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January & February LP Focus: Open-Minded & Communicators

The Vanguard IB Family and our IB Office has been c r a z y busy since ringing in the new year. We spent much of what seemed like the longest month marketing and recruiting for our incoming IB Class of 2023 and now that we are halfway through February, the pace of things seems to have increased. Time stops for no one. Progress reports for quarter three(!) are being run, IA season is coming to a close, and we're already preparing for spring break and exams. Combining the January and February eFlyers wasn't something we had originally planned on, but it seems to make sense now that we are here because the two traits we are highlighting this month fit together nicely.

I have seen a pretty simple explanation of open-mindedness as being described as being open to experience while maintaining intellectual humility. Right? Simple. Or maybe not, which is why it's something the IB sets out to continually develop in our life long learners. Students who are open minded "understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience." And we recognize that we have a pretty diverse range of personal histories and perspectives here in the Vanguard IB Family.

In the same vein, IB students who are striving to be communicators "understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others." We have to work together if what we are doing here is going to make a lasting impact in and on the world around us.

The clock keeps ticking, and we know that as we look forward to welcoming our IB Class of 2023, it means we will soon be releasing our IB Class of 2019 into what we hope is a better and more peaceful world because of the time spent focusing on intercultural understanding and respect. The challenge, then, is to be aware of the present - and what we can learn from it - while looking to the future - and how we can make the most of it. We hear it all the time: think before you speak; there's truth there. Communicate with an open-mind. The ears and the heart and every other part will follow.

College Connection to Open-Minded: IB students have a deep understanding of various cultures and views, bringing an appreciation of new views to both their academic study and their involvement in local and wider communities. Their international mindedness complements the missions of the best tertiary institutions.

College Connection to Communicators: IB students regularly deliver stimulating presentations and drive excellence in group assignments.


Living Learner Profile - January

Being open-minded isn't easy, but Mr. Baumann sure does make it look like it is! His students, both current and former, are quick to share several ways he fit this month's Living Learner Profile. They appreciate that he's "always open to their opinions" and "really listens to students and what they believe", and especially that he "is willing to talk about them with us." They say Mr. B "comes in to class everyday with a great attitude" which puts them in a great mood, and he "encourages creative thinking" and encourages them to develop their own personal opinions.

But what about when personalities and opinions clash? Not to worry. "If we disagree with a concept or idea presented, he takes a genuine interest in our viewpoint. He is open to the possibility of being wrong. He also knows that to some questions, there is no 'right' answer." Mr. Baumann truly is an open-minded teacher "because he understands different perspectives of certain situations or ideas and allows students to understand those perspectives and take something from it."

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Living Learner Profile - February

His is a distinct voice, no doubt about it. Mr. Monigan communicates to his students effectively no matter how he chooses to address them. His students say they love the way he "jumps in with us during presentations" and "swaps from a casual bud to teacher just like that". Monigan "passionately brings history to life through his enthusiastic teaching that ensures his students understand the value of studying history."

But it's not just about being a communicator in the classroom - "he takes time out of his day to have personal conversations with his students" and students report Monigan is "definitely the teacher that tries the hardest to relate to us. It's not so much that he puts himself in our shoes, but that he never forgot what it was like to be a student." Of course, "it also helps that you can hear him from anywhere in the school!" We'd be lying if we said it wasn't true. :)

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IB Chemistry Water & Soil Collection Video
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