THINKING LIKE LEONARDO

From preschool to Grade 8 teachers of the Leonardo Da Vinci Academy employ “Seven Da Vincian Principles” to help students explore and cultivate their own creativity and intelligence.  By using strategies inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci children are encouraged to develop their full potential. Along with a heightened appreciation of the world, areas of development that are promoted include: problem solving, creative thinking, self-expression, and the balancing of body and mind.

In his book How To Think Like Leonardo, renowned author Michael J. Gelb lays the framework for following Leonardo’s example. In his book Gelb describes Seven Da Vincian Principles as a foundation for lifelong learning. These were adapted by our school as a framework for living and learning. and serve as guiding principles for teachers, students and parents.

Seven Da Vincian Principles for lifelong learning:

1. Curiosità (Curiosity)

An insatiably curious approach to life and an unrelenting quest for continuous learning.

 

2. Dimostrazione (Perseverance) 

A commitment to test knowledge through experience, persistence, and a willingness to learn from mistakes.

 

3. Sensazione (Sensations)

The continual refinement of the senses, especially sight, as the means to enliven experience.

 

4. Sfumato (Mystery)

A willingness to embrace ambiguity, paradox, and uncertainty. (“Going up in Smoke”)

 

5. Arte/Scienza (Arts & Science)

The development of the balance between art, logic, and imagination. (“Whole-brain” thinking.)

 

6. Corporalità (Corporality)

The cultivation of grace, ambidexterity, fitness, and poise. Promoting body awareness.

 

7. Connessione (Connections)

A recognition of and appreciation for the interconnectedness of all things and phenomena. (“Systems thinking”.)