Here is my final digital storytelling that shows a summary of what I’ve learned in ESCI 302.
Below is my script as well.
During the first class of ESCI 302, I didn’t even know what ESCI meant honestly. It wasn’t until Audrey told us that it was all about Environmental Education. At first, I didn’t think that I would like this class because I just had no idea what to expect. I thought ‘How am I going to teach Kindergarten to grade five about Environmental Education’ and I immediately started judging it. I definitely see now why everyone should be taught Environmental Education and here is a little summary of my learning in ESCI 302.
Before this class, I had never blogged and I didn’t even know how to do it. I caught on pretty quickly and found that it was a place for me to write my thoughts about particular subjects and I enjoyed that. The first blog post, we were asked ‘What is the environment?’. This was hard to answer at first because all I could think about was grass, trees, birds, and every other thing in nature. I have learned throughout the class that the environment is huge and it has a lot of history to it and I feel like I’ve always taken for granted the environment that I’m able to live in.
Then we got into the topic about what Eco literacy is to us. At first, I honestly had no idea what to say because I had never really thought about Eco literacy. I learned that Eco literacy is knowing about the environment you live in and about ecosystems that help the environment to survive. David Orr is a name I will remember because one of his quotes stood out to me at the beginning of the semester. The quote is ‘Education is not widely regarded as a problem, although the lack of it is’. In my experience, my lack of environmental education was a problem because I just thought since it was something that I wasn’t really interested in, that I didn’t have to learn and become educated about it.
This land is something we should always appreciate and we also have to be sensitive to the way in which we acquired this land because there is a lot of history to it. We are able to share this land and that is something we should never take for granted; that being said I definitely took it for granted before this class. Practicing stillness in this class really helped me appreciate the land and environment more and to really just think about where I live, why I live here and how I live here. This was a way for me to reflect and see how beautiful nature really is and that is something that I never would’ve done on my own.
Another one of David Orr’s quotes that will stick with me is ‘All education is environmental education’. I learned that this quote is actually very true. Any subject in school can be related to environmental education and we found this out when we made our 5 micro-unit lesson plans in this class. It gave us a chance to take different subjects and relate them to environmental education even when we thought it wasn’t possible.
I have learned some things about being a future teacher. I have learned that there are 5 E’s that relate to learning. Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate. These 5 E’s can be used with K-5 and it would give students a chance to take a topic that interests them and use these 5 E’s to help themselves learn more about it and go more in depth with it.
I have also learned that having a garden in your classroom is a GREAT idea and that is definitely something that I never would’ve thought about. Having a garden allows children to see the processes of the plants growing and what they have to do to take care of the plants and it can even give children a sense of pride knowing their plants are alive every day.
I definitely changed my opinion of environmental education from the beginning of the semester to the end of the semester. I have learned so much about myself and how I want to be as a future teacher. I absolutely know that I will teach environmental education in my classes because it is more than just learning about the environment; it involves learning about yourself too and that is equally as important.
I just want to thank Audrey for being passionate about this subject because that made it enjoyable to learn from. I was faced with being uncomfortable at first but then as the semester went on, Audrey challenged us to counteract some things we’ve said in our blogs and that gave us a chance to look at our writing in a different way. I hope to be as passionate about environmental education as you are one day, so thank you.
And thanks for listening.