Taking Action and putting it all together!
Kids are busy this week and we are giving them the time to get it all done. Most of our days are dedicated to working on Exhibition and the teachers are just as busy trying to set up for the big event. Most kids are continuing to work on their actions, and the only real issue this week is trying to get them to think beyond taking action by putting posters up around the school. Although many many students start with this exact type of action, it is amazing to see how many of them responded to our "So You Want to Take Action" poster. We also prepared for kids who thought they might be done early with our "Am I Finished my PYPX?", and this kept kids working up until the very end of the week.
Time is flying!
This week, students worked hard to finish up and make sense of the research they had been conducting for the past two weeks. Our end of week goal was to have each student present at a mid point check-in, the "Think Tank". The Think Tank was an opportunity to share and sort out some of their biggest take aways from their first couple of weeks, and was done in small groups so students were able to talk and offer feedback following each presentation. Students had the freedom to choose how they wanted to present, and the only requirements were to share what they were proud of and and ways in which they had grown. Most students presented a mixture of research, aha!-moments, key concept connections and plans for next-steps. Most students are now ready for the next step in Exhibition, and will be focusing this week or going further. For most, this will be some form of data collection or deciding that they need to ask more questions, and for others, this will be time to start making a plan for taking action.
This week I spent some time coming up with some inquiry based /open-ended tasks for our current math unit on statistics and probability. The first project was designed to replace the formal "unit end test" we have done in previous years, and the others were created as a way to introduce students to brand new outcomes on mean, median and mode. I'm excited to see what the kids can come up with!
Week 3 & 4
What did we accomplish this week?