To help students connect to the unit: Human migration is a response to challenges, risks and opportunities, we started with students’ prior knowledge and experiences. This is what we called “tuning in” stage. The aim of tuning in is to get students thinking about what the unit is about.
What did the students do at the “tuning in” stage in this unit? This is what they did; they were asked to move to other classes. They had to gather with different teachers and students from other classes. In the new class, students studied with their new friends and different homeroom teachers.
The next day, students were given a chance to choose which class and activity they want to join. After they had finished with the activity, they came back to their own classroom and shared their feelings when they were forced to move to other classes and when they chose where they wanted to be.
Finally to get students to tune in is to reflect. Some guided questions were given to help students shared their feelings and experiences. Below are the questions:
- How did you feel when you were forced to move?
- Why did you think it happened?
- What were the changes?
- What did you do to adapt to the situation?
- How did you feel when you have a freedom to choose where you want to be?
Most of the students said that they were shocked, confused, and sad when they had to move to other classrooms. But when they were given freedom to choose where they wanted to be, they were so excited. They also were able to come up with ‘migration’ in our class discussion. Bravo kiddos!
Students did a reflection about the tuning in activity.
Homeroom Teacher of Grade 5 Barito
SEKOLAH VICTORY PLUS (SVP)