Dreamers Who Can

Subtitle: A Collection of Short Stories for Use with the IB Learner Profile

Author: Chris, Dr. Jerry

Subjects: Teacher Resources; Parenting

Age: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Grade: 1, 2, 3, 4

ISBN: 978-0-89824-463-2

Order code: 4632

Price: $12.99
Website price: $10.00

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Order code: 4632S

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The International Baccalaureate Learner Profile hangs in every Primary Years IB classroom. However, the ten qualities seen as essential to good learning often remain simply a list of fuzzy words to the students. What does “Risk-Taker” and “Principled” really mean if there aren’t practical examples of children their own age exemplifying these qualities? That is the purpose of Dreamers Who Can, a collection of short stories about each of the ten qualities to make the words in the IB Learner Profile come alive.

Dr. Jerry Chris writes in his introduction: "If we, as teachers, were to gather in a room and describe ten qualities of an ideal student, chances are we could readily agree on at least eight of them. These qualities would not just be applicable to our present-day classrooms, but rather would extend to the students’ next level of education, and then far beyond into the realm of the lifelong learner. In fact, were we to meet and attempt to design an ideal adult in a peaceful world, we just might agree on the same eight or ten qualities. Within the last decade, the International Baccalaureate community made such an attempt—to describe qualities that apply equally to the first grader, the sixth grader, or the twelfth grader, as well as the lifelong learner. These ten qualities form the IB Learner Profile: Inquirer, Knowledgeable, Thinker, Communicator, Principled, Open-Minded, Caring, Risk-Taker, Balanced, and Reflective. Although some might think of additional qualities that they see as important, and some might choose a different word or two, debating the value of these ten would prove pointless. Not only do these ten provide a solid foundation for every classroom, but parents could only dream that their children would possess a majority of these attributes."

The ten short stories in this book are intended to introduce elementary-age children to the Learner Profile and to illustrate how these attributes might be embodied in the everyday lives of these youngsters. The scenarios will encourage children to emulate the best qualities of the characters. Parents who read with their youngsters will reflect on their lives and perhaps even evaluate their own standing within the suggested values of the Learner Profile. Although this book is primarily intended for International Baccalaureate teachers and parents, the stories, and the qualities illustrated by them, are of universal appeal and relevance.

The beautiful color illustrations in the book are by second grader Lauren Lohmeier.

"I love these stories! They brought tears to my eyes because they turn negative situations into positive situations, such as the one about bullying being overcome with kindness."  – Diane Holman, parent, Mission Viejo, CA

"At last, these amusing and entertaining stories bring the Learner Profile to life for the students. Believable kids in real situations!" – Marilynne Sinclair, teacher, Ottowa, Canada

Dr. Jerry Chris is an NBC Crystal Apple winner and was both Orange County Creative Teacher of the Year and California Teacher of the Year for gifted students.

The International Baccalaureate Learner Profile hangs in every Primary Years IB classroom. However, the ten qualities seen as essential to good learning often remain simply a list of fuzzy words to the students. What does “Risk-Taker” and “Principled” really mean if there aren’t practical examples of children their own age exemplifying these qualities? That is the purpose of Dreamers Who Can, a collection of short stories about each of the ten qualities to make the words in the IB Learner Profile come alive.

Dr. Jerry Chris writes in his introduction: "If we, as teachers, were to gather in a room and describe ten qualities of an ideal student, chances are we could readily agree on at least eight of them. These qualities would not just be applicable to our present-day classrooms, but rather would extend to the students’ next level of education, and then far beyond into the realm of the lifelong learner. In fact, were we to meet and attempt to design an ideal adult in a peaceful world, we just might agree on the same eight or ten qualities. Within the last decade, the International Baccalaureate community made such an attempt—to describe qualities that apply equally to the first grader, the sixth grader, or the twelfth grader, as well as the lifelong learner. These ten qualities form the IB Learner Profile: Inquirer, Knowledgeable, Thinker, Communicator, Principled, Open-Minded, Caring, Risk-Taker, Balanced, and Reflective. Although some might think of additional qualities that they see as important, and some might choose a different word or two, debating the value of these ten would prove pointless. Not only do these ten provide a solid foundation for every classroom, but parents could only dream that their children would possess a majority of these attributes."

The ten short stories in this book are intended to introduce primary-grade students to the Learner Profile and to illustrate how these attributes might be embodied in the everyday lives of these youngsters. The scenarios will encourage students to emulate the best qualities of the characters. Although this book is primarily intended for International Baccalaureate teachers and parents, the stories, and the qualities illustrated by them, are of universal appeal and relevance.

The beautiful color illustrations in the book are by second grader Lauren Lohmeier.

"I love these stories! They brought tears to my eyes because they turn negative situations into positive situations, such as the one about bullying being overcome with kindness."  – Diane Holman, parent, Mission Viejo, CA

"At last, these amusing and entertaining stories bring the Learner Profile to life for the students. Believable kids in real situations!" – Marilynne Sinclair, teacher, Ottowa, Canada

Dr. Jerry Chris is an NBC Crystal Apple winner and was both Orange County Creative Teacher of the Year and California Teacher of the Year for gifted students.

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