PIDIE JAYA, ACEH – I used material in a grade V social studies lesson related to the history of the nation to cultivate good character in the students, especially concern for their friends,
First I asked the students to form groups and sit in a circle in a comfortable place, for example outside the classroom. Students were then asked to recall events or memorable things that they remembered. Then they took it in turns to retell the story. After all the students had done this, I asked them to write one of the most memorable stories and provide feedback on the other students' stories. At the end of this session, some students in the group gave feedback and suggested solutions to issues raised by their classmates.
In the next session, the main learning activity involved reading stories about the history of a struggle or about a historical figure. Two students in each group were given the task of taking it in turns to read a text about a historical story with a style of expression as if they were actually experiencing the event. The other students looked on and listened and occasionally jotted down things they found interesting.
After reading the historical stories, the students returned to the classroom to write summaries, their impressions, and note memorable points. Then each student in each group took it in turns to read what they had written. It turns out that studying history by starting out with students telling their stories from their own lives, is interesting for them and helped them better understand the storyline in the second session. “We feel as though we experienced and witnessed the historical events of the nation similar to how we had previously told about our own experiences as living history,” said one student.
In addition to cultivating the spirit of patriotism, learning in this way can foster concern for fellow students and allow them to practice communication skills.