Sunday, 9 August 2015

Exhibition: Silent Discussion

For the last two weeks, we have been preparing our students for exhibition by showing them a whole lot of different ways that people express themselves.  This was to increase students understanding of our central idea:

You can read more about our provocations in this blog post.

On Thursday, all of the Y8 & 9 Aranui students met together to prepare for the next step - forming our groups.  First of all, we put up nine large sheets around the room with a large idea on each:
  • Children
  • Economics
  • Technology
  • Environment
  • Animals
  • Cultural
  • Health
  • Religion/Beliefs
  • People/Families
  • Education
  • Science
Students were divided around each sheet and had several minutes to write down local, national or international issues under that heading (eg. poverty under 'Economics'). The sheets were then swapped, and the group wrote on a new sheet. All this was to be done in silence.

Once the sheets were full, they were put up around the walls, and in silence, students went around reading the sheets. The purpose was to find issues they wanted to inquire into for exhibition. The purpose of the silence is so students wouldn't be influenced by others because they needed to choose something they were passionate about themselves.

The final step was for each student to write down a first choice topic area and then two issues under it, then the same with a second choice.

An example:
  • poverty
  • Cheating in professional sport
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • The gap between rich and poor countries' access to technology

1 comment:

  1. Yeah, we are having a lot of fun !
    Please visit our OUI Exhibition blog:
    And my personal blog:

    Thanks !