Some brief (but, hopefully, important) observations on the very successful IB MYP Community Day. First of all, the very careful design of the day enabled us to achieve several goals which I think is remarkable: 1) We introduced the idea of Community to students as part of our MYP Community project development; 2) The particular focus of the project, however, was to explore the principles of MYP Service and Actions and provide the students with some practical ideas of actions that they could fulfill throughout the current academic year (thus addressing the requirement of the MYP programme) and, of course, 3) we also introduced students to the fundamental principles of inquiry and the structure of the FOSIL framework.
I believe the day provided a very good balance of written, reflective, visual and kinesthetic activities that kept the students engaged throughout. But it was the Express stage, however, where I was particularly impressed with the students and while the quality of their group posters was nothing short of outstanding, I also noted the process of group communication that was effectively shaping the outcome. This included sharing and delegating responsibility, debating ideas and brainstorming solutions.
It was a fantastic and productive day that was equally enjoyed by all and very effectively supported by FOSIL!