Our Fables from the Field summer sub-series continues with Ian and Jade discussing times when binoculars factored prominently in outdoor experiences, from observing a perched Bald Eagle with 12 remarkably patient children to receiving the stink eye from a group of birders (or is it "birdwatchers"?). They also dig into the differences between "twitchers" (AKA "listers") and people who simply enjoy birds.
In this first episode of our Fables from the Field summer sub-series, Ian and Jade discuss the value of sit spots, slowing down while out in nature, and the usefulness of sit pads. They also share stories from past adventures in Iceland (when a sit pad would have come in quite handy). Also, do you remember how to pronounce the name of the volcano that erupted in southern Iceland in 2010? Jade does. Ian — not so much...
Ft. outdoor and garden educator Kaci Rae Christopher
In the fourth episode of Earthy Chats, co-hosts Jade Harvey-Berrill and Ian Shanahan chatted with outdoor and garden educator Kaci Rae Christopher, author of The School Garden Curriculum! Here's a sneak-peek at what was discussed:
*growing a science mindset through gardening
*finding connections to systems thinking
*how storytelling fits into "garden culture"
*stories of student growth
*dreaming big and starting small (with just a bucket of soil)
*empowering students by learning local
We also got into some good (bad?) gardening puns, a thorny story of cricket (the sport, not the insect), mystery tomatoes, and hobbits (!?!).
Kaci Rae Christopher is an outdoor and garden educator whose passion is fostering a healthy land ethic, personal empowerment, and environmental literacy in children of all ages. She does this through outdoor immersion and skill-building. She was previously the School Garden Coordinator for the Springwater Environmental Sciences School and the Outdoor Educator for ERA. She lives in Sisters, Oregon.
Her book The School Garden Curriculum: An Integrated K–8 Guide aims to sow the seeds of science and wonder and inspire the next generation of Earth stewards. The School Garden Curriculum offers a unique and comprehensive framework, enabling students to grow their knowledge throughout the school year and build on it from kindergarten to eighth-grade. From seasonal garden activities to inquiry projects and science-skill building, children will develop organic gardening solutions, a positive land ethic, systems thinking, and instincts for ecological stewardship.
Ft. Aboriginal Education Coordinator Faye O'Neil
In the third episode of Earthy Chats, co-hosts Jade Harvey-Berrill and Ian Shanahan chatted with educator Faye O'Neil of the ?aqam Community in the Ktunaxa Nation! Here's a sneak-peek at what was discussed:
*a childhood in nature
*gaining knowledge from the land
*gaps in the education system and how to fill them
*making partnerships and maintaining open dialogue
*how animals and plants are described in the Ktunaxa language
*ways to achieve grounding in nature
Faye O’Neil (Cranbrook) is a member of the ?aqam Community in the Ktunaxa Nation. She is the Aboriginal Education Coordinator for Southeast School District No. 5, and she previously worked in Delta School District as an Aboriginal Support Worker. She sits on the ?aqam Education Committee and Lands Committee, the board for the Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network, and is one of our Indigenous Advisors for our Non-profit Outdoor Learning Store. She also has been actively engaged in supporting educators across the region by helping connect their programs and lessons with Indigenous knowledge, perspectives, and land-based learning.
Ft. Envirosongsters Peter Lenton (aka Peter Puffin) and Remy Rodden
In the second episode of Earthy Chats, co-hosts Jade Harvey-Berrill and Ian Shanahan chatted with the Envirosongsters, Peter Lenton (aka Peter Puffin) and Remy Rodden! Here's a sneak-peek at what was discussed:
*the birth of the Envirosongsters collaboration
*Peter and Remy's process for creating EE songs for kids
*the role of storytelling in crafting a live concert
*the cross-curricular benefits of using song and theatre in education
*harnessing the inherent creativity of children
*the global Songs for Environmental Education network
*Peter and Remy's best (live) blooper stories!
A bit about Peter and Remy from the Envirosongsters website:
Guitar-slinger / songwriter Peter Lenton, aka Peter Puffins Whale Tales, has become a legendary addition to the Childrens Entertainer category around kids concert series and Festival circuits. He was awarded a Juno for the Best Children's Album in 2011.
The Alberta-based Lenton was originally a decorated teacher and curriculum specialist. His students responded to his incredible energy with such enthusiasm, that he was inspired to take his singing and guitar playing to the stage full-time and never looked back. Some 15 years later, he is always evolving his storytelling skills, passion for the environment, and unflagging belief in children merging it all together into something fresh and inviting. www.puffin.ca
Eco-singer Remy Rodden — a bilingual, rich-voiced teacher and biologist — is committed to helping children learn about nature. He's a clever songwriter, deeply concerned about the environment, and his wholly entertaining show ignites both the young and the young at heart. Remy’s target is to inspire wonder and foster responsible action with his fun and poignant curriculum-connected songs.
Remy’s many years as an adventurer, camp leader, educator and entertainer uniquely position him to delight family audiences. He draws on his experience of countless school presentations, travels and performances in all continents (yes, even Antarctica) and a wilderness life in Canada’s Yukon Territory. He has degrees in biology and environmental, outdoor, and experiential education and puts them to full use in his music! www.remyrodden.com
Featured song excerpts:
World Without Fish by Remy Rodden
Kid Hearts by Peter Lenton
What's That, Habitat? by Remy Rodden
Green Kids on the Loose! by Peter Lenton
The premier episode of Earthy Chats has arrived! Co-hosts Jade Harvey-Berrill and Ian Shanahan chatted with Dr. Gillian Judson of imaginED and the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University. Here's a sneak-peek at what we discussed:
*the role of imagination in meaningful learning for learners of all ages (adults, too!)
*how story form engages emotions and enhances memory consolidation
*Gillian's new book, A Walking Curriculum and how it can be used by parents and educators
*outdoor learning and forging a sense of place
*debunking the (rubbish) notion that imagination-based education is all about children, make-believe, fantasy, and fairies
Gillian Judson directs the imaginEd blog, which is "designed to support and enable imagination-focused teaching in all contexts, from formal to alternative learning contexts, and from primary school through higher education. imaginED is about education that inspires all learners. The professional community following imaginED — and contributing to it — is growing each day." As a member of the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University, Gillian's teaching and research are focused on Imaginative Education (IE) and "the specific ways to engage imagination in learning all aspects of the curriculum." She explores Imaginative Ecological Education (IEE) in her books, Engaging Imagination in Ecological Education: Practical Strategies for Teaching and A Walking Curriculum, both of which are available at the Outdoor Learning Store.