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World Oceans Day

Clean the BeachThis year’s World Oceans Day takes place on June 8th. The United States recognizes five named oceans: the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, Arctic, and Southern (Antarctic) Ocean. To honor these (and all of the water that comprises 71 percent of our Earth), here are five resources you can use to inform yourself, your students, and your community about how to positively impact the threat to our oceans.

1. Visit worldoceansday.org – discover ways to support this movement, like a “Selfie for the Sea.”

2. Order Make A Splash! A Kid’s Guide to Protecting Our Oceans, Lakes, Rivers, & Wetlands , by Cathryn Berger Kaye, M.A., with Philippe Cousteau and EarthEcho International, to help integrate youth-driven action for our waters into your curriculum.

3. See Plastic Paradise – Director Angela Sun schedules speaking and screening events for the film, or see how the website supports pledges to reduce plastic in your daily life.

4. Explore Rise Above Plastics, a project of Surfrider Foundation. Find ten ways to reduce your ‘plastic footprint’.

5. Relive the journey of Plastiki – a boat comprised of 12,500 plastic bottles that sailed 8,000 nautical miles to prove the power of repurposing and the importance of protecting our oceans.

And Now it’s Time for … Demonstration!

Demonstration     Soon the curtains will close on another school year. You may be starting to wrap up your service learning efforts that you embarked on with your students. But, before the lights go down … roll the credits!  Recognize and celebrate all that was learned and accomplished along the way.

Demonstration is a valuable step in the service learning process that helps tell the story of your service learning journey. This stage allows students to share what they have learned. They can continue their critical thinking by synthesizing their experiences and teaching others about the social issue they encountered. Of course, celebrating their hard work and effort may be a natural part of this process too.

But most of the time, the end of the school year comes, and the social issue you addressed still exists. Can demonstration be used to help continue the process beyond what was accomplished this school year? Here are a few ideas for using what this year’s students generated as a starting point for future service. Think of it as an outline for a movie sequel! Continue reading →

ECSL Meeting April 24, 2013: Show & Grow

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