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SPARK THE SPIRIT OF LEARNING HISTORY

Nyoman Kartya, EBPP History teacher


It is important for students to be introduced to their national heroes in history lessons, to benefit both in terms of education and social development. By studying the roles of heroes in their history, such as Kartini who is celebrated for her pioneering efforts in advocating for the rights and education of women during the Dutch colonial period in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and I Gusti Ngurah Rai, for his role in the Indonesian Independence war, students will be better able to appreciate their cultural roots and Indonesian history, form values of heroism, find inspiration and motivation, and deepen their understanding of the struggles and sacrifices made by Indonesia’s heroes.


To arouse students' curiosity and interest in learning about the roles of heroes, I use the "impersonation" technique as icebreaker in my classes. In this icebreaking session, I prepare several sheets of paper containing the names of heroes, then fold them to prevent them from being read. Each student is asked to randomly choose one paper and then, they are asked to imagine that they are their chosen hero by stating the hero's origin, date of birth, date of death, and the history of the hero's struggle.




I successfully apply this method which achieves my aim of deepening students' understanding of the material, strengthening empathy, honing communication skills, integrating arts and humanities, and enlivening learning.






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