Celebrations of Learning
Celebrations of learning are created for an audience beyond the classroom. Preparing work to be shared with the public—the authentic audience— motivates students and creates a purpose for them to care about the quality of their work. Presenting work to an authentic audience also raises the stakes and sets the expectation that all students, not just a select group, will share their high-quality products.
We have weekly celebration assemblies where each class hosts an assembly to showcase their weekly learning and parents of that class are invited in.
We have also held whole day "Show the School" days whereby each class exhibits the Design and Technology project for the term and their class is visited by every other class. This is always received with great anticipation!
Celebrations of learning are more than a display of student work and more than a party at the end of the year. The events compel students to reflect on and articulate what they have learned, how they learned, questions they answered, research they conducted, and areas of strength and struggles. They are powerful opportunities to make learning public.