THE PYP EXHIBITION AT THE International School of Tianjin Parent Information Presentation
WHAT IS THE EXHIBITION? A culminating project for the PYP A collaborative inquiry that students have a personal interest in exploring. An inquiry that requires students to apply their learning from previous years. A demonstration of how students can take action as a result of their learning. A celebration of who our students are as learners.
WHAT IS THE EXHIBITION? It is: • Intense • Tiring • Exciting • Self-directed • Process driven • Rewarding • Action provoking It is not: • A science fair • A poster contest • A competition • Individual • Product driven • Adult directed • A burden
STUDENTS Students must use the PYP Transdisciplinary skills. Students should show Positive Attitudes. Students should show Learner Profiles.
WHAT ABOUT EXHIBITION HOMEWORK? The children should use their time at home to research and prepare for work in class. The actual work should be done in class so the teacher can keep track on progress.
Guide Evaluate Advise Other Community Members Guide Evaluate Advise Teacher Student or Group Mentors / Expert Teachers Guide Evaluate Advise Parents Guide Evaluate Advise Facilitate Support THE ROLE OF PARENTS
HOW CAN PARENTS HELP? Parents can: Ask your child about the Exhibition Support and encourage your child Provide background knowledge Help to locate resources – people, places, media and information Regularly check the class websites with your child Celebrate with the students by attending the final presentations
DEVELOP CRITICAL THINKING Ask your child open-ended questions about their project. Let them solve their own problems. Let them be responsible for their own learning. Encourage independent inquiry and respect student ownership of the process. Monitor, challenge, question, clarify.
HOW DO WE ASSESS STUDENTS’ WORK? “Exhibitions are the best way to measure learning because they put the kids right in the midst of their learning. ’ Dennis Litky We assess the process more than the product. The students ill keep a journal that shows how their thinking and goals are evolving. Student self-assessment using rubrics Teacher assessment using rubrics
SOMETHING FOR US ALL TO REMEMBER… The Exhibition is a celebration of who your child is as a learner.