An inquiry into resources and issues in our local community.
Local Issues Matter to Me
What will the topics be?
The topic and action should be something which effects the students’ life (school, family or local community)
Ideally, students should have a high interest in the topic
The topic should inspire students to take positive action
Possible areas of focus
Scarcity or availability
Change or adaptation
Economy or jobs
Health and safety
Set Goals Record Reflect Students decide on what issue they would like to explore and what they can explore based on their own interests and passion.
In their groups students create:
a big question
Reflect and ask questions
Take the inquiry deeper
Choose and plan presentation.
Students present their research through: poster, video, graph, PowerPoint, music, drama 1 Task definition 2 Information seeking strategies 3 Location and access 4 Use of information 5 Synthesis 6 Evaluation
How much time do students spend working on the Exhibition?
The students started brainstorming ideas and thinking about concepts in January
The students will then spend about 8 weeks working on their inquiries from February to April
The students will still have math and literacy lessons during the Exhibition time, but the majority of each day will be used working on inquiries
What about Exhibition homework?
The children should use their time at home to research and prepare for the work in class
The actual work should be done in class so the teacher can keep track of progress.
The Role of Parents Guide Evaluate Advise Guide Evaluate Advise Support Facilitate Mentor Teacher Parents Student Or Group
How can parents help?
Ask your child about the Exhibition
Support and encourage your child
Provide background knowledge
Help to locate resources – people, places, media and information
Check WIKI website regularly with your child
http:// exhibition.isdedu.wikispaces.net /
Celebrate with the students by attending the final presentations
Develop Critical Thinking
Ask your child open-ended questions about their project
Let them solve their own problems
Let them be responsible for their own learning
Encourage independent inquiry and respect student ownership of the process
Monitor, challenge, question, clarify.
How do we assess students’ work?
“ Exhibitions are the best way to measure learning because they put the kids right in the midst of their learning.” Dennis Litky
We assess the process more than the product
The students will keep a journal throughout the Exhibition process that shows how their thinking and goals are evolving
Student self-assessment using rubrics
Teacher assessment using rubrics.
The rubrics assess the
PYP Transdisciplinary skills, processes and attitudes
Though the end product is assessed, the emphasis is on the process.
Something for us all to remember…
The process is more important than the product
The Exhibition is a celebration of who your child is as a learner.