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Writing Environmental Education Programs

June Loves
Gould League of Victoria
Genoa St.
Moorabbin, Vic 3189

Writing environmental education programs is tricky. Writing marine programs in which children and water are combined is even trickier!

You need a recipe a combination of ingredients and a method that will produce successful programs.

The session includes a combination of ingredients and a method for developing and implementing a relevant and successful environmental education program.

During the session participants will be introduced to writing activities which can be used as starting points in producing their own environmental education programs.

June Loves is a former teacher, education consultant and is now author of over forty books .She is author of Beach Secrets the Gould League marine education program for lower primary schools. With co-author Judi Champion, teacher and consultant, she has written the Teachers' Package to support the Beach Secrets program

Recipe for Environmental Education Programs

Ingredients

  • safety precautions
  • attention-grabbing introduction
  • a number of short action-packed activities
  • learning outcome links with the national and/or state curricula
  • add-on value pre and post teacher support activity packages
  • passionate and enthusiastic presenter/s with a thorough knowledge of program

Method

  1. Plan program
  2. Pre-select
    • an area or site
    • an attention-grabbing, fun, interactive introduction (eg beach/sea theatre/puppets/inspiring wild life experience)
    • a number of activities linked to relevant learning outcomes (for primary children plan for 10 to 15 minute activities)
    • resources equipment/kits in ample quantities
    • write support take-away program for teachers
  3. Prepare
    • visit and check out area
    • build in safety factors
    • resources waterproof check-lists etc./label/storage
    • 'Be kind equipment' for presenter's kit (eg cool drinks, flask of coffee, food, shady hat, sun screen, spare change of clothes)
  4. Time
    • program do a run-through work to exact time frame
  5. Practise! Practise!
    • keep a check-list in waterproof for to kit on key ring
    • tape to yourself
  6. Present
    • with passion, enthusiasm
    • set boundaries and responsibilities for students for their own safety and safety of the environment
    • be flexible
    • enjoy yourself
  7. Evaluation
    • self
    • elements of program
    • feedback

  8. Make any changes necessary. Prepare for next session