International Mindedness @ LCS

International mindedness has been described as "a view of the world in which people see themselves connected to the global community and assume a sense of responsibility to its members. It is an awareness of the inter-relatedness of all nations and peoples, and a recognition of the complexity of these relationships. Internationally-minded people appreciate and value the diversity of cultures in the world and make an effort to learn more about them." (from the "IB Community Blog" by Dr. Chris Muller)

How does it look and sound in the Middle Years Program at LCS?

This past week, 8th grade Dylan confidently delivered his "This I Believe" presentation during Mr. Ankwandoh and Ms. Dittmer's Humanities class. Students were focusing on the Communication ATL skill (use a variety of speaking techniques to communicate) and Objective C: Communicating (ii. structure information and ideas according to task instructions). They were bravely communicating their own personal beliefs to peers in an environment where practicing international mindedness, as modeled by their teachers, creates a safe space for such presentations and dialogue.

The concept of international mindedness is at the heart of the Middle Years Program (MYP) at LCS, and the Primary Years Program (PYP), and continues to develop in students through the Diploma Program. Last spring, the Educational Programs team at our school, headed by Greta Keltz, created a short film in order to learn about the ways our students understand international mindedness. The finished film is now serving as a delightful conversation-starter for the LCS community of learners. These conversations are meant to nurture international mindedness in students and in ourselves.

6th grade students recently viewed the film in Mr. Coleman's English class after an opening question from their teacher left students wondering whether there is a right name for the sport some call "soccer" and some call "football." After viewing the film, students shared their reactions and further questions about what it means to be internationally minded, making connections to examples in literature and to their own lives. Students were able to express both the complexity and challenge of international mindedness as well as their need for it.

At teacher orientation this year, Mr. MacBride, Ms. Strenio-Anagnost, and I had the honor of introducing the new LCS learning principles to the full faculty and sharing our own ideas about what they mean to us. One of the LCS learning principles includes the concept of international mindedness. It is powerful knowing that teachers and students in all classrooms and professional development spaces at LCS are striving to actively practice this, and talk about this with others.

Does reading about international mindedness make you want to take action? LCS has an invitation to the whole community: A Call for Artists! Please consider submitting artwork of all kinds to your IB Coordinator (Ms. Strenio-Anagnost, Mr. MacBride, or Ms. Thompson) by October 19th.

You are invited, LCS! Let's take creative action together. Share and celebrate what international mindedness means to us as Lincoln Community School!