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Weekly Challenges for Environmental Education for the Classroom Teacher

September 9, 2013
Wordle: EnviroEd Challenge

This year I’ve promised to myself to try to support the classroom teacher more in their own goals for Environmental Education. Each week throughout the school year I plan on sending out a challenge which hopefully will open eyes, expand minds and create discussions in the realm of global and/or environmental education.

I will be trying to get the post out a week BEFORE the challenge to allow a week for teachers to think about how best to work towards the challenge if they decide to accept it. As well – through the #EnviroEd edchat on Twitter and other PLN networking it’s my hope fantastic lesson plans and discussion will occur in the week leading up to the challenge and then during the week of the challenge as well. In many cases there will be a hashtag to follow as well.

Week # 1’s challenge was to get outdoors in the very first week and there was great discussion by the many educators who took on the challenge online.

Week #2 was another #KindergartenBioBlitz allowing early years teachers and their students to discuss and explore their own backyards with help from a teaching naturalist like myself.

Week #3 was focussed on Ozone preservation in conjunction with the UN’s International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer (Sept. 16th) and was more focussed to middle and high school.

My goal is to have relevant and engaging discussion on an ongoing basis with teachers of all grades and subjects and while I recognize not every week will relate to every teacher I’d love for you to pass along the challenge when it comes out – for someone in your own PLN might benefit. Along the same lines, you may be teaching the subject or unit but not when we are discussing it. If this is the case, I encourage you to pay attention for valuable resources when you are.

Happy for ideas for upcoming weeks and comments as well!

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