Ready to learn about our Island method?

”A visitor comes to your island where you live. Your task, together with those in your community, is to take care of the visitor for one day so that he/she wishes to come back again.”

This is the framework for our story-making process. It seems a simple task, but the visitor bears with him/her challenges which must be met, linked to the intended theme of the process. The Island Method is unique and offers many advantages as an approach to learning.

21st century skills. During the entire course of the project, participants work with creativity, innovation, critical thinking, problem-solving, communication and teamwork. These skills are trained to varying degrees at every step, so that participants learn from one another and develop.

– Supportive of school curricula. This is a rewarding method in which teachers can work in a formative way with students’ skills and meet each student at his/her level of development. It is easy to weave in learning objectives in most subject-matter areas and measure students’ performance; create a cross-curricular project; or use the method in a series of different projects. The method is easily adapted to existing schedules and resources.

– Creativity. The Island Method offers a perfect playground for creativity and fantasy. There are few limitations, and fantasy encourages innovation. Students follow a clear structure, but are free to handle the assignment and the creative process in their own groups. Through writing, reading, drawing and dramatizing students learn to express themselves in multifaceted ways.

– Empathy. Capacities which are included in 21st century skills and which are central to the method are empathy and compassion. These are a priority for improving communication skills and gaining a deeper understanding of other cultures and ways of thinking, as well as for developing a positive attitude to differences. Thanks to the secure environment which the story-making process creates, students dare to question their own thoughts and test new ideas.

– Communication is the core of the method. Students work actively with it throughout the process in order effectively to work as a group, not least in order to create a story which is coherent and puts across their intentions.  Equally, students work with communication in the end phase of the method in which they are tasked with analyzing and reflecting upon the story they have created.

– Play is an important stimulus for the participants. Having fun allows them more easily to grasp new concepts and ideas. For this reason it is important that students are given the possibility to express themselves in their own ways, individually and in the group. The method includes special activities and exercises in order to stimulate fantasy and play, where needed.

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