Long time no blog.
Life gets busy – new school, new house, new dog, an inquiry project, new reporting practices, new curricula, and another new classroom. All this has meant that blogging has fallen by the wayside.
The sharing and learning has continued in other ways, of course. I have a network of amazing colleagues and we support each other in expanding our practice. Yesterday many of us met up at the BC Association of Math Teachers Reggio Fall Institute: Place-Based Mathematics. It was a day of sharing, hosted by teachers at Archibald Blair Elementary, in Richmond.
We explored the following big ideas:
How does place inform questions and inquiries?
How does place inspire mathematical thinking?
Place, as defined in the current BC Science Curriculum, is “any environment, locality, or context, with which people interact to learn, create memory, reflect on history, connect with culture, and establish identity.” Sense of Place is also addressed in the First Nations Principals of Learning: “Learning is holistic, reflexive, reflective, experiential, and relational (focusing on connectedness, on reciprocal relationships, and on a sense of place.)”
I came away armed with practical resources and activities, and an eye to asking the bigger questions with students as we work, learn, and play outdoors. As always when meeting and sharing ideas with other passionate educators, I left fully inspired.
For young learners, exploring the natural spaces around them is essential to helping them develop connectedness and a sense of place. I thus start my year with a renewed sense of purpose and a determination to weave outdoor learning experiences into the everyday of the classroom. I will continue to share my experiences here.
Stay tuned, I have my gumboots at the ready… Here we go…