Eren Baydemir, Project Ambassador from Istanbul Bilgi University, explains his methods to keep his 10-14 year old students engaged with their education throughout the year.
I would like to write about our last two weeks with our students and how we have kept them excited.
During the last two weeks in our classes we have covered the topics of varying perspectives, empathy and identity. Students were tired because of their exams, but that actually helped us to explain perspective better and try to change their perspective about exams and to make them more optimistic. After our first lessons with our second class we realized that some of the students are very good at drawing, and to make them more involved we told them that they can create drawings to go along with their stories which kept them interested.
Both of our classes really enjoy when we film the students on camera to show our partner classroom, so we chose a story that they can act out easily in order to make a short film with them. Videos and drawings are very good tools to keep the students involved and to explain topics more effectively.
We have a really very connection with students (better than first semester). It is good to hear that they have missed us even in one week and their interest makes everything easier. We have planned to invite the students to our university to lead a lesson there, and their school accepted this idea. We are very excited about bringing them to a university campus!