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Teacher's Toolbox

TOOLS FOR IMPLEMENTING KEY LEARNING STRATEGIES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL, CITIZENSHIP AND SUSTAINABILITY EDUCATION

The toolbox has been constructed as a companion to Connecting the Dots - a document produced by Learning for a Sustainable Future that focuses on key learning strategies designed to involve students as engaged learners, learning within the context of their communities and addressing relevant, local issues.

The strategies advanced in Connecting the Dots are not new. They are common to environmental education and many other fields of educational practice. What is new is the means by which these strategies when used together, connect the many dots that promote systems thinking and define education for sustainable development (ESD).

These “dots” include:

  • Linking environmental, economic and social issues within subjects and across subjects
  • Linking students to each other, their home life, their schools, their environment and their community
  • Linking knowledge, skills, and perspectives through student engagement and action
  • Providing a meaningful context for the implementation of numeracy, literacy, character and other educational objectives.

Accessing the Tools

Below you will find links to each of the six learning strategies, tips and techniques for applying them, and Top R4R Picks that will connect you to exemplary resources that feature each strategy in action.

  1. Learning Locally - Community as Classroom
  2. Integrated Learning 
  3. Acting on Learning
  4. Real-World Connections
  5. Considering Alternative Perspectives 
  6. Inquiry

To learn more about Connecting the Dots - check out the Executive Summary.