Thursday, December 9, 2010

Grammar and The Learner Profile

One of the assessments for our new Grammar Unit will be a major edit to a piece of writing based on the IB Learner Profile. I have listed the descriptions of all ten profiles here. You can find them at anytime, by clicking on the tab IB Learner Profile at the top of this blog.

Don't worry too much, right now, about understanding exactly what all the descriptors mean. Truly understanding the profiles is a task we will be working on for the whole year. For now, I want you to take a look at just three: Inquirer, Risk Taker, and Caring.


Yesterday in class, we began to look at some basic ideas about the profiles:

1.) Being an inquirer means that you are curious about life and try to learn about it. It means that when you see or hear about something that is interesting to you, you do things to help you know more about it: do internet research, ask someone, read a book or magazine article about it, watch a video, etc.

2.) Being a caring person means that you show respect and compassion to others. It also means that you try to make a positive difference for other people, animals, or places.

3.) Being a risk taker means that you try new things and explore new situations. Risk takers are brave and don’t worry about embarrassing themselves or doing things the wrong way, they just want to have new experiences.

Please choose one of the following questions and leave a short answer here in the comments. After you have done that, you can begin writing your longer piece on your blog.
1. Describe the last time that you were curious about something. What did you do about it?

2. Describe a time when you were a caring person. What was the situation, and what did you do to try and make the situation better?

3. Describe a time when you were a risk taker. What new thing did you try? How did it turn out in the end?

If you are a teacher or a student sent here by your teacher, please add your answers to the comments, so we can have a nice list of experiences to learn from.

30 comments:

  1. Last time I was curious why we go to school? Why dont we just go straight to Univ or jobs? school are boring. but teacher always say the fun part of life was on school time.

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  2. 1. Describe the last time that you were curious about something. What did you do about it?

    Hello from Hong Kong, my name is Colin Gallagher and I'm a technology coordinator in a school here.
    I introduced iPod Touches for our Kindergarten kids but it is very hard to find a Traditional Chinese character writing app for them. Nothing very appropriate for them.
    I was curious how to build an app to suit our needs.
    So I have started watching a whole series of University lectures from Stanford University about how to write apps. Am I ever going to be able to build them? I don't know! But I will be more educated about how they are done if I need to inform my school about it.

    I guess when I'm curious about something I take little steps forwards at first and then, if comfortable, I will starting running with it!

    All the best in your investigating!
    Mr. Gallagher

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  3. I was curious about why some of the people in youtube have so many subscriber and people keep commenting. I wanna know how people knows my channel on youtube and watched. I would like people commenting my video.

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  4. 1. I curious with the math test on this afternoon will it complicated or easy?

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  5. 1. I am curious how animal can see the ghost.

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  6. 1. I am really curious about new animals That i really don't know in this world?

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  7. 1. I was curious about the harry potter series and the storyline.

    so I did some research of it and i bought some books of harry potter series

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  8. I was curious how IB learner profile was invented?

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  9. I was curious about why there is many ghost everywhere in this world?

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  10. I was curious about why people like smoke? and why people make cigarette?

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  11. I was curios about how internet has invented?

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  12. I was curious about why we can dream when we sleep. Where are we, if we dream.

    I also curious about why after we do some exercise, our heartbeat can become really fast.

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  13. I was curios with extinct butterflies PAPILIO LAMPSACUS, Is that butterflies still exist?

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  14. I curious about my future, what will be my carrier?
    I curious why babies can see a ghost?
    I curious why people make an IB learner profile and who make the IB learner profile?
    And also I curious about why a kid that's still 4 years old curious about everything?

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  15. I was curious about heaven. Where is it?

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  16. 1- I'm curious about what excites kids. Especially the ones in my classes. Why are my young 6 and 7 year old students so enthusiastic to learn and willing to take risks and share their opinions and tell me what they like and what they don't? But then my GRADE 6 and 7 students, seem to be the opposite. I want to make school interesting and relevant for them. I want them to enjoy my classes, and I want them to WANT to come to school, even if nobody made them. I guess I am curious about how to do my job better, and be a better teacher. (I'm kind of copying Mr. Raisdana for this one) And I'm also curious about climate change and global warming. What is our world going to look like in 10 years? 20 years? 50 years?

    2- I am a caring person because I volunteer my time. Tomorrow night I am going to help out at a dinner for homeless people. A group of about 30 people get together and make a dinner, and serve it for free for people who live on the streets here in Vancouver, and who don't get enough good food to eat. At tomorrow's dinner we will give out new pairs of socks to the people who come. Sometimes, as many as 200 people come for dinner. Warm, clean socks are something that many of the people who live on the streets, don't have. Could you imagine not having clean socks? Right now, I can smell two cakes baking in my oven. I'm bringing them to the dinner as my contribution. A year ago, I was the person who was lucky enough to give out the socks to the people who came for dinner. It was great! I felt like Santa Claus, and everyone was so thankful that there are people like our group, who care about people who have nothing. It makes me realize that I'm very, very lucky and that my problems aren't as bad as I sometimes think they are.

    3- I was a risk-taker this summer when I participated in two triathlons. I had never done that before, and I was nervous! I did the first one, and the swim was short and in a pool, so I was nervous but not scared. For the second tri, I trained all summer because I had to swim a much longer distance, 750 metres. In the ocean! I trained in a pool for most of the summer, and was really, really nervous about swimming in a race in the ocean with other people's elbows and feet all flying about. But I actually swam 4 minutes faster during the race, than I had in any of my practices. I was pretty impressed with myself!

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  17. I am a caring person because I love to help my mom prepare breakfast and dinner I was also a caring person because I love to help my brother study things that he didn't understand.

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  18. It is late at night. I am home in NJ and I am curious to know if penguins dream. I have just started to read Diane Ackerman's Deep Play. Often reading helps me to be curious.

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  19. I am really curious about Death

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  20. I am curious about how to get students excited about their learning. How can we encourage students to be curious and excited to learn.

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  21. i curious about why English is to hard?

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  22. I curious why we have to learn about history

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  23. @ardy, what!?!? your asking why we go to school? we go to school and there is different level!! grade 1 to grade 12 has a different difficulty of learning so they made school to give knowledge to everyone. Different age need to be different, like for example grade 1 are for around 6-7 years old and grade 12 around teenage 17-19 years old. We go school for knowledge and future!! (i am just giving information) =)

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  24. 1. I am curious about why there is a bad people in this world?

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  25. Describe a time when you were a caring person. What was the situation, and what did you do to try and make the situation better?

    When I went to the Bodogol using by Jeep, suddenly it’s stuck. I help to fixed it up the car, so I do and it’s worked again. Also I do help poor people by used my money. I did collect my money, either it’s from my family, or sometimes I sell some snacks on weekend.

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  26. I am curious about new animals that have been found.

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  27. i am curious of why does some people like to drink beer, alcohol, wine.

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  28. I am curious about how the animal named.

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  29. I am curious about why the characteristic of the biome is hard to find?

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  30. @ardy every one has to go to school. Without going to university you will never succeed in life.

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