Canoe Pedagogy CJ #3

I have personally never experienced outdoor within my education growing up. I have been on nature walks with classes, and have explored the wilderness on my own. I have hiked up north around Waskesiu, I did a few hikes and nature walks while I was traveling through Australia. All my outdoor experiences have been different and have taught me different things. One thing I can say that they all have in common is that there were signs and have been touched or reformed by humans. This is not necessarily a bad thing. Having signs places helps as out on where to go, what to look for, and even historical facts. This just means it is hard to experience the pure bliss of the wilderness untouched.
In Newberry’s article it states that ” different knowledge troubles the learner”, which in return will form an emotional response. This to me is the important part of placed based education. Taking your students out of the classroom and having them learn from actual life experiences about environmental education will deeper their understanding and responses. “If the land, like the Canoe, is layered, my students and I seemed to be paddling through only the Manifest layer of it.” (Newberry, pg. 31).  There is SO much to know and learn about the wilderness and about outdoor education and its impossible to know everything, but it is important that we do our best to education ourselves and our students.

My visual pictures are two pictures from my two favourite hikes and wilderness experiences. One from the top of Burleigh Hill, and the other from the Light house walk in Byron Bay Australia.

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One comment

  1. jahan22s · March 25, 2017

    Mikayla,

    I actually had similar experiences as you did, where I did not explore nature walks in any of my classes as I went to school. Maybe back then in my days, learning was more structural, where as now there are more opportunities given in schools. I liked what you have mentioned in your blog that “there is SO much to know and learn about the wilderness and about outdoor education and its impossible to know everything, but it is important that we do our best to education ourselves and our students”. We need to experience in open minded ways and try what’s best for engaging with nature Because I thought that before that just because I am taking a walk to the park completes my connection to the wilderness. But my perspective has changes as I learned that connecting to nature is deeper than that. For example going to the park and having a still moment makes us more connected to t nature and ourselves. My first experience was in our ESCI class. As I got the opportunity to explore nature through my senses, I will also apply this to my future classroom engaging students in different activities will create meaningful and open minded experiences. This will make them knowledgeable people and will engage them in more future engagement with nature. In the future, how would you as a teacher engage your science students to enhance their experiences of nature?

    Thanks for your meaningful blog. It gave me connections to some of my experiences

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