The project also helped to improve the methods and approaches adopted by the adults (families, teachers, education consultants and volunteers) involved in supporting the education of children and adolescents.
Teaching methods were developed in close collaboration with the schools and teachers to create personalised learning paths for each student, to facilitate the recommencement of normal scholastic activities in the next school year. The pillars of this approach are based on the understanding that playing facilitates learning. The more children and adolescents are directly involved in and aware of the learning process, the more skills they acquire and learn to apply.
The entire learning path is therefore documented in digital records that also serve as self-assessment and metacognition tools for the students themselves. Play, art, sport, outdoor activities and cultural visits are all used to stimulate the learning mechanisms that help reinforce basic skills.
A game of ten-pin bowling, for example, can provide a great opportunity to apply mathematical skills, while a theatre workshop serves as a chance to work on writing and grammar skills. Students’ participation in and awareness of the learning process are guided by metacognitive activities that stimulate reflection on activities and the objectives involved and on which aspects each student needs to improve for each specific skill.
(Milan, Aprilia, Turin, Rosarno, Bari, Venice and Naples)