0.1 Introduction to the course & general guidelines for educators
In this module we will introduce the Open Online Course (OOC) and the Teacher Community (TC). Start here to get yourself ready for the rest!
0.2 Teaching about climate change - general guidelines for educators
Teaching about a topic such as climate change can be daunting for many educators. Perhaps you feel it is not so relevant for your subject area or it may not be explicitly included in the curriculum, as is the case still in many countries. Or maybe you feel the topic is too difficult and only mention climate change in passing as you teach something else. Whatever the reason, we want to reassure you that it makes sense to teach about climate and you can do it well!
In order for students to become more ‘climate literate’, ie. competent or knowledgeable in the area of climate change, its impacts, and its solutions (Johnston, 2020, pp. 200), in this module we would like to give you some general pointers that you as an educator can keep in mind as you move forward with bringing the topic of climate and climate change more into your classroom.
Learning objectives & outcomes
- Recognize the abstract nature of climate change and help student address any misconceptions.
- Gain a basic understanding of systems thinking and its relevance for climate change.
- Explain how the topic of climate change can affect students’ mental health and be aware of strategies to help students stay realistic and positive.
- Use appropriate pedagogical approaches when teaching about climate change in order to support students’ autonomous motivation to learn.
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