I went into teaching because I had dreams of being the teacher who taught the student who changed the world to make it a better place.
18 years later that desire hasn’t disappeared, it has just become a little more focused and my goal now includes empowering teachers and students to take steps that will ultimately make a better future.
Creating a more sustainable future is one of the most important and relevant issues we as a society face. Yet the majority of people today struggle to define what sustainability even looks like in a real world, everyday life. And if the majority of adults struggle to articulate what sustainability actually is, how easily can we teach about it to our students?
Every student deserves to have knowledge and experience of creating a better world for themselves, their communities, and the environment. This goal is what drives The Sustainability Puzzle. The difficulty and challenges that our students and we as educators will face in taking this journey is exactly what is needed for our students and the future.
Focusing on the doom and gloom of climate change and other overwhelming issues is not my thing – others do that so much better. So instead, the emphasis will be on sharing stories, ideas, actions and strategies that can start to address the uniqueness and complexities of you, your school community, and the environment.
I believe there is amazing scope to shift our thinking and approach as educators to turn an overwhelming challenging into a win for our students and a win for the future.