Exhibition of Learning
A message from the Art Department,
The evening of December 14th was a night to remember! Auburn Village School held it’s inaugural Exhibition of Learning; a night in the arts. Students from the middle school brought forward some of the best displays of learning, spanning from their exploration of quantum physics, through to the discovery and retrieval of underwater Atlantic treasure. To conclude the evening, parents and visitors were treated to the musical talents of the band and the chorus. This collaboration of the Unified Arts is one that enforces the principles of twenty first century learning: creativity, curiosity, communication, collaboration and above all, the ability to apply critical thinking and analysis to their projects. The one thing that all the students exuded across the span of grade levels was a true sense of pride in their work. The evening provided the students with an authentic experience to show what they had learned. It was particularly enlightening to see some of the students who doubted their abilities, to shine through as true rockstars of the evening.
A lot of the feed back from the students was about how hard they worked and how exciting it was to be able to discuss their work with those who came to see the exhibition. One of the comments from an 8th grade trio who discussed the Theory of Relativity, through their Salvador Dali inspired sculpture, was that they had decided to simplify the information that they had learned so that their audience could better understand what it was they were presenting. In preparation for the Exhibition of Learning, students were required to be part of several socratic discussions that required them to talk fluently about their quantum physics vocabulary word, as well as their artist models. They had to defend their work and ideas as their peers questioned them with increasing confidence. This higher level skill in learning was developed by all students over the course of the semester and thus, their ability to present and discuss quantum physics in the 7th and 8th grade provided a unique experience for all who came to see. Some of the parents were curious about the integrations of the arts into science. It’s proven throughout history, that hands on learning experiences allow students to personalize their education and better process their understanding of the concepts that they are learning about. Regardless of the subject, the arts lend themselves seamlessly to a whole body learning experience and with the additional focus on meaning making.
We are so proud of everyone who presented at the Exhibition of Learning and are looking forward to the upcoming Spring exhibition!
What is an Exhibition of Learning?
"In education, the term exhibition refers to projects, presentations, or products through which students “exhibit” what they have learned.” The nights events will encourage, serve and guide students in a form of self-assessment related to the school’s mission. It offers evidence of the kinds of learning not often reflected in standardized tests. The connections formed between community members and Twenty First Century students will will provoke conversations about teaching and learning within the wider community, in part by challenging unexamined notions of children’s capabilities. It will also deepen the exhibitors’ own learning through the hard, but rewarding work of communicating student and adult learning to others
Save the Date: 14 December 2017, 5-7:30pm
Parents, students, teachers, community members alike, mark your calendars for Auburn Village Schools inaugural Exhibition of Learning!! You won’t want to miss this spectacular event! Middle school students will be hosting an exhibition of their latest creative projects which include underwater oceanography, coding ozobots, quantum physics inspired art pieces and a collaborative installation inspired by the glass artist, Dale Chihuly.