BLOG EXHIBITION DATE 2018
Approaches to Learning
Well hello, Grade 5!
We thought we were going to create posters to help other people learn about the skills outlined in IB World Schools Approaches to Learning. What really happened was that your skills in time-management, group decision making, communication, creativity of thought, and presenting data were all developed in varying degrees through the course of this experience.
As a whole group of 40+ individuals, we had to come up with a cohesive theme that could unite all of these different skills in a visual way. Most of you were quite happy to go with the the idea of Five Elements: Wood, Water, Fire, Metal and Air. At this point, groups were assigned randomly.
Once you were in your smaller groups, you vied for the element your group would use. There was a lot of discussion around this and powerful arguments and evidence were used. Wood became the Thinking Skills; Water was Research Skills; Fire was Social Skills; Metal was chosen by the Self-Management group; and finally, Air became the Communication Skills. Each group supported their choice with zest!
It was not always easy for you to work together. Some of you chose to wander away from responsibility while others were not as kind as they could be about encouraging participation. In the end, these issues and problems we had to solve grew each person as an artist and team member. So pleased with you efforts, G5!!! See the process and the final products in the gallery.
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With a career spanning 25 years, I have worked alongside children from infancy to 9th grade in a generalist classroom setting. To my delight and surprise, an opportunity arose for me to become an art teacher in 2015. My first year was a learning experience and I expect that will be the case with all the years to follow.