Saturday, March 7, 2009

The Edible Schoolyard and A Night in the Global Village

The Edible Schoolyard is a really neat concept. Students cultivate their own garden and in turn learn lessons about biology, cooking, and even etiquette. It is a unique way to teach outside of the confines of a traditional classroom. A Night in the Global Village accomplishes the same thing. Students are divided into third world countries and must live a night in "poverty", bartering for resources and fending for themselves. Some students are even assigned to a refugee camp where they start with nothing and are also not allowed to communicate.

When I was in school, we didn't do a lot of cool hands-on stuff like this. I have always been a fan of a more interactive learning experience instead of strictly book learning. Field trips and other activities like this can really take a child out of his comfort zone and provide a truly memorable experience.

Podcasts like these can be helpful to me as a teacher as a source of generating ideas. One of my personal characteristics that I hope to apply the most to my teaching career is creativity. Educational podcasts serve as a valuable way of seeing what methods other teachers are using to convey their message in unique and thought-provoking ways. It may also be beneficial to record and discuss the class projects that I implement so that other curious teachers can get ideas from me.

1 comment:

  1. This was a very good and insightful post. I enjoyed reading your podcast.