Marta is a teacher at CEDEPRO, a public school in Medellin, located in a low socioeconomic neighborhood that is affected by the armed conflict. Some students showed signs of aggressive behavior and a lack of discipline and she had difficulties maintaining the students’ attention and motivation while teaching Math, Spanish, and Social Sciences.
Since 2009 the program Learning to Learn was introduced as a playful and innovative pedagogical program that provides quality education by improving teaching skills and by strengthening the thinking and reasoning processes of students. Marta as well as 4 other teachers were curious about the program, but also worried about the extra time it demanded.
The training team easily established a strong working relationship with the group of teachers. Marta and her colleagues realized that Learning to Learn is not simply a set of toys and manuals for students, but rather it seeks to change the way teachers teach through the use of a playful methodology and the appropriation of theoretical knowledge of thinking and reasoning in children.
With the introduction of the program and the use of toys with a pedagogical purpose, Marta started to see positive changes developing in her classroom. Her students had a better attitude towards learning, and the use of toys creates a nontraditional learning-teaching environment and allowed the children to create and participate actively in their learning process. The general classroom atmosphere changed and conflicts decreased which enabled Marta to establish better relationships with her students through innovative strategies and tools, and to improve her pedagogical skills.