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February Learner Profile Attribute: PRINCIPLED

“The time is always right to do what is right.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

The IB Learner Profile attribute for February is Principled:  
We strive to teach our students to act with integrity, honesty, and a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of individual groups and communities. We encourage students take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them. 

Students who are PRINCIPLED have a sense of fairness and are honest with themselves and with others. They understand that sometimes there are rules and they follow them. Moreover, they have an understanding of moral reasoning. 

How can parents help to develop students who are Principled at home? 

  • Involve your child in deciding on the rules for a game or activity and then ensure that they stick to the ones that have been decided upon. 
  • Encourage your child to play games that involve teams. Discuss with your child the qualities of a team player. What sort of person would they want on their team? 
  • When your child wins a game insist that he or she is a well-mannered winner. They might thank their opponent or shake hands with them if it’s appropriate. 
  • When playing a game, don’t change the rules or let your child win. Being a gracious loser is just as important as being a good winner. 

Principled Global Citizen, Fred Korematsu 

At age 23, Japanese American, Fred Korematsu was imprisoned after he refused the government order that moved all Japanese Americans to internment camps during World War II. He appealed his case all the way to the Supreme Court in 1944, where the justices ruled against him, citing the incarceration was necessary due to military necessity. 

In 1983, Korematsu and his pro-bono legal team had his convictions overturned citing documents that consistently demonstrated Japanese Americans had committed no acts of treason during the war and were treated unjustly. This was a pivotal moment in civil rights history for Japanese Americans.  Korematsu remained an upstander and civil rights activist throughout the rest of his life, and in 1998 he received the presidential medal of freedom, our nation’s highest civilian honor. His legacy of courage and principles continues to inspire people to stand up to injustice. 
 

Spotlight on Student Learning:  6th Grade Individuals and Societies


Last week in Mr. Gechter’s 6th Grade Individuals and Societies class, students had a unique opportunity to an NBC news correspondent via a Skype video call. Melissa Noel, an award-winning broadcast news journalist talked to students about her coverage of current events with a special focus on marginalized communities from the Carribean islands, where Ms. Noel is from.  Students took turns sitting in the “hot-seat,” asking Ms. Noel questions about her work and experiences travelling. Student inquiry lead to an impactful dialogue on the importance of accurate reporting and the use of primary sources to support one’s argument. It was a great experience, and we hope to continue the use of Skype to connect with experts in different fields. 

If you have any questions, concerns or ideas to share regarding the IB-MYP, please feel free to contact me. 

Julia Beattie
jbeattie@bloomfield.org
IB Teacher Leader
East Hills Middle School
Bloomfield Hills Schools
Phone: 248.341.6722

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February Learner Profile Attribute:  PRINCIPLED

 “The time is always right to do what is right.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

We strive to teach our students to act with integrity, honesty, and a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of individual groups and communities. We encourage students take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.  Students who are PRINCIPLED have a sense of fairness and are honest with themselves and with others. 

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