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The Ecological Heart of Teaching

Radical Tales of Refuge and Renewal for Classrooms and Communities


Edited By Jackie Seidel and David W. Jardine

The Ecological Heart of Teaching is a collection of writings by teachers about their life in classrooms. Reflecting over three years of collective work, it illustrates how teachers, parents, and students can avoid some of the distractions and panic endemic to many schools, allowing them to focus thoughtfully on rigorous, beautiful work. It draws on ecological thinking, Buddhism, and hermeneutics to provide deeper, richer, and more abundant sources for teaching, thinking, and practice, and shows how these three lineages provide keys to decode the current malaise that surrounds schooling. The book will be valuable to beginning and experienced teachers and administrators, as well as to parents and anyone involved in stepping away from the exhausting industrial images and ideas that have turned schooling into an ecological and intellectual disaster. For those interested in interpretive research and life-writing, the book provides a wide array of examples; it is a valuable resource for undergraduate classes in curriculum and teaching, as well as graduate research methods courses interested in new forms of thinking and writing.
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Khatleen Alnas is a Filipino native who immigrated to Canada in 2008. She has a degree in Education (from the University of the Philippines) and she is currently finishing her last semester as a graduate student at the University of Calgary. Her areas of interest include (but are not limited to) the Reggio Emilia Approach, ecology, poetry, early childhood education, hermeneutics, pedagogy, critical literature, and arts-based research

Deirdre Bailey wants to live in a world where pedagogy is patient, stories are sacred and wild things are free. As an educator and writer, she is a passionate and vocal advocate for inquiry, ecology and experience in education. When she’s not experimenting, deconstructing or philosophizing with students, you can find her running trails around town, re-reading the collected works of Jane Austen, or escaping to the mountains in a tent.

Stephanie Bartlett is pursuing her master of education degree at the University of Calgary, specializing in Curriculum and Learning. A long-time supporter of environmental issues, her efforts to teach sustainability begin with teaching her students the importance of loving their local community. She enjoys writing poetry and connecting with nature.

Hannah Blades is an elementary and middle school teacher in Calgary, Alberta. Her pedagogical interests include worthwhile task design, collaborative practice and classrooms for social justice. Other interests include her large blended family, vegetable gardens and inflatable pool chairs. She has great difficulty speaking of herself in the third person. ← 261 | 262...

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