Where do ideas come from?
Share your Discoveries & Big Ideas
Miniature Gardens, Compost Bins & Seedswaps
The Teaching in the Dirt: STEAM Outdoors e-course if filled with nature based curriculum ideas. The intention of the course is to inspire teachers to create outdoor curriculum that infuses a sense of curiosity and wonder into the minds of children.
Where do ideas come from? Elizabeth Gilbert explains her theory on “How Ideas Work” in her latest book called Big Magic. She describes, ” Ideas are a desembodied energetic life-form. They are completely separate from us, but capable of interacting with us-albeit strangely. ” She explains, “It is only through a human’s efforts that an idea can be escorted out of the ether and into the realm of the actual.”
I love the image of dancing Outdoor Learning Ideas in the minds of Natural Teachers. Elizabeth Gilbert captures this image beautifully and describes,” Therefore, ideas spend enternity swirling around us, searching for available and willing human partners. When an idea thinks it has found somebody, –say, you–who might be able to bring it to the world, the idea will pay you a visit.”
Some ideas are simple, while others are more complex. Have you experienced the sensation of receiving a great idea? Gilbert describes this as Big Magic. She explains, ” But sometimes–rarely, but magnificantly–there comes a day when you are open and relaxed enough to actually receive something.” It is the nurturing of an idea that allows it to grow into something beyond our wildest dreams. Can we make that happen with Outdoor Classrooms?
Ideas an grow like gardens. They need to be nurtured, watered and loved. If ideas are left they will die and disappear. In the Teaching in the Dirt: STEAM Outdoor e-course, we have an opportunity to invite and capture ideas for our Outdoor Classrooms. I played with this concept this week and am excited to share my results.
This week I created a miniture garden that was inspired by the book Fairy Houses!
I was inspired by the 5 Fun Composting Projects for Kids article, and explored adding a Compost bin to my Edible Garden. Step 1: Buy supplies.
Curious about the idea of adding a Seed Swap to my Little Free Library. I picked up the book Seedswap book by Josie Jeffrey. My ideas are starting to swirl! Check out these books in the Outdoor Classrooms Book Store!
What did you discover this week? What was your favorite video? STEAM activity? What are you curious about? Is there anything that you are interested in? What ideas are swirling around and which ones do you think you will bring to the world? Share your ideas and add a comments below.