Designing an Effective Central Idea

This week we’ve been working out what a central idea is all about and how to work out whether a central idea is a good one or not… Firstly, we did some human graphing based on central ideas to work out who thought that they were good and why. Then we learnt about the criteria that make a central idea effective. These are the criteria that we have learnt to consider. Central ideas need to be; written in a neutral voice that does not convey value, invite a range of responses, relevant to the theme, promote conceptual understanding, globally significant, challenging and extending, and a statement written in one sentence.

Exhibition Central IdeaArmed with this knowledge and understanding we wrote our own central ideas and then looked at each other’s. It was hard at first but after we considered a few it became easier. As a group we identified three central ideas that we thought would work with a bit of tweaking… The tweaking didn’t take too long and before we knew it we had a central idea that we could test against our topics. It worked for all the topics! The central idea for our exhibition is; Finding solutions to human made issues can lead to new beginnings.

Martin Luther King

Today, we watched Martin Luther King’s inspirational ‘I have a dream’ speech. It also happened to be the 50th anniversary of the speech. It was amazing to see the passion and audience that he had and the power of his determination! Action can take many forms…Martin Luther King started some very important conversations about equality and social justice.

Have a look at the speech here…

Have a look at this CNN report about the speech…

Getting Ready to Start Inquiring!

Exhibition Planning - Designing Assessment Rubric (3)We’ve spent several sessions revisiting the Exhibition and considering what it is and what it isn’t… We know that we’ll need to demonstrate our knowledge by using all the transdisciplinary skills, concepts, attitudes and learner profile attributes throughout our unit of inquiry. We’ll also need to consider what action could arise from our inquiry which is a really important aspect of this process. So now we’re ready to start working towards developing a central idea for the whole class, to decide on our topics and to plan our units of inquiry. There are definitely exciting times ahead!


Exhibition Planning - Problems and Solutions (7)As we prepare for our Exhibition we have started to consider the purpose of blogs and how we could best use one for our Exhibition. We’ve started personal blogs using Google Blogger. You can access our blogs by clicking on the links on the Student’s Blogs page on this blog. We think that blogs will be a great way to share our learning journey with anyone who is interested and to document the process of our inquiries. We know that we need to be careful when using blogs to ensure that we keep ourselves and others around us safe so we’ve explored some of the things that we’ll need to consider.

Deciding on a Transdisciplinary Theme

This week, we considered what theme we think would be best to explore for our Exhibition. We decided that we’d need to choose between How We Express Ourselves and Sharing the Planet. To help us work out which one would be best, we brainstormed a variety of real world issues that related to our local area and our interests. What we discovered was that most of the issues related to the Sharing the Planet theme. As a group, we’ve decided to explore the Sharing the Planet theme.

Starting our Journey

Exhibition Planning - Unpacking our Central Idea (1)We have started to think about our Exhibition unit of inquiry which will be the culminating student experience of the Primary Years Program (PYP). We have started by talking about what the Exhibition involves and why it is an exciting and important part of Year 6. The Exhibition will be our opportunity to showcase the knowledge, skills, attitudes and growth as learners that we have built up over our time at Lindfield and we’re looking forward to celebrating!