Teachers develop environmental stewardship course

NANAIMO – Environmental course developed by Dover Bay Secondary School teachers could get the green light.

An environmental course developed by Dover Bay Secondary School teachers could get the green light at the end of the month.

Trustees at last week’s education committee meeting recommended the board give final approval for the locally-developed course.

Environmental Stewardship, a Grade 11 course, was developed by three Dover Bay teachers – Gordon Graham, teacher sponsor of the school’s environmental club, John Eby and Janet Nelson.

On top of introducing students to the principles, concepts and methodologies required for understanding the complex inter-relationships of the natural world, the course aims to get students to think critically about contemporary issues related to environmental problems, on both a local and global scale and get them thinking about solutions.

Graham has been thinking about developing an environmental stewardship course for some time, and teachers hope to get enough interest to run at least one class next fall.

“It is, in my view, one of the most important issues kids are going to deal with in the 21st century,” he said. “It is sort of everywhere. The idea that we can’t keep going on like we have in the past, that message has to get out.

“There’s lots of opportunities where kids can get out in the community and get involved.”

The course, which can be offered at any high school in the district once approved, introduces students to environmental sustainability and stewardship, examines the impact of environmental change on the planet’s natural systems and the relationship between the human world and natural world, and allows students to choose their own topics for deeper study in the contemporary environmental issues unit.

Students also explore solutions and actions – both existing solutions and ones they create themselves.

“The whole idea is for them to consider environmentally responsible practices,” said Graham.

Students will learn to calculate their carbon footprint and a large part of the course is completing learning journals and working with peers on presentations and group projects.

“A lot of [course material] is going to be dealt with around the students and their presentations,” said Graham.

Jamie Brennan, school board chairman, said the project is in keeping with the province’s focus on personalized learning and there was unanimous support for the course.

“It’s really sort of natural because of the work teachers and students have done at that school through the environmental club,” he said.

Just Posted

Nanaimo artist Melissa Anderson has paintings on display at White Rabbit Coffee Co. for the next month. (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)
Nanaimo painter showcases coastal Island views in first exhibit in two years

Melissa Anderson presents ‘Seascapes’ oil painting exhibit at White Rabbit Coffee Co.

New COVID-19 cases on Vancouver Island by local health area for the week of June 6-12. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control image)
New COVID-19 cases up on Island, but health officials say trends going right way

There were 22 new COVID-19 cases in Greater Victoria last week after just four the week before

Regional District of Nanaimo is looking to repair sewage pipe in the Hammond Bay Road area, which was corroded by gas. (Black Press file)
Corroded sewer pipe along Nanaimo’s Hammond Bay Road will cost $5.5 million to fix

Pipe replacement and reinforcement part of $6.9-million infrastructure project

Kimberly Bussiere and other laid-off employees of Casino Nanaimo have launched a class-action lawsuit against the Great Canadian Gaming Corporation. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Laid-off Casino Nanaimo workers launch class-action lawsuit against corporation

Notice of civil claim filed on April 6 at Supreme Court of B.C. in Nanaimo

People line up to get their COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre, Thursday, June 10, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Vaccines, low COVID case counts increase Father’s Day hope, but risk is still there

Expert says people will have to do their own risk calculus before popping in on Papa

Helen Austin performing with Trent Freeman at the 2018 Vancouver Island MusicFest. Austin is one of the many performers listed for the 2021 event.
Vancouver Island MusicFest goes virtual for 2021

Black Press to stream 25 hours of programming July 9-11

Greater father involvement in the home leads to improved childhood development and increased marital satisfaction, says expert. (Black Press Media file photo)
Vancouver Island researcher finds lack of father involvement a drag on gender equality

Working women still taking on most child and household duties in Canada: UVic professor

FILE – A science class at L.A. Matheson Secondary in Surrey, B.C. on March 12, 2021. (Lauren Collins/Surrey Now Leader)
Teachers’ union wants more COVID transmission data as B.C. prepares for back-to-school

BCTF says that details will be important as province works on plan for September

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry outlines B.C.’s COVID-19 restart plan, May 25, 2021, including larger gatherings and a possible easing of mandatory masks on July 1. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. records 120 new COVID-19 cases, second vaccines accelerating

Lower Pfizer deliveries for early July, Moderna shipments up

A Heffley Creek peacock caught not one - but two - lifts on a logging truck this month. (Photo submitted)
Heffley Creek-area peacock hops logging trucks in search of love

Peacock hitched two lifts in the past month

The Calgary skyline is seen on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
2 deaths from COVID-19 Delta variant in Alberta, 1 patient was fully immunized

Kerry Williamson with Alberta Health Services says the patients likely acquired the virus in the hospital

The first suspension bridge is the tallest in Canada, with a second suspension bridge just below it. The two are connected by a trail that’s just over 1 km. (Claire Palmer photo)
PHOTOS: The highest suspension bridges in Canada just opened in B.C.

The Skybridge in Golden allows visitors to take in views standing at 130 and 80 metres

BC Green Party leader and Cowichan Valley MLA Sonia Furstenau introduced a petition to the provincial legislature on Thursday calling for the end of old-growth logging in the province. (File photo)
BC Green leader Furstenau introduces old-growth logging petition

Party calls for the end of old-growth logging as protests in Fairy Creek continue

Most Read