How to promote spaces in schools for face-to-face classes?

Educational centers must prepare in terms of infrastructure to safeguard the health and learning of students due to the announcement made by the Ministry of Education about the return of face-to-face classes in 2022, taking into account that minors between 17 and 11 already They are being vaccinated against Covid-19 and children between the ages of 11 and 5 would do so in January 2022.

Due to the imminent return to classes in general, Michele Albanelli, architect and author of Learning Spaces of Editorial UPC, offers four tips that schools should take into account to enhance their learning spaces without neglecting social distancing.

  1. Integrate the exteriors into the pedagogical processes: It is essential to break the boundary between interiors and exteriors, between classrooms and patios, thus integrating open spaces to class dynamics and pedagogical processes. Therefore, the idea of ​​learning in motion should be promoted, questioning the learning paradigms related to a static posture and recognizing the connection between body and mind for the production of learning processes based on emotion and pleasure. Possible applications: patios transformed into classrooms, ecological circuits, interdisciplinary projects.
  2. The social value of the school: It has become clear that school is a social space rather than a didactic one. At this point, I consider that it is important that the school prepares itself to promote healthy and controlled meeting spaces, trusting that the learning processes will return at a good pace and that knowledge will be recovered as long as we know how to recognize what we have learned in these two years of virtuality.
  3. The virtual world and the school as a workshop: It is essential to maintain and enhance the learning derived from virtuality, not only the management of technology but also the ability to coexist in the virtual context. In parallel, we have realized that we also need to go to school to find those spaces for creative production that we do not have at home. Perhaps we should think that schools in the near future become more flexible: there are processes that require presence and others that work well virtually. Thus the infrastructures could be smaller, but more flexible, such as workshops and production of ideas. For this, it would be necessary to reformulate regulations, schedules and paradigms; Well, the very concept of school has to be changed.
  4. Biosafety protocols: It is quite evident the need to establish certain protocols that allow us to find ourselves reducing the risks of contagion, at least in the first stage of back to school and until the pandemic is a memory. In this sense, the great lesson we are learning is that we must learn to trust children, since it has been shown that they are absolutely capable of understanding and internalizing codes of behavior that aim for the common good. Trust generates autonomy.

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