Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Session 2: International Mindedness

International mindedness is encompassed in the IB Learner Profile.

We will start this session with Burning Questions which you will categorize using the Key Concepts Cards.  Organizing your questions will tell us about you and teach you the power of questions.  Questions can be posted at any time during the workshop for consideration.

Key Concepts:
Form - What is it like?
Function - How does it work?
Causation - Why is it like this?
Change - How is it changing?
Connection - How it is connected to other things?
Perspective - What are the points of view?
Responsibility - What is our responsibility?
Reflection - How do we know?

Thinking Keys
Stephanie Martin - International School of Amsterdam

Who are you as a cultural being?
Save the Last Word for Me

Explore and develop understanding of internationalism

International Mindedness - What is it?
Quadrant Brainstorm with a definition at the centre that all share.

International Mindedness, the IB Mission Statement and the PYP

From the IB Mission statement

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

Our definitions of International Mindedness:

  • To synchronize our differences and be open to have a better world.  Practice tolerance and take action.
  • Accepting of different cultures, beliefs and perspectives.  willing to take chances and be open to change.
  • International mindedness is a mindset with tolerance, acceptance, sustainability and equanimity as the core values to a better world.
  • Knowing, accepting and respecting different individuals, cultures, beliefs and values and the willingness to learn the diverse perspectives and act accordingly.  
  • Understanding and embracing different cultures and beliefs of the past and present.
  • Respect and understand everyone's freedom to be independent and creative.


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