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The State of Living Environment Studies and Integrated Study in Elementary Education

Chisato Takahashi
3rd year student at the Faculty of Education

Lesson environment: Peeling of gingko picked up on campus

The Living Environment Studies and Integrated Study Advanced Course II taught by Kazuo Tsuyuki is a practical class in which students learn how to teach and perceive Living Environment Studies and Integrated Study in elementary schools. In this course, students make origami, fossil replicas, pressed flower art, crafts with nuts and kaleidoscopes. Students also leave the classroom to observe nature in the campus and nearby parks. This is very different to the content of regular lessons for university students, but through this practical work, we think about what activities should be a part of Living Environment Studies and Integrated Study lessons in elementary school education.

I think it is possible to increase a child's interest in things and their motivation to study by letting them experience everything for themselves and by getting them to use their full five senses. In this hands-on course taught by Kazuo Tsuyuki, it is possible to learn first-hand what it is best to communicate to children and how to best do so.

Kazuo Tsuyuki was once an elementary school science teacher and so teaches us students various practical teaching methods based on personal experience. I take other classes held by Professor Tsuyuki, and I think what his classes have in common is that there are discoveries which cannot be realized by studying at a desk with a textbook. In lessons, we take notes while thinking "When I become a teacher, I will try to copy this." I think that this is study that is directly tied to the future for students aspiring to become teachers. Moreover, it is possible to feel the concern and sympathy toward children of the teacher from the content of the course. I think this has also succeeded in changing our own consciousness and thoughts toward elementary school education. The students on the course, who are highly interested in elementary education, also help each other to raise their awareness and because this is also a small group class, the teacher is always close-by. This allows students to absorb a great many things.

I would recommend the Living Environment Studies and Integrated Study Advanced Course II to all those who are aiming to become an elementary school teacher. After taking this class, you will want to consider further about Living Environment Studies and Integrated Study lessons in which elementary school students can enjoy learning.

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