What is the IB PYP Exhibition?
In the final year of the IB program, students participate in a culminating project known as the Exhibition. Students are required to engage in a collaborative transdisciplinary inquiry process that involves them in identifying, investigating and offering solutions to real-life issues or problems. The central idea must be of sufficient scope and significance to warrant a detailed investigation by all students.
The PYP exhibition has a number of key purposes:
- For students to engage in an in-depth, collaborative inquiry
- To provide students an opportunity to demonstrate independence and responsibility for their own learning
- To provide students with an opportunity to explore multiple perspectives
- For students to synthesize and apply learning of previous years and to reflect upon their journey through the PYP
- To provide an authentic process for assessing student understanding
- To demonstrate how students can take action as a result of their learning
- To unite the students, teachers, parents and other members of the school community in a collaborative experience that incorporates the essential elements of the PYP
- To celebrate the transition of learners in the primary to middle/secondary education
What are the major features of the program that should be evidenced throughout the exhibition?
Learner Profile Becoming internationally minded means achieving application of the learner profile.
We strive to be: inquirers, risk-takers, thinkers, knowledgeable, communicators, caring, open-minded, reflective, balanced and principled
Key Concepts The key concepts should be shown through the use of key questions that guide student inquiry.
The key concepts include:
- Form – What is it like?
- Function – How does it work?
- Causation – Why is it like it is?
- Change – How is it changing?
- Connection – How is it connected to other things?
- Perspective – What are the points of view?
- Responsibility – What is our responsibility?
- Reflection – How do we know?
Transdiciplinary Skills Within the search for conceptual understanding of a student’s topic, it is important that the student develop appropriate skills in the construction of meaning.
These skills include:
Social Skills – Accepting responsibility, respecting others, cooperation, resolving conflict, group decision making and adopting a variety of group roles
Communication Skills – listening, speaking, reading, writing and non-verbal communication
Thinking Skills – Acquisition of knowledge, comprehension, application, synthesis, evaluation, dialectical thought and metacognition
Research Skills – formulating questions, observing, planning, collecting data, recording data, organizing data, interpreting data, presenting research findings
Self-Management Skills – gross motor skills, fine motor skills, spatial awareness, organization, time management, safety, healthy lifestyle, codes of behavior and informed choices
Attitudes We develop internationally minded students by instilling in them a set of attitudes that will help them to become the traits of the learner profile.
These attitudes are:
Appreciation, commitment, confidence, cooperation, creativity, curiosity, empathy, enthusiasm, independence, integrity, respect and tolerance
Action All students must complete an authentic and appropriate action project. This may take place at school or away from school with supervision and parent permission. Students are encouraged to think of a variety of ways to take action!
Mentors are always needed to help support the students in the exhibition process. If you are a community member, parent, teacher or volunteer we would love your help! Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in supporting our Sixth Graders in this project.
Attached is the information about the responsibilities that mentors will have during this project. It takes place at the end of every school year.
Please see attached documents to view specific dates.