End of year event
Students are pretty much treated as 'workers' or "doers" throughout the academic year. They start a unit, learn new things, participate in formative learning tasks, and complete their summative assessment at the end of the unit. The cycle repeats. Physical and emotional exhaustion has gradually built up as the school life unfolds. What are the things that we can do to help students relax and just enjoy life? In education, the notion of preparing students for the future work, or preparing them for universities or careers is highly promoted. I think it's paramount to pause and rethink wha holistic education means. MYP is a very ambitious framework and teachers and students are constantly challenged to learn and grow. Great emphasis is on cognitive and practical learning experiences to develop knowledge, understanding and skills of students and help them to apply and solve problems. What are teachers, parents, and the school doing to design emotional learning for our students? Social interactions can be fostered through classroom activities, and the question is can we build upon the existing system and zoom out to develop the 'bigger picture' of education?
IDEAS project and fair
Through the project, we aim to
- promote student innovation;
- guide students to follow the design thinking process when building an enterprise;
- learn how to collaborate and negotiate ideas with their peers;
- encourage students to participate in different activities to increase creativity and be balanced;
- take a business-like approach to improve people's lives in our communities.
Learning across the curriculum will be linked to the project. Students will work in mixed grade level groups to develop small businesses. They will investigate characteristics of entrepreneurs and to find out what makes a successful business. They will also be learning about how business works and about profit and loss. Additionally, we encourage students to consider social, cultural and environmental issues when creating their small business.
How does the schedule work?
In order to maximize student learning through the IDEAS Project, and to ensure that all the groups have an equal opportunity, we ask parents not to give any additional money or consumable items to their child's group.
How is this project supported by the school community?
Since this is a new initiative, I will also like to help parents understand better. I met with our MYP parent representatives and explained to them what I would like to do. Of course, money is needed to cover the cost of some activities, such as baking, pizza making, cross stitch, jewelry making, etc. I would also like to offer book vouchers for enterprise groups for 'most profitable', 'best marking', and 'most innovative product/service' groups. Parents were very supportive as soon as they understand the purpose and goal of the IDEAS project. I received a great fund from parents to run this project.