IB Learner Profile: Risk-Taker

The biggest risk is not taking one at all.

IB Learner Profile: Risk-Taker

The IB Learner Profile aims to develop students who are risk-takers. Students who are risk-takers are able to approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought. They have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. Risk-takers are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.

IB students transition well to challenging university settings and show resilience and determination in their work. In academics, they have the confidence to approach new or unfamiliar subjects or material.


A child with a growth mindset has the ability to take risks.

You've probably been hearing a lot about growth mindset. Growth mindset is a valuable attitude that encourages children to have perseverance, to approach difficult tasks with confidence, and to focus on what is achievable with hard work. Below are some fun activities to encourage growth mindset and risk-taking.

  • Turn a negative into a positive- "I can't do that!" vs."I can't do that...YET!"
  • Famous Fails- Research famous people in history that failed, but came back even stronger!
  • Character Counts- Read stories about characters that have faced obstacles and overcame them.
  • Grow-ya- Growth set yoga that's linked with positive affirmations https://www.kidsyogastories.com/growth-mindset/
Awesome motivation

How can parents help to develop students who are Risk-Takers at home?

  • If your child is feeling uneasy about trying something, encourage them to attempt it and have them reflect on how it felt.
  • Set short term goals. Consider activities that push your child out of their comfort zone. Encourage them to offer their opinion, spend time learning a new activity, try a different food, learn a new game or even to spend time with someone they don't usually spend time with.
  • Explain the difference between being a risk-taker (trying new things) and engaging in dangerous activities.
  • Ask, "What's the hard part?" to identify the challenge and brainstorm ways to fix it.
  • Click on the link for more suggestions https://biglifejournal.com/blogs/blog/activities-grit-resilience-children
Habits of Mind Animations: Taking Responsible Risks
Giraffes Can't Dance

Discussion Questions For "Giraffes Can't Dance"

  • Was it fair of the other animals to assume that Gerald couldn't dance?
  • What caused Gerald to change throughout the story?
  • What message was the story trying to teach?
  • What is something you're not good at yet, and how will you get better?
MALALA'S MAGIC PENCIL by Malala Yousafzai

Discussion Questions for Malala's Magic Pencil

To make a difference we must be a risk-taker that uses strength and courage to face challenges.

  • What type of character traits did Malala display?
  • How can you effectively share your insight and ideas and use your voices to be heard?
  • How are the challenges you faced similar or different to the challenges Malala faced?
  • How can you speak up to make a difference?

Animated Short Films

Animated short films are an excellent resource for discussing risk-taking with your child. Short films are found to increase motivation through their engaging topics, visual nature and ability to evoke emotion. They make you want to laugh and cry which provides an unique opportunity for thoughtful discussion and reflection. The lack of spoken language allows these films to be accessible to all learners.

Below are three short films that allow for powerful conversation and thinking. Start with these questions to provoke thinking before viewing:

  • What is the connection between risk-taking and creativity?
  • How do we know we are really taking a risk?
  • What's the difference between positive and negative risk-taking?
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