Place-based Science for Educators: Module 3
Part 1: Sketching
Sketching is a powerful tool to understand the world around us, and can be a means to more deeply connect with nature. It is also an underutilized tool in our students’ science toolkit, both because it is not commonly practiced and – relatedly – because many students develop an attitude that they “can’t draw” by the time they become teenagers.
In this part of the module you’ll learn how I use sketching with my students as a means to connect and observe, and how all this fits in with the practice of science. Check out the two videos and article below.
Step 1: Watch my Introduction to Sketching
Step 2: Read Why Sketch? by Jenny Keller
As you read, you might consider:
- Keller considers sketching an invaluable practice of field-based science. Have you used sketching in your science classroom in any context? What about in your life outside the classroom?
- Several techniques and approaches are presented here. Are there any you are excited to try, either on your own or perhaps with your students?