Last year I taught environmental science for the first time and quickly realized that many environmental issues are taken for granted - maybe because the science is misunderstood - maybe because we've heard it all before - maybe because we don't feel our individual efforts can may a difference. I wanted to reinvent to class using a mode of communication that evoked emotion and sparked action in people. Art + Environment was born. Students worked on an over arching project first semester where they curated an art exhibition that highlights environmental issues. Second semester we studied audio theater and turned shocking/funny/inspiring environmental stories into a podcast, "The Audio Environment".
I do not consider myself an artist, and had neither created an EcoArt sculpture or recorded a podcast before. My inexperience with these modes of communication put me on par with my students. We were a community of learners...genuinely wanting to share our environmental stories. I worked and struggled and learned along side them, but was able to guide with my larger depth of experiences an research.
How might we teach outside of our "home" discipline more often? What would it look like for the art teacher to take over Math class for a day? How would a biology teacher bring a new perspective to history class? What kind of awesomeness could a literature teacher uncover if taught within a technology class?