Long workshops

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Eutopia workshop Grundtvig alla Ridef

 by Maurizia di Stefano

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Living Maths in the Freinet Techniques workshop

In our workshop today we talked about the principles of Freinet pedagogy, and after we have brainstormed to see how to apply these principles in our classrooms. We have started to give them names: work plans, free text, self-correction cards, so what's new? Ah, I have lost a tooth, which tooth ... in Austria they have a list of teeth, in Chili they have photographs of smiling toothless faces... the tooth fairy comes to get your teeth from under your pillow. And then we have seen other techniques: school correspondence, living maths ... We have compared the height of all of us and we have ordered the class from small to large ... Tomorrow, Joana will tell us a practical application of these techniques, and we'll study some of them in depth. Thanks to the translators, thanks to everybody who was there.

Alfredo López

Summary of some points made ​​in the workshop of Francesco Tonuci, "The city of children"

By Claudia Crevenna

A girl from the city of Rosario, Argentina said in the Council of Children: "The adults are the guilty of everything. We have to set limits for the adults."

A girl from Canada, at the 1992 Rio Summit said: "Adults say they love us, that we are important, that they care for us. What you do makes me cry in the evening."

Mario Lodi: "The child doesn't belong to the parents, or teachers, or the State. From birth it has the right to happiness."

Parents say: "The city is dangerous, you can not go out." So kids say: "If the city is dangerous, then it must be changed"

It is important to listen to children, they have many ideas and proposals on how they want their city. Taking into account the proposals of the children to modify spaces for them and how they want them... You need to take into account the views of the other, their point of view; but you must make sure you really are going to take this point of view into account and take action in the short term so that the children who made the proposals can still see and enjoy the change; otherwise, within a few years, the children have grown and learned that adults do not take into account their opinion and it is not worth to comment.

Listen to girls and boys and based on what they want, make change happen. Create or change public policy to do what children ask.

In public spaces, all signs prohibiting children play are illegal according to Article 31 of the Convention on the Rights of the children, which mentions that they have the right to play, rest and leisure. In a world full of noise, it seems that the only noises that bother people are the children when they play ...  You can ask them "Please" to avoid certain games in certain areas, but NOT to ban play outright.

The right to go to school is in Article 28 and the right to play in the Article 31, however they are not respected in the same way. The law to go to school has been advocated and demanded a lot, but not the right to play, there is no equality. Time for school eats away from the time at home. It seems that adults have forgotten that what is learned through play is learned forever. School time should be equal to play time, there should be no home work or duties that occupy the time of the children at home. It is valuable time to learn and discover.

The Council of the children of the city of Rosario, Argentina has proposed that there is a day dedicated to play, just like a birthday. With 3 conditions:
1 -. That it is a normal working day, that schools are open for play.
2 - That the council people have 1 hour to play on weekdays.
3 - That some streets are closed to play in them.

TalentPrint - The first TalentPrint of Salida, Huda and her baby

 In the long workshop about TalentPrints, Salida and Huda have made their first TalentPrint.

To Be Happy - 100 Kids Activities

Para Ser Feliz – 100 Atividades Infantis
Waldilia Cordeiro
Ana Beatriz Vale
Maria Jose de Moura

We started on the morning of July 7th, 2014, in Reggio Emilia / Italia, the long workshop ''To Be Happy - 100 Kids Activities - The Benefits of play activities for the Development of Boys and Girls''.
We found the room number 07 in the school Galileo Galilei with the organisers Waldilia Lamb, Maria Jose and Ana Beatriz de Moura Valley, fellows of the Regional Movement Modern School North and Northeast of Brazil, affiliated to FIMEM. The space was filled with material, indicating that many activities would be conducted experientially during the period of that workshop.

We received on arrival a popout with the workshop logo on the front and the back, the frame to be filled as cooperative planning to be held at the beginning of each morning. We also received a T-shirt of the workshop and a bottle for water, favouring living in the classroom, meeting the need for hydration.
France, Italy, Germany, Brazil, Georgia, Romania, Finland, Sweden, Japan and Cote d'Ivoire - At first, the presentation of guidelines was performed and the thirty comrades enrolled in the workshop reported their country of origin . Then each participant received 100 cards with information of activities to be experienced, a summary table with these numbered and illustrated activities and also a text-synthesis containing the title, skills to be stimulated when the activity is developed, the possible realization of spaces, the necessary material, the age range of children who may practice such activity, as well as the number of participants.

Six activities - the number 47-52 - have been proposed to analyze and musical chairs was selected to be experienced by the participants. All practiced musical chairs - activity number 47 - and commented on its benefits to the development of boys and girls. The practice allowed participants joy, companionship and understanding. Then, the proposed activities were analyzed in a group, as practiced interest. The guidelines circulated by groups clarifying doubts, raising fundamental questions.
The smile stayed on the face of everyone!

Activities were carried out within the living room and courtyard, reminiscent of childhood games and allowing the motor coordination, mobility, agility, handiness, language and socialization.
At the end of each morning evaluated the work carried on in a cooperative way, so that all actions were guided by the principles and techniques of Freinet Pedagogy.