Grade 10 students helped us refine and practice our BIG / Thick / Open questions today

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.

Exhibition Checklist for Students

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.

Final Exhibition Week – Countdown is ON!

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
Interviewing experts

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’ Central Ideas for our 2017 HWOO Exhibition

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:

issues/problems
global/local
action/service (particularly local action / small changes)
building community
change

You can look at all of our ideas HERE.

5W students – please add your central idea in the comment box below.

Thank you
Mr Weekes

Pre-exhibition – starting our Exhibition process

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.

Phew… what a productive week!

Exhibition 2016 – Wednesday April 27th

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) ?

Relationship Brain Frame – Audience HOOK at Exhibition is related to our Service/Action

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.

Hook > Action BF sketchbook

5W students made their own version in class which they did in their Exhibition sketchbook will look something like this:

Hook > Action BF whiteboard

Please DISCUSS with your child – what else might work? This is just the beginning! Hopefully!!

Lines of inquiry help us to focus

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:

HERE

Each 5W student will post their own ‘lines of inquiry’ below in the comment section for to take a look at.

Thank you

5W class

Categorising our questions for Exhibition

What kind of questions do we have already to research for our Exhibition issue?

5W students discussed 8 different kinds of question this morning in class.

Causation – why is it the way it is?
Change – How is it changing?
Connection – How is it connected to other things?
Form – What is it like?
Function – How does it work?
Perspective – What are the points of view?
Reflection – How do we know?
Responsibility – What is our responsibility?

Mr. Weekes discussed his questions about ‘skin cancer’ and the issue of how we could/should best protect out skin.

Please check the comments section below for the 5W students ever increasing questions about their issue and how she or he is ‘categorizing’ the questions so far. If there are areas that are light on questions so far – these will be areas to expand as we go through the Exhibition.

5W students Central Ideas for our Exhibition

Exhibition Simple Quick Guide 2016

The Exhibition unit of inquiry ‘central idea’, lines of inquiry and questions you ask will help you to stay focused during the Exhibition process and help you find out more about your issue. After class discussion, all 5W students wrote a few Central Ideas to explain what s/he thought the Exhibition would be all about please see our planning HERE.) Having had a chance to discuss this further with parents or an older sibling / family member, all 5W students chose their own favourite Central Idea which she or he has posted in the comment section below.

After a 5W vote and some ‘smushing’ of the top 3, we ended up as a class with a 5W Central Idea of:

“Through understanding global issues and taking action in our local communities we can start to make a difference in people’s lives.”

5W students, please add YOUR best (in your opinion) Central Idea in a comment box below. Thank you.