Exhibition. It's not just one night. It's an entire journey for our students, one that begins when they enter the PYP. On the night of, we don't want our parents and community standing and listening to students regurgitate information they have learned. We want each student to lead an interactive experience, to have a conversation with people about the journey throughout the entire process. The learning isn't just about information, it's also about knowing and understanding themselves as learners, knowing their strengths and areas for improvement in the future. Check our the learning journeys our students created this year. Each was asked to think of a metaphor to describe their learning journeys, and to make this a part of the conversation they had with their audience members.
Today we started a new math unit on measurement, and I wanted to try something new to launch it. Before beginning, I decided to ask the kids what they already knew about measurement and what more they already wanted to know. We looked at the idea of creating mind maps (or concept maps) to lay out what we already knew, and then took off on an inquiry to find out what other areas of measurement we could find out about. The traditional stuff a lot of them already knew about included, measuring for length, width, height, perimeter, area, volume (mm, cm, m, km, mL, L etc...) Then all of a sudden I started seeing student discover words like capacity and temperature and dimensions, protractor, mass, distance, metric units and more and more.
After the concept mapping, students were asked to think of questions that they wanted answered about measurement (related to the key concept questions if possible) . We will hopefully get a chance to inquire into some of these in between meeting our curriculum goals.