Hello and welcome to my ESCI 302 Meta Reflection. Upon entering this course I understood what Environmental Education was, but I found it difficult explaining what it means to be an ecoliterate person, as Ecoliteracy has so many different meanings.
Throughout the course I gained knowledge on what it means to be ecoliterate. To be ecoliterate, to me means to reduce, reuse, and recycle, and to take care of our environment by cleaning up everything around us. This course has taught me a few ways as to how I can incorporate environmental education in to my future classroom or school. Some ideas that this course gave me is how we can plant mini gardens, vermicompost, or take our students on nature walks as a part of environmental education.
During this course I reflected back on my experiences and connections with the environment around me through the blog posts I created. Some connections that I have with the environment is through the resources I use.
I learned that when using our environments resources we should not be wasteful or careless. We should give back and say thank you.
In the reading “Maple Nation: A Citizen Guide,” Kimmerer states (2013) that “[w]e’ve got a lot to be grateful for, and we all have to do our part to keep it going” (p.169). I agree with this quote as we all need to work together as a community in order to see the positive changes we can have on disrupting climate change.
Our generation is “becoming more ignorant of the things we must know to live well and sustainably on the earth” David Orr.
I believe that any small actions can help to disrupt the global warming that is happening around our world. Some of these actions include saving power, picking up garbage and not polluting, reducing, reusing, and recycling, as well as limiting the amount of single use plastics that we use.
I believe that if everyone does their part our environment can be clean. We need to think about our future, and how we can do something to disrupt climate change.
This course has taught me how I can incorporate environmental education in the classroom. As a future educator I want to take my students beyond the four walls of a classroom, as I believe that students can learn from their environment. I want to challenge the norms of how students are being taught today. I want my students to understand that “school isn’t supposed to be a polite form of incarceration” Richard Louv.
I want my students to have fun while learning, and I believe that they can have fun by exploring the outdoors. Our world provides us with endless learning opportunities, and we as educators should use these opportunities to teach our students about their environment.