Bellyflops and knowledge: “risk-taking”

In my last post, I was connecting wipe-outs (even if not of Olympic proportions) with the whole process of gaining know-how, and with much of its energy.  I’ve been mulling further….  Isn’t it valuable in a TOK class to encourage students to take their own bellyflops more lightly in terms of failure and more seriously in terms of learning?  The IB learner profile presents being a “risk-taker” as a goal.  But what does this mean in an educational context, and ...

The Learner Profile (8) – Risk Takers

Risk Takers. This is my least favourite term in the learner profile list. Why? Do we want our Chemists to take risks? The images that this term brings up are of students mixing together random chemicals, explosions, poison gas and so on! Do you want this in our lessons? Of course not, but we do want our students to take risks. But what sort of risks? This term is hard to make specific to Chemistry (I would be interested in your thoughts - please, ...