Addressing Climate Change Through a WE Wellbeing project

Context 

The Teacher’s Voice

Our class was part of a WE Wellbeing Pilot Program focused on service learning. The program encourages students to set goals (what you want to accomplish) and have intentions (how you want to be/feel while working towards your goal). When we discussed what our project might be, students felt strongly about doing something for the environment to address climate change. They worked collaboratively to set the goals and intentions of their project, then organized themselves into four groups to execute their plans:

  • Gardening group

garden pots

  • Recycling group

recycling bins

  • Energy management group
  • Swap cart group.

swap cart

I provided minimal teacher support was minimal because students had a strong sense of purpose and agency. Afterwards, students self-assessed their core competencies and reflected on their work.

Illustration 

Student Work Samples: Goals and intentions

Garden Group

  • Goals: To help the environment by planning vegetables and fruits; To raise awareness
  • Intention: Have fun!

Recycle Group

  • Goal: To increase awareness about plastic

  • Intention: To share knowledge

Energy Management Group

  • Goal: To reduce energy use
  • Intention: To share knowledge

Student Reflection

Goals of our class project

  • Increase awareness

Intention of our class project

  • Gratitude

Goals of your group’s project

  • To collect 20 pens, get the ink sponge out, and recycle them.
  • To raise awareness about the plastic usage in our environment.

My personal intention (how I would like to approach this activity)

  • I would like to approach this in a responsible way and a mature way.

Self-Assessment

My strength is giving and adding onto other people’s ideas. One example is one day my group was trying to find a way to find out how we were going to recycle and I said, One day we get pens and markers, then other days we take the ink out of them, and repeat. I can get better at keeping my group on task. To do this I need to stay more focussed. 

Profile Analysis

Collaboration

Conscience de soi et responsabilité personnelle

Conscience et responsabilité sociales