Active learning shuns the conventional ‘chalk and talk’ method and offers students adequate space to contribute and get involved in the learning process. R.E.A.L education puts heavy emphasis on the application of active learning within the classroom and beyond. At R.E.A.L, we practise the need to always provide the best learning experience for students that is engaging and holistic.
Educational workshops are often conducted at R.E.A.L Schools to visualize the essence of active learning by ensuring students are more than mere audiences of a show. Earlier this year, a three-day Science workshop was held at the Primary section of R.E.A.L International School, Suria Campus, Cheras. The event by Science Bridge was meant to spark the wonders of Science amongst Primary school-goers and to change their notion of science as a dull and intimidating subject.
Each day of the workshop presented different science-themed activities. Experiments, role plays, problem-solving activities and hands-on sessions were among those in the list of activities prepared for the participants.
The first day of the workshop was all about ‘Chemistry Magic’, specifically designed for Year 1 and 2 students. To ensure the premium safety of the students when conducting experiments, clear and detailed instructions were given beforehand and adult supervision were present at all times. Thanks to the assistance of our teachers and professional Science Bridge facilitators, it was a smooth-sailing first day.
The following day involved the Year 5 and 6 students who were thrilled to be assigned as skilled private detectives for the day. ‘CSI Investigation’ trained them to be experts in solving crime by using quick, simple but brilliant scientific methods. It was an exhilarating day as the students learned various ways to extract DNA samples and were shown authentic scenarios of crime scenes that enhanced their learning experience.
‘Environmental Microbiology’ meanwhile, gave the Year 3 and 4 students the golden opportunity to work with microscopes and microorganisms. Fascinated by the types of staining methods, their attention was fixed on the demonstration given by the facilitators. The students’ excitement reached its peak when it was time to observe the microbes. Under the lens of a light microscope, it was definitely a less than usual sight. For most in the group, it was their first time witnessing such activity of another life form. It might also prove to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Fruitful events such as this provide a platform for students to realise their full potential and open their minds to different ideas and knowledge from what they typically learn in school. We constantly challenge them to go beyond the norm and to think of better or improved ways of doing things. In essence, R.E.A.L education entails the process of ‘learning by doing’.