Hope PYP Students as Leaders of Learning
To culminate their IB-PYP learning journey, students need to participate in the PYP Exhibition (PYPX). The PYPX aims to engage the students in an in-depth and collaborative inquiry on issues around the world. It allows the students to demonstrate their skills in research, problem-solving, collaboration, and critical thinking. This event allows the students to translate what they learn into practice. This year’s PYP Exhibition focuses on the central idea that “Significant events raise influential people who help address recurring issues that have local and global impacts”, which was done virtually. Articles and videos of different real-life issues were provided to help them decide on their topic of interest. The grade 6 learners chose to work on and explored the following topics: “Health”, “Pollution”, “Climate Change”, “Poverty”, “Racism”, “Nature” and “Education in the New Normal”. PYPX mentors were also carefully selected to help guide the students as they dig deeper into their chosen topic. The grade 6 learners investigated, collaborated, and connected with different people who specialize or are actively involve in their chosen topic of interest. Students came up with a plan of actions (solutions) feasible for implementation and employed the power of media to reach out and connect to more people. Some groups utilized awareness campaigns like blogs, Instagram, Facebook page, and conducted zoom meetings with other students. Others take part in becoming a solution to the issues – they planted trees, segregated trash, and make recycling a habit. A handful coordinated with para-organizations for their action plan. At the end of their PYP journey, students not only become more knowledgeable but have become more active, caring, and responsible individuals as they create new learnings.
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