Thanks to teachers and Go-Lab users, our Repository Golabz currently counts more than 900 Inquiry Learning Spaces (ILSs). As the 900th ILS has been published, we decided to conduct an interview with its author – Tabitha Njeri, teacher from Kenya - and share it with the Go-Lab community.
How did you find Go-Lab and how did you decide to create your own ILS?
I learned about it after attending a training on ILS. We were trained on how to create ILS and I got interested and created some.
Have you participated in any Go-Lab training (face-to-face or online)?
Yes I have. It was organized by e-Limu Kenya.
Starting from the ILS you have created, based on what criteria did you choose the specific subject? Have your students’ preferences influenced your choice?
Physics is one of the subjects I teach. The students’ needs may have influenced my choice of topic as they find some topics difficult to follow when taught theoretically.
What challenge did you face during the development of your ILS?
Time taken to create the lesson is long especially at the planning stage and getting to put the lab together into the lesson.
Have you used your ILS in the classroom and what were students’ reactions during the implementation?
I have used my ILS in the classroom and the reception was positive. It made me look forward to making more ILS for my lessons. I used it for an entire lesson and the students were well motivated.
Which topics have you chosen to cover for the classroom implementation and was your choice of an ILS connected to your curriculum?
Yes, it is connected to the curriculum. It covers “thin lenses” taught in form 4 (grade 12).
Have students enjoyed the activity in relation to science?
They have enjoyed the activity and they are always asking for when the next ILS lesson will be. I am making more ILS lessons.
Have your students become more interested in science as the result of this activity?
Our students generally like science but the activity has taken learning of science to another higher level and they always look forward to the next lesson.
What would be your advice to teachers who are eager to start creating their own ILSs, but are hesitating?
I would tell them not to be afraid. It is an interesting world full of learning experiences. No one is perfect in it. We are all learning new things daily and the beauty is that what we learn is interesting and the lessons we make improve reception and retention of science among our learners. Let them join and let’s make science teaching/learning fun.