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It’s an exciting time at my school right now, and teachers are using different methods to help students understand the attributes of satisfactory final products. In written assignments, all of us give the expectations of an assignment, yet seeing examples of real products are important too. The week of Valentine’s Day also happens to hold another important day at my school, an event we call Expo, where every child in the school creates a display of their unit of study learning so far this school year.
As I’ve explained before, each student in my school, kindergarten through eighth grade, studies a specific unit topic of their choice around which the curriculum is built. The nearest I can describe to you about Expo is that it’s similar to a science fair, except there are no prizes and no best of show. Everyone creates a display of the work they have accomplished during the year, the learning they have achieved. There are three-way boards filled with reports and illustrations, artistic 3-D depictions of things as diverse as the Globe Theater, the Golden Gate Bridge and life-sized dolphin. Also, there might be dioramas of survival shelters, posters of advertisements that use stereotypes to sell, sketches of famous people that have been researched and so on, and so on. In recent years, more computer screens are in use, showing Powerpoints and Prezis, videos and artistic slides. Some students offer hands on activities that connect to their topics. There are many displays to view during the day and evening of Expo. In the evening, students sit and/or stand with their work to greet visitors and answer questions about the topic.
During these weeks since the holidays, students have been organizing their already researched work, and at the same time, developing and finishing new products to add to the displays. Since many students have experienced Expo, all but new students know what to expect on the day, but teachers still discuss the attributes of good final products as they have all year.
It is such a great time during this part of the year at school, and anticipating visitors and celebrations of the learning is also a fun part of it. We all look forward to Expo!