By bojana.lazarevska The International Baccalaureate (IB) created the learner profile from their mission statement in order to encourage relationships between educators and students. The learner profile extends across all programs of IB, from the PYP, to the MYP, and the DP. A key component of effective teaching is knowing your students and how they learn best. This not only increases student engagement, but also helps educators differentiate and personalise learning, which in turn fosters positive learning outcomes. Part of the reason why the learner profile is so important for IB schools is to help students succeed in the classroom by arming educators with the tools they need to understand their students. But another, much more important, aspect of the learner profile is to extend learning and a thirst for education beyond the classroom. The learner profile helps develop internationally-minded students and responsible, lifelong learners. So, What is a Learner Profile? In short, a learner profile helps teachers determine where a student’s strengths, skills, and interests lie. The profile can be created a number of ways, whether that’s a project or a conversation with the teacher. The learner profile poster outlines the 10 IB learner profile attributes: Inquirers: Students should nurture their curiosity and learn how to work independently and with others. Knowledgeable: Students should explore knowledge across a wide range of disciplines and engage with issues that have local and global significance. Thinkers: Students should use critical and creative thinking to analyse and take responsible action on complex problems. Communicators: Students should be able to express themselves confidently, creatively, in more than one language, and in many ways. Principled: Students should act with integrity and honesty, with a sense of fairness and justice. They should take responsibility for their actions. Open-minded: Students should seek and evaluate a range of points of view and be willing to grow from experience. Caring: Students should show empathy, compassion, and respect. Risk-takers: Students should approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; they should work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. Balanced: Students should understand the importance of balancing different aspects of their lives, such as intellectual, physical, and emotional. Reflective: Students should thoughtfully consider the world and their own ideas and experiences. How to Create a Learner Profile An easy and effective way to develop learner profiles is to allow the students to create their own. Student-centred content, which is owned by students and not teachers, allows learners to feel more engaged and take charge of their education. An example of a learner profile in Schoolbox is the student ePortfolio, which is a student-owned tool where they can showcase work, blogs, journals, and images. The Schoolbox ePortfolio can easily give educators a snapshot of a student’s interests and goals, as well as explaining a student’s learning journey. There are also other tools students can use to develop their profiles, such as PowerPoint, infographics, or videos, which they can create themselves. What Comes Next? Personalisation The knowledge gathered from a learner profile will allow you to tailor and personalise education to each individual. Online Community IB learners need a safe space to collaborate with fellow students and engage in an online discussion. Working through content and learning activities in a central online platform, like Schoolbox, will allow students to connect with their peers and their teachers in a controlled environment. Flexibility in Learning Differentiated learning with flexible deadlines for students who need an extra helping hand, or extension activities for those who are ahead, will allow learners to make the most of their education. Allowing them to submit work via different media types, such as video, drawings, or writing, will let them be creative, heightening their learning experience. However you decide to use the information a learner profile provides, it could definitely be advantageous to your classroom. Talk to us today about how you can use Schoolbox to improve student learning outcomes.