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A Walking Curriculum: Evoking Wonder And Developing Sense of Place (K-12) Paperback – Jan. 1 2018
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The Walking Curriculum is an innovative interdisciplinary resource for educators K-12 who want to take student learning outside school walls. Walking Curriculum activities can be used in any context to develop students’ Sense of Place and to enrich their understanding of curricular topics. Based on principles of Imaginative Ecological Education, the 60 easy-to-use walking-focused activities in this resource are designed to engage students’ emotions and imaginations with their local natural and cultural communities, to broaden their awareness of the particularities of Place, and to evoke their sense of wonder in learning. Teachers in urban, sub-urban, and even in rural areas, often have little imagination-focused curricular resources that can develop students’ sense of ecological understanding and contribute to their understanding of the mandated curriculum. This resource can help to fill that gap. Through walking we can enrich our students’ sense-making abilities, we can enhance their very being and, as we go, we can seed with meaning the contexts in which they spend so many hours learning. In the 60 walks described in this resource you will see a variety of themes, perspectives, and motivations. For example, students may be asked to find different things (such as shapes, spaces or lines, evidence of growth or change, “the best” hiding places), to change perspectives (imagine being a beetle, a detective, or a visitor from outer space), to encounter the world differently (emphasizing one sense over another or moving through space differently), to seek evidence of human-nature relationships, to identify patterns, or to locate natural or human systems in action. In all cases, the intent is to broaden students’ awareness of the particularities of Place. The activities are designed to: engage the body, emotions, and imagination in ways that can increase students’ familiarity with the local natural context in which they go to school; increase students’ attention to detail and their attunement with Place; connect Place-based learning activities with cross-curricular goals; and serve as examples for your own, Place-inspired teaching ideas.Introductory chapters provide a rationale for the Walking Curriculum and describe the underlying educational philosophy it reflects. Detail is provided so you can prepare to successfully use the resource as well as extend and enrich your students’ learning. The walks themselves are divided into three sets: Set one has 30 walks that are paired with guiding questions and an imaginative activity or prompt to engage students’ emotions. These are the easiest walks for you to employ; they require little direct teaching or guidance ahead of time. They are readily adaptable for students of all ages. The second set contains 15 walks requiring some direct instruction and guidance; they will work better if they are properly introduced and contextualized. The final set of 15 walks is specifically designed for High School students and reflects interdisciplinary curricular outcomes.
- Publisher : Independently published (Jan. 1 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 68 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1973540649
- ISBN-13 : 978-1973540649
- Item weight : 118 g
- Dimensions : 15.24 x 0.41 x 22.86 cm
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Reviewed in Canada on January 2, 2018
The Walking Curriculum is something my students and platoon colleagues look forward to weekly! The engagement of my students was/is staggering. I am able to cover necessary content, and give my students the added mental and physical health benefits that come with being in an outdoor environment! Thank you for this, Gillian! A Walking Curriculum will ALWAYS be a part of my pedagogy.
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Reviewed in Canada on May 19, 2020
Such a wonderful book that can help guide anyone’s ideas of implementing an outdoor classroom. Also, the book is not long by any means. I highly recommend this book for any teachers out there who are interested with embracing the outdoors in your program!
Reviewed in Canada on April 8, 2018
Fabulous resource to get your kids outside for more than just “a walks” but a walk with purpose and relevance! Great read for educators wanting to embrace outdoor education
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Reviewed in Canada on January 10, 2018
In my working years of indoor " chalk and talk " it never even occurred to me that the outdoors could play such a useful role in my teaching of high school mathematics. Now Ms. Judson shows the way to outdoor activities that can engage students' imaginations in even academic subjects like mine. I commend this book to today's teachers and urge them to try out some of Ms. Judson's ideas with their students, whatever the subject.
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Charles A. Fischer
Fantastic book for all teachers!Reviewed in the United States on March 14, 2019
I enjoyed this book on many levels! As a teacher and author, I liked the practical and immediate activities that I can do with students of all ages. There are numerous suggestions for connections to a curriculum. As someone who has lead nature-based activities in an after-school program, I enjoyed the many suggestions of how to get kids outdoors moving around and experiencing nature. You can't go wrong connecting school, nature, and exercise! This is a great book for all teachers K-12!