"A circle is the reflection of eternity. It has no beginning and it has no end - and if you put circles over each other; then you get a spiral. -Maynard James Keenan
All 8th graders will prepare a portfolio of their best work throughout their final year here at Pacific Beach Middle School. They will reflect on the knowledge, understanding, and skills gained through their learning experiences and self-reflection as well as IB assessments and feedback from others. They will present how they've grown as a learner and also reflect on their learner profile and their service to the community.
Remember - SAVE WORK in ALL SUBJECTS / CLASSES
Portfolio Exhibition (Presentation) Dates: May 16 & 17
Portfolio Minimum Requirements:
SUPPORT: All teachers will assist students with subject-specific evidence and completion of subject-specific reflections. Fourth period teachers support portfolio design. English teachers will help students to practice for the oral presentation of their portfolio evidence and reflections.
MONTHLY PORTFOLIO WORKSHOPS: October-April at lunch.
GOING FOR DISTINCTION
- Can you think and reflect at a deeper level? Can you connect ideas and tie it all together? Can you create? Can you communicate?
To earn Distinction on your portfolio presentation and be recognized at the promotion ceremony, you will need to do the following:
1) prepare and present you regular portfolio.
2) In addition, you'll be required to use your human ingenuity to think about your learning, reflect on your years here at PB Middle and to tie together your learning; your inspirations; your passions; an your growth as an IB learner and citizen of the world into one theme, issue or passion for the future.
3) Then, design a creative way to represent, and help you explain, your theme, issue or passion for the future. Design may be a model, presentation, work of art, video, performance, etc. The sky's the limit. Get creative.
“Creativity is just connecting things." – Steve Jobs
IB Design Cycle Process May Help Guide Your Creativity...
IB Design Cycle Step 1 - Investigate: reflect deeply over your personal and academic growth from 6th-8th grade. Maybe these questions will help you find your "passion". What did you learn in your time here at PB Middle IB that piqued your interest, caused you to take action, or make personal changes? Was there a particular unit, in which you learned about a local or global issue, like clean-water, marginalization, homelessness, equality, revolution, or child labor, that really inspired your learning? Was there a subject area such as music, or a concept such as "environments", "health" or "community" that lit your passion for college or career?
IB Design Cycle Step 2 - Plan: As you present your theme, make sure to discuss and explain specific units, and academic learning that influenced you.
Design specifics: Make sure whatever you design and bring for the day of your exhibit isn't too big or cumbersome to move into your presentation room, is easy to share and will be interesting and engaging for your panel. If your distinction presentation is online, be sure to have a printed, back-up copy. Make sure to let your teacher know if you need to use a computer.
IB Design Cycle - Create: EXAMPLE OF MODELS & ARTWORK FOR DISTINCTION EXHIBITION AND PRESENTATION
Theme: REFLECTION & SYSTEMS - a student designs a model of a farris wheel representing the theme of "reflection" and "systems". The title of the model is Cycle of Reflection. In each bucket chair the student includes photos: eco-friendly home design and redesign and will explain how his learning helped him to reflect on his own participation in the energy cycle. He will explain how he signed up and participated in the SDGE Energy challenge. Another example of learning about systems happened in life-science and physical education, where he learned about how body systems work together. In the farris wheel, he'll include a photo of physical education and discuss the importance of learning about homeostasis and taking care of body systems and reflecting and making changes to live a balanced and healthy lifestyle. In another bucket in the farris wheel, he'll include a photo representing religion and discuss how the experiences in humanities in learning and reflecting on about different governmental systems and religion systems, have influenced him and his behavior such as changing personal behaviors after learning about the 8-fold path.
Issue: CLEAN WATER - another student is an avid surfer and cares deeply about the conservation of ocean and clean-water. She designs a collage on a surfboard and is exploring titles such as Lessons Learned Riding the IB Wave of Excellence. She makes a collage using photos that represent knowledge and understandings that help her take action for clean-water. She includes photos of the San Diego Watershed that she learned about in 6th grade Earth Science. She includes photos of the PB Middle beach clean-ups and shares marine debris data with the panel to explain how marine animals are dying because of ingesting marine debris. She includes a photo of the trash that is collecting in the Pacific Ocean. She includes photos of diseases, learned in life science/biology, that are showing up in surfers around the world. She discusses the scientific method and how to design experiments to attempt to answer and investigate complex environmental questions. She discusses the importance of taking action in the community and includes a photo of presenting into front of the school board about taking action for clean-water at school. She includes a photo using fruits and vegetables from the school garden in the school cafeteria to cut down oil and gas run-off into the storm drains due to transporting food around the city and also to cut down on packaging of prepared foods that ends up as trash in the storm-drains and ultimately in the ocean. The student includes and discusses a photo of learning about ocean-friendly garden techniques, reducing run-off, retaining water, stopping the use of fertilizers and pesticides, and cutting-down on water use. She attempts to inspire the panel to take action for clean-water in our local beaches and ocean.
Passion: FUTURE OB-GYN - another student makes a model of a stork and explains how learning Spanish will help her be able to serve many more patients. She explains how learning to be an internationally-minded IB learner means that she will be an more open-minded and caring doctor who will investigate and understand different points of view and perspectives. She is planning to investigate and travel to learn how babies are delivered throughout the world. She is open multiple perspectives and intercultural understandings that affect child-birth around the globe, and this will help her to be a better doctor in whatever country she chooses to work. She explains how learning in life-science, such as how to design meals that benefit all body systems and aid the development of the healthy baby. Knowledge learned about designing a personal fitness plan in physical education will also help her educate her mothers to live a healthy and balanced lifestyle.
IB Design Cycle - Evaluate: Be sure to share your ideas with your family, teachers, and fourth period portfolio adviser before starting and solicit feedback along the way.
"No student ever attains very eminent success by simply doing what is required of him: it is the amount and excellence of what is over and above the required, that determines the greatness of ultimate distinction." - Charles Kendall Adams