Taking Action in International Baccalaureate (IB)

Mar 10th, 2017

Action is something you do, right? Actually, action is much more than that.  Action is a part of who we are.

Has your child ever come home from school explaining all the reasons for shutting off the water while you brush your teeth?  If she has, then she is taking action because of what she has learned.  Taking action is one of the five essential elements of IB and part of the inquiry cycle, or part of learning. We ask, "How can we do something with what we have learned?" and "How has my thinking changed since the beginning of our inquiry?"  When we take action, we make connections to new knowledge. Our students are learning that inquiry can lead to action and that even the smallest actions can make a difference

Action should extend learning. Action can include:

  • doing (Have you done something?)
  • thinking (Did you change your thinking?),
  • feeling (Have you changed your attitude or beliefs?),
  • having (Do you have more knowledge or determination?),
  • saying (have you discussed, created awareness, or debated?) or
  • being (Have you changed your behavior or practice?)

Action may have a wide social impact, or be as simple as a meaningful choice.  It may be a ‘big action’ or an ‘everyday action’.  

At Annunciation there are opportunities for all learners to take action. Our staff and students participate in several school opportunities for action, such as the food and toy drive for Holy Rosary, volunteering at FMSC, and class service projects. In addition, we have daily opportunities for everyday actions. The IB Learner Profile implies a commitment to help all members of the school community learn to respect themselves, others, and the world around them. The Profile consists of 10 attributes.  

Next week at conferences, your child’s teacher will share your child’s reflection of his/her strengths and his/her commitment to living the attributes of the Learner Profile. We are excited for you to hear the student's reflections. After all, it is the season for reflection and we think you will be proud to hear about where your student/s inquiry has led her/him.

Action is important in the IB for developing thoughtful and knowledgeable students who are empathetic to global and local issues. Our students make the world a much better place.