Overwhelmed , I visited my own workspace .
The high school is being recast in the public school system in the southernmost state of Brazil . There is demand from government for scientific research and presentation of the relations of production and work to students , supported by interdisciplinarity . There is the demand of the students for learning situations autonomously and laerning interest- based.
It is the third year of the recast proposal , called polytechnic , but schools still resist redesign the current traditional education. Tant there is a big political struggle between the reformists and proactive educators to have institutional guarantees that support interdisciplinary and ownership of learning spaces , virtual and physical .
Thus , our students are experiencing the curricular flexibility resulting from this process are identifying problems and creating solutions and analyzing issues that formerly contained even in the curricula.
What kinds of projects are people working on? How would you describe the range or diversity of projects?
In this area of learning and work people create projects with different themes such as food, automation and african-Brazilian culture. This broad diversity is the result of the diversity of people involved in this process.
Where do the ideas for the projects come from? Are the projects based on individual, group, or community interests?
Ideas for projects originate from the very worldview of students. Some projects are results of charisma and interest of certain indivínduos that mobilize their peers, others were defined by a community of interest, and still others were defined by the working group.
Do people help each other learn? Are there mentors in the space? Is there a trajectory of participation from newcomer to leadership roles?
There is a great collaboration between learners, and on cooperation between them and their teachers, although not all teachers are really available and willing to help. Some students have great leadership and autonomy, others not so much. There is a program of meetings of educators to address this gap by understanding the changing educational paradigm, which leaves the selection of intellectually fortunate for the integral formation of citizens.
How do people treat each other in the community? Are there community guidelines or values that are discussed or agreed upon?
There is usually a deal of respect and cordiality among learners. There is a certain intolerance among students and educators, it is greatly valued the use of force and authoritarianism in our society, there is also a generational misunderstanding. Also these relational issues are being addressed gradually in periodic sensitization meetings and training, or as emergencies arise. Old behavioral patterns naturally taken as data is being systematically challenged to meet its foundations in fact. This has caused some embarrassment and some disagreements.
Which aspects of the physical space support the creative learning process? What materials are available?
The neuralgic point being tangenciado this process is the appropriation of learning spaces. The management teams is to keep the convenience anachronistic pedagogical pattern classes in rooms of brick and mortar, from which students come out only for Physical Education, which became just play football. In this space there are textbooks and blackboard. There is a living room with twenty computers to serve about a thousand students, and many of these devices are with outdated software or restricted operation. There is a legal ban on smatphones and similar spaces in the school, and that the state level.
However, this same institution already owned several alternative learning spaces, such as vegetable and fish farming, areas for athletics, typography ... whose spaces were taken over by the forest. I'm tacking a project of revitalization of these areas, involving archeology and remote sensing.