Over the summer break I read Coyote’s Guide. I want to get better at mentoring people who go outside. I used to call them Magic Spots, but in the book they are called sit spots. Sit spots help build empathy, understanding and systems thinking in students. By sitting outside in your specific place you can watch change, and see how nature “works”.
Last year, I tried to develop a sense of place in students by taking photos then making a time lapse to see change, and then share that change with others. I think it worked alright, but I want to incorporate a nature journal this year.
I had a bit of time this summer, so also read To Look Closely
. The idea of the nature journal and sit spots are tied together pretty tightly here. It adds another level to the sit spot. I used to sit in a circle and discuss what we saw and felt but there was no other form of documentation. I think that by using a sit spot with a nature journal I can help develop a sense of place in students.
I’m not quite sure what the nature journal is going to look like just yet, but I’m going to start with notebooks, hopefully with blank pages, no lines to inspire a whole no boundaries approach.