Welcome Back to School Everyone!
We are starting our 4th Week of our Exhibition Learning Journey.
So far it has been an interesting experience, each of us are planning our own relevant, significant, engaging and challenging inquiry… whether traveling the road alone, or in a group! Starting this process off, we planned many activities to develop our direction with our exhibition journey. We should now have shaped our own central ideas, powerful enough to sustain an 8 week inquiry that we are passionate and motivated about. During the first 3 weeks, we highlighted the Transdisciplinary Themes connected to our passions and interests, chose the most relevant concepts, developed guiding questions, and from this, we have constructed our lines of inquiry.
This has largely been seen as a really tricky process (the majority of student reflections have stated this!), which may have been frustrating too (some reflections used this word too!) – because, although we want our plan fixed and “checked off the list”, often we need to revisit some parts of the plan and make necessary changes as we discover and deepen the learning about our learning areas… which, well… is like a domino effect, because changing one thing in the plan often leads to changing everything (central idea, questions… etc)!
But, not to worry, these learning experiences are all the most important parts of the exhibition and what the Teachers and Mentors are looking for… this journey and these challenges create the real “learning experiences”. These are the moments that push us outside our “comfort zones”, times where others may have a different perspective, discussion and justification takes place… and means we are provided with new opportunities…learning opportunities.
Now that most of us have shaped our central ideas into a more certain “idea”, we have a clearer direction of our inquiry and new challenges await us as we approach week 4.
Below is an image highlighting the benefits of inquiry-based learning…
To support your Child, there are many tools which have been made available to guide their learning journey ahead, such as the inquiry cycle, our Exhibition checklist (week-by-week guidance), group emails, timetables… and, of course, Group/Individual Mentors. We have these tools available to help communication skills, social skills, self-management skills, thinking skills and research skills. The tools are there to make sure the time available is used to its absolute maximum!
Whether working in groups of independently there’s always things that can be done – this was a Grade 6 student’s advice, when visiting G5NM three weeks ago: “make sure you use the time well, if you are not doing something, find something to do, or, someone in your group to help… but always make sure your using your time well!” (Grade 6 Student Advice)
A lot of parents ask “what can I do to help?“. Below are some ways you can facilitate your Child’s Inquiry and Exhibition Learning Journey:
- Look at your Child’s Exhibition Journal together (discuss the learning process so far, ask what have been some challenges, some things your child has really enjoyed, encourage them to complete incomplete pages, stick in papers).
- Take time to understand their Central Idea, Guiding Questions and Lines of Inquiry. Ask questions to check your Child’s understanding and check for any misconceptions you can support them with.
- To support your child with research use their guiding questions to find out information with them (use data bases provided by school), support them to collect facts, to use their own words to show their learning, to collect interesting and relevant resources they can bring to class and take to their Mentor Meetings, discuss these together and encourage that they take notes (on their group email, each child has a organizer to collect information).
- Use the Exhibition Resources Group Email on Outlook to look through resources and links provided.
- Discuss possible ways of Taking Action in connection to your Child’s Inquiry…
- The ways your child may choose to take action.
- Discuss and research trips you may take together for real-life experiences connected to your Child’s inquiry.
- Discuss your Child’s Exhibition Group progress (daily) and Mentor Meetings (weekly). Ask what action they need to take and provide them with support as necessary.
Please see the below Checklist we are using as a guidance (your child has this in their journal):
|Week by week||By the end of this week you should have:||Check off when finished|
|Week one||Found your group and discussed your passion that will guide your exhibition, and created some essential agreements|
|Chosen a transdisciplinary theme that matches your issue|
|Chosen key concepts|
|Written lines of inquiry|
|Created your central idea|
|Made contact with your mentor|
|Week two||Developed key questions to guide your research|
|Discuss a research strategy for your group|
|Explore and choose different gathering grids, graphic organisers, office 365 applications to help organise research|
|Completed pages 1,2,3 of exhibition planner|
|Week three||Agreed on research routines – How do we start researching, what do we do while we are researching, how do we finish each day’s research|
|Look for links to other curriculum areas (Music, art, PE, Chinese, World languages)|
|Researched and collected evidence of what you have found out|
|Week four||Researched and collected evidence of what you have found out|
|Week five||Researched and collected evidence of what you have found out|
|Started planning for action – Now I know this, so what? What will I do with this knowledge?|
|Discussed different ways to get your message across to your audience|
|Week six||Develop prototype experience for presentation – Low tech design of your experience|
|Begin action (If possible)|
|Week seven||Create your experience|
|Week eight||Create, finish, practise, present your experience and information.|
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions!
Also, please check our Grade Level WeChat group and calendar for important dates and update on events.
Thank you and have a great week ahead!