What a great week!!!! Each student in 5W should be very proud of their achievement. They have worked extremely hard to acquire new learning, make new connections and to think and take concrete action on their chosen inquiries. Our focus now is to reflect on our achievements, challenges and action goals for the near future.
Thank you so much to all of our wonderful 5W parents for your help in supporting your child through the whole process and all of the 5W students at their Exhibition night.
Please enjoy some of the photos below. There are photos of 5W students both before they started and after – can you guess which ones are which!!
Today we looked for our most important, BIGGEST, most open/thick questions that we had or have for our Exhibition. The idea is that we want to direct our audience(s) next week to talk with us / ask us about the information we understand and have knowledge about and evidence for.
Here is our document that we all have made a copy of and personalised.
Below are some photos of us working with the Grade 10 students who were excellent today as invaluable buddies. Thank you to Mr Mejia for bringing all the students across to work with us for 30 minutes today.
Well – we’re nearly there. Only a few more days to go.
Today in class we built up a ‘checklist’ of all the things that we have done (and are doing) that the students will be able to share next week at their Exhibition. This is to ensure that everyone remembers all the hard work that has been done – and that still to come! There’s still plenty of time – but it is running out.
The link to the document can be found HERE. It should form part of the students’ organisation for their How We Organise Ourselves 2017 Exhibition.
This week we will be concentrating on:
Making stuff – interactive materials/posters/slide shows/audio/video/Art/etc
What will our HOOK be?
Printing things out
Asking more questions as we think of them
Answering the questions that we have already thought of
Taking and editing video
The ART room is open at 07:45 everyday for students to (respectfully) use it – please clean up before you leave.
Good luck everyone. Only one more week to go.
5W students thought about how they could write a ‘central idea’ for our How We Organise Ourselves Exhibition. We were inspired today by a presentation from d’Arcy Lunn who has set up the organisation ‘Teaspoons of Change.’
We also thought about incorporating the following KEY words and big ideas:
action/service (particularly local action / small changes)
You can look at all of our ideas HERE.
5W students – please add your central idea in the comment box below.
Favorite Parenting Books
Last Child in the Woods, by Richard Louv
A great book written all about how today’s kids are suffering from nature-deficit disorder. In today’s tech-savvy world, kids are missing something, and it’s important for the world that we renew their interest in nature.
How to Talk so Kids Will Listen and Listen so Kids Will Talk, by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
A book I read over and over again. We can learn a lot about talking so our kids will listen and really listening, even when they appear to be saying things that upset us.
It’s So Amazing, Robie H. Harris
A book about puberty. Made for ages 7-up, this book has great illustrations and explanations that explain puberty and all that goes with it with sensible, open-minded explanations. Highly recommend!
It’s Perfectly Normal, by Robit H. Harris
A follow-up book to It’s So Amazing, made for ages 9-12. Great series and really opens up a sometimes sensitive topic with humor and candor.
7 Keys to Comprehension, by Susan Zimmerman
How to help students progress in their reading comprehension? This handy book helps parents ask the right questions to students. Students learn these important reading strategies in school, but it’s good for parents to be aware also.
Having decided on our issue, the group we will be working in/with and some main inquiries into our issue, we have moved on to starting to develop initial questions that we would like to find answers to.
Conversations at home will no doubt be of great help to your child in developing his/her understanding of their Exhibition issue. For example:
Paper Towel use at YIS. Inspired by Joe Smith.
Issue – a waste of paper and money.
Main idea: Is the use of paper towels the most environmentally friendly way of drying our hands?
the cost of using paper towels
the alternative ways we could dry our hands
the best ways to teach and encourage other members of our community to help us save money, energy and TREES!
Please help any of us by adding links or possible resources to our CLASS DOCUMENT HERE
Tuning into our Exhibition
We explored a big global issue and discussed why it matters to us here locally in Japan, in YIS, in our communities. Here is a great example, Joe Smith’s on paper towel use.
We have used a five-stage process to help us make our big and important decision.
We used a lotus diagram to explore big global issues and smaller issues that could be tackled.
We then went on to explore big ideas of interest and how we might reduce the possibilities to just a few relevant and meaningful ideas. Here is an example by Mari
Next, we looked at our top three ideas. Through the use of a Google Doc, others collaborated with us to share their thinking and add ideas to our own. We asked our friends in class and our parents for their point of view.
With our two top choices, we used the sphere of influence thinking strategy to check that we could look through local to global lenses on our issue of choice.
And finally, we selected just ONE IDEA from our 2 pitches. Mr Weekes helped us make our final choice from these 2. Below you can see what we have all chosen.