Over the last couple of weeks we developed our Central Idea, worked out our Groups and Lines of Inquiry, designed our Essential Questions. Now we’ve been assigned our Mentors and Supervisors and we’re right into the Finding Out phase of our inquiries.
During this phase it’s important that we make contact with our Mentors and Supervisors as they’ll help us to make sure that we’re on task and on the right track… We’ve also got to talk to them about our plans to find out what we need to and explain to them how we plan on doing so.
This week already, there have been many groups who have written emails and/or made phone calls to primary and secondary sources of information. Some groups have even visited organisations that relate to their inquiries. It has been very exciting and we’re all learning a lot with each experience! The biggest things that we’ve learnt so far is the importance of being prepared (questions and information) and the huge value that can be gained from talking to an ‘expert’ in their area!
As we are now gathering a lot of information from Primary and Secondary Sources, we need to make sure that we reference the information we get so that we don’t use copyrighted information and/or someone else’s work and claim it as ours. We revisited the concept and importance of academic honesty today and signed a declaration that we would demonstrate academic honesty throughout our exhibition.
Here is a copy of our declaration.
Our Exhibition is an important celebration of our learning and our skills and it will our form our summative assessment for our Unit of Inquiry into Sharing the Planet.
Therefore, before we started too much work it was important to collaboratively develop some criteria on what success during the Exhibition Unit of Inquiry could look like and what to aim for in order to achieve success!
Together, as a class we worked out what was important to be assessed and then what the different levels could look like…
Here’s what we came up with and, of course, we are aiming for the summit!
We’ve got our theme, we’ve worked out our central idea and we know our topics… so that now leaves our lines of inquiry and the essential questions that will drive our units of inquiry. We’ve spent a lot of time learning about good questioning techniques and the importance of good questions to drive meaningful inquiry so we are relatively knowledgeable in this area. Lines of inquiry are a little trickier but now that we’re in groups we’re able to share our thinking skills and feed off each other.
Collaboratively, we designed lines of inquiry that we felt would help us address the central idea. Some of our lines of inquiry require tweaking and we’ll be working on the tweaking and essential questions this week.
We’ve created some posters to demonstrate our topic, concepts and lines of inquiry.
Here they are…
Topics, topics, topics…
Before heading off to Canberra for our excursion into government, it is time to decide on topics and organise our groups so that we can start planning and thinking about our topic. We revisited our list of real issues that we identified as fitting under the theme of sharing the planet and being relevant locally and globally. From here we chose an issue (topic) that we were passionate about and then found others who were also passionate about the same issue (topic). There was a good spread of topics and groups with some minor tweaking here and there to ensure that everyone was in a group as they needed to demonstrate social skills throughout the inquiry.
The issues that we chose as a class ended up being homelessness, rubbish, bullying, racism, shark finning, asylum seekers, over-population, social networking, coral bleaching, and sweatshop production.
Today we watched and reflected on two prompts that demonstrated how people take action in different ways. Action is an important element of the PYP and through our Exhibition inquiries we aim to demonstrate ACTION of some sort. The two prompts that we watched sparked an interesting discussion and sharing of ideas. We all thought that they were powerful forms of action! Here are the two prompts.
See what you think…