Extraordinary Daily Learning Map
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Why did you create this innovation?
I am a designer and the mother of a 5-year-old boy. I believe in education as a basis for the development of soft skills - resolution problems, divergent and connected thinking, empathy, creativity. The pandemic allows us to reinvent current models. I started to map my child's learning processes and saw the power of that a tool to support the relationship between school, children, and parents.
How does your innovation work in practice?
The map is a visual tool that expands knowledge starting from the information gathering and the connection between them. It is built with the productions of the child along with the records of speeches and other expressions, noticed the adults around (teachers and parents). With the careful observation and listening of the child´s language, the map elements are organized to establish relations of similarity, opposition, continuity of themes. Who assembles the map is who curates subjects and creates categories to highlight the learning process. In a visual perspective, the map helps the child to increase the awareness of learning by doing, to relaunch and deepen their investigations. For adults, the map makes abstractions palpable and provides the relationship between the school curriculum and the possibilities of learning in the phenomena every day, not restricted to the school building. It is possible to learn anywhere. The mind map makes this visible.
How has it been spreading?
The design methodology for building visual maps of everyday learning was first prototyped at home, with my son, during the last 7 months. The success of the tool in the dialogue with the teacher (by using the map, the educator expands his perception and improves his feedback, even from a distance) has awakened the interest of other audiences.
So far, we have performed the following actions:
• Training of 26 public school early childhood teachers in Sao Paulo.
• Consultancy for 9 managers of private schools in 2 states and 4 cities in Brazil.
• Individual consultancies for creating the map for parents, teachers, and managers in Campinas.
In a short time, I intend to write an e-book for free distribution and to promote the training of public-school teachers.
If I want to try it, what should I do?
People can contact me to know more about the map construction or follow my posts and lives on social media, where I usually share knowledge and experiences. Until December, the goal is to write the free e-book and make it available with the map construction methodology and case studies to exemplify the application.