The CirSchool Project
Circus. Pedagogy. Intelligent arts.
CirSchool promotes the idea that students can learn and consolidate their knowledge and competences – both in subjects and transversal – by engaging in physical and body activities, in an environment in which they can directly experiment their training experiences. In particular, the practice of circus skills intended as social and relationshipdeveloping activities, which are carried out using the body – it implies and promotes in the individual a series of competences, connected to the notion of learning to learn: • Ability to capitalize: i.e. the capacity to develop skills and competences already acquired; • Ability for abstraction: the ability to share one’s own interior and group dimension; • Ability to focus: by being concentrated on the object of learning; • Self-esteem: through the mastery of the body; • Concentration on expression and the sharing of the individuals’ interior world by promoting the symbolisation of their own reality and thoughts; • Capacity for team-building; • Responsibility. Within an integrated physical educational curriculum, teacher educators and teachers could teach circus as an intelligent physical arts activity. An intelligent Physical arts curriculum could be defined as a process through which students learn and consolidate transversal skills using activities, which are kinetic and healthy in nature. These activities are specifically aimed at the acquisition of physical, mental, social and health skills.
Focus on enquiry; a common framework has been developed for Teacher Training Seminars with the same approaches but in different cultural contexts and countries, with focus on observation and evaluation. We have produced a Guideline for Teachers Educators as results of these workshops. Collaborative international innovation networks “are the most productive engines of innovation ever” according to Swarm Creativity author Peter Gloor. We guess he is right: CirSchool teams operate in this mode and are demonstrating advances that are newsworthy in several fronts: the refocusing of education as an integrated knowledge of physical, mental and social capacities; the development of teacher educators professional networks that belief that complex educational changes for a more balanced curriculum that integrates Health and Physical Arts Education takes time to be implemented but we need to start now; school-university-government partnerships that demonstrates the power of multilevel engagement as experienced on snow ball seminars ; and collaborative learning communities that enables self organisation around the idea of improvement education through CirSchool project, in-and-out of school, and internationally, with the technology support. CirSchool has been active in Italy, Greece, the UK, Switzerland (1st project year) and Belgium.
A great team with a passion for teaching.