The IB Corner

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IB Learner Profile Traits Incorporated into Northfield Curriculum
This is an exciting time in the history of Northfield High School! This is the second in a series of articles featuring information and updates about the IB program. This month we’re taking a look at Northfield’s five IB learner profile traits.

The aim for all IB programmes is to develop internationally-minded people who help to create a better and more peaceful world while recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet. The Northfield Balanced Learner Profile focuses on developing learners who strive to be: caring, inquirers, risk-takers, principled and reflective. Detailed explanations of these IB learner traits can be found here.

Throughout the first semester, the autobiographies of Maya Angelou, Cesar Chavez, Malcolm X and others were incorporated into the Advisory Writing and Communication Course, with an emphasis on how the lives and writings of these influential thinkers fit within the Northfield Balanced Learner Profile. Students read, discussed and gave presentations on how these key traits have guided the noble and difficult decisions of these important individuals’ lives and experiences. Students also reflected on how these traits applied to their own lives while writing in their daily classroom journals. As one of the major product grades, each Northfield student submitted an autobiography that incorporated these IB learner traits into his or her writing.