Podcast 324 – Adventurous Possibilities

Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing at all.

Helen Keller

mark_vector_1400x1400 Welcoming adventure into the learning landscape means we need to be willing to say, “I don’t know what is going to happen” when we first begin. Embracing adventurous possibilities is a significant change of consciousness from one in which educators take the lead, identify the objectives and craft lessons to get children to the desired end goal. Sometimes it is useful to step off the beaten path and even the road less followed in order to get lost in the forest for a while.

Learning and life is enriched when we periodically go on an adventure. Adventurous possibilities ignites a thirst for exploration and stimulates curiosity that can drive learning much deeper because the direction and the end goal is co-created in conjunction with the learner and the emerging elements in the environment. Questions provoke real communication and a deepening of relations. Adventure, one of the seven childhood and nature design principles for educators created by David Sobel, can help us take steps to leading a more ethically-aligned life.

In this show we cover:

      • Adventurous Possibilities
      • Childhood and Nature Design Principles created by David Sobel
      • Who, What, Where, When and Why of Kinesthetic, Experiential Exploration
      • What’s (often) Missing in Environmental Education

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References and Resources

Center for Youth & Community
Mid-Atlantic Permaculture Convergence
Chesapeake Herb Gathering
PERMIE KIDs Membership

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