Showcases of Learning
Showcases of Learning occur twice during a student's time at Renaissance, at the 3rd Grade level and the 6th Grade level.
The Showcase of Learning gives students the opportunity to reflect on and share their learning with an audience outside of their parents and teachers—much like a thesis or professional presentation. The Showcase is an authentic opportunity for students to use presentation, communication and critical thinking skills. Students gain a sense of pride and accomplishment through this experience and, through this process, students develop a deeper understanding of an Expeditionary Learning Design Principal—responsibility for learning.
In order to make this experience successful we build panels to act as the audience for student Showcases. Showcase panels consist of community members, district personnel, school staff and parents of peers.
As a parent of a Renaissance student, participating in the Showcase is a great way to be involved in an important part of the Renaissance academic culture, and is an ideal opportunity for you to understand the experience your student will have as a 3rd grader and a 6th grader. This is a unique opportunity for YOU to support our learners, support our school, and be involved in one of the most singularly meaningful celebrations of learning in a Renaissance crew member’s elementary school experience.
Panel members listen and talk with students about their learning. Following the presentation, they write a letter to each student.
I am so happy I signed up to be a parent panelist for the Third Grade Portfolio Showcase. Parents are fortunate to have an opportunity to participate in this tradition that offers such unique insight and perspective into student learning. The portfolios are a great tool for student learning and growth because they require students to critically analyze and reflect on all the work they've done while at Renaissance. It was so interesting to hear the students describe how and why they chose to highlight specific pieces of work, and it was impressive to see how poised third graders can be when answering questions asked by a panel of adults who are likely strangers. I only wish there was more time to talk with each student, because it's truly fascinating to hear how each one incorporates the values taught at Renaissance into his or her school work and life. Being a panelist is a great experience for everyone involved. I encourage every parent to be a panelist at least once!
- Shawn S.
It is always exciting to hear kids speak passionately about their learning at Renaissance. During the Portfolio Presentations, I get to hear and see first hand how far each child has come as a learner, and crew member. These kids are confident and prepared for whatever life has in store for them!