This is the link to my digital story reflection:
Note: At the end of the video it may seem like it was cut off, but this is how it is supposed to be.
- At the start of this class, I considered myself an Eco literate person, but now I feel that I am on the journey of being an ecoliterate person. I am not sure if anyone can fully become ecoliterate. I feel that there is always room for us to learn and salt and scaffold our learning; we can always build off of what we already know. Before this class I felt like I had a strong connection with the environment. I live on a ranch and I understand that ecosysems are all about maintaining homeostasis. I feel that this class has given me enough new knowledge that I can apply to what I already know. I think that the readings that we discussed, such as David Orr’s ones, allow me to gain knowledge to have a stronger sense of pride and appreciation for the environment.
- I really enjoyed the practicing stillness portion of the class. I enjoyed the idea of time dedicated to those moments of feeling humble and appreciating natures’ beauty. I realized that all my life I have been experiencing practicing stillness, but in a less formal way. When I decide to go for walks in the native prairie and go exploring, I classify that as practicing stillness, because I achieve the same feelings both ways.
- Something that arose conflict with myself was the “settler-invader” term. When we discussed it in class, I honestly did not feel bothered by it. I felt that I could take a hit like the settler-invader term, but I think that is because I never let myself internalize it. It was until quite some weeks later that the term came to my thoughts, and I thought, “Why does this not bother me? This is something that should make me feel uncomfortable.” I did not feel uncomfortable because I was avoiding the idea of being an invader. When I started picking it apart, I felt defensive. My thoughts were, it is a term that generalizes all people with European background and whose ancestors were settlers. My ancestors were settlers. But how can I be labeled as an invader when I have lived here my whole life? It did not seem right to me. I think these are the feelings that I need to look into more. Why do I feel defensive with being called an invader? Is it because I benefit from white privilege but try to tell myself that it is okay, because I did not ask for it? And why do I feel guilty for being called invasive? Have I done something myself to feel this way? To resolve these feelings, I think it would take a lot of coming to term with these ideas.
- Out of all the readings, two of my favourite readings were Silent Spring by Rachel Carson and “Beyond Ecophobia” by David Sobel. The two readings are also quite related. Carson starts the readings by peaceful claims and having the reader connect to past experiences they have felt in nature, and then applying some shocker hard hitting facts of how humans are destroying earth and these beautiful places we love. This connects to David Sobel’s reading because he discussed that that is the exact process an educator should take when teaching about Earth and industrialisms consequences. I think this is the kind of educator I would like to be. I would much rather apply ideas from David Orr such as getting out of the classroom, and learning about the environment in the environment itself, than making kids read from a book and develop these guilty feelings without any knowledge or confidence to work through it. All throughout my blogs it is obvious that I have been and will continue to be passionate with David Orr’s strong ideas about environmental education. I came into this class wanting students to learn in nature, and I still do.
- What is my eco-identity? This is the eco-identity that I have today…