Thanks to all of the parents who attended this week’s Parent Introduction to the PYP Exhibition. It was great to see everyone, and students said they enjoyed having conversations with their parents about their interests. For those of you that couldn’t make it, here is the slideshow with text below. Students are all excited about their journey, and we hope you are too.
Here’s a look at last year’s final presentation to parents.
The PYP Exhibition is a significant event for grade 5 students at YIS. It is one that synthesizes all elements of the PYP and allows students to share their understanding with the whole school community. It occurs in the final year of the PYP, which for YIS is grade 5.
The key purposes of Exhibition are the following:
- to give students an opportunity to engage in an in-depth, collaborative inquiry
- to provide students an opportunity to demonstrate independence and responsibility for their own learning
- to apply learning from previous years and reflect upon their journey through the PYP
- to give the opportunity to take action
- to celebrate the transition of learners from primary to middle/secondary education.
This year students will inquire into the ways in which we discover and express ideas; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity.
Students have already gotten into groups to talk about what “expressing themselves” means. From stories to YouTube, this generation expresses themselves differently than we did when we were young.
Take a look at how this high school expresses himself and his beliefs through Twitter.
Central Idea: People’s beliefs and passions can inspire and sustain learning…and connect them to the bigger world.
Students again have already talked about what is passion? What is a belief? How are they connected? They brought up things like how beliefs are something you trust in, something you hope for, ideas and points of view. They are usually strong and can be negative and positive. They discussed how passions are something you love, your favorite thing, something you’ve always wanted to do and something that affects your life. It’s something that makes you happy.
Take a look at how this group of kids funneled their passion into action.
During this Exhibition your child will express themselves and what they’ve learned about being a Thinker, Inquirer, Risk-taker, Communicator and a Knowledgeable, Caring, Open-Minded, Balanced, Principled and Reflective student. The learner profile is at the heart of the PYP.
Your child will be drawing on a wide range of skills as they work through the process of the Exhibition. They will be inquiring and researching, organizing themselves. They will also work with others, analyze and think through things, communicate in all kinds ways while managing their time.
Here is some advice about skills needs from last year’s Exhibition crew.
Exhibition is a chance to think big and explore beyond the walls of the classroom. As students think about what they will focus their energy on, it should be something personally meaningful to them but also allows them to connect to the world around them, a bigger issue.
The Exhibition will require your child to reflect throughout the process and in preparation of the process on who they are as a learner. As they work on their inquiry, they will be continually thinking about their learning, possibly changing directions in their work as their thinking changes. They will participate in a Grade 5 Exhibition blog where they weekly or even daily reflect on the process and their learning.
Students will be assessed throughout the Exhibition. They will help identify ways to assess their individual contribution to the Exhibition, and the entire process, including the final presentation, will evaluated and reflected upon. It’s not traditional assessments (i.e. tests) but a lot of checkpoints along the way and conversations with teachers and you.
Exhibition is a chance for the student to shine. They will be working individually, yet also within a group, and they play the critical role. They are involved from the beginning by understanding the inquiry and deciding on where they will take their inquiry. They research and inquire into a real-life issue or problem. They communicate with their peers, their teachers, parents and the community. They keep a journal of their Exhibition process, carry out assessments and celebrate their learning by presenting to the school community and parents. They have a pretty hard road ahead, but they’re ready.
Parents, you have an important role and that is the support you always give. Encourage your student’s independence and responsibility. Follow your child and others’ progress on their blog. We will be asking you throughout the process to ask your child questions. We will post these questions on the blog and want you to follow up. Celebrate with your child all of their progress and with us at the final presentation. During Student-Led-Conferences, we ask that you come in and check in again about your child’s progress. The Exhibition is by your child and it’s all about them, but they still need your encouragement and support.
Although most of Exhibition will be done in class, there will be some home learning. Students will need to get out in the community to explore their interest and issue. They may need to work on parts of the project at home, write reflections on the blog. You will hear about when home learning is needed. Students should be excited about their project, so the home learning should be more like play than work.
Here are some key dates for the Exhibition.
As you can see, the Exhibition involves a lot of work. Yet, it’s another unit. It’s another project of inquiry like everything they’ve done in their primary years.
Parents will be helping throughout the process, and we thought we would start right now. We have been working in class on thinking about what students’ interests are. Share with your parents now some things you’re interested in. After 5 minutes, we want to think about how to make it into something bigger, something connected locally and globally. One example might be chocolate for example.
Here are some questions to prompt a conversation with you and your student.
Here are some ways to reach out with the interest, some questions to ask.
After your participation and from what you’ve heard, if you have any questions, please write them down and we’ll be sure to answer them. Thank you for being here, being there for your students and for everything that you do.