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
- 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
- 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