Over the last couple of years our school system has been transitioning to the International Baccalaureate curriculum. Below is the 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.
It sounds sophisticated and wonderful, but I was sure that if we allowed our teachers to teach without interference they would come up with a similar plan. I do still believe this, because all the teachers I know are awesome, but I have to say this program appears tailor-made for The Associate. She is quite dynamic and strives to embody all 10 IB traits. (Inquirers, Knowledgeable, Thinkers, Communicators, Principled, Open-minded, Caring, Risk takers, Balanced, Reflective.) We are consistently negotiating these ideas. For example, being a risk taker does not mean hurling yourself over the couch blindly, and nobody told her she could inquire as to where I put my chocolate, but you get the point.
We were at a park this summer and all of the kids were running around in circles, The Associate was picking up garbage while running full speed. I yelled to her “What are you doingggggggg?” she relied without skipping a beat. “I am being Pricipallllleeeeddddd!” That is adorable.
She has an entire school set up for her big eyed fluffy animals and spends hours discussing the IB traits. I have since rearranged her room to move the classroom out of the stairwell and avoid death by stuffed animal.
When we got the paperwork for her to sign up as an ambassador, I was hoping she would want to do it. After much consideration she did and was accepted. One of her jobs is to welcome new students to our school and make them feel welcome. When I woke her this morning, she said and I quote “we received word that there would be a new student today, I have to get ready.” Quite a departure from the normally groggy jerk that I encounter in the morning.
So far so good,
P.S. Thank you teachers!