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NJEF Types of Observation

April 19, 2023 @ 12:00 pm 1:30 pm PDT

How do we observe?
1. “Ambient noticing” — you’re just soaking in everything, taking in the big picture, and letting things come at you.
2. “Purposeful attention” — you have a goal of seeking out specific things, such as colors, signs, birds, etc.

What are the benefits and drawbacks of encouraging either type of noticing as an educator and nature journaler? Do you encourage students to just go out and get a “feel” for the place, be guided by their own interests, or give them a specific job? Do different ways of guidance work better for different age groups or ability levels? Thank you to Austin Kleon for this idea. Read his thoughts about it on his amazing blog.

Learn how to teach Nature Journaling! Join our weekly discussion and idea-sharing for teachers, home-school parents, and other educators interested in teaching nature journaling skills. Each meeting will have a theme. Most of the conversation that day will revolve around this core idea but expect interesting side routes and trails.

All ages and experience levels are welcome. No registration is necessary. If you are new to Zoom or are having trouble with the meeting controls, please see these notes and suggestions on Zoom Tips for Online Classes with John Muir Laws to help you get more out of the online workshop. When possible I will also make a recording of the workshop and post it on my blog. I look forward to seeing you there!

NOTE: Start time is 12 PM Pacific, 1 PM Mountain, 2 PM Central, 3 PM Eastern Time

Free

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