Place-Based Education

"Place-based education (PBE) immerses students in local heritage, cultures, landscapes, opportunities and experiences, using these as a foundation for the study of language arts, mathematics, social-studies, sciences, and other subjects.  PBE emphasizes learning through participation (hands-on learning), conversation, story-telling, and exploration." (Wiki)

"Place-based education might be characterized as the pedagogy of community, the re-integration of the individual into his/her home-ground and the restoration of the essential links between a person and place.

Place-based education challenges the meaning of education by asking seemingly simple questions:

 

Where am I?

What is the nature of this place?

What sustains this community?

 

It often employs a process of re-storying, whereby students are asked to respond creatively to stories of their home-ground so that, in time, they are able to position themselves, imaginatively and actually, within the continuum of nature and culture in that place. They become a part of the community, rather than a passive observer of it." (David Sobel, Place-Based Education: Connecting Classrooms and Communities)

Children attending Growing Green Beans, LLC, participate in walking field trips into the community as they celebrate local heritage, culture, and landscape.  Through this approach, children become more aware of his or her surroundings of which he or she is living, playing, and learning, fostering a loving relationship with the community.

"Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice." 

-Anton Chekhov

         G7 SM (Nourish & Nurture for Life) 

 

Community Strength is a Force of Nature SM

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