In school, form means as much as substance

This post is part of a series created by Yezers, who in collaboration with ScuolaZoo has made a white paper on the School of the Future. In it, some guidelines have been drawn up so that the Italian school can not only educate but educate children. The previous episodes introduce the issues addressed in the White Paper and talk about the first pillar attached to the content.

Methods

Form means as much as substance. It is from this starting point that we have decided to focus on the second analysis cluster in the White Paper The School of the Future on the methods used in the Italian school system for educational purposes. Because? Today, students have a style of interpretation and learning that is the result of a context, the twenty-first century, full of social stimuli and technological innovations that risk limiting the effectiveness and thus the purpose of traditional teaching methods. In an exponentially evolving world, it is inconceivable to imagine not adapting school education systems to students’ new needs.

The chapter on teaching methods was built on the basis of different ideas that wanted to answer questions such as “How can we stimulate students’ attention?”, “Is there an opportunity to train children to become more competitive? Internationally?” or “Can meritocracy be fully encouraged through another evaluation system?”. All this has led to the definition of six analysis segments, which together complete an overall picture of how the teaching of the future can be distinguished.

We started our analysis from “turned classroom“, Or even” reverse class “, it is the approach that allows students to overturn the way frontal lessons are usually handled. The method therefore consists of giving students the opportunity to prepare from home before tackling the classic classroom activities in the classroom, with videos and readings made available by the teacher online, creating a context in which group work is promoted, giving space and prominence to important skills that are increasingly needed today, such as communication and relational skills.At this point in time, knowing how to communicate correctly and effectively has no longer been a success factor, but for survival in the workplace, mastery of foreign languages, especially English, has been found to be crucial. , that giving teachers the opportunity to show their students study and in-depth materials in a foreign language can help future generations to open up more and more to the possibilities that a constantly more interconnected planet offers.

Another important aspect of our proposal is functionally complementary to the points just described, for the full growth of students as best citizens and professionals, and relates to the idea of ​​a new working method, “CooperationHere, the teachers are given the task of proposing a set of projects in line with the school process, for which 3-4 students per project must work to complete it after a predefined deadline. We believe that it can be enormously beneficial to provide the opportunity for to learn in small groups what is defined as “cooperative learning”, organizational skills and leadership.Mostly, students will be evaluated both individually and as a group together for the results of their projects.In addition to receiving a final assessment from the teacher, the other groups could participate directly by assigning a percentage of the evaluation.

At this point, it is important to emphasize how a revised approach to the overall assessment of students’ academic performance is needed to make the implementation of these initiatives effective. With the final establishment of an assessment system based on various factors to achieve the final result by the end of the year, and not the simple arithmetic mean of the tests and questions, students could become, in addition to being more incentive to study throughout the study. years continuously during the year better equipped for the needs of a future university life.

Innovative teaching methods should be supported by equally advanced tools. The next chapter will go into detail from this point of view and remind us that the most stimulating solution is often the simplest to implement.

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