Reflecting on Sustainable Choices

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How DO we make sustainable choices? Rocky Mountain Elementary students from Elkford listen to ideas from their classmates after several rounds of Fishing for Sustainability, an activity in which students make decisions to meet the needs of their imaginary community. Along the way they must adapt to challenges that arise and finally reflect on what their community would be like in the future.

Plenty of insight was gained. Comments ranged from “If we’d known what was going to happen we would have chosen differently!” to “we tried to think about people seven generations in the future. I think we did a good job.” Some reflected on the balance of needs and wants and others compared the game to the real world, where everyone’s choices mean everyone has different situations.

As an educator I’m once again impressed by the abilities of Gr 6’s when challenged to think beyond their own lives. Great work!