Becoming a Thinking School for Student Development
As part of its efforts to develop critical thinking skills and make an innovative and interactive understanding of education widespread, ERG has organized teacher trainings at Hasköy Secondary School under a protocol signed with the Istanbul Provincial Directorate for National Education. The first stage of the training program lasted 11 days and took place from February-March 2013, while the second stage took 12 days and took place between September-November 2013.
The training program lasted 23 days in total, 20 of which were attended by all branch teachers, while Science, Mathematics, Turkish, English, and Religion and Ethics teachers took an extra three-day program planned specifically for their own branch. Featuring an innovative and interactive design, the trainings covered many subjects, such as learning and teaching processes and teachers’ and students’ roles in the classroom, with various exercises enabling teachers to develop their own pedagogic practices and work on a basis of questioning/critical thinking. According to preliminary evaluations, participants agree that these efforts should be made widespread.