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Learnscaping

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rangi tuwhangai

on 14 December 2012

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Our School What is Learnscaping? Activity 2 Linking to EfS Learnscaping is a process which allows an institution’s grounds to be developed educationally AND environmentally. It allows students to participate in experiential learning that creates life skills as well as knowledge. Students must challenge their conventional styles of thinking, while increasing diversity in the school. Learnscapes are places where a learning program has been designed to permit users to interact with the environment. Their purpose is to promote and extend environmental awareness, by presenting biodiversity as the basis for environmental conservation and ecologically sustainable development. LEARNSCAPING You have 5 minutes to think about the necessary steps required to make your ideas a reality.
Present your ideas and the necessary steps to the class. by Tara, Leigh & Rangi This is a secondary state school located on the Sunshine Coast. The school grounds back onto Sustainability Creek. There is an 11 week Learnscaping program offered at this school for students on Wednesday afternoons as an alternative to inter- school sport, which runs for two hours each week. The goal of this program is for the students to identify an area that could be sustainably renovated in such a way that it would benefit the entire school community. As a class, decide on an area outside the classroom that could be improved upon, aesthetically and environmentally. Activity 1 Critical & Creative
Thinking Active Citizenship Co-operative Can Be Natural OR Built
Indoors OR Outdoors
In, Around OR Beyond Schools ...But Most Importantly Must Be Safe and Accessible
Cross-Curricular
student driven (Democratic)
Have life-long benefits Step One Step Two Divide yourselves into your teaching areas (Early Childhood, Primary, and Secondary), then working in those groups come up with some ideas on how the area could be improved upon and turned into a Learnscape site. References Gough, A. (2004) Report of Evaluation of the Sustainable Schools Program Stormwater Action Project, Deakin University Faculty of Education Consultancy and Development Unit for the Gould League.

Skamp, K and Bergmann, I. (2001) Facilitating Learnscape Development, Maintenance and Use: Teachers' perceptions and self-reported practices, Environmental Education Research, 7:4, 333-358

Tyas Tunggal, H. (2008) Learnscapes Planning and Design. Retreived 12 December 2012 from http://www.learnscapes.org/contents.html You will need to select a scribe What Benefits
do you see? Real Life
& Relevant Complex Holistic Action
Orientated Inclusive &
Lifelong Democratic Learnscaping in progress ... Removed weeds
Reinforced walls
Created a frog pond What's next? Provide students with real world skills
Participatory
Requires students to recognise issues within their society and effect change
References to role as a Global citizen
Familiarises students with the democratic systems of society
Local community involvement Create a shaded experiential area
Plant native grasses to stop soil erosion and toads from entering the area.
Maintenance of the area. Decision making done by students
Students are in control of and responsible for the direction of the project
students are deciding what area of the school they want to learnscape
STUDENTS DO IT MAN!!! A Big Must "A learnscape feature, whether it be an outdoor classroom, worm farm, bush regeneration, recycling area, frog pond or herb spiral is not a learnscape in itself.

It is the collaborative process within which the feature is created and plans for how it will be maintained and used for learning once it is created that makes the feature a learnscape."

Skamp & Bergmann, 2001. Learning programs must be structured to allow for interaction with the learnscape environment.
Active involvement and contribution of students, teachers and other groups (local community) associated with the school. students are considering long term effects of their actions
Creating a space that can be used by all
critiquing problems or issues within the school Improve teaching and learning opportunities Improve play and recreational choices Improve biodiversity and environmental management Assist schools with community partnership Brainstorm TBL - Social, Economical and Environmental
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