We had one session brainstorming global issues and one about responses to problems (action), so we thought it was time to remind students of how they were to approach the PYP Exhibition by looking at the IB Learner Profiles (and Attitudes). Students see these words posted in every classroom (and the library), but how often do they really think about what they mean?
We had the students start by sitting at tables with two sheets from the handbook, Making the PYP Happen, which lists the IB Learner Profiles and Attitudes. With brief oral (and written) instructions they began to walk around the room. We did add one additional directive: add your initials to your comment (that way we could check in with the student for clarification, encouragement, etc.).
I posted the profiles and attitudes on large sheets of paper around the library. Each student had chosen a marker before hand and they were free to wander around to decide where they would make their comments.
All in all I think it was a good opportunity for these 5th grade students to take the opportunity to think about the profiles and attitudes and what they look like in a given situation and apply this knowledge to the exhibition process.
I will think about how to use this activity with other grade levels through out the next year as I believe it is a useful exercise to have the students reflect on the profiles periodically and methodically.