"In the Know" Weekly Newsletter - The International School

The IB Learner Profile for November is Thinker.

"We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyze and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions." (IBO 2013)

"No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking." --Voltaire

TIS students have already begun exploring this attribute in assemblies through brainstorming "problems" in our school community. Each homeroom teacher chose a problem to take back to class for group problem-solving work. Each class will share their solutions with the other classes during the next few assemblies. It was truly exciting to see all the thinkers participating in the brainstorming assembly! Check out the bulletin boards in Stearns Hall and the Hilltop building to see the results of our collective thinking.

Parents can help develop Thinkers by encouraging children to solve problems independently, by posing real-life questions that do not have a "right" answer but multiple answers depending on your viewpoint or skills. Catch your child being a Thinker!

Tamara's Recommended Reading

K-2: Caps for Sale, by Esphyr Slobadkina; Swimmy by Leo Lionni; It's a Spoon, Not a Shovel, by Caralyn Buehner; The Incredible Book Eating Boy, by Oliver Jeffers

3rd-5th: The Story of Rachel Carson by Leila M. Foster; Weslandia by Paul Fleischman; Leonardo and the Flying Boy by Laurence Anholt; Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo

Tamara Beecroft, Librarian, library@intlschool.org, 503-226-2496 ext. 102