With tablets in hand, 5th grade students walk quietly accompanied by their teacher Maria de Lourdes to the library of the Campinas Community School to continue data collection and research activities. Those who see this inspiring scene note that insubordination is a word that does not fit in the vocabulary of these children, some as young as 10 years old.
Why? Maria de Lourdes calmly responds, “Students need to feel respected, responsible, and involved in the learning process. When they feel this way, a partnership is established which results in a commitment to the construction of knowledge from the students.”