Tuning in to our Exhibition

We have been extremely busy this week ‘tuning into’ the exhibition Transdisciplinary Theme and possibilities for inquiry.

So many learning engagements that occurred over the week to assist our tuning in…

Groups brainstormed what are issues for:

  • Me / us (personally)
  • Family / friends
  • Local – Yokohama
  • Country – Japan
  • Global – the world

We created a logo to represent our Trans Theme – Here’s what Phebe came up with.

We explored a big global issue and discussed why it matters. Here is Julia’s.


We have used a five-stage process to help us make our big and important decision…

  1. We used a lotus diagram to explore big global issues and smaller issues that could be tackled. Here is an example by Kaira.
  2. 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 Kazumi’s example.
  3. 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.
  4. With our two top choices, we used the sphere of influence to check that we could look through.
  5. And finally, we selected just ONE IDEA. we worked through a checklist (which required elaboration) to see is it was a viable and realistic choice.  Here is what Otto is thinking.


It has been a week of thinking, conversations and decision making.  Please take the time to talk to your child about their choice.  Have them explain why they have chosen it. Maybe you have ideas.


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!