Last year we focused our pypx central idea on learning and encouraged students to consider their own learning preferences as a starting point for their inquiries. As a way to encourage them to consider how they learn something new we took them to Centreparcs
where they had the opportunity to engage in a range of activities, some of which would take students outside their comfort zone: climbing, ice-skating, water slides, 'mountain bike' riding, archery.
The students had a lot of fun and most students experienced a new activity on that day that they had never done before. We talked a lot about their feelings when trying something new and how they overcame challenges during the day. The excursion itself was certainly a rewarding and rich learning experience, however I'm not so sure it was a good entry point into the exhibition. It proved quite difficult for the students to make the connection across to their own exhibition inquiries. For many students this connection felt quite forced.
I wonder how do other schools engage students in these early phases of exhibition. Is there a need to go on an excursion, or is starting down the path of exhibition provocation enough? How do other schools begin?