1. Jessica Martin
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  3. Saturday, 22 February 2020
Hi everyone

I am a science teacher working at an international high school in China. Recently, I got asked by my school to improve the quality of our environmental curriculum and teaching. We are currently focusing on Year 6, but will eventually be doing the same for years 6 to 12. The classes will be taught in English.

I don't know if there are any teachers on this site who have experience with environmental education. But if there are, I'd be very grateful for any advice or ideas. Even just links to resources would be helpful :D
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Hi Jessica,

I teach grades 8-12 at an international school in the Philippines currently.

This year I integrated Greta Thunberg’s How Dare You? as the introduction text to my speech unit that we close read and annotated as a model for speeches that they later chose and annotated individually before writing their own speeches using the rhetorical strategies and literary devices that we identified.

Many students were so moved by it that they chose an environmental topic for their speech and a couple of them wrote and delivered inspiring work.

It was certainly among my biggest successes this year.

Also, in my International Baccalaureate (IB) English Language & Literature class I am using Margaret Atwood’s “Oryx and Crake” after we finish analyzing “1984” as an example of how themes of the dystopian genre have evolved through the last 70 years or so.

Did you also see the previous post about climate fiction? Relatedly, I plan on using this dystopian clifi young adult novel from Paulo Bacigalupi in the near future: Ship Breaker.

Let me know what works for your students and school and let’s keep in touch to collaborate.

Best,
Ryan
References
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Fantastic suggestions, many thanks Ryan Dloski! :D
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Update: my 9th-Grade student who wrote a passionate speech on behalf of the environment used the inspiration to apply on her science fair project (related to biofuel development), and just recently won best prize for the entire school!

Proud teacher moment.
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Love it Ryan Dloski! Teachers who are successfully motivating students to embrace the idea a green economy are making a great contribution to the future of the individual students and the ongoing viability of life on earth. Many adults are too set in their 20th Century thinking. Young minds are better equipped to imagine a different and better paradigm.
Adam Thyer, Founder at GreenExecutive
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For sure Adam, I totally agree that the youth is where the hope lies in forging a green and cooperative economy moving forward.

Thanks a lot!
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Congrats to you and your student Ryan Dloski!

It always feels good to get some recognition :D
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