Our class recently spent a very enjoyable and fulfilling afternoon in the Community Garden. It was Thursday and we had been spending long amounts of time indoors working on our learning. We needed to find an alternative setting.

We decided to inquire into group membership by taking our class group and putting them in various problem solving situations in the garden. Some were responsible for finding trash in the garden and putting it in the correct recycling bin. Others were solving problems of waterlogged and compacted soil by tilling.

Others helped a grade 1 boy who was conducting an inquiry into worms, This led us to a good conversation about how worms are an importance part of a garden system helping to turn decaying vegetation into soil to feed plants in a cycle.

It was also a brilliant opportunity to grow our use of dispositions and skills in an authentic, experiential learning situation. We were responsible with our garden tools, caring towards the plants, ethical with the living creatures we found, observant in finding trash and weeds and balanced in that we were spending time outdoors as well as in. We also used our transferable skills by reflecting on our learning, inquiring into the role of worms in the soil, used critical thinking to solve problems of weeds and water-logging, communicated, connected and collaborated and researched by asking questions about the things we were finding. It was a great learning experience and the first of many we can have at the garden this year.

 

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