September 28, 2015

Mutual Learning – Ecoliteracy Love Letter/Poem

It was February 2008 when I began to question/ The succession of my morals passed down in simple lessons/ To instill the compassion and empathy in a living entity/ Parenting is random, it can be thought of like entropy/ The stork brought a baby, a lovely gift was sent to me/ through pregnancy to conception the energy was affection/ to love endlessly without direction, a legacy of perfection/ young and carefree, he is the heir of me and that is where I see/ memories of my childhood in the air we breathe we draw clarity/ from the waters of our… Read More »

September 23, 2015

Commonplace Blog Post #2 – Ecoliteracy as a Concept and Way of Being

Ecoliteracy is a relatively new, but very valuable term. Coined in the 1990s by American educator David W. Orr and physicist Fritjof Capra, it seemed that the world was finally ready to expand our horizons and take a more thorough look at where we were heading as a species that was living on a ball of dirt floating in space, our home, planet Earth. We were ready to begin questioning our ethical and moral responsibilities regarding sustaining the Earth for future generations, and we needed definitions and new ways of implementing programs that would give students invaluable tools to assist… Read More »

September 19, 2015

Commonplace Blog Post #1 – What does the environment mean to you? What is Environmental Education for?

By definition, environment can mean many different things, however, for our Environmental Education class I would affiliate the definition with our living ecology. Merriam-Webster has one definition listed as: “the complex of physical, chemical, and biotic factors (as climate, soil, and living things) that act upon an organism or an ecological community and ultimately determine its form and survival”. This definition is accurate in terms of what I envision when thinking of our environment. Under this premise the environment means a great deal to me. I am a conservationist at heart, and I have long described myself as a modern… Read More »

September 16, 2015

Arachnophobia Through Time: Removing Fear From Experience

I have vague recollections of a fear of spiders from my childhood. This likely began at a young age when I was told by a babysitter that when you see a bubble of paint on a wall or a ceiling that these were actually spider egg nests, and that at any given time they could burst open with thousands of baby spiders. This was obviously a fabrication, but it is one of those traumatic pieces of information that sticks with you.  Although I would dislike a spider unexpectedly crawling across my skin, I am no longer afraid of spiders. It… Read More »