Robinson Students LIVE the IB Action Cycle!
We recently received a letter from Alana Colón’s mother in which describes how Alana came to write a letter to President Barack Obama about Puerto Rico’s current economic situation and world peace, particularly after the violence in Paris that took place in November. “She was very worried about world safety and wanted to express her concerns to our President. In December, she sat down and wrote the letter on her own. I was very surprised when she came to me with her letter and said, ‘Can you help me get this letter to the White House?’ I am very happy to be an IB mom, knowing that my 10-year-old daughter is an internationally minded student. Finally, on February 16, she received an answer! She was overjoyed and couldn’t believe her voice was heard. I wanted to share this experience because I see a difference in my daughter, and I know the IB program plays a big role in her education.”
We are very proud of Alana’s initiative and interest in making a difference in our world! We also want to thank Camill Sotomayor, IB PYP Coordinator, for sharing her thoughts on Alana’s letter and providing us with the following information about the IB Action Cycle, which motivated it.
“One very important aspect of IB is the Action Cycle, which encourages students to reflect on local and global consequences of specific actions, choose actions based on those reflections, and act on those choices. Voluntary, meaningful student initiative is an expected result of student learning and growth in the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP). The Learner Profile encourages character development by promoting principled inquiry, knowledge, critical and creative thinking, communication, caring, balance, open-mindedness, risk-taking and reflection. Units of Inquiry transform these traits into action, the IB Action Cycle.
“Alana took quite the initiative by writing a letter to the President of the United States, Barack Obama. The letter detailed her opinions, feelings, and wishes regarding various difficult, political situations impacting our island. Uncertain of a response, she and her family were pleasantly surprised to find an envelope from the White House in their mailbox recently. The letter acknowledged Alana’s concerns and points of view. It encouraged her to continue being an advocate for Puerto Rico, and expressed pride in her initiative.
“Here at Robinson, we are extremely proud to see our students take these types of risks for the benefit of our society. Like Alana, students grow personally and socially through the Action Cycle, developing critical-thinking, problem-solving, conflict resolution, and cooperation skills. Kudos to Alana! You are an example to us all.”