The social approach to teaching: growing up in contact with others

Using the human resources in the community to enrich the lives of students, this is how teacher Catherine Lapointe explains her “social pedagogy”, an approach to teaching that is dear to her. Following a workshop she offered in October 2019, we met her to find out more, as well as Chantal Larivière, who had just attended as a “great witness”.

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Using the human resources in the community to enrich the lives of students, this is how teacher Catherine Lapointe explains her “social pedagogy”, an approach to teaching that is dear to her. Following a workshop she offered in October 2019, we met her to find out more, as well as Chantal Larivière, who had just attended as a “great witness”.

An interview with Stéphanie Dionne, text by Audrey Miller

"Learn about the world around the world to contribute to the world"  

The best way to experience social pedagogy is, for Catherine, to take her class outside of school, but not only in the playground! With her students, she walks on the surrounding paths, those where young people can meet people, observe them, and even interact with them, and "invest their community". It is a way of showing young learners that they have a place in society and that it is important. This allows them to develop their interpersonal skills through the acquisition of knowledge and other academic skills. Because at each outing, there is of course one or more educational intentions, often experienced in the form of a "mission".  

She tells us more about it in this interview, shot just after the workshop on the subject that she offered on the occasion of the 2e IDÉE Entrepreneurial Education fall congress, in October 2019 in Lévis.

“Social innovation is daring to transform in contact with others. "

- A QUOTE FROM NADIA DUGUAY THAT INSPIRES HER A LOT.

Mme Chantal's nature class

At the same congress, we also met Chantal Lariviere, an educational coach in Eastern Ontario, who had just attended Catherine Lapointe's workshop as a “great witness”. She was very touched by his way of letting children be children and acting as a guide in their learning of basic human skills.

She also talks to us about her own "nature class", a way of offering young people who are less fortunate, for example because they live in a tower of apartments, to have contact with nature and to discover whatever she can teach them.  

Two passionate teachers to listen to without delay!

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About the Author

Stephanie Dionnehttp://ecolebranchee.com/famille
Stéphanie Dionne is director of development and partnerships, facilitator and speaker. It contributes to the influence of players in the education sector and its ecosystem. In addition, it supports parents, teachers and workers in a mentality of co-education in order to allow young people to become fulfilled citizens in the digital age.