IB Learner Profile: Thinker

The key to success: Be a HOW thinker and not an IF thinker!

IB Learner Profile: Thinker

The IB Learner profile aims to develop students who are thinkers. Students who are thinkers exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions.

IB students contribute to discussions in a meaningful way. They do not shy away from challenging questions and, once they know the answer, follow up by asking “why?”


IB Trait: Thinker

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

  1. Encourage your child to engage in pretend play, children are naturally curious and imaginative.
  2. Pause and wait...give your child time to think for him/herself, be patient.
  3. Don't intervene immediately, it's okay to let your child explore on their own.
  4. Ask open-ended questions.
  5. Help children develop hypotheses.
  6. Encourage critical thinking in new and different ways.
  7. Encourage your child to retell stories, put on plays with story props.
  8. Leave time for unstructured play.
  9. Encourage your child to play and explore outside.
  10. Encourage Creative Thinking.
  11. Let your child experience failure, and then let him/her figure out how to turn their failure into a positive learning experience.
  12. Provide opportunities to visit Children's Museums and Libraries.

Story Time

'My Lucky Day' demonstrates how being a Thinker has many benefits!

When a delicious-looking piglet knocks on Mr. Fox's door "accidentally," the fox can hardly believe his good luck. It's not every day that dinner just shows up on your doorstep. It must be his lucky day! Or is it? Before Mr. Fox can say grace, the piglet has manipulated him into giving him a fabulously tasty meal, the full spa treatment (with bath and massage), and...freedom.

In a funny trickster tale of her own, Kasza keeps readers guessing until the surprise ending when they'll realize it was piglet's lucky day all along.

My Lucky Day

Story Time

Discussion Questions for My Lucky Day

1) Before you even read this story, whose lucky day will it be....Mr. Fox? Or Mr. Pig? Why do you think this is so?

2) Why do you think the pig showed up at Mr. Fox's door?

3) What did Mr. Fox make of the situation with Mr. Pig at his door?

4) Which story character is more clever? And why?

5) Which story character did you feel more empathy for? And why?

6) Explain how you feel Mr. Pig viewed Mr. Fox?

7) Explain if the ending of the story took you by surprise? The pig has visited quite a few "wrong" houses.....whose house could you write a story about a pig visiting?

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