What do we mean by ecological education? Why is relevant for English teachers?
Ecological education helps students learn about how we are all connected to the earth and its ecological; it stresses the inter-connectedness of things.
Wordsworth was one of the founders of the concept of ecological education (although he did not call it that) when he stressed the importance of learning from nature.
Just taking students for a walk outside and getting them to observe all the natural and manmade features of their environment can stimulate interesting creative writing, journalism, diary reflections, descriptions. If ‘primed’ with the tools of how to observe the world, then students can find it a great learning experience.
Ask students to meditate in a natural setting and see how they feel, think and see afterwards, asking them to do some free writing or write a response to the meditation, as they listened to their bodies and the sounds around them.
Ask students to do an independent learning project on nature and its role in their lives. See links below.
An excellent non-fiction analysis exercise is to get articles on climate change and ask students to investigate the presentation of the issue across different publications. See links below.
Learn more: https://www.ecoliteracy.org/ecological-education