Explain and Teach Sustainability in the Classroom
So...What actually is sustainability?
Sustainability is avoidance of the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance.
Sustainability can be a pretty complex and abstract subject that is hard for students to grasp. Try to make sustainability something tangible with hands-on or real-world applications.
Below are some ways you can teach sustainability in the classroom:
You can also do some engaging and fun sustainability activities in the classroom like sorting items that are recyclable and non-recyclable.
Avoid Doom and Gloom
You can’t talk about sustainability without talking about why it’s important to learn about in the first place, climate change. Talking about climate change can sometimes depress or overwhelm students and make them feel as if the whole sustainability effort, while important, is too little, too late.
When confronted with this valid emotional response, try changing their attitude about the whole situation. This is an important life lesson that students need to learn about resiliency. When we are faced with obstacles we can’t just quit and feel hopeless, but rather we need to rise to the occasion and do everything we can to face our challenges head on.
Inspire Your Students
Try framing the conversation in a way that makes the students the heroes. This will inspire them to learn more about suitability so they can help prevent climate change in the future when they enter the work force!
Explain ways they can help the effort to fight climate change and promote clean sustainable practices when they grow up. Introduce them to STEM career paths where they may be able to make a difference.
It’s also a good idea to include success stories of sustainable initiatives that have truly made a difference.
Inspire sustainability learning with solar4STEM education kits that teach students how solar energy works. Have them create their own solar powered electrical circuit!
solar4STEM kits are tools that reduces the hassle of prep work, provides enough materials for a collaborative and innovative setting, and provides lesson plans that not only outline experiments, but offers exploration and alternatives to learn your way.
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