How to Talk About Sustainability In Your Classroom

How to Talk About Sustainability In Your Classroom

Caring for our earth is a focus of Earth Day. Today we discuss ways that any classroom can talk about sustainability and caring for the environment, no matter the political landscape of your community or school. Teachers will find ideas they can use to help their students year-round know how to care for their environment and community.

How to Talk About Sustainability In Your Classroom

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Rebecca came to the Alliance for Climate Education in its inception in 2008 as an Educator, and now serves as ACE’s Director of Education. Rebecca develops ACE’s science content, manages the online climate education resource Our Climate Our Future, oversees the ACE Teacher Network, and works with schools in the Reno-Tahoe area.

Rebecca holds a B.A. in Geosciences from Williams College and an M.S. in Geological Sciences from the University of Colorado. For her graduate degree, she studied melting ice caps on Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic. Some of the ice caps she studied in 2005 are now completely gone.

Rebecca has also worked in Antarctica as a member of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet Ice Core Drilling Project, where she analyzed the age of the ice core, shoveled mountains of snow, lived in a tent, and worked in an (no joke) air-conditioned room at -30ºF. When not fighting climate change, Rebecca enjoys chasing her husband Andy and young son Huck over the slopes, rocks, and trails around Truckee, CA.

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Raizel April 22, 2021 - 11:14 pm

Happy Earth Day! Taking care of our environment is definitely a top priority and needs to be addressed. I recently made lesson plan regarding recycling and what students can do in a micro way to make a good impact in their community. I like the idea of having kids just having conversations with their parents/ elders to make them more aware of the climate change since it’s the younger generation that see the impacts of the environment.

Bailey April 24, 2021 - 9:37 pm

Wow this is such a fabulous subject to raise awareness about in a classroom and skills that are great to try and instill in day-to-day life in a classroom. I believe there are several students that don’t truly know the negative effects our waste has on this earth and teaching them about those effects and also promoting those lifestyle changes in a classroom are a large step in the right direction. I hope to make our future generations earth-friendly people.


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