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Developing an Essential Agreement

Now that we’ve decided on a theme we thought it would be best to develop an Essential Agreement that everyone would follow to make sure that we all work to our best during the Exhibition and continue to support each other with all areas of our learning.

We are very used to creating and following essential agreement and they are a powerful tool as we are all part of the development process and therefore there is an expectation that everyone will ‘agree’ and follow the agreement.

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 Sharing the Planet and How We Organise Ourselves.

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 both themes. So as a group, we explored the themes further and really unpacked them to determine which theme would be best.

Once we explored the themes in great detail we noticed that there was a lot of commonality arising with the How We Organise Ourselves theme so we decided to inquire into this theme.

Exhibition Rubric

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!

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Inquiry Topics

Topics, topics, topics…

Exhibition TopicsBefore 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.

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.