• Gala Gaines

IB Learner Profile Trait: Caring

Welcome back! The classrooms are once again buzzing with learning and excitement and it is absolutely wonderful to see so many friendly (and new) faces in our hallways.  We are so glad you are here!  In addition to the rigorous academics, a big part of our IB program focuses on developing the whole child. To this aim IB sets out 10 Learner Profiles that strive to develop learners who are:

  • Inquirers

  • Knowledgeable

  • Thinkers

  • Communicators

  • Principled

  • Open-minded

  • Caring

  • Risk-takers

  • Balanced

  • Reflective 

Each month SPS picks one of the 10 IB learner profiles to focus on. This creates unity across the PYP and MYP program, and what better profile to start with than caring! During these first few weeks of school we all broaden our families to include classmates and teachers into what may have been tight knit circles. So let’s all remember to care for each other during this transition time. Below you can find some resources to support your child’s journey in becoming a caring, empathetic global citizen.

Caring Definition: 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.

How can you help to develop students who are caring at home?

  • Role model the caring behavior you would like to see in your child all the time. Using kind words, helping people without being asked, being an active listener all show your child that you care about people. Even a simple thing, like holding a door for someone, shows your child that you are aware of others around you and want to help them.

  • Think about how your family can get involved with community organizations, and volunteer opportunities. Giving back feels good!

  • Caring for our Earth - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Compost. Trash pick up, park clean up.

  • After reading a book, spend some time considering how the people in the book acted. Was someone in the book caring? All of the time or just some of the time? Were all of the characters in the book caring or just some of them?  What happened when characters were unkind?

More Resources: 

Read Alouds and More: 

Books are a great way to learn about empathy and how to be caring. Check out this amazing list from the Empathy lab for: read-alouds, poetry, novels, and graphic novels.

Empathy lab Book list

Short Videos:

Short videos can really pack a punch! They are great conversation starters, without too much of a time commitment (great for our busy lives).


Documentaries can be powerful tools to see lives outside of our own.  These are some amazing journeys, topics that are sure to spark discussion, inspire kindness, and action

-Kindness is contagious (9+) Amazon prime --- SO Good!

-A Beautiful Planet

-March of the Penguins (an oldie but a goodie)

-Born to be Wild

-Jane (Disney +)


PodCasts are a great resource, especially for that car time.  Why not make the most of your time together by listening to some thought provoking, and entertaining narratives.  

For kids:

-Circle Round. Created and produced by parents of young children, WBUR's Circle Round adapts carefully-selected folktales from around the world into sound- and music-rich radio plays for kids ages 4 to 10. Each 10- to 20-minute episode explores important issues like kindness, persistence and generosity. And each episode ends with an activity that inspires a deeper conversation between children and grown-ups.

For adults:

Kindness can be taught: Here's how (NPR)

How to talk to kids about empathy and entitlement (Dr. Robyn Featuring Michelle Borba, Author of Unselfie)