Ecoliteracy Braid

After going through many of my classmates poems, love letters, and other ways of responding of what it means to be ecoliterate, I was amazed to see some of the similarities to my poem on what it means to be ecoliterate. Both poems I looked at were very interesting. Reading Jade’s poem, it made realize the positives and beauty the Earth has and how my poem represented some of that. On the other hand, Laura’s poem kind of brought out and made me realize the darker side of my poem on the destruction of Earth and what it could look like if it continues.

The first piece that stood out to me that showed similarities to my poem was Jade’s poem. In one of the verses of Jade’s poem, it states “capturing every breathtaking experience in the world”. I found that it connected with one of the verses in my poem which was “as there are so many places to go and roam.” The major similarity I found between these two statements was the travel aspect of what it means to be ecoliterate. Enjoying nature, because there are so many “breathtaking experiences” and you can make “unforgettable memories” by going to new places. Taking in, and honoring what the Earth has given us and taking a chance to experience other parts of the world and the beauty it offers if the opportunity presents itself. There’s so many places in the world to discover that offer different types of nature and landscapes which may give you a whole new perspective on the way you treat and understand the Earth. By experiencing new ways of seeing how the beauty the Earth presents us with different opportunities to understand nature it will leave us realizing what the Earth is capable of and how diverse it can be. By seeing other parts of the world it may change our opinions on how we need to protect this beauty.

The second poem that I found similar to mine was Laura’s in the fact that we both talked about how humans are just taking from the earth and not really thinking about giving back and the greed humans can contain that comes with lack of respect for the Earth. This part of our poems seems very dark. At the end of my poem I state “You demonstrate how we need to give back to this Earth and not just take, as there are many consequences that are at stake. / One day this Earth might be as bare as a bone, for future generations we need to set the right tone.” This braided with Laura’s part of the poem on how she referred to human and Earth relationships and how it can be considered “one-sided”. Laura’s poem also states that “one will wear out / and be forced away / leaving the other with nothing.” Like in mine, if we don’t have a good relationship with the earth we are not only going to destroy nature we are going to destroy humanity also and this planet will be left as “bare as a bone” if we don’t consider giving back and the pace of consumerism doesn’t slow down.

When asked to connect to a certain reading we took up in class I thought that David Orr’s chapter on “What is Education For?” was a perfect example. Orr explains that “the plain fact is that the planet does not need more successful people. But it desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of every kind”. What it sounds like to me is that the Earth needs people to treat it like a true “friend” like my poem suggests. In my poem it talks about how we need to be the Earth’s friend and in order to become the Earth’s friend we must stop hurting it and keep it clean which will leave a better place for future generations. Friends are understanding, and by understanding what the Earth needs we will be able to prevent the Earth from destruction. We don’t need successful people to just keep taking but instead we need successful people to use their power to be more eco-friendly. The Earth is hurting, we need to give a helping hand as a true friend would.

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Traditional Ways Of Knowing

Week #6 –Reading Response:

  • The most important act of decolonization I noticed and read from the article was how they talked about the traditional Mushkegowuk ways of learning through the word paquataskamik which describes the natural environment that supports life. We have definitely looked passed traditional ways of learning from the natural environment. We basically see decolonization through traditional ways of learning through Indigenous ways of knowing and education is less based on how the environment gives us opportunity. We need to honor and preserve the traditional ways of learning through the Indigenous more instead of just completely looking passed and forgetting Indigenous ways of learning. Decolonization can have generational affects which is why it’s really important that we incorporate indigenous knowledges in classrooms.

 

  • Ways that I could adapt these traditional ideas of Indigenous knowledge is just making sure that kids understand how to respect and preserve Indigenous identity. We can’t forget the traditional ways of knowing and learning because I think that’s what makes Indigenous people feel the most decolonized with the lack of and acknowledging traditional values. As a teacher, we need to find ways to incorporate and preserve indigenous knowledges in our classroom so they don’t go unforgotten.

Ecoliteracy Poem

Dear my ecoliterate buddy

You have shown me the Earth is such a special place,

With so much to study

With life so abundant on Earth,

We can’t forget how much its worth.

 

You tell me I should be honored and lucky

To call this beautiful Earth our home,

As there are so many places to go and roam.

 

You show how we need to keep the Earth clean,

While recognizing the planet as our friend

And not be so mean.

 

You demonstrate how we need to give back to this Earth and not just take,

As there are many consequences that are at stake.

One day this earth might be as bare as bone,

For the future generations, we need to set the right tone.

Curriculum Development

Week #5 – Reading Response:

During this week’s reading response I found that school systems go through a long process with the government that leads to the development of curriculum. Teachers and the government have to agree on what is appropriate to include in a school curriculum. The curriculum that is taught has to show relevance in regards to the social aspect of learning but also the development of the student and then you have to integrate subjects into that which makes it hard to create a curriculum especially with so many teachers having opinions on how the curriculum should be ran.

For me personally, the perspective I have on what the reading provided me with is how hard it would be to get the government and the teachers to agree on one curriculum that is fitting to everyone school system. I just feel like there would be a lot of opinions which would make it tough for everyone to come to a certain decision.

Something that surprised me from this article was how little students opinions matter with the debate of sex education and other subjects. I think maybe they should take a survey from students and then act upon the students opinions if it should be incorporated. A survey is just an option, but maybe it could be a deciding factor in the addition of a certain class.

What Is A Good Student?

Week #4 – Reading Response:

During this week’s reading, we were asked to break down what it means to be a “good” student according to the article. What I found that this article was trying to say about “good” students in society is that there are a lot of pressures that come from society that shapes what a good student is supposed to be like. Students can sort of put on a mask when they get into a classroom meaning sometimes how a student acts in class isn’t how they act outside of the school. This article suggests that a stereotypical student doesn’t really go against the norms of teaching. A good student is considered to be on time, gets there homework done, engage in class discussions, attends class regularly etc. In every class though, there will be a variety of students who think differently and learn at their own pace and it is our job as teachers to understand the unique learning styles of students. Each student has different qualities, we have to understand what makes a student feel like a good student.

I kind of think that the privileged students in our society come from good families who suggest and teach what it means to be a “good” student.

I think that it is hard to see what a student is actually like and go against the norms of teaching because we have the expectations of a good student in a classroom and what society sees it as. As a teacher we need to realize that we shouldn’t base our classroom off what society sees a good student as and focus more on getting to know our students and individually figure out through their personalities how they can be a good student and not just base each student off one belief that society views a good student as.

ECS 210 Blog Posts : The Greatest Sign Of Success.

Week #3 – Reading Response:

For this week’s reading response, I decided to unpack the quote, “The greatest sign of success for a teacher is to be able to say ‘The children are now working as if I did not exist.’” This quote comes from the education theorist Maria Montessori. What I think that Montessori is saying is that when students are interested in the subjects or discussions that are being taught,  they will work harder and be more focused and ignore the fact that your even there because they are in such deep thought and enjoy learning. When they are focused and engaged, they will be quiet and will have understood the material that is being taught which means as a teacher you have done your job and it will bring you the feeling of success. I think what makes this quote possible in education is having a good relationship with the students and understanding the way your students learn which will create that work ethic that displays a deep understanding. What could make this quote impossible in education is if your students show disinterest and become reliant on you as a teacher. What this quote is saying about the teacher and student is that they have a good relationship with each other and are understanding. This relates to my own understanding of curriculum and school because if you can build a good relationship with the students and understand the way your students learn curriculums and lessons, it  will be easier to teach and easier for students to understand and show interest. You have to make learning enjoyable for students and find a way to connect the students interests to the curriculum. Once you have established this, you will feel successful.

Creative Journal #2 ESCI

Creative Journal Blog #2 – How can we be more ecofriendly and give back to the land?

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For week number two’s creative visual, I decided to construct a little collage full of actions that are in my power to be more ecofriendly. I decided I could leap into action by taking public transit and carpooling to use less gas, walking and biking more often to get to places, reduce the energy that is used to power my house and the last thing which I have been getting better at, is reducing the amount of plastic water bottles I use. The Earth has given us as humans many opportunities to succeed. It is our job to be mindful of the resources that we have been given and make sure that we aren’t destroying the environment that has given us so many opportunities. I know it is easier said than done by doing these ecological pledges as a lot of people might say, but if we can get enough people to buy into being ecofriendly we can have a massive change in how we focus on what is right for the Earth. We need more environmentally friendly leaders to set a good example so more people can follow in the right foot steps to get things turned around.

For my ecological pledges, not only am I helping the environment out, I am also saving money for a lot of these things. Gas and power can be really expensive so reducing these things will help save money. I know my room mates and I have been doing a really good job carpooling this year and instead of blasting the heat in the house we have been throwing on sweaters and using blankets more often and keeping the heat to a reasonable temperature and we have been noticing huge money savings.

InBraiding Sweetgrass, it mentions one of the sacrifices that humans may face when trying to be more ecofriendly and that sacrifice was raising taxes for things that can benefit the environment. I know that some people may disagree with these decisions like the people in the book but we need to do these types of things to raise awareness and take action to be more ecofriendly before it is too late.

ECS 210 Blog Posts

Week #2 Reading Response:

Since the start of organized school systems, there has been little changes to the subjects that get taught and the way the schools operate. Growing up, I have experienced the Tyler rationale on many occasions. Occurring all throughout my time in school, I can remember that all subjects are taught mostly among the guidelines of Tyler’s Rationale which includes aims and objectives, content, organization of teaching and learning then an evaluation that gets graded. A certain subject that I can relate this too is math. You start your lesson with objectives that that you want your class to learn like division. You then teach the process of division with organization and the steps of division in hopes that the kids will learn it. Regardless if the students get it or not there is a set date for the exam and that’s when it will take place. The process never really changes, there is a start, then the content and then test. This is convenient for teachers because this rationale adds structure to our school system.

One major limitation to the Tyler Rationale is that schools don’t emphasize enough on common sense. Schools have set classes and subjects that need to be followed that some kids may find uninteresting also. Tyler’s Rationale seems to put more thought into staying within the curriculum and staying on task that sometimes actually learning the subject. It doesn’t really let students expand their ways of thinking and understanding.

I think one of the biggest benefits of Tyler’s Rationale is how it provides a structure and process to school systems as we talked about in class and shown on the power point slides. It helps for teachers planning and organization in classrooms. Each teacher would have their own way of running a classroom if it wasn’t for Tyler’s Rationale which may cause chaos. With organization and structure it allows students to stay on task and to have an end goal.

Creative Journal #1 ESCI

Creative Journal Blog #1 – Keep Our Earth Clean!

In the pictures you find below is my visual representation of a time I felt connected to the environment. Last summer, I was out in Nelson B.C. visiting a few of my friends. One day we decided to go on a hike in the mountains and I found this Gatorade bottle, like the one I show in my pictures, laying on the ground. I picked it up and placed it in my backpack. This recent memory made me feel really connected to the environment because I felt I was doing a good deed and helping protect the environment from waste. The little things count. I know it is a very small gesture but the Earth is our home and we have to keep it clean and we have to find proper ways of disposing or recycling our garbage and use our resources wisely. We can’t destroy Earth we have to work with it and respect it. What you do with the resources now can affect the future. The environment to me means home, so we need to treat it right and respect it and by doing that we can do things as little as picking up one piece of recycling like I did or else we are going to leave a huge mess for future generation. A clean future is the right future.

As Kimmerer speaks in her recent chapter we just read, she mentions and talks about how the world is a gift. As humans, whenever we receive a gift we treat it with respect and we are thankful for it. By doing things like keeping the environment clean and recycling are types of ways we show that we treat our world and environment as a gift.

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