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Brief Introduction

 “If we want children to flourish, says
educator David Sobel, we need to give them time to connect with nature and love
the Earth before we ask them to save it.” (yesmagazine). It is important to
start by educating children and youth at a young age to develop and adopt
healthy and environmental-friendly ideas and practices in their everyday life;
to ensure their future. It is important to avoid overconsumption of waste
because in Canada the waste produced is more than any developed or developing
countries. According to a study indicated in the CBC news, “Canada produced 777 kilograms of garbage per citizen.
Across all 17 countries studied, the average was only 578 kg produced” (CBC).
The mass waste products that people create are put in landfills that take
decades to decompose, some wastes are burned which creates fossil fuels and
sometimes chemical or toxic waste can seep into the waters which destroys the
ecosystem.

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“We cannot stop waste production
entirely, but everyone can make a significant contribution.” (veolia). It is
important that children and youth, from kindergarten to grade 12, are
educated to be responsible for the environment by reducing overconsumption of
waste products. It is essential that students play a role in protecting the environment
at a young age, so they become responsible and learn to care and value the
environment.  We must give students the opportunity to have a hands-on
experience with nature. Most importantly, we must follow and teach the students
the 3Rs, reduce, reuse, and recycle.

Educational Context and Target Group

The target group is students from
kindergarten to grade 12. It is important to inform students about the
environment at a young age, so they begin to develop a relationship and the
importance of nature. And as they grow older they still have a connection to
the environment and will continue to nurture it.

The formal way of teaching students
about overconsumption of waste in the environment will be, all students must
take a mandatory class every year about the environment and learn about the environment
and how to prevent overconsumption of waste. In these classes students will be
taught how to properly dispose of waste. An example of this would be medical
waste, gum, tin-foil, etc. go into the garbage, and paper, pop cans, newspaper etc.
go into the recycling. Also, students will be encouraged to be involved in
class discussion on how to further prevent overconsumption in society.

The informal way of teaching students
about the overconsumption of waste in the environment will be, making all
students have a hands-on experience with nature to make them have a connection
to the natural world. All students will be sent outdoors and immersed into
nature. Students will be made to garden and plant seeds, flowers, and trees.
Also, students will be made to go out every other day to pick up litter from
the ground within school property, to ensure a nice, safe, and clean
environment.

Goals and Objectives
Educational Experience

Reduction of waste is the focus. One
learning experience that will help students in reducing waste and
overconsumption is to use reusable items, such as reusable lunch boxes,
containers, drink in a thermos and more.  

Some of the key messages that this
learning experience conveys is to give students the essential skills and
knowledge to sustain the environment. The learning objectives are (1) to
discipline students to follow the 3 R’s and acquire a broader understanding of
disposing waste effectively. Another learning objective is (2) allowing
students to create new ideas and solution in helping to grow and sustain the
environment. Taking their opinions into consideration will get students
involved in help preventing overconsumption. And the last learning objective is
(3) to empower and equip students with sufficient knowledge so that they act
for a better sustainable future.

Some key reflective questions the
learners should consider are: what is the current environment like, what issues
about the environment do we face today, where will we be heading based on the
past, present, and future, and what are we doing to resolve these issues.

The competency that the students will
develop is long-term, foresighted thinking. “Foresighted thinking involves
asking questions about long-term trends and possible future scenarios.”
Foresighted thinking places value on the future, and makes the students rethink
of their actions for the betterment of the environment. To apply foresighted
thinking students will learn how to reduce their carbon footprint, they will be
told to use reusable materials, and to collaborate and present ideas to reduce
overconsumption waste.

Framework of
Educational Experience

The definition of sustainability
education that will base the framework on is education for sustainable
development, this was chosen this because we are teaching the students to
develop a hands-on future with the environment. This choice potentially
influences my content because my content is to reduce waste and create an
alternative living lifestyle that is beneficial to the environment by
developing habits, and ideas that help sustain the environment. The approach is
more practical base because we want students to grow a natural bond with the
environment, “In the end, we will conserve only what we love. We only love what
we understand. We only understand what we are taught” statement by ecologist
Babia Dioum Senegalese (FriskLarson). The objective is for students to reduce
waste by practicing and incorporating the 3R’s in their daily life. Repeated
actions become habits and habits become your characteristics. If students
practice everyday to care for the environment at a young age, as they grow
older they automatically will start caring for the environment.

Teaching Approaches

The teaching approaches that will be
incorporated in this learning experience for the targeted group is a
combination of naturalist, conversationalist, and placed-based. Looking from a
naturalist approach, students will be able to connect with the environment
through hands on learning. They will learn to be mindful and appreciate the
environment. This supports my goal because it will allow students to be
involved with nature and allowing students to brainstorm/question their actions
and see if they’re actions are benefiting the environment or harming it. This
makes it easier for students to connect with the environment.

A conversationalist is someone who
adopts behaviours to benefit the environment and develops a relationship with
the environment. Making students adopt and follow the 3R’s, reduce, reuse, and
recycle, will help allow them to benefit the environment. Some examples these
students can follow are, use a reusable utensils and cloth napkins, drink in
thermos rather than juice boxes, take only food that is needed.
          

 A placed-based person is someone who lives in
harmony with the environment. Creating discussion and conversations among
students that will allow students to think about the future and beyond their
current state. Influencing others by donating old clothes, selling old
technology instead of throwing it away, composting your waste, and know the
distinction between what waste goes into either the garbage or recycling. Trying
to make students aware of their affects on the environment by their own
actions, and how their actions affect their environment. Making students find new
solutions that would help the environment.

 

Evaluation

To see whether the students have
progressed or not in developing the competency will be determined by their
actions. Seeing how the students are treating the environment and what actions
they’re taking towards the environment. Assessing the students how they’re
daily routine has changed, what changes have they made to help the environment,
a pre and post assessment before and after this educational plan (have their
actions benefited or were they detrimental to the environment) to actually to
see if they actually care for the environment in their daily life. In the
conclusion, the goal is to see whether this learning strategy has developed the
student’s competency if it hasn’t then it’ll be best to readvise to make it
beneficial.