News from The Arthur Holt Library

This week in The Arthur Holt Library we’ve been involved in teaching the Year 11 IBDP boys the value of reflecting. A unique aspect of the International Baccalaureate programmes is the inclusion of humanitarian values in its learner profile. The IBO doesn’t just want its students to achieve academically; it also wants them to consider the role they might play in the wider world – an attribute it describes as International Mindedness.

Reflection plays a key role in the Diploma Programme and in the development of this attribute. All boys must complete a course on the Theory of Knowledge, which essentially asks them to reflect on the assumptions and ideas that underpin their current thinking — challenging the boys to ask the question “how do we know what we know!?”. The Extended Essay also involves a number of formal reflections that require students to consider the research process they have undertaken and the choices they have elected to make. And CAS (Community Activity Service) asks the boys to reflect on their personal development as they undertake a series of creative, physical and service-orientated experiences.

These reflections encourage the boys to observe and guide their own development as learners. They help them to define potential areas for improvement or growth and to take ownership of their work and to decide on their future direction. These are not just the attributes of an IB learner, they are the attributes of all lifelong learners, because they enable you to learn from your mistakes and identify your shortcomings.

In their sessions with the Library Services teaching team, the boys were given scaffolds to guide their early reflections. These will then be displayed on the wall in The Arthur Holt Library so that the boys can see for themselves the kinds of insights and directions that are made possible through effective reflecting.

“In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.”

– Mortimer J. Adler

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