IB Learner Profile: Principled

Always stand on principle, even if you stand alone.- J.Q.A.

IB Learner Profile: Principled

The IB Learner profile aims to develop students who are principled. Students who are principled act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.

IB students are infused with the academic integrity that is a fundamental value of universities and colleges.


How can parents help to develop students who are principled at home?

~What you do as a parent matters. How you treat and respond to your child should come from a knowledgeable, deliberate sense of what you want to accomplish.

~You cannot be too loving. It is simply not possible to spoil a child with love. What we often think of as the product of spoiling a child is never the result of showing a child too much love. It is usually the consequence of giving a child things in place of love.

~Connect behavior to character.

~Provide opportunities for your child to make their own decisions, discuss the consequences of their decisions.

~ Read and tell stories in which the story characters demonstrate making principled decisions

~ Discuss how being principled is life long commitment and well sought after as a characteristic to have

Story Time

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Hey, Little Ant

Story Time

'Hey, Little Ant' by Phillip and Hannah Hosse can help students see the world through the eyes of an ant. Learning to understand others’ perspectives supports the development of empathy in children. This story is a dialogue between a boy and an ant. The boy tries to decide if he should squish the ant, and the ant makes a compelling case for his survival. The ending asks the reader to decide the outcome: "What do you think the kid should do? This makes for a perfect opportunity to discuss the ethical treatment of living creatures and opens discussions for being principled.

Discussion Questions For Hey Little Ant

1) How do you think the Ant feels about the boy from the book?

2) Explain how the boy feels about the Ant.

3) Explain why the Ant feels that his own life does matter.

4) Which point of view do you agree with and why?

5) Explain your thinking on what the boy should do at the end of the story.

6) If you were the boy, what would you do at the end? Would you squish the ant? Or would you let the ant go free? And why?