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Posts from the ‘Perspective’ Category

Partnering with Ski-Hills for Active Learning

Developing outdoor classrooms at local ski hills to develop minds and bodies

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Fostering Leadership for Sustainability

Ten basic principles for getting students aged 11-18 engaged and active in bringing about change for a more sustainable future (excerpt)

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From Footprints to Thoughtprints

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”.

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New Webinar Announced: “Animal Tales: Creating Critical Thinking Through Literature”

Stories have been used since ancient times to entertain, awaken the imagination, and impart moral and community virtue. Learn more in our webinar on December 3rd, 2013.

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Visualizing More Sustainable Futures

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.

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Brain-compatible learning

Neuroscientists are mapping the pathways between body and brain, providing tangible evidence of the benefits of hands-on, experiential learning.
FROM GREEN TEACHER'S SPRING 2001 ISSUE

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Inspiring Eco-Clubs in South India

A description of how an organic farming program at impoverished schools in south India has improved health, and increased environmental awareness and self esteem amongst students, teachers, and communities.

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Rethinking Climate Change Education

Apart from teaching about climate change from a scientific perspective, developing attitudes and behaviors that will enable people to mitigate and adapt to climate change will require a holistic approach—the authors detail six important components which could form the basis for such an approach. (Appropriate for grades 7 and up)

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Wonderful Wildlife Web

An activity for ages 5-8 in which children learn about the interdependence of forest species—between animals and their organic habitats, by assuming the roles of these species

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Green Schools Programs

An overview of the green schools movement in North America and worldwide, including examples of successful green schools programs and their environmental and academic benefits. Includes recommendations for schools interested in implementing such programs.

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Learn from My Mistakes

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.

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Exploring Alternate Futures

Activities for middle school students which enable them to critically and creatively explore potential and preferred versions of the future.

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To Monitor or Not to Monitor

Creating a citizen science team to collect baseline data on a local watershed.

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Waldkindergarten in Germany

How unconventional programs employ extended immersion in nature to foster empathy and stimulate intellectual development among young people.

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The TREK Program

For 20 years, this alternative Grade 10 program has offered students wilderness adventures combined with education for sustainability.

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Getting Down and Dirty: Studying Soil Samples from Around the Country

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.

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