Me: What did you learn about yourself as a learner?
Student: I learn much more when I’m inquiring into something I choose for myself and am really interested in.
Me: What message do you have for teachers?
Student: We need more opportunities to explore things we care about. Having a choice and working independently makes us learn more.
Me: So it’s better than ‘school subjects’?
Student: My inquiry had lots of school subjects! Maths, Science, English, Art.
I had many such reflective conversations about learning with Year 6 students at the end of their PYP exhibition (expedition) process. Each inquiry was unique, every journey different and their passion shone through in the ways they chose to tell their learning stories…
Some focused more on what they had learned, others on how they had learned. They spoke of skills acquired and knowledge gained, about what had benefited their learning, who had influenced them, how they overcame challenges and action they had taken. In many cases, they referred to sketch notes of their journeys, as they talked…
It was fitting to end the school year with such a powerful example of student ownership.
Our Year 6 learners had agency in what they chose to explore and how they chose to explore it. They chose with whom to collaborate and how to support each other. They chose how to express their learning creatively through art, film, dance, model-making…