The TV Box

This TV screen like box was used during the music lesson in Bulgaria. The student mimed the song she was singing and the others had to guess what song it was. This is a useful technique to improve vocal habits while singing.

The Socks Puppet Theatre

Students dramatised a short sketch by making sock puppets talk in an English lesson. The script was written by the students themselves and the topic was Friendship. This activity can be adapted to any need of subject and be used for practising writing and speaking skills in English.

Creating Art from Recyled Paper

You can easily make frames out of a dough made from paper and glue for making creative work with any type of material. This was another good sample we saw in an Arts class in Bulgaria.

Interactive Theatre At School

As METU DF Primary School we think that DRAMA is so important in the way it can boost literacy and vocabulary, encourage communication, imagination and curiosity, and lengthen the attention span. Through theatre we are transported into the hearts and minds of the characters, recognising and understanding their actions and feelings which encourages communication and learning empathy – all within a constructed, safe environment. Plus, it’s great fun.

With dance there is even more room for interpretation because of the physical storytelling. As well as elegance and strength, we can utilise analytical thinking, inspire innovation and incite energy. Dance in the theatre can be powerful, hilarious, bold, engaging, surprising.

And besides, when the play is in English it is also a good way of motivating and increasing interest in learning the foreign language. Every year we give our students a chance to make them discover that English is also useful outside the class.

We asked CLOUD Educational Theatre – a company that makes work specifically for children and young people and wich is currently doing a lot of performances in schools around Turkey – about why watching work on stage is important.

They believe that: It challenges the student to understand English is spoken by someone other than his or her teacher, thus it improves their listening comprehension and working with songs from the play is a good and fun way to learn new vocabulary.

We have to agree that increasingly in this digital world we, and our future generations of children, are missing out some level of basic understanding of each other through lack of verbal confrontation. It’s lost in the way we communicate with each other via text message, on email or social media. Through theatrical physical confrontation there is much to be learned.

Notebook Designed For Music Lessons

At our school (ODTÜ GV Özel İlkokulu) our music teachers have designed our music notebook according to the curriculum. The notebook covers excercises on the course objectives, extra knowledge on famous mucisians and material on other specific learning outcomes of our school's own music curricula. This way all music lessons have become consistent with every class and practically used both by students and the teachers.

Mandala Painting as a Breaktime Activity

Mandalas are everywhere. They are the structures of our cells, our world, and our universe. Flowers, the rings found in tree trunks and the spiraling outward and inward of a snail’s shell all reflect the primal mandala pattern. Mandala paiting is like a therapy you can use on students during breaktimes, to make them feel relaxed and concentrated. The shapes and colors students create in their mandala reflect their inner self at the time of creation.
When they reach their destination, they will have a representation of something meaningful and personal…a snapshot of the student for a brief moment.

Morning Gym

It’s a very good idea to start the day with a morning gym. It helps students wake up. They get more energetic and motivated. It activates their brain and will be better ready for learning. They will have made a good start for the new school day.

Music Guided Scribble

Leave yourself to the rythm of the music and keep on scribbling on a large white piece of paper according to your mood. The next step is to derive a picture from your scribble and painting it. You will have soon discovered ‘the Joan Miro’ in yourself.... This was a very effective technique we tried out during a workshop in Italy... It can be adapted to any subject you like...