The Year 5 Exhibition of Learning
Students began Term 4 with being immersed in information on a range of topics including the refugee crisis, the homelessness issue in Geelong, litter, climate change, pollution, endangered animals and some more local issues such as power wastage, the desire for a cricket pitch on our oval and developing an area for students to withdraw when they want some quiet time.
Students then moved forward and chose something that interested them in an area where they felt passion and empathy towards making some change in their community. After they were put into groups who shared their own passions, they implemented some ‘Design Thinking’ strategies such as thinking of 100 solutions to solve their issue in 10 minutes, creating a ‘squid diagram’ where they alternated between questions and answers to really get their thinking on paper, and plotting their top ideas on an ‘impact versus effort (viability) chart. These are just a few of the strategies that were quite successful in having the students begin thinking together about how they might have maximum impact in a relatively short time.
Alongside this important work, and arguably even more significant, was the development of individual Learning Journey Portfolios (LJPs). These were ‘scrapbooks’ of learning that focused more on the ‘how’ than the ‘what’ of learning. Students identified areas where they struggled such as their ability to plan ahead and organise their time, work with others, or manage their distractions to name just a few. We believe that students only get better in these areas if they are given opportunities to practise these things. The analogy is that exercising our muscles in a targeted manner actually grows those muscles or makes them stronger. Similarly, when students set explicit personal learning goals and are given opportunities to plan (as an example), they become stronger planners! Do they get it ‘right’ all of the time? Hopefully not! Powerful learning occurs when students face challenges and failures with a range of strategies for overcoming hiccups along the way. We promote growth mindsets in our students.
Here at Christian College, we value both what students learn and how they grow as learners and negotiate challenges and new information. At their annual ‘Exhibition of Learning’, students will be showcasing their amazing work in the SAC on Wednesday, November 29th , 4:00pm- 5:30pm to which families are warmly invited to attend. Our central theme this year comes from the Bible:
‘For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’