The important thing about learning is that it is erratic, unpredictable and considerably different for individuals. The thing about the last few days of the school year is that everything usually starts to feel like it is winding down. This is not really true at a PYP school, where learning, creating and taking action is the focus; particularly in Year 6, where the exhibition is so close, it can almost be touched. Even at this point, there is still time to change our thinking, collaborate and question. This is true for student learners, who are documenting, sharing and remodelling; and teacher learners – who are talking, blogging, reading …
The focus of the exhibition is the journey, and in observing and engaging with children, it is clear that action – in its many forms – has been the driving force behind our exhibition unit.
Children have sketchnoted their learning journey and will use this as their prompt for sharing with their audience on the night of their exhibition. Each learner has a different story to tell. Each one has demonstrated this throughout the course of their adventure. Learning and action are considerably different for each of them.
They each create a headline – a simple slogan or phrase that will catch people’s attention, summarising the gist and impact of what they have learnt.
The “formal event” of the exhibition – the part before individuals will get to talk about their journey- will be shared in the form of “creative expression groups”. These groups comprise a variety of children, from different classes, who will tell the story of the journey through song, dance, rhythm and images. It is not a “polished performance’ – it is a child centred, created and shared celebration of one element of the exhibition process. These are the key areas about which the groups will share:
- Beyond Ourselves
- Primary Sources & Mentors
- Learning Journey
- Jewish Studies Connections
The important thing about learning is that it is erratic, unpredictable and considerably different for individuals. The thing about our exhibition journey is that it is all of this. This is what student agency, differentiation, conferencing, explicit teaching at points of need and modelling look like. The important thing about learning is that it is real!