“I would like to thank United Network and Repubblica @ Scuola for this award for teachers’ experiments and innovation. It is very important to support the ability to experiment in schools by using all the tools. The school wins if it is the engine of innovation ”. The Minister of Education, Patrizio Bianchi, speaks on video to teachers and almost a thousand students in the stalls of the Brancaccio Theater in Rome, before announcing the six finalist projects and the winner of the third edition, this 2022, of the “Atlante – Italian Teacher Award”.
And in fact, meeting the teacher or teacher “real” has changed the lives of who knows how many of us. These are the beliefs that accompany the Atlante Prize, the initiative organized by United networks (which brings to life simulations of representative organizations around the world involving 20,000 students each year), in collaboration with Repubblica and Republic @ School and in collaboration with Varkey Foundation which promotes the prestigious Global Teacher Prize (“Nobel” by professionals).
The goal is not only to participate in a competition (though prestigious). The most ambitious thing is to draw attention to what is beautiful, useful and important, is often done in schools with great difficulty. A goal that has already been achieved with Atlante online platform: With almost 600 arriving this year, Atlante is probably the largest public platform of its kind with over two thousand projects cataloged (this is the address: https://la.repubblica.it/professori/). And it is precisely for this purpose that the jury (composed of Stefano Marroni, Fabia Bettini, Cristina Costarelli, Angelo Melone, Riccardo Messina, Francesca Oliva) embarked on the very complicated task of selecting six finalist projects (each winner in a category: innovation, integration, teaching methodology, digital, social engagement, scientific-technological core disciplines).
The Atlante Prize went to Professor Riccardo Bonomi, from the Comprehensive Institute of Siziano (Pavia). He is one of the six professors who have won special mentions by category. Here they are.
Fabio Manni, Alighieri Diaz from Lecce, for integration. His exciting project with double inclusion in the school at the hospital: daily teaching activities in the wards with the young primary and secondary school students at the hospital and – together – a cycle of interventions and art and music teaching at the patients’ schools of origin.
Isabella Bosio, BB School of Scanzorosciate (Bergamo), for the teaching methodology. Several of his projects for the approach to history and poetry. And an engaging project of “human chain” among children to regain sociality when they return to presence: a common thread that kept them united, but at a distance of one meter: “If one falls, we all fall”.
Daniele Mancini, Rosmini in Rome, for innovation. He teaches technology and started with the question: what experiences should a future designer have? “Basic design” lessons were born with 48 playful and recreational experiences also transformed into a book. During the pandemic, he built an amazing web radio in the school with his students with daily broadcasts.
Riccardo Bonomi, Comprehensive Institute of Siziano (Pavia), for tribal disciplines. He invented a chemistry lesson by using Lego bricks to recognize the elements and combine them with each other. And the studio becomes a fantastic game that produces three-dimensional constructions of the elements, made of bricks, to mentally visualize atoms and molecules.
Second class after school:
Giovanna Ripolo, Pythagoras by Crotone, for digital. “I read therefore I am”, new strategies to bring girls and boys closer to reading. Together with the students, he has made a number of “book trailers” that can summarize the book’s message. The trailers are then affixed with “qrcodes” on the paperbacks in the school library. A digital preview of the book to help you choose.
Simona Saporito, ITES Galiani from Naples, for social engagement. It involved students in active citizenship, in neighborhoods: taking to the streets to pay attention and to fight early school dropout and exclusion. From murals to meetings with social workers, with street teachers and learning sign language.