How did they carry out the best practice?
The students always ask a common question to us regardless of the topic we are teaching: “Where Will We Use it?” 3 years ago I started a journey with the thought that if an education system could not answer this question, it would not provide permanent learning for the student. My objective in this journey was to write an applied educational curriculum that would be compatible with the curriculum we applied at school, but enriched by curriculum learning, storytelling and dramatization techniques.
And fundamentally to answer the students’ question, “Where Will We Use it?”
After long researches, I wrote my curriculum and I gather my students and different students together with my workshops in out-of-school settings.
Our work at my school takes a 90-minute day a week and students are looking forward everyday for this practice.
As they come to my door with new information, they do not know where they will need it for a week.
Maybe what excites them the most is the fact that they have one of the rare moments of not being a student within the school?
Because, students are no longer have their studentship as they enter the door and receive their titles according to the theme of that week in our workshop.
Cryptologist of the Future,
Forensic Science Specialist of the Future,
Surgeon of the Future,
Architect of the Future,
Archaeologist of the Future,
Civil Engineer of the Future,
Farmer of the Future…
Every week we welcome our students to a workshop decorated according to that week’s theme.
Decorating the classroom requires a long process and effort; any material can become a part of the decoration. All stakeholders in the school environment also support us.
We sometimes use background music in the decorated classrooms according to the theme of the week.
In addition, students wear costumes according to the theme in the workshop in various weeks.
We are expecting our students with their fiction, scenario, decoration and their roles.
Once the students enter the workshop, we tell them a plot. The plot is often from current news, science and art magazines and students are given a problem to be solved. The time to solve the problem is only 90 minutes.
Our students cooperate quickly to solve the problem and choose their groups to work together.
They know that in time consuming designs, working in teams would provide them with newer ideas in terms of creativity then to work individually.
When it comes to science, the first thing that comes to mind is experimenting.
In our workshop, we introduce students to the fact that everything in nature is a science.
Sometimes they do researches to find the years to which the historical artifacts they have obtained belong by making archaeological excavations and turn them into news articles to explain in the live evening news.
Sometimes, they use their architectural knowledge to build new works inspired by historical works.
Our goal in the workshops is not to solve the problem in 90 minutes. For this reason, we expect the students to cooperate by working together at all times instead of individually.
We continue to be an observer during that period.