Climate Ready Classrooms at Speyside High School
A blog post by Keith Turner
- Smashing litter picking targets during an unexpected stay in Scotland
- Keeping our communities beautiful
- Celebrating our brilliant volunteers
- Designing a pocket garden
- Getting to know... Nicola Smith
- East Haven Together
- It’s time to litter-ly turn anger into action
- Working in partnership to give communities a helping hand to clean up Scotland
- Why Beautiful Scotland is important to Lauder in Bloom
- We can all be climate ready
- Taking part in It's Your Neighbourhood
- Bags of opportunity for good
- Getting to know... Eve Keepax
- Lucky to live here
- A year of opportunity ahead
- How I’m trying to waste less this Christmas
- Unmasking a looming litter emergency
- Getting to know... Brian Rae
- A Canal College® journey
- Volunteering during a pandemic
- Applauding the unsung heroes who manage our award winning parks and beaches
- Socially distant but learning together
- Getting to know.......Lisa Snedden
- Waste vs the pandemic: finding a new normal for single-use cups
- Now is the time to change
- Could the Global Goals provide a framework for the green recovery?
- Getting to know....Connor Launder
- Our incredible Beautiful Scotland and It’s Your Neighbourhood community
- Getting to know our people behind Climate Ready Classrooms
- Lockdown litter - a community view
- Looking after beaches
- Time for a more sustainable future, a greener and fairer one for all
- Getting to know.....Claire Gibson
- The Origins of George Wyllie's 'Original Earth Guarantee'
- Getting to know... Aoife Hutton
- National disgrace of lockdown litter
- The healing power of local places
- Tackling Covid-19 and climate change at a community level
- Amid the Coronavirus crisis the climate emergency has not gone away
- Bringing environmental education home
- #TurdTag – getting creative to tackle dog poo
- Preparing young people to take action on climate change
- Running on community power
- Reconnecting with nature
- Coronavirus isn't an excuse - flytipping is still a crime
- Sowing seeds of hope in our community
- Hope for the environment post-Coronavirus?
- From Eco-School Committee to environmental charity
- You can’t tackle the climate crisis unless you are climate ready
- Why everyone wins when you take part in Beautiful Scotland
- Entering our third decade with a splash
- Is 2020 the year for a circular economy in Scotland?
- A year in the life of: the campaigns and innovation team
- Scottish Partnership Against Rural Crime
- Setting sail: all aboard the partnership
- Free wheeling
- Scotland is thirsty for change
- This #ScotClimateWeek, are you ready to pledge?
- Upstream Battle at Whinhill Primary School
- Elaine Hopley on our Upstream Battle week of action
- 20 September climate strikes: what took place and what happens now?
- Playing our part to reduce cup waste
- The funeral of a glacier: time to pull the emergency brake
- Get your Paws on Plastic
- Arran – exploring its hidden gems
- It’s time to take action to reverse climate change
- Monitoring litter to help keep Scotland beautiful
- Tackling Our Unsustainable Cup Consumption
- Cups hitting the ground: what we learned at TRNSMT Festival
- We All Have To Fight The UpStream Battle
- It's rubbish that people have to clean up after litter bugs
- The power of pocket gardens
- Registering your clean up makes a difference
- Tackling climate change starts at home
- Speaking the language of Carbon Literacy
- The life of a Keep Scotland Beautiful intern
- Wheatley Group: two years on and still going strong
- Roadside Litter: Think twice before you chuck
- Our citizen scientists are ready to make waves for Upstream Battle
- Taking a stand on climate change – what actions will you take?
- The Cup Movement will tackle our litter culture head on
- Working across borders to tackle climate change
- Celebrating 25 years of Eco-Schools in Scotland
- Climate change – it’s personal
- Putting young people first for our environment at Keep Scotland Beautiful
- Treading lightly – steps to lower our carbon footprint
- Aunty Babs washes her spoon and so should you
- Climate change: we can all do our bit
- Have yourself a green Christmas
- Shifting up a gear on Scotland’s roadside litter problem
- It’s time to consign our litter problem to the dustbin of history
- We can save our seas by starting at home
- Everyone can do their bit to protect the world – what’s your Goal?
One of the best parts of our education work is the time we spend teaching pupils about the environment. Lockdown has meant that this has looked a bit different over the last year, but as we have all adapted to remote learning, we’re really enjoying our time in the virtual classroom. Lately, our Climate Ready Classrooms course has been really popular, and we’ve taught more than one thousand pupils from 54 schools since March 2020, as well as training teachers in 29 schools through our Train the Trainer course.
We asked Keith Turner, Principal Teacher of Geography at Speyside High School, to share his thoughts about taking part in Climate Ready Classrooms:
Back in November 2018, Speyside High School was lucky enough to host one of the early Climate Ready Classroom workshops. The Keep Scotland Beautiful team worked with S3 pupils for the whole day, exploring the causes and consequences of our changing climate through a range of exciting hands-on activities. Students ended the session by pledging actions to combat our climate emergency.
Fast forward to November 2020 and some of these students were in Higher Geography, balancing their learning with the ongoing Covid restrictions. I approached Keep Scotland Beautiful about signing up for the digital Climate Ready Classrooms initiative, with the intention of covering the Higher Geography Climate Change topic, as well as training up the students to deliver peer-education to junior classes.
Over six weeks at the end of 2020 we welcomed Josh into our classroom once a week, via Glow! The Keep Scotland Beautiful delivery was different to how I would normally teach the topic, so as the students worked through activities with Josh, it was like ongoing professional development for me. The students looked forward to their weekly sessions, it helped break up the teaching week, and it allowed students who were self-isolating or unable to attend class, to join-in via Glow. The weekly Kahoot quizzes provided to be very popular with the competitive S6 members of the class!
With support from Josh and myself, the students completed their Carbon Literacy course by making their pledges, many of them committing to work with junior classes. I am really excited to see these senior students working with the broad general education classes in the future.
The real success of this initiative is seeing students engage with a topic that is so crucial to our lives, and for them to see it as more than just another topic in their Higher curriculum.
As we move forward in 2021, I know that the experience of Climate Ready Classrooms has massively helped my students. It has also given me another layer of evidence that they understand the issues and complexities of our changing world.
Climate Ready Classrooms uses interactive activities to navigate the science behind climate change and discusses how we can all reduce our carbon footprint. It started as a one day in-person workshop and has evolved into a multi session remote learning experience for both pupils and educators. Upon completing the course, pupils receive Carbon Literacy accreditation from the Carbon Literacy Project and have the opportunity to connect to a network of carbon literate ambassadors.
If Climate Ready Classrooms sounds like a course your class would be interested in, get in touch to discuss your requirements.
We also offer:
- Train the Trainer professional learning sessions to certify educators to deliver Climate Ready Classrooms to secondary pupils themselves,
- Introduction to Climate Change course for primary pupils.
- Climate Emergency Training
Huge thanks to all the educators and pupils who have invited us into their classroom so far. Thank you for your time, your interesting project work, and for engaging with us in taking action on climate change.