The Creating Together Methodology
To this day, everything that has been created for the children’s universe, whether in cinema, theater, books, cartoons and school curriculum content has been created and produced by adults – from adults to children. Creating Together was developed to give children a voice and make them the protagonists of building their own knowledge. All content produced is created by children for other children. With the application of the methodology, the teacher becomes a mentor, a provocateur, who supports, encourages and motivates students to create and build their own knowledge in a playful and fun way. The methodology is easy to apply and can be adapted to any education system, school or institution, which motivates the students to learn in a participatory, creative and playful way, besides making them co-responsible in the process.
Students create a story, based on a theme determined by the teacher and/or the students. It can be inspired or based on the contents proposed by subjects such as Geography, History, Mathematics, Sciences, etc. Current or general interest topics such as friendship, racism, inclusion or bullying can also serve as inspiration, as well as stories with superheroes, fairies, incredible travels and adventures, and more. After the theme is chosen, the teacher begins the lesson by questioning the students about what they already know about the subject /theme. With the questions he/she asks and the questions that may come from the students, the teacher provokes a discussion. Mistakes and conflicts will arise. And that’s good. This means that students are building knowledge. At this point, the teacher should try to bring in elements that go beyond what students already know and ensure that the information is not dispersed. This learning is then transformed into a text. The group builds a story with what it has learned, illustrates it with drawings of the characters, objects and scenarios that compose and then narrate it, recording using a mobile phone.
With this material in hand (story, drawings and narrations) and then shared by the teacher and students through a collaborative platform, the By Kids to Kids team can then produce a beautiful animation. All this material contains the language that children most understand and identify: their own language.