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What Do You Do?
In this section, you will reflect on your own sense of place, and think about the teaching strategies that you use.
Think of a place that was important to you growing up and that you are still familiar with. Imagine this place then and now. Then answer the following questions.
- What place was important to you? Why do you think it was meaningful?
- What do you remember of the place? What do you know of its history?
- What is the place like now? How has it or the area around it changed?
- Do the changes reflect a respect for the land and traditions? Why or why not?
- How would you teach your students about this place, its history, and how it has or has not been cared for over time?
Now think about the kinds of place-based teaching strategies that you use to help students learn about Hawaiian traditions, geography, ecology, history, and culture. Include field trips, classroom displays, guest speakers, and lessons that address the land or local environment and how it connects to Hawaiian traditions, geography, or ecology. Then answer the following questions:
- What kinds of place-based lessons and activities have you used with your students?
- How did incorporating a sense of place help students learn more about or better understand the land, history, or culture?
- What were the benefits of these activities? What really worked?