Add Some Adventure
Submitted by Brian Zuber on Fri, 2017-07-14 00:00
Both last year and this year, there are tons of takeaways and good ideas to bring to our classrooms through the MILES Adventure workshops, I'm so glad for this program! For me, there are two major takeaways, the first is to add a little adventure into the classroom! Take the kids outside when you can, work hard to schedule a few extra field trips to a natural site, invite some fun guest speakers to class, and maybe start an after-school adventure club with enrichment activities that tie back to content in several of the students' classes.
Another important takeaway, is to frame my units on natural resources, including water and mineral resources, as ecosystem services. Get the kids to shift from seeing ecosystems as another disconnected concept to learn in science class, and to see them as something that provides us with our needs and resources to survive. If we don't take care of our ecosystems and manage them wisely, they won't be able to provide the resources we need to survive and prosper in the future.