Methods and Strategies: Avoiding the Big Scareby: Joanne K. Olson and EunJin Bang

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Teaching environmental issues to K–12 students is an important part of a well-rounded science education. Teaching such issues isn’t easy because some of these issues are inherently frightening. Humans certainly cause changes in their environment, and many of these changes have altered the ecosystem and now threaten the long-term survival of our species. But how do we teach such important issues without scaring children or making them feel hopeless? The following strategies can help as you consider how to teach important environmental concepts in your science program.

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  • on Thu Aug 11, 2011 11:31 AM

Teaching environmental education can produce fear in the minds of young children. This article provides six helpful strategies to avoid scaring students. Strategies include ideas such as keeping it local, focus on the positive, focus on what the children can do and more good ideas. As the author points out that focusing on something local students learn that they can make a positive contribution to improving the world around them.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

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