Throughout the week, my students and I explored the lifecycle of salmon by discussing their habitat and developmental stages.
The thought of handing over a six-inch knife to a child you’ve only just met makes many educators anxious. I too was wary when I first started my career in garden education. With practice, though, the responsibility and trust that come with using a knife have become two of my favorite things to give children.
The walk to Port Blakely Cemetery, at the southwest boundary of the IslandWood campus, took over an hour. Team Ravine headed south on a well-worn route, but just past the Suspension Bridge, instead of continuing on to Mac’s Pond, they turned onto a spur trail.
Principal Angela Sheffey Bogan got a new school this year. Last fall, the longtime principal of Dearborn Park International Elementary in Seattle took the lead at Sartori Elementary, a new STEM magnet school in downtown Renton.
After completing his graduate certificate in Education for Environment and Community at IslandWood, Tom Stonehocker began a Master in Education and a Restoration Ecology Certificate at the University of Washington.
On Monday, October 8, students in the School Overnight Program (SOP) took part in a visit by Tlingit artist, dancer, and teacher Odin Lonning in celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
Lorrie Wolle has taught elementary school for 23 years, and she’s been coming to the School Overnight Program (SOP) with Armin Jahr Elementary in Bremerton for about half as many.
To this day, Kaiti Hanger, a teacher at West Seattle Elementary School, can recall the trash spreading before her like an ocean. As part of a year-round youth leadership program, which instilled in her a commitment to social and environmental justice, Kaiti visited one of the largest landfills in the Americas. Kaiti can’t let go of that image.
It was the last community campfire of the year, when IslandWood instructors and children in the School Overnight Program (SOP) gather at the Friendship Circle to perform skits, sing songs, and celebrate the week of learning.
This article by IslandWood graduate student Jenn Allen was originally published in Clearing Magazine.
The kale was in bloom, masses of tiny yellow flowers hoovering over the long-legged plants. The petals obscured the children’s faces. Curious hands disappeared into their midst and then reappeared with pinches of flowers.
There’s nothing like watching a video of yourself engaged in doing something new to elicit feelings of discomfort. The awkward struggle so evident in one’s subtle body language is enough to make the viewer reach for the pause button.
Nadya Revchuk’s first impression of IslandWood is perhaps her most lasting. She came as a stranger, she says, and was welcomed as family.
This fall during my SOP practicum I began to experiment with integrating art and science learning. One project developed from the natural elements we were exploring.