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The following resources are helpful to parents and teachers:

  1. Book: Supporting Successful Transition from Primary to Secondary School by Tina Rae (2014)
  2. Book: Book: Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv (2008)
  3. Book: Digital Tools for Teaching: 30 E-tools for Collaborating, Creating, and Publishing across the Curriculum by Steve Johnson (2013)
  4. DVD video: Canadian Popular Music in the '60's, '70's & '80's by EMI Music Canada (2012)
  5. DVD video: Canada: A People's History produced by Mark Starowicz (2001).
  6. Book: Fire in the Bones: Bill Mason and the Canadian Canoeing Tradition by James Raffan (1999)

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Questions Teachers Ask About Environmental Education

  1. How is the Ontario Provincial government ensuring a balanced approach to environmental education? Answer.
  2. What can I use from Ontario Ministry of Education resource booklet "Ready, Set, Green!.
  3. What can a teacher do to incorporate environmental education into the daily, weekly, monthly routine? The book "Smart by Nature: Schooling for Sustainability" portrays the growing sustainability movement in K-12 education, showcasing inspiring stories of public, independent, and charter schools across the country.
  4. Are administrators/parents in your areas supportive of including more science inquiry related questions about the environment?
  5. Is there a perception of environmental education being "hippy tree hugging"? If so, what can we do to rebrand it?
  6. Should Earth Day in schools be changed to Earth Week like National Environmental Education Week?
  7. What role does gardening have in your school curriculum and community? Dixie Elementary School has parent volunteers and a kids "garden club" with teachers introducing gardening as part of their curriculum. Connaught Street School is building an outdoor classroom and have helped build trails with interpretive signage at other schools.
  8. How can studying food literacy and food issues be an engaging way to look at interconnected social challenges? The "The Nourish Middle School Curriculum Guide" (PDF) from offers a rich set of resources to open a meaningful conversation about food and sustainability.
  9. How should we teach about Children & Nature, Climate Change, Air Quality, Endangered Species, [Endangered Spaces], Forests, Oceans, Deepwater Horizon oil spill, School Water Audit, Water, Water-Energy Connections
  10. What values do you and don’t you want to pass along to your students?
  11. Where is the best place to find online environmental education reseources?
  12. What can our students learn from the "No Impact Project" inspired by Colin Beavan a New York journalist who decided to reduce his consumption to zero for an entire year. It is a chance for you to see what a difference no-impact living can have on your quality of life. See the "No Impact Man" movie trailer. Buy the "No Impact Man" DVD.
  13. Where can I find funding for tree planting on our school grounds?
  14. How can I encourage my teaching colleagues to work towards EcoSchool certification?
  15. Which fresh air career paths should our students pursue?
  16. How do we help young students enjoy the outdoors and environment without getting stressed about environmental issues?
  17. Why do many Aboriginal cultures have such a clear understanding and respect for the environment?
  18. How can the Region of Peel help with a recycling prorgam or other diversions?
  19. How do I book a tour of the Region of Peel's water, wastewater and wastemanagement facilities?
  20. What si recyclable in the Region of Peel system?
  21. Where does my garbage go in the Region of Peel?
  22. Where does my drinking water come from in Region of Peel?
  23. What can I teach my students to best help the Region of Peel's water, wastewater and wastemanagement systems?
  24. Please describe some career paths in the Region of Peel.
  25. Why do your attend environmental education conferences?

Questions Teachers Ask of Their Students

  1. The Right Way to Ask Questions in the Classroom from
  2. As a teacher, I make sure that every student speaks in every lesson. I give the wait time and then i select a student. I work my way around to each child.

Research Questions Teachers Ask

  1. Research Questions Teachers Ask A Report from the National Reading Research Center School Research Consortium