An assembly is a routine that takes place during childhood education, but that gradually goes away leaving in pursuit of other educational approaches. This tool of group management promotes communication and the feeling of belonging, as well as the active participation of students, with the main objective of developing communicative skills such as oral expression, debate, active listening, negotiation and consensus.
The Assembly of Image has the main objective to encourage students to express their thoughts and emotions in relation to the images they produce, consume and share. The tutor- teacher will act as a moderator and must take on a dynamic role by suggesting questions or methods.
The moderator will establish a working space to develop each assembly session. The Assembly of Image will be developed according to these three phases. The first phase focuses on the generation of ideas, in order to find new ideas or solutions to a given situation. The second phase is based on the debate, in order to approach the analysis of different positions, their advantages and disadvantages, and to expound and justify their main statements. Finally, the third phase is about the decision making, although ending up with a particular decision is not a priority, since the main objective is not to conclude sharing a common idea but sharing the sense of a collective reflection.
The following questions may help the moderator to energize the Assembly of Image and to establish a working space with the students group.
What do you think images are for? Which effects have the images you consume every day in all your field of action (TV, advertising, video games, internet, social networks, etc.)? What do you like or do not like about images?
We believe that the Assembly of Image can be a useful tool to debate and value visual communication among the group members. It’s a space where students and tutors can develop listening skills, as well as communication and participation strategies. The Assembly of Image could be carried out during sessions of 30 minutes maximum, once per week