Fantastic metaphor of the house.
The walls must not only be wide, but also:
glass, to let in light and energy (ie the contaminations and influences from the outside) and to allow you to see beyond (the reality, at times, seems so far away)
be mobile, openable, to be able to connect and communicate multiple environments (knowledge, disciplines, experiences, cultures …).
This idea immediately makes us think of a school that lets itself be contaminated by the surrounding environment, dynamic, which opens out to the outside, rich in oxygen, which extends its training spaces and takes advantage of the opportunities that the territory offers (as in the case of the Museum where Natalie Rusk had activated the laboratory).
In my daily teaching, to expand the walls of the room, I try to:
graduate requests, starting from concrete connections or reassuring examples, to bring the kids to a more abstract level (to express their ideas on a topic or to propose solutions, to try to make an evaluation, to imagine different endings and the possible consequences, putting himself in the shoes of another - decentralization of the ego …);
propose metacognition exercises to make them more aware of their learning path and the ability to rework ideas / production of new ideas;
offer (through a class blog and other means) more channels to learn and rework knowledge;
propose more types of tasks and exercises during the lesson or in a check (breaking the monotony, automatisms and predictability);
assigning also “open” tasks (freedom in the choice of subjects as long as they are relevant, in the choice of the supports to be used and in the modalities of presentation to the class);
providing meetings with experts and educational outings (to encourage experiential approaches to knowledge, but also to deepen one’s knowledge);
to create, by themselves or in groups, activities to “give to the class”, for example games starting from the topics dealt with or deepened for personal interest. Here are the last of these games that, in order of time, two students have designed and built to help the classmates to memorize the terms and their meaning (the game is also formed by other cards and regulations that are not framed here)
I should definitely do more to offer meaningful experiences:
relying on the intrinsic motivation of the boys;
creating even more welcoming, “social” and stimulating learning environments;
increasing the spaces in which the needs of autonomy, relationality and competence (I would also add responsibility), which produce creativity, satisfaction and well-being in people, exert them;
focusing more on planning with colleagues to propose interdisciplinary activities that develop transversal skills.
That’s why I decided to be here with you!