As an IB PYP school, we support our students in recognizing how they process the world and take on learning. These are attitudes and learning profiles. These vivid words describe the incredible active learners at Joyner. One of the terms that we have used for years in an IB school is Risk Taker. This is defined in a way that students approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with forethought. They have the spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and can stand up for what they believe.

Recently this term has been changed with the IB PYP to Courageous. I love this shift. I think it feels more powerful to students to consider being courageous. I think sometimes that we see our children as children who need our protection. And they do! They need that nightlight and hand holding across streets. They need those boundaries to keep safe. But children also are open in their hearts to try new things. They do it every day. They are continually asked to learn new things. We teach them new strategies in math. We face them with multiplication and big words and new terms and scientific experiments.

Yesterday afternoon I sat with our Pieces of Gold students as they were preparing to be picked up to perform. I was surrounded with their energy and excitement. Several were practicing some moves together. Others chatted about their day. All of them were just bouncing with excitement. I am continually in wonder of their courage to prepare to perform. They were all confident as they waved goodbye.

This morning as I checked in with the students, they smiled happily and just felt good about it all. This is the love of life that our students can carry. And they are courageous to do it! It takes courage to be happy sometimes. It takes confidence to meet the world with a smile. I think our children continually teach the rest of us how to jump in and try. Congratulations to our performers and congratulations to all of our students to being willing to leap into learning.