How wonderful that we have such an articulate example of educating for sustainability from Antioch EFS alumna Mona Dalmia! Check out Mona’s classroom at the Green School, Bali, in the video below.
Mona’s classroom illustrates several aspects of organizing a classroom in ways that honor principles of sustainability.
- The curriculum takes advantage of the community the school is nested in.
- Her animal unit interconnects across content areas.
- She honors student development through multiple assessments
- And Mona fosters a flow of critical dialogue in the classroom that inspires and challenges her students.
Nestedness, interconnectedness, development, and flow, these are elements of sustainable natural systems. Mona’s attentiveness to these principles is an acknowledgement that a classroom is a natural living system, an ecology. An ecological system where the interactions the students, the teacher, and the whole learning environment come together to form a dynamic, sustainable learning environment in the classroom.
Check out Mona’s EFS blog here
And many thanks to Make Change TV for producing this video.