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Title of the Experience
Giving pupils opportunities to practice
Name of the teacher
Mihaela Timofte
Country where it took place
Thematic Area
Experience typology
Teaching in class
Type of contact
Description of the Experience
I think all science teachers have experienced the same frustration as I have: you do a lot of preparation with your lesson at home, try to find the best methods and techniques in order to make your pupils follow your explanations but in class you have the feeling that they are miles way as they do not seem to get what you are telling them. It often happens especially when, for one reason or another, you can’t do an experiment which would clarify your point and make everything accessible. Pupils, particularly the little ones, want to experiment everything through all their senses. Therefore, it is not enough for them to listen to you no matter how good a storyteller you are. They want to see it, to feel it, to hear it and if it is possible even to taste it in order to have a though and credible understanding of the phenomenon. Everything suddenly becomes clear and saves time if the teacher facilitates pupils’ sensorial experience of the phenomenon. It is memorable. Giving pupils opportunities to practice their senses is important as they help them improve their perceptions. They particularly like taste trials. I blindfold the children and have them try different types of juice or food. They have to tell me what it is they have eaten by the taste.

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Dissemination Seminar in Florence

31 October 2015 The seminar has been held in ITIS “A. Meucci” one of the schools involved within Goerudio project activities. Its main aim was to promote the results of the project toward a broad sample of stakeholders even overcrossing the number of people directly involved in the production of project outcomes. This purpose has been totally achieved especially thanks to the participation of students and teachers coming from different schools or from other classes instead of those ones directly involved within the project activities.