Frequently Asked Questions
How are exhibition groups formed?
We begin by asking students about their interests. Then we provide them time for discussion with other students who share those interests. Each student has the opportunity to select possible topics for study and suggest students with whom they might work well. Teachers do everything they can to honor student choices while ensuring a variety of topics and a positive and productive work environment.
How many students are in each exhibition group?
The number is flexible and depends upon the number of students who select a topic. Teachers adjust the group size to meet student needs, but most groups range 3-5 students. Some students do elect to work independently, but this is rare, especially since social and communication skills are components of the exhibition process.
How does exhibition impact grades?
Exhibition is a culminating project that allows students to showcase the integration of the many skills (thinking, research, communication, social, and self-management) they have developed throughout their time in the Primary Years Programme. While daily grades are taken on steps within the research process, the focus is on the experience of taking the research process through to the point of provoking personal action rather than on merely completing a project for a grade.
Who is the audience for exhibition?
Students present to classmates and 4th graders as practice and to parents and community members on exhibition night.
What kind of presentation do students need to create?
Students are free to choose whatever presentation form best suits their talents and the topic they are presenting. Teachers share a variety of potential presentation forms with students and encourage creativity and choice. Regardless of form, presentations must meet criteria including an action component and documentation for resources.
For more specific information, explore the student packet and please contact us with any questions.
This FAQ is based upon the Q&A exchange at the parent information meeting. If you have additional questions, please email any 5th grade teacher or Mrs. Rice, and we will be happy to reply and post new information here.