The IB Learner Profile and Attitudes

IB Learner Profile

Madison Simis students strive to be:

Inquirers— We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life. 

We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.

 Thinkers— We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyze and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.

Communicators— We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspective of other individuals and groups.

Principled—  We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.

Open-minded— We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.

We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.

We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.

We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives-intellectual, physical, and emotional-to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.

Reflective— We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.

The IB Attitudes

While recognizing the importance of knowledge, concepts and skills, these alone do not make an internationally minded person. The development of personal attitudes towards people, the environment, learning, and attitudes that contribute to the well-being of the individual and of the group is also vital. Students should demonstrate:

Appreciationappreciating the wonder and beauty of the world and its


Commitment being committed to their own learning, preserving and

showing self-discipline and responsibility.

Confidence feeling confident in their ability as learners, having the courage to take risks, applying what they have learned and making appropriate decisions and choices.

Cooperation cooperating, collaborating, and leading or following as the

situation demands.

Creativity being creative and imaginative in their thinking and in their

approach to problems and dilemmas.

Curiosity begin curious about he nature of learning, about the world, its

people and cultures.

Empathyimagining themselves in another’s situation in order to understand his or her reasoning and emotions, so as to be open-minded and reflective about the perspectives of others.

Enthusiasm enjoying learning and willingly putting the effort into the


Independencethinking and acting independently, making their own judgments based on reasoned argument, and being able to defend their judgments.

Integrity being honest and demonstrating a considered sense of


Respectrespecting themselves, others and the world around them.

Tolerance being sensitive about differences and diversity in the world and being responsive to the needs of others.