Free texts – Free expression in practice

Animators: Maria Vrettopoulou – Fotini Dimopoulou

Workshop Day: Friday, October 22, 2021

Time: 18:00 – 20:00

Duration: 2 hours

Place of Implementation: Cultural Center of Chania

Addressed to: A group of 20 primary-secondary education teachers

A certificate of participation will be given



Talking about free text means talking about writing. I write if I have anything to say to someone who is not here: driven by the certainty that I will be read, in the hope that I will be heard. At school, normally, one learns to write in anticipation of being given the opportunity to write: it is the Exhibition (which is not enough to call it "writing production" to change character). Free text is the opposite: one begins to write and little by little learns to write. I know how to write because I write. I write because I know how to write. The free text combined with the school newspaper and correspondence allows us to rediscover the meaning of written communication: I write something to read and I read what has been written. (From the book MEMORANDUM OF INSTITUTIONAL PEDAGOGY by RenéLaffite and the group "Towards an Institutional Pedagogy", translation: Haris Papadopoulos).

Curriculum Vitae of Trainers / Team

The team of the Network of Cooperative Schools of Chania consists of primary and secondary teachers of all specialties. Teachers who believe that the school should be in daily dialogue, exchange and transaction with its environment. The experience of the people within the Network takes place under the terms of Freinet Pedagogy and Institutional Pedagogy, with an effort for the participation of all members in the decision-making process, in a continuous exercise in Democracy and the democratic principles of organization.
The aim of the Network is to create a "small ark" of ideas and pedagogical perceptions for a free, open and cooperative school with Freinet pedagogy:

  • with an emphasis on expression, communication and collaboration skills
  • with artistic expression and cinema
  • with the printing press and school brochures (school newspaper, small books)
  • with the cooperative class community and with the student councils in a central role for the operation of the classroom and the school with the children experiencing democracy in their school, co-shaping their environment
  • with their actions and
  • with children being the active, responsible and emancipated citizens of today and tomorrow.

For the Network, the workshops will be coordinated by the members of Fotini Dimopoulou (teacher), Maria Vretopoulou (teacher).