Graham Baines (aka @PYPChef) shares a great blog post that questions whether the PYP Exhibition should be viewed as an exhibition or an expedition. It raises a great question – one that makes us carefully consider the way in which we name processes. We chat about it informally in a year level meeting in the morning and then we all head off in different directions.
I feel fortunate that I get to spend my days with lots of children and lots of teachers, in different classes. The first class I go into today is discussing the five essential elements of the PYP for their personal inquiries. They spend a great deal of the time thinking about what action means. They decide that it is when something changes …
So, when I go into another Year 6 class later in the day, the action I see, taken by the teacher to start, is like a ray of sunshine in the day. She has taken the discussion from earlier in the day (exhibition vs expedition) and she has asked the children to discuss what they think their learning is about.
I have to say … there is no doubt in m y mind that the Year 6 teachers are taking action! They are modelling what it means to be inquirers and they are true example of what explorers on an expedition do, before they share in their exhibition!