IBPYP - Essential Elements: Attitudes

There are 12 attitudes in total and it is hoped that you witness your child demonstrate these at home. The IB believes that emphasis on attitudes within the curriculum is essential for today’s young people. While recognizing the importance of knowledge, concepts and skills, these alone do not make an internationally minded person. It is vital that there is also focus on the development of personal attitudes towards people, towards the environment and towards learning, attitudes that contribute to the well-being of the individual and of the group. By deciding that attitudes need to be an essential element of the programme, the PYP is making a commitment to a values-laden curriculum. (Making the PYP Happen pg 24)

Students should demonstrate:

Attitude

Description

Appreciation

Appreciating the wonder and beauty of the world and its people.

Commitment

Being committed to their own learning, persevering and showing self- discipline and responsibility.

Confidence

Feeling confident in their ability as learners, having the courage to take risks, applying what they have learned and making appropriate decisions and choices.

Cooperation

Cooperating, collaborating, and leading or following as the situation demands.

Creativity

Being creative and imaginative in their thinking and in their approach to problems and dilemmas.

Curiosity

Being curious about the nature of learning, about the world, its people and cultures.

Empathy

Imagining themselves in another’s situation in order to understand his or her reasoning and emotions, so as to be open-minded and reflective about the perspectives of others.

Enthusiasm

Enjoying learning and willingly putting the effort into the process.

Independence

Thinking and acting independently, making their own judgments based on reasoned argument, and being able to defend their judgments.

Integrity

Being honest and demonstrating a considered sense of fairness.

Respect

Respecting themselves, others and the world around them.

Tolerance

Being sensitive about differences and diversity in the world and being responsive to the needs of others.

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