I decided to focus on place-based education for this assignment. For starters, place-based education is taking a class out into the community to expand learning opportunities. Personally, I prefer place-based education as I am a kinesthetic learner and I learn best by doing, not just sitting and listening. For students like me, sitting all day everyday can be difficult, this is where place-based education comes into play.
Many may think that place-based education is just for classes like phys. ed or outdoor ed classes, when in reality you could use a place-based curriculum approach in any class. For example, for social/history classes, teachers could take students out into the community and have them discover interesting/important facts about the community that they are in. Taking classes into the community or an outdoor space exposes them to new things and new ways of learning/thinking.
I am going to continue my research by studying various articles, one of them being “Mindful Place-Based Education: Mapping the Literature” By Anthony Deringer. By using this article and many more, I am going to discover more ways to incorporate place-based education into all classes and why it is so important to have students participating in it.