Developing outdoor classrooms at local ski hills to develop minds and bodies
Posts from the ‘Perspective’ Category
While most environmental teaching focuses on actions required to solve environmental problems, it does little to challenge the underlying attitudes and assumptions which led to these problems in the first place. Stephen K. Goobie encourages educators to tackle not only our ecological footprints, but also our ecological “thoughtprints”.
Contemporary education ignores the future but sustainability education requires it. Here’s a compelling rationale and some activities that will help young people think more critically and creatively about the future.
AN EXCERPT FROM GREEN TEACHER'S SPRING 2013 ISSUE.
A “dialectical” approach for training educators on how to teach more effectively in outdoor settings. The trainer models a poorly taught lesson, works with the students to identify the mistakes made, and provides solutions for correcting those mistakes. Aims to help highlight some of the common mistakes that outdoor educators make, such as those related to group position, delivery, content, pace, and professionalism.
An activity for upper elementary students in which soil samples from around the country are exchanged and evaluated. Students gain knowledge of the correlation between soil composition and different kinds of terrain, and why different soils have greatly varied qualities.