Open schooling moment: Eva Roelandt shares a glance
It’s 9 o’clock in the morning and I’m waiting for the group to arrive at the biodynamic farm. The mist rises 2 meters above the ground and little drops of water cling to the little plants in front of me.
Photo: Lynn Delbeecke (Instagram: @lynndelbeecke_photography)
Some minutes later eight children arrive who are happy to leave their backpacks in the boot of the car. One boy mentions he brought a pen in case he needs to write something down. It's not the first time they've been here. All through the year three groups of the same class (ages 8 to 10) rotate weekly visiting the farm. They are guided by Anna, a farmer in training and Christine, a mother with children at the school. Anna points at the tiny plants I observed earlier, 'Waw ... they grow so fast and we only sowed them last week.' Today Anna provided the children some chores: 'We will prepare the seedbeds and harvest the tomatoes'.I believe these children learn a lot by looking at Anna, who is standing over the plants in a widespread, trying not to hurt them. Anna play-acts that the plants can talk by saying: 'Auw auw auw,
Initially this school joined the SEAS project to embed these farm visits in the curriculum but soon we all realized that LORET brings them to many places and many stakeholders that are all connected to a local sustainability problem. And for me open schooling is about slowly revealing the pedagogical potential of a real and authentic sustainability problem. Teachers, please take the lead!
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