile characteristic is “reflective.” To be reflective is to thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experiences. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to learn and grow. At school, we encourage students to reflect on their learning, to identify their hopes and dreams and how they will achieve them, and to consider what they do well and areas where they can grow stronger. At home, you can help your child develop the characteristic of being reflective by asking the following type of questions: What did you like about it? What went well? What would you change? What strategies could you use to improve?
I think about my ideas and try to make them better.
The February Learner Profile characteristic is “thinker.” To be a thinker is to use creative and critical thinking skills to take responsible action on complex issues. Ways that we promote this attribute is to provide meaningful lessons where they learn new things, provide students with opportunities to ask questions and to reflect on their own learning. At home you can help your child develop the attribute of being a thinker by having him/her make decisions about whether they like or dislike something and why, look at different points of view about a topic, and have them explain something they have learned. Questions to help them include:
- How do you know?
- What was your favorite thing you learned today?
- Was that a good book? Why?
- How could you do it differently?
I think and try to solve problems in my world.