In practice, educators who enact a pedagogy of place situate the local environment, and more-than-human-world, as important teachers in curricular learning. Place-based learning is not a singular lesson, but rather a reflective practice that prioritizes meaningful connections between learners and the more-then-human world over rigid adherence to a prescribed curriculum (Smith, 2007). The Kooteney / Boundary School Districts offer a series of short videos that highlight how they have implemented a pedagogy of place with an emphasis on equitable access, and the importance of emergent learning in place-based education.
In the Kootenay Boundary School Districts video, Connecting to Place, teachers share reflections on a place-based learning project and include examples of how they have incorporated inquiry & project based learning across the curriculum with their students.
You can view additional place-based education videos by selecting the links below or visiting the KBEE Website
Take me outside
This 15 minute video features BC educators who discuss the positive impact outdoor learning has on their learners, with ideas for how to take your classroom outdoors across the curriculum.
Stewardship and sustainability
This 19 minute video features BC educators who share examples of how and why they prioritize connecting their learners to the land.
With thanks to Megan Zeni, content author and Graham Giles, film-maker.
Smith, G. A. (2007). Place-based education: Breaking through the constraining regularities of public school. Environmental Education Research, 13(2), 189-207. https://doi.org/10.1080/13504620701285180Links to an external site.