Nature as Co-Teacher in Urban School Settings
Cara and Kelly are grade 3 and 4 teachers at šx?w?q?????t (Shwa'kwa-set)/Crosstown Elementary.
As part of their Graduate Studies in Nature and Place-Based Learning at SFU, they have begun an inquiry into student experiences of learning from nature in the heart of the city.
Their school is literally surrounded by buildings and has no dedicated school grounds, but they have found "forests" and water ways for their students to learn from. Cara and Kelly are passionate about learning from the natural world with a focus on Indigenous ways of knowing and being.
This half hour session will focus on hands-on learning experiences that you can adapt for your outdoor learning areas (school garden, school grounds, local parks). We will share ideas for learning with the trees, learning with the plants, learning with the water and learning with the land and connecting them back to curricular and content competencies. The activities are focused on K-7 students. Participants will be asked to bring some natural materials to the session in order to experience some the activities first hand.