We need to be part of creating an education that is not only relevant but that makes us relevant. We're alive now, and so we should be involved now. Because clearly the adults can't do it alone. --Chris, 16
1.Disaster recovery--or everyday
If your school community is facing a disaster, you will want some simple activities to bring you together in understanding and safety, and to help boost your sense of self- and shared agency to effect positive change (resilience). Click on the butterfly below to sign up for pages of activities co-created with educators, psychologists and youth in Puerto Rico. All are easily adaptable to in-person learning, since that is where they began. The activities are free. We just ask you to sign up so we can show the usefulness of our work. Click on the butterfly to sign up and select virtual, socially distanced, English and/or Spanish versions.
2. well-being for teachers & students together
We all need to slow down and invite coherence into our world. When we connect with ourselves, with Earth and with each other, the energy within and among us reverberates with life and vitality. My colleagues and students in all types of learning environments would ask to do these at the start of our time together. Sometimes at the end, as well. If I encouraged students to do them on their own instead, they'd always say, "that's not bad, but it's so much better together!" This makes so much sense. Our neural systems connect us to each other and the natural world. Our well-being depends on harmony with other beings, in infinite interrelationship. My book, Learning in the Age of Climate Disasters, includes some activities for calming, listening, and harmonizing. Routledge has generously made them available already. Take a look, and pre-order the book! Click on the book below to learn more. Scroll to the Supporting Materials and check out Resource #3.
3. Listening deeply for collective change
We all know that our learning environments and experiences could be better, both for the educators and the students and the communities they inhabit. Sometimes we just aren't sure how to ask the questions, or how to handle what might come up, so we don't. But we don't have time to 'kick the can down the road' anymore. Our book, Learning in the Age of Climate Disasters, includes some strategies for deep listening, and in support a handy guide to getting started. The inquiry approach included in this toolkit can be used in a gathering of educators, students, parents, community members, policy makers, or all of the above. Routledge has generously made it available already. Take a look, and pre-order the book! Click on either image below to learn more. Scroll to the Supporting Materials and check out Resource #2.