Over 46 sixth-graders at Northwood Elementary School in Hilton recently worked to prepare presentations and videos so that local dignitaries and community members could better understand the International Baccalaureate and Middle Years Programme.
This is Northwood’s second year to hold the IB Expo.
“We do it as a way to make the community, local and beyond, more aware of IB and the great work going on in our school and district,” Principal Kirk Ashton said.
The afternoon started with special guests introducing themselves. The guest list included Hilton Mayor Joe Lee, Parma Supervisor Jack Barton and Greece town board members Diana Christodaro and Joshua Jensen.
Students and guests ate lunch together, giving them the opportunity to talk about IB and life at Northwood in small groups. Students then presented a video explaining IB, Global Context, the Learner Profile and Approaches to Learning, as well as examples of how they demonstrate these traits throughout their day. Sixth-grader Luke Schindler produced the video, and used his own time at home to edit it.
Guests were invited to see students share their educational experiences through the lens of the IB Learner Profile and Approaches to Learning. Presentations included student examples and testimonials of the impact an IB education has on their lives, both now and in their futures.
Students used references to literature, including “A Long Walk to Water”; “Bud, Not Buddy”; and “Percy Jackson,” all books they read as part of their sixth-grade curriculum. Groups presented on Global Context, Approaches to Learning and the Learner Profile. Students supported their work with artifacts illustrating each of the three areas.
“The students are confident in what they are sharing, because it’s their work,” said Julie Dioguardi, who guided the group of students through preparing their presentations with fellow sixth-grade teacher Laura Mayer. “The students were committed, excited and couldn’t wait to share their work.”
Students volunteered to participate, and represented diverse ability levels. After guests had a chance to hear each presentation, Kim Rudd, music teacher, led a group of students in a song. Guests went on student-led tours of the school before heading back to work.
“The students are enthusiastic about their education, and will take the skills they learn far beyond sixth grade,” Mayer said.
All sixth-graders will take part in the Power of One Middle Years program mini personal project presentations on June 12. The Power of One is a culminating celebration of research and actions connected to social issues affecting humanity. Students are researching and implementing individualized “plans of action” in order to affect change in the world.