Beyond the Classroom Walls: The Power of Place-Based Learning

Surrey educator Annie Ohana weaves together priority practices of curriculum design and instructional strategies to activate the power of place-based learning.

“There’s limitations to these walls. If the student’s mature enough to choose the place, to have an understanding of some sort of narrative, some sort of story that they want to learn more about. I think it’s our duty to make that happen. The best learning I have ever had is traveling, is through being somewhere and realizing. Especially when we are talking about quite serious historical events and systemic realities … I can’t do that service in a classroom. There’s so much learning that happens so if the results tell us it’s better to be in that place, and then to add on top of that, ‘Well, what if they chose that place?'”

-Annie Ohana

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