These days my students from grade 10 would like to call themselves “The Astronauts”. In general, an astronaut is a person trained by a human spaceflight program to command, pilot, or serve as a crewmember of a spacecraft (source Wikipedia). Thus in the same way my students are learning to take off their journey. They are about to explore their academic universe. They all are assigned with a rocket of their own choice. They are the pilots of their own rockets. It is their duty to soar far beyond the sun.
This is the new project for my students in learning English. It has been developed specially for their remedial class. The core objective of this project is to prepare themselves to pass their SLC examination at remarkable score and to shape their career as well. I have been thinking of doing something new for my students in order to make the class more interesting and fun-filled. Finally, I came up with this idea of incorporating solar system in their everyday learning. The concept was designed according to the specification grid of SLC examination. The planets were the main contents from the grid whereas moons were sub-categories of those main contents. Students have to give test after the completion of main contents. They will only be able to fly their rockets to next level if only they pass their test exam. If they fail then they have to keep on trying to pass the test and fly their rockets to next level. By this it makes them to feel the urgency of flying together with their friends. As result, they keep on trying and learning until they succeed.
After the expedition of solar system, they will reach their final stage of giving SLC examination. Once they pass their SLC examination, subsequently, I have also included three more marvelous nebulas (diffuse astronomical object) from the galaxy that indicates their destiny towards achieving their higher education and more. Every planets from the solar system and the nebulas also includes astronomical distances in units. It also helps them to get familiar with the course content from science subject.
They have to choose their pathways to diverse academic and non-academic career as studying higher education in abroad or within the country for full scholarship and taking trainings on shaping their professional development.
My students are very much eager to learn and compete to win their academic race. Students are working harder in order to reach their destination. By applying this tool, it is helping them to minimize nervousness, hesitancy and exam phobia. On the other hand, it is increasing their confidence to pass the SLC examination with vibrant and noteworthy results.