Preparing children for the future
Personal Development is as much a part of the learning at ISTwente as academic subjects. Drawn from the IPC, the eight personal goals are:
- Resilience, children’s skill in sticking with a task and trying again when met with initial disappointment.
- Morality, children’s skill in knowing and respecting alternative moral standpoints, and explaining reasons for their actions
- Communication, children’s skill in making their meaning plain to a range of different audiences, and being able to use a variety of tools and technologies to aid their communication.
- Thoughtfulness, children’s skill of identifying their own strengths and weaknesses, and use a range of thinking skills to solve problems.
- Enquiry, children’s skill in asking searching questions, collecting reliable evidence, and drawing sustainable conclusions.
- Adaptability, children’s skill in coping with unfamiliar situations, and exploring new roles and strategies.
- Cooperation, children’s skill in adopting different roles depending on the needs of the group, and to work alongside others to achieve goals.
- Respect, children’s skill in knowing about the varying needs of other people, other living things, and their environment; and being able to act in accordance with those needs.
These eight goals are practiced daily, both in the classroom and on the playground. An IST learner well-versed in these skills is equipped for success.