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Method Social Woodwork 

/ Institute Tomie Ohtake at São Paulo - SP 

Projects that drive

Creating with wood enables experimentation, the discovery of new possibilities, the security of oneself, the search for improvement and acceptance of frustrations.To guide participants through these steps, a unique methodology has been developed over time, with the experience of classes held in recent years and inspired by studies in Project Based Learning.

Practical learning is best absorbed when it is challenging, empowering and fun.

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Personal development takes place during the search to answer a question, or an authentic challenge.The courses start with the presentation of an engaging and complex problem, offering tools, opportunities and support for solving them.In the end, we celebrate the results achieved together. The gamification logic is present in the methodology, reinforced by the following pillars:

1. Collective Agreements
Every meeting begins by jointly establishing the rules that will help us to have a good joint practice, agreed by all.

2. Opportunities
These are the challenges or issues that we will solve during the workshop's journey, which can range from a personal need to an urban one.

3. Support
The student knows that he can take risks and is more comfortable making mistakes having someone who accompanies him during the learning process.Facilitate without delivering the game.

4. Recognition
During the closing where we do feedbacks and self-assessment we can reflect and perceive how we change after the experience.What transformations we got from the actions we took.


Purpose objects

The pieces worked in the courses are functional. From toolboxes and personal organizers to benches and tables that provide social interaction, everyone is useful.

Objects that have improved everyday life on an individual and collective level.

The level of difficulty in making the pieces is appropriate to the format of the course. Simpler pieces are proposed for groups that are starting in joinery or more complex when the objective is to challenge the improvement of skills.

It is through the process of making the proposed pieces that people understand and experience the process. The stages of making the piece are designed to boost the personal development of technical and social skills.

Participants can customize projects and develop something that meets their unique or group needs. Everyone does the same piece, but each with their own way. The objects developed can be for individual use (stools) or collective (urban furniture benches) and work dynamics are proposed to combine moments of individual and collective creation.