Finding the lessons within our community classroom
Place based learning values the integral classroom that we call our home town. Because the lessons are found within our community, their relevance is guaranteed. From culture to nature, community groups to individuals blazing their own trail, they are part of our surroundings and worthy of a closer look. The closer we look, the more we see, the deeper the understanding becomes.
Provocations will likely be very different than those of traditional curriculum themes, and the approach may take some thinking about; what is our current level of understanding, what learning opportunities are expected, how will we remain flexible on the learning journey that presents itself, and how do we ensure the learning unfolds in an age-appropriate manner? We may learn historical facts, experience social influences, find community patterns, meet local wildlife, investigate seasonal effects on our neighborhood, learn about local geography … the opportunities are endless! Our research may be a little unconventional also, learning history from a story teller will be much more interesting than looking at a book. This group will be a hands-on investigative team getting to know the ins and outs of this community we call home.