Students from different walks of life converge in a classroom for learning. They have different capabilities and personalities, adding to the diversity that comes with learning institutions. As an IB teacher, you are expected to bring to life academic concepts through visual and practical learning experiences.
You can pose thought-provoking questions and encourage students to have independent thinking. It also makes them independent learners. You can also invite them to ask their questions and investigate ideas to enhance their problem-solving skills and have a deeper understanding of the academic concepts. These are very crucial skills not only in the academic world but also in life.
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” This quote is apt for ‘The Gallery Walk’, on December 7th, which channelized IBDP students’ perceptions on viewing the five infographics, presented as a part of brainstorming activity in the class before starting “Persepolis”- the second literary work designed in the course to study. After viewing the pictures, each student expressed and discussed their thoughts and also evaluated with their justifications. This activity led students to think how differently each person can view the same text. Even the students who generally are passive in the class, contributed to the discussion.
Later the interview extract of Emma Watson with Satrapi, from New York Times, led to an exhaustive class discussion on various contexts of Persepolis and Iranian revolution. Students really enjoyed and conveyed through the feedback at the end of the class.