The life of a single class reveals the life of an entire school, its values and pedagogy. Sharing space, time, resources, and limitations on a daily basis, one can measure the concreteness and validity of the actions taken to potentiate every single intelligence, integrate, and transform school into a positive experience for everyone.
The school where children and teachers are happy to go every morning, excited to walk another piece of the road together, is a beautiful school that makes children grow. Everyone’s desire to be there show that it is not a place and a time no longer children go to out of sheer duty or for profit; it is a sign of a joyful class that takes care of everyone’s profound aspirations.
In it, the Pedagogy of gratuity acts and becomes tangible, transforming into a method, language, new behavior and professionalism over time. This involves knowing how to translate high principles into common actions, ordinary, but constant gestures, which will be able to recreate a cultural fabric free from profit through a replacement process.
It means ability to listen and respect, trust, enhance and include, answer the others’ need for motivation; ability to put people before anything else, every day. Gratuity is not the result of special and occasional activities; it cannot be practiced through temporary projects, it cannot be left to the “experts.”
Gratuity is a daily practice, weaved into the educational process, the relationship between teachers, children and their parents, the organization of time and space, and common rules. The class is the place where in a more intense form, gratuity can transform into a healthy personal and social fabric, a school of life that answers the challenge of starting off as travel companions, to learn friendship, cooperation, and how to build our common home.