Since the dawn of civilization, strategy games have played an important role in human culture. Teachers would draw lines in the sand upon which their pupils would place the game pieces to play alongside each other and reflect upon things: an engaging activity which contributed for the development of several skills. Family members of all generations would sit together and enjoy the challenges brought by the strategy games.
Mind Lab’s Methodology emphasizes the importance of rescuing this ‘culture of playfulness’ that emphasizes meaningful interactions and learning built through the experiences with the game and the surroundings. But it goes further: it integrates the role of the “mediator” and the importance of their intentional interventions in promoting human development. Also, there are “Metacognitive Methods”: resources which organize, expand and raise awareness to the most efficient ways to process and deal with reality. Three intertwined pillars: “Thinking Games”, “Metacognitive Methods” and the “Teacher Mediator.”
Mind Lab’s Methodology is a significant educational tool to support the development of skills because it creates an exciting learning environment where young people deal with cognitive, emotional, social and ethical challenges that transcend the classroom environment and become part of real life.