Nihan Tokgöz, Turkey

 

School: Başkent  Üniversitesi Özel Ayşeabla  Okulları

Subject and Grade Taught: Biology with students 15-16 years

Years Teaching: 17 years

Participation in Amgen Teach programme:National training and the 15th Science Projects Workshop in the Future Classroom Lab

Nihan is a Turkish biology teacher, who has recently joined the Amgen Teach Community.

When asked about Amgen Teach, she explains, "This training has helped me question my habits as a teacher. I realised that I had only previously asked questions that required memorization and that were learnt off by heart. I thought that this was enough for students' learning. Imagine if the classroom was a movie, my role in the classroom would be that of the leading actor in the film! However, after the training, I have tried to change my role more towards guiding the students. I realised the importance of asking a critical question, which turns the spotlight and transforms the students into the leading actors in the movie. The magic of science starts by asking good questions."

Nihan also says, "Now, I believe that the activities which involve critical thinking should also take place  pre-class and post-class. To that end, I am searching for materials that will raise questions about the subject. I focus more on the group work with  the discussion based on the students' ideas. I discover the limitations of my teaching every day."

Currently, her students are engaged in various projects, where Nihan can apply the IBSE approach, because as she points out, "IBSE changed the way I carry out experiments with my students. I started to make curriculum preparation such as creating concept maps, identifying big and supporting ideas as well as developing inquiry-based activities."

"This training has helped me question my habits as a teacher. I realised that I had only previously asked questions that required memorization and that were learnt off by heart. I thought that this was enough for students' learning. Imagine if the classroom was a movie, my role in the classroom would be that of the leading actor in the film! However, after the training, I have tried to change my role more towards guiding the students. I realised the importance of asking a critical question, which turns the spotlight and transforms the students into the leading actors in the movie. The magic of science starts by asking good questions."