This is a really interesting article written by Becs Boyd who explored place-based education programs throughout the Pacific Northwest through a Churchill fellowship. She resides in Scotland.
The article explores how ‘Community Based approaches can be transformative for students, teachers, schools and communities. Making these approaches work means taking a fresh look at the school community, the wider community and the environment, and working out how they can best support each other. Change takes time, and success, naturally, relies on a healthy physical and social learning environment with good relationships between educators, administrators and students. Many schools will already be connecting students with their local Place and helping them discover how to make their own place in the world a positive one.’
This blog identifies some pointers drawn from the experiences of real schools, students and teachers to help plant the seeds of Place in new school communities.
I have just listed the headings – click on the link above to read more.
1) Learning and Caring About Place
2) Responsible Citizens
3) Active learners
4) Effective contributors
5) School in community
6) Relevant for the real world
Key questions arising:
How do you promote a culture of care?
How do you empower your students to make a difference in the local environment and community, creating caring local and global citizens?
Do you encourage ‘whole school’ learning that involves all students across all ages and classes.
How do you encourage students to learn by doing and be ‘creators’ of knowledge, with the teacher as a guide and co-learner who may not have all the ‘answers’.
Do you make students’ concerns and questions central to the learning agenda? How do you capture this? How often?
Is your school a model for a sustainable community that can act as a learning hub and role model for the wider community? If not – how will you make this happen? Are you outward looking and ambitious for your school?
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