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Joseph Koszary - Learner's Profile

Joseph Koszary - Learner

Joseph Koszary - Learner's Profile

Find out more about Joseph Koszary, his lifes, his hobbies and passions!

Joseph is author of English Language and Literature for the IB Diploma.
Inquirers
Inquiring has always paid dividends.
Curiosity is what has driven many of the key events in my life, from learning new words to develop my English to moving abroad to broaden my horizons. Though it may seem trite, curious minds tend to be the ones that change the world, and there is nothing more satisfying than seeing a student who is determined to find out the ‘why’ or ‘how’ of a particular issue. Without this quality, i’ve seen how easy it is to coast and to unthinkingly accept a world that is in dire need of fresh new ideas.
Knowledgeable
‘Lifelong learner’ is a phrase you hear a lot in education, and it’s certainly not without merit.
I have always been trying to build up my knowledge of the world, and this is often driven by building relationships with others who can offer fresh perspectives that I would otherwise have never encountered. I believe people should always aim to know more and be capable of more with every passing year, and this is never more evident that seeing a wild year 7 student somehow transition into an articulate year 13 student ready to head off to university.
Thinkers
Always one for over-thinking, this is an aspect of the learner profile that comes naturally.
I’ve rarely been able to switch off my thoughts, and though I may seem to be staring blankly at a wall during a tedious meeting, there’s usually a lot more going on in my head. This often has its benefits - I can think through problems in abstract quite thoroughly - but it must always be married with subsequent action. This is something I am glad the IB values - that we must be thinkers and inquirers, but this must manifest itself in tangible effects on the world. 
 
Communicators
As an English teacher, communication has been central to my life for as long as I can remember.
I’ve always been a firm believer that a strong teacher is a strong communicator, and a strong communicator is good at building relationships. If you can communicate the interest of a topic, if you can generate fascination, then the stress of school disappears as curiosity takes over and the ‘work’ of work disappears. 
 
Principled and Caring
I was a sensitive soul in my youth, and i’ve always been very aware of how a lack of empathy can sometimes cause people to unknowingly make life harder for others.
I’ve particularly enjoyed being a tutor and having an adult’s perspective on the various fallings out and problems at home. I have always had to remember that, deep down, we all strive to be principled and caring, we just sometimes need a little guidance to help us get there.
Open-minded
I’ve always been open-minded to trying new things, be it food, travel, or sports.
I’ve certainly found many things I don’t like, but i’ve always known that I need to judge things for myself rather than go on the advice of others. Obviously one of the best ways of opening minds is travelling, and I’ve been everywhere from North Korea to Peru. These experiences have allowed me to see the world with a broader perspective, and I feel I have a greater appreciation and understanding of the world and my place within it as a consequence.
Risk-takers
I was forever coming home with scrapes, bruises, and the occasional missing tooth in my childhood, whether it was football, riding a bike, or attempting to climb something that didn’t want to be climb
This attitude has always ensured life has remained interesting, and it is something which we can all apply to our learning too. The amount of times I tried something that failed miserably at school or put forward an answer that was way off the mark is beyond counting, but it’s important to never let this stop you trying. We live in a world that is too afraid of failure and too conscious of risk - get out there and give it a go!
Balanced
Balance and the IB are often seen as chalk and cheese, as many of my students can attest, but its importance cannot be stressed enough.
I’ve definitely had times in my life where the balance has been thrown off and i’ve fallen head-first into a mountain of work - we have to be realistic and accept that sometimes these moments can’t be avoided - but it’s always been important that over the longer term my life has been broadly in balance. Though I was always very good at maintaining focus in the build-up to an exam or coursework deadline, I was then immediately relaxing by ensuring I spent time with friends.
Reflective
Though too much reflection can turn into a carnivalesque hall of mirrors, meaningful reflection has always been important to me.
Without these moments of consideration, some of the more significant decisions in my life would not have taken place. I have found that taking myself out of the relentlessness of day-to-day existence to consider more deeply what I have been doing has been a big factor in remaining happy. Without reflection, it is far too easy to sleepwalk into situations you would much rather not be in.