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Expand the children's authorship at school and the teacher's development in their knowing and doing

Geographic Tales for Children and Young people

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How many J. R. R. Tolkien will pass through school with his literary vocation, but develop its full potential? How to give the pencil of imagination to children authors using maps to present geographical thinking and its narratives, such as the best seller Lord of the Rings? This project aims to develop creative learning to empower children's authorship with the creation of geographic stories
I am professor of Cartography at the university and of Geography in basic education who seeks to bring innovative educational proposals, as if I were doing it for my own daughters.

Rodrigo Batista Lobato


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Updated on September 28th, 2021
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Why did you create this innovation?

Because I observed that the Geography classes were traditional and did not help the student to correlate this science with other areas of daily life and also helps the future teacher to see new possibilities with teaching, promoting children's authorship.

How does your innovation work in practice?

In practice, I have developed this project with Geography undergraduate students and have already done this experience with two classes of around 50 students (in class and during the pandemic). This activity aims to subvert the traditional teaching of Cartography in school, presenting new teaching methods and reminding the teacher that we don't want to train geographers in school, but to train people who will be able to use Cartography in any profession, in such a way that it will be useful and innovative for the countless journeys of the students.
The technologies can be used from a powerful computer to a pencil and paper, which is carried out in two stages: The first is each group thinking about the theme and drawing their map; Next, this map will serve as inspiration for the construction of the narratives.
One can notice the mixture of creativity with narratives with different worldviews and plots: environmentalist, political, class struggles, friendship, love, and perseverance.

How has it been spreading?

The two experiences are being turned into an ebook to be told in early childhood education schools, but with the pandemic this step has not been implemented yet.
Moreover, this project has led students to choose this theme for their monographs, and one of them is taking this theme as a project to a school where he is a teacher, in which he will also be involving all the school's sciences to contribute (history, Portuguese, biology, physics, mathematics, music, and arts) and thus, it can be seen that it develops children's authorship through an interdisciplinary.
For the coming years we hope to disseminate the stories in schools with free ebooks.

If I want to try it, what should I do?

It is simple and can be developed in 2 steps.
The first with the elaboration of the map, in which the children will make use of that interdisciplinarity to be authorial.
Second, the creativity continues with the development of a narrative to tell the story of that map. Finally, it is possible to bring the tales together and create a book to distribute for free in ebook form.


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March 2021
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