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The PYP Exhibition - A Culminating Experience

The PYP exhibition represents a significant event in the life of a PYP school and student synthesizing the five essential elements of the programme and sharing them with the whole school community. In their final year of the PYP, grade five students collaborated in an in-depth inquiry demonstrating responsibility and passion for their own learning.
2012-2013 PYP exhibits raised authentic issues under the transdisciplinary theme “Sharing the Planet”. Issues such as violence, addiction, divorce, obesity, child labor, conflicts etc…were considered very significant by the learners as they were derived from their local community and they globally connect to humanity.
Using the PYP concepts, the exhibits planned their inquiries and asked questions around their issues. They wanted to know more about the issues and how these issues are connected to other things in order to reach conclusions or resolutions. Applying a range of transdisciplinary skills, the students started their investigations collaboratively. They identified and used a wide range of primary and secondary resources to collect data. Being investigators, they collected evidence from all people involved; for example, they went on field trips to have a closer look at their issues and they interviewed specialists in the field such as lawyers, nutritionists, and other human resources from the society. In addition, the students implemented their communication and ICT skills throughout their research. All along this journey, the students demonstrated a high level of responsibility and independence towards their own learning. The ongoing reflections the students made allowed this experience to be a success story for every fifth grader. Each and every student strived to make the utmost contribution to this project. At the end of the process, the students shared this experience with their parents and other members of the school community on the exhibition day. They celebrated this achievement using artistic and dramatic performances. These young learners took actions towards their big issues aiming to change this world into a better place.
In addition to being a synthesis of the students’ learning through the PYP, the PYP exhibition is an opportunity for the school to assess its implementation of the programme. The process and outcome of this inquiry were evidence of the life-long learning skills and attitudes the students, of their different abilities and potentials, have developed. The performances of the students reflected the transdisicplinary nature of the programme as the students used languages, sciences, social studies, and arts as tools for inquiry and communicating findings.
As part of its mission, Houssam Eddine Harriri High School will strive to equip its students with education and life-long learning skills enhancing their ability to connect between learning at school and its application in life and fostering the students’ positive attitudes and values to influence their local and wider global communities.
Rasha Hammoud – July 4, 2013

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