Monthly Archives: October 2015

“Learning From Place”

Connection to nature is important to children’s intellectual, emotional, social, physical and spiritual development. Throughout this article the connection between students and their environment becomes special. I believe that kids today are losing there connection to nature and it is up to us as educators to find ways in bringing it back into the lives of our students.

Throughout this article, reinhabitation and decolonization is provided through the bonding of elders and youth. The elders share their knowledge with the students particularly about “the river” in this article. The connection between the elders and the youth was to express the importance of re-connecting with lost traditions and culture. The elders want the youth to be proud of where they come from, they want to get back to their roots and develop to understand the significance of the social, cultural, economic, and spiritual meaning of their environment. The elders try to re-gain what has been lost and create a bond with the youth.

My experience through outdoor education has helped me to develop the importance of finding ways to connect students with nature. With becoming a Physical Education and Health teacher, I believe that it is very easy to incorporate “place” within my learning. I think developing a set time where students can go outside and find a special place to begin journaling and express their feelings in solitude would be a great way of connecting students to their environments. This can provide a mental health strategy in allowing students to write down how they feel or things that may be going on in their life. From my own personal experience, having a place can be very rewarding and relaxing. I strongly believe that it can benefit most students with their learning experience. It can create a positive learning environment for students who may not enjoy learning in a classroom!

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A “Good” Student

Society portrays that there are good students and bad students. According to common sense a “good” student is someone who follows instruction, listens effectively, and works well with others. Good Students are able to learn the way society wants them to learn. Bad students are students who don’t obey, they are unable to follow instruction, and they can not sit still. The students that fit this definition of a “good” students are those who are able to learn with little questioning and they require little to no attention. Students who are of the “norm” are those who are privileged by this definition of the good student. Students who don’t require extra attention, or diverse needs are good students.

Learners who are different and don’t fit the “norm” of a good student will be at a disadvantage. Because of theses common sense ideas we are unable to allow students to be diverse and to be themselves. We discourage those who aren’t classified as “good” students from learning. Those who don’t fit the norm are not given a place within the classroom. However, those of the norm are the students who succeed in the system, and they are the students who feel safe in their learning environments.