Embodiment and Eco literacy

blog2I drew the earth inside the rib cage. In my mind I thought about the connection between a physical human body and the wilderness/ nature. I thought about our most special organ and what we all have in common. We all have a heart that is protected by our rib cage. Without our hearts we would not survive. Kind of like the earth. We need to take what we know about our environment and protect it.

Embodiment is defined as “a tangible or visible form of an idea, quality, or feeling.”  Embodying the environment means having a relationship with the environment. Humans who have embodied the environment have a sense of what is wrong with our environment as well as the beautiful things it has to offer. Our nature walks and outdoor class times have helped me personally grow a deeper understanding of what embodiment with the environment means. We are learning about what this by engaging through outdoor activities. Which i believe is very important for us to remember when we are teaching. The article by Liz Newbery talks about learning through a canoe trip where there are questions and activities that engage the students in higher levels of thinking then normal. When we are surrounded by the wilderness itself it is more likely to be able to make connections, and grow appreciation towards what the wilderness has to offer.

This brought me back to the earth being protected by the rib cage that I drew. I believe that it is us that has to protect our wilderness- whatever wilderness is to you.


Braid Assignment

When I first read the instructions of this assignment I had NO idea what Eco literacy even meant. I was actually very frustrated with the fact that the way this post was suppose to be done was very broad.However, I wrote my “love” letter and was actually really nervous to have to read it to a group of classmates. I wasn’t sure if what I wrote was right, or if it even touched on Eco literacy at all. As soon as we got into our group and people began reading there LOVE letters or poems it was made clear to me that every single one of us had different perspectives on Eco literacy and what it means to us. Not one letter sounded the same or had the same structure. Everyone seemed to be respectably listening to the person who was talking. I think that is when my “whoa” moment hit me. This style of teaching was how my future students are going to learn. Broad instructions leaving room for creativity and having the freedom in creating something of there own and not being concerned what their mark will be after. It hit me that we are SO focused and trained to be tested on what we know rather then what we are learning and doing with the knowledge we are gaining. In David Orr’s article he said, “ Towards the natural world it too emphasizes theories, not values; abstraction rather than consciousness; neat answers instead of questions; and technical efficiency over conscious” ( pg 8). David Orr talked about how there is a problem in our education and how it is not education that will save us but a certain kind that will. And I strongly believe that this is what this class is getting across to us. To open our minds and learn that there is more than just a wrong and right way to do things and more than one perspective on everything.

So, as I said earlier- everyone’s letters and poems were written to different people and brought a whole new perspective on what Eco literacy means to them. We were able to address our pieces of writing to whoever we wanted.
When I was listening to Laquisha read her unreal poem written to the earth I learned that she told it from a perspective of herself and how she has harmed the earth in ways and has tried to help it as well. She spoke right from her heart and was able to give such a clear visual of where her head was at while writing, and the message she wanted to get across to us. Paige also gave us a great quote from her piece of writing. She said that ” It’s being aware of your environment and helping it as it helps you.” This was one of her ideas about thoughts about what Eco literacy is. I personally choose to write my letter to my Dad, who in my eyes is very Eco literate. Diana, wrote a poem with her insightful words directly to the planet we live on as well. “You are running out, takers have taken too much, the Giver has given up.” She titled this The givers vs. the takers. Us being the takers and the earth being the givers. After she read this, it made it clear how to me how much we do take away and not give back.
As I have stated. Each piece of writing brought different emotions and different meanings to what Eco literacy is. So I took  these three perspectives and braided them into my own Eco literacy meaning. I opened up my state of mind and gained insightful statements from everyone.