5W thought about 3 things they learned about themselves during the Exhibition.
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.
Last week we culminated our fourth unit How We Express Ourselves and this week, as we’re sure the students have informed you, we launched into many Grade 5 meetings and discussions to lead us into our fifth unit How We Organise Ourselves. OUR EXHIBITION UNIT.
On Monday we kicked off with an introduction to exhibition with photos from the previous year – ‘starting with the end in mind’
On Tuesday we looked at the Transdisciplinary Theme: How We Organise Ourselves and what this entails. We also had a visit from the grade 6 students who worked through the exhibition process last year. Our question session with grade 6 students focussed on:
HOW you chose what you wanted to inquire into?
WHY you chose it?
WHAT you did as part of your Exhibition – where you went, what resources you used, who you spoke to etc.
Some further conversation had us reflecting on when we viewed the Grade 10 ‘Personal Project’ Exhibition. Our conversation focussed on
What impressed us? What topics or projects most interested us?
WHY? What did the student DO to help us to understand their issue?
What resources did the student use? Think about people they talked to, places they went, online resources, library resources and others
What did we think could have been done better?
As the students were so engrossed listening to the grade 6 students we followed up on this on Wednesday. We talked about what ‘stuck with us’, what we could use to help us in our own inquiries in the coming weeks.
On Thursday we looked at the ‘Sphere of Influence’. A Circle of Influence encompasses those concerns that we can do something about. They are concerns that we have some control over. As opposed to A Circle of Concern, the wide range of concerns we have, such as our health, our children, problems at work, the amount of government borrowing, or the threat of war.
And finally Friday. Today we started thinking about the possibilities. Students had the opportunity to collect great ideas by looking at ideas generated through class Padlets 2016.
In relation to making decisions regarding making a decision, we are encouraging the students to ‘keep it in mind, and keep open minded to all possibilities!’ We have all next week to explore before making a final decision.
Exhibition – 11 school days left to Wednesday 27th April.
We shall be looking at a question each day in class as your child moves into his or her final days of independent research and presentation preparation. Any conversations or field trips you can have (or do) with your child at home will no doubt be immensely helpful.
If someone comes to talk with your child at his/her Exhibition in the Auditorium, could s/he talk about the following and provide evidence?
What is your subject about?
How does (what you have been interested in) work? How do you explain it?
Why is (what you have been interested in) the way it is now?
What is (what you have been interested in) connected with/to ?
How has (what you have been interested in) changed over the years?
What are other people’s points of view with (what you have been interested in) ?
How do you know about (what you have been interested in) and what do you think about it all?
What have you DONE about it all or what are you planning to do (action) about (what you have been interested in) ?
In class today we looked at how WHAT we could use at our Exhibition stand to ‘hook’ our audience could be related to WHAT we DO as a result of our Exhibition research.
This is what our ‘model’ for the issue of the need for ‘sun protection’ turned out like on our class whiteboard.
5W students made their own version in class which they did in their Exhibition sketchbook will look something like this:
Please DISCUSS with your child – what else might work? This is just the beginning! Hopefully!!
5W students have written a Central Idea for themselves and we have decided on one for our class which has been shared with you.
“Through understanding global issues and taking action in our local communities we can start to make a difference in people’s lives.”
Our ‘How We Organise Ourselves’ 2016 Exhibition will focus on the following ‘lines of inquiry’ taken from the key words that appeared in our class Central Idea:
Each 5W student will post their own ‘lines of inquiry’ below in the comment section for to take a look at.