- David Sobel visit to Minnesota is rescheduled for September 18th
Minnesota Association for Environmental Education (MAEE)
The Minnesota Association for Environmental Education (MAEE) and the University of Minnesota Duluth's College of Education planned to bring David Soble to Minnesota in March 2012. That visit was cancelled due to a biking accident. Luckily, the visit has been re-scheduled to September 18. There will be an afternoon workshop (registration required) and 4:30 p.m. public presentation.
12:30 - 3:30 in the Library Rotunda
David will be leading a free educational workshop focused on the seven Children and Nature Design Principles: Special Places, Adventure, Fantasy, Small Worlds, Hunting and Gathering, Animal Allies and Maps and Paths. These principles are useful tools for formal and non-formal educators in constructing new and innovative approaches to curriculum and program design in schools, summer and vacation camps, nature centers and environmental learning centers.
We'll look at examples of how to apply these design principles in classrooms and outside the formal school setting. Participants will work on a design challenge and learn how to use these design principles to innovate your curriculum or programming needs in your professional setting
4:30 - 6:00 at Weber Hall
Did you know that children engage in more creative forms of play in green areas, as opposed to manufactured play areas? Please join us for this free event as David discusses his research and experience designing natural play areas for children. Through design principals tested and reviewed, you will learn the social, emotional, and behavioral benefits of these areas, and how to begin designing one at your park, school, or child care facility.
David Sobel is an internationally-known researcher, practitioner, and promoter of developmentally appropriate environmental education, place-based education, map-making with children, school improvement, children and nature, and parenting with nature.
David Sobel wrote a recent article for Orion magazine titled, Look, Don't Touch: The Problem with Environmental Education. In this article Sobel writes, "Much of environmental education today has taken on a museum mentality, where nature is a composed exhibit on the other side of the glass. Children can look at it and study it, but they can't do anything with it. The message is: Nature is fragile. Look, but don't touch." What do YOU think? Check out his article at http://www.orionmagazine.org/index.php/articles/article/6929 and join us in Duluth on September 18.
For more information visit http://www.minnesotaee.org/sobel
- Posted: 7/24/12
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