We have finally started the process of Exhibition full steam ahead. It's only 5 weeks away (plus a week of break)! The students met their mentors for the second time on Wednesday and it was again a positive meeting. The mentors were happy to see that the students had acquired much more information on their topics and were now able to discuss what they were researching and even framing their inquiry around key concept questions.
We all keep emphasizing the central idea and having the students relate everything they do back to it. The more often they hear it, the better their end product will be and the better their understanding will be.
Some of the groups are already moving beyond the research and start thinking about how they want to present their information... We are trying to keep them focussed on their research at this point, as we learned from last year, that once they start thinking about the pretty stuff, the meat of their research goes by the wayside.
Several groups are already coming to tell me that they are going to make posters and a website to inform the school and the world of their issue. I mentionned in passing to a mentor the movie HOME...today two students told me they had watched the entire movie on youtube. At this point, they are motivated and enthusiastic, and I hope they will keep that way!