5th IB Week – Reflective – 08/05

We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.

“There are three ways to gain wisdom:

The noblest is by reflecting;

The simplest is by imitating;

The bitterest is through experience.”

Confucius

It should be clear that thinking without action brings nothing. Acting without thinking is just as fruitless – this is less clear. It has long been known that we ponder too much in the world; however, there are too many senseless actions not easily perceived.

Man likes to see the world in black and white. Through this lens, there are two types of people: people who think first and then act and people who act first and then think. This emphasizes a contrast between thinking and acting – as if one had nothing to do with the other.

The ideal is to think and act simultaneously. The action with reflection must be our goal because it becomes sustainable and effective; it comes alive. Reflection during and after an action must be incorporated into future actions.

Your children as future decision-makers are expected to be action-oriented but also able to think critically. They gain the information they need and process through communication with their fellow human beings or targeted research.

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