A7@M0 – THE SCHOOL I WANT AFTER THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC


Aim

On completion of this activity, children will be able:

  • To reflect on the best school environment they need to learn and develop
  • To think critically and use their problem-solving skills
  • To use appropriate ICT tools in order to achieve a goal
  • To understand what is needed for all children, without distinction and discrimination, in any school environment

Source of the activity

Contributed by Cornelia Melcu (Free-to-speak-safe-to-learn)

Competences targeted by the activity

  • Valuing human dignity and human rights
  • Autonomous learning skills
  • Analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Co-operation skills
  • Openness to cultural otherness and to other beliefs, world views and practices

Overview

Materials

  • An online photo gallery of the children’s school and classrooms, provided13
  • Web tools for collecting children’s answers14
  • A web tool for choosing a few participants to present their notes15
  • ICT tools for creating comix16
  • An online wall17

Step-by-step instructions

  • In preparation for the activity, ask the children to collect some photos of their school and the classrooms in it. The teacher may also contribute some photos to the gallery.
  • To start the activity, the children watch the gallery, and write down:
    • three things they like about their school environment;
    • two things they might change;
    • one thing they don’t like about their school environment.
  • Stimulate a brief discussion about what the children have seen and written. Some questions that could be used are:
    • Is your school friendly?
    • Do you like the way the classes are organised, most of the time, in your school?
    • Are the lessons varied and engaging?
    • Do you learn something new every day in your classes?
    • If you were a teacher, what would you do to make your children more motivated to study?

    Summarise the ideas that emerge.

  • Ask the children to draw or to create a comic or cartoon in which they present their ideal school. Display the products either on a common online wall or put them together to create a brochure or magazine.
  • Ask the children to consider the presentations that other members of their class have made, and to evaluate how practical or realistic they are.
  • Summarise the children’s ideas about how important it is to learn in a safe and pleasant environment.

Debriefing and Evaluation

  • Ask the children to comment on and discuss the learning process and the results that they have achieved. In addition, ask them to reflect on what they have learned as a result of the activity.
  • Hold a debriefing session by asking some of the following questions:
    • What kind of experience was it for you to imagine your ideal school?
    • Has anything changed in your thinking after hearing about your friends’ ideas concerning their ideal school?
    • Did you learn anything about yourself?
    • Do you think your school is going to change, and if so, how?


13 For example, Google photos

14 https://www.mentimeter.com, https://www.tricider.com

15 https://wheelofnames.com

16 https://www.powtoon.com, https://www.makebeliefscomix.com/

17 https://www.pearltrees.com

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