A new issue entitled “The Method of the heritage keeper: school heritage to strengthen identity and overcome isolation. Schools’ testimonies” adds up to the “Tools” series of the Small Schools’ booklets.
This issue, edited by the researcher Francesca Davida Pizzigoni and produced together with the teachers Linda Guarino of the IC “Rallo” of Favignana (TP) and Federica Perina of the IC of Pianello – Trevozzo (PC), shows how to apply the “heritage keeper” method with the students and reports the direct testimonies of the schools involved in the experimentation.
The heritage keeper method, illustrated in the previous booklet (9.1), is based on the active and laboratory use of the historical-educational heritage present in the school and leads the student to discover and learn about the history and identity of his/her own school, up to the realization of a real school museum whose power is shown by being a stimulus and support for daily teaching, in an interdisciplinary perspective.
Thanks to the documentation and reflections of the teachers Guarino and Perina it is possible to obtain ideas for classroom work and observe the repercussions of the method which shows its capability to affect the motivation to study, inclusion, strengthening of the bond between school and territory as well as skills development. The final outcome of the experimentation leads to affirm that the work in a small school on one’s own heritage has the ability to affect teaching and at the same time support the overcoming of isolation.
Small schools interested in experimenting with the heritage keeper method or that would like advice and support in this regard can contact the project secretariat by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.