I am lucky to work with a group of like minded professionals who all start and end with our students as the centre point of their thinking.
The school has supported us by providing addition collaborative planning opportunities to 'step out-of' our normal day, as a team, and to 'step into' the wonderful space of 'thinking about all things exhibition. We have created a starting point and have been preparing our minds and space for the excitement of the next eight weeks.
We have met with staff; many of whom are keen to step into roles of mentor and connectors. We have had a parent/family information evening that saw families working together to learn about what really mattered to them.
Our students are clearly ready and excited for the exhibition journey to begin, some are worried and some are a little scared but together we will support students to find their passion and to delve into inquiries that are meaningful to them. When they find the spark that ignites energy they will know they have something that really matters to them.
Our mentors this year have a role to support the well being and resilience of the students they work with. The connectors are people who will work with students to develop their thinking, questioning and to extend themselves ... to think like there 'is no box'!!
We pulled down walls and created a large learning space and I can't wait to see what the students do with it. They have ideas, lots of ideas about the type of space they like to work in and I look forward to seeing how our space evolves with the journey of inquiry that is the PYP Exhibition for 2017 at our school.
We have eight days to go and counting . . .