I have been thinking about how to support my students through the Exhibition. One of the ideas I have come up with is to do my own Exhibition to model the process. It would have to be something that I love, and be related to our central idea.
Tentatively, I have come up with the idea of inquiring into Stories, and how they can be used to learn. It is something I love and something that I am passionately curious about. I would love to dig deeper. I would love to structure my ideas into more concrete representations.
Still, I am flip-flopping on the whole idea. I see pros and cons for doing something like this.
- I would be able to use my own writing as a provocation for improving theirs
- I could model research, and how to cite others work
- I could use this broad topic to generate my own lines of inquiry that are focused (since I am all over the place with this idea)
- I could use the theme to create a presentation that plays to its strengths
- I would be able to share my learning with them, allowing them a chance to see how they can share their own
- I could demonstrate what it means to be an inquirer
- My own struggles and difficulties would be put on display, and they could empathize with me
- I could keep a reflective diary of the process, encouraging them to reflect on aspects of the process that are important for their own development
- I might be giving too much away, giving them to clear a structure to follow
- They might copy my process and not think of how theirs could (or should) differ
- I might not have the time with all the other Exhibition details to do it properly
- It might take my focus away from the people who need it most
- Should they, as the culmination of their PYP experience, be doing this by themselves?
- Is modelling in this case doing too much, or should I let them get lost in the mud?
I still don't know.
What do you think?