Grades JK/SK: Amanda's Story The Grove Community School
About The Grove Community School:A new alternative school in the west end of Toronto with a joint emphasis on ecological sustainability and social justice. Students are from diverse racial, linguistic/ethno-cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds.
Amanda had taught for three years, all of them in Kindergarten, before joining The Grove Community School where she began her journey into Environmental Inquiry. She had what she describes as "extremely active and inquisitive" kindergartens with a "wide range of learning needs".
Amanda was both excited and nervous about beginning Environmental Inquiry. She knew that young children learn best when they "are in the moment" and "physically involved" in their learning. But she was unsure about the planning process. How would she keep her planning responsive to her students' interests, especially if they evolved or changed direction?
"But I trusted my students," Amanda recalls, "and I wanted us to learn together. I think it's really about being comfortable and trusting the children. That's what helped me move forward, just trusting that they're going to take it somewhere meaningful. And they did!"