Education is not only an obligation or a goal. It is a path for our lives. A brick of a fruitful life. It helps us to become better citizens, get a better-paid job, show us the difference between good and bad. Education proves us the importance of hard work and, at the same time, helps us to grow, learn and develop. We understand how we are able to shape a better society to live in by knowing and respecting rights, laws, and regulations but as well to experiment creativity and curiosity that enhance our spirit and culture.
Education at Alruwad International School (AIS) follows the IB (International Baccalaureate).
The IB learner profile together with the ATL (Approaches to Learning) are the fundament on
which our education curriculum at AIS is based on.
Our students are
- Open-minded – in an international community we need to be ready to listen to others’ points of view even when they are different from our own. We need to recognise that everyone isimportant and entitled to their opinion.
- Caring – at the heart of a society is looking out for your family and friends, this should be something we should all strive to do, to be interested enough to ask people how they are feeling and to take the time to listen.
- Principled – if we are caring and open-minded we will also be principled, which means standing up for what is right. It is being honest, it is about taking responsibility for what you have done when you do something you shouldn’t be doing. It’s about having integrity and doing the right thing even when nobody’s watching.
- Communicative – being open to discussions and asking the teachers for support and more explanations when needed. Remember to talk to the teachers and friends, tell people how you are feeling because if you don’t no one will know.
- Risk-taker – for some being a risk-taker could be as simple as putting up their hand in the class and asking for yelp or asking for something to be explained again.
- Knowledgeable – keep trying to read and gain proficiency and extra intellect in any subject they are doing.
- Inquirers – keep asking the: Why?, What? When? Where? How? Questions which could lead to an investigation into some new idea and new information to be discovered.
- Thinkers – are people who are trying to make sense of something and to reason out what he/she has heard and learned. What impression are you left regarding a specific topic – Is it factual?, does it seem real/feasible?
- Balanced – in all things in life there needs to be harmony. Finding the right symmetry between work and play is always tricky. For all of us students and teachers alike we need to take time out for relaxing and taking care of ourselves. Take time for a gym class, a walk, to read a good book, commune with nature or to take up a hobby.
- Reflective – in all of these we need to be conscious of what we do and weigh up the consequences of whatever we choose to do. We need to look at “what we did?”, “how did I do it?”, and then “how can I change it?” or “how can I fix it?”. Reflection should be integrated in everything we do and applied to all the 9 learner profiles above. https://www.ibo.org/globalassets/publications/recognition/learnerprofile-en.pdf
The learner profile is taking the whole person into account and so the ATL skills are developing many skills related to our students personal and professional (academic performance).
The ATL skills are listed and shown in the picture below
1. Social skills
2. Communication skills
3. Thinking skills
4. Research skills
5. Self -management skills.
Acquisition of knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, evaluation, dialectical thought and metacognition
Accepting responsibility, respecting others, cooperating, resolving conflict, group-decision making, adopting a variety of group roles
Listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing, presenting, non-verbal communication
Gross motor skills, fine motor skills, spatial awareness, organisation, time management, safety, healthy life style, codes of behaviour and informed choices.
Formulating questions, observing, planning collecting, organising and interpreting data and presenting research findings