IB Learner Profile Trait 5: Thinker

A thinker is, as defined by the IB, someone who “exercise[s] initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognise and approach complex problems, and make reasoned ethical decisions”. This is very similar to an inquirer, but a thinker is more focused on the questioning part. The partial lab report written by me demonstrates thinking skills because the teacher had assigned our class a problem, which was “how do we investigate rates of reaction?”. We all had to use our critical thinking skills in order to solve this problem, because everything on that report was decided individually/independently. This was why we were able to successfully approach the complex problem. Another type of complex problem is in chess. The images of proof in my involvement with the chess club means that I constantly practice my thinking skills when I play chess. Here’s some information regarding why chess is a classic example of application of critical thinking skills.

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A partial lab report I wrote up. Everything in this partial lab was decided by the person writing it (i.e. not fixed by the teacher).


School Chess Team at the HK Inter-School Chess Championships 2016. Faces have been blurred to protect the privacy of other people.

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Source of the previous image for proof. Once again, faces have been blurred to protect privacy.

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