Weathering: Lively Ongoingness, Scales and Temporalities

The following is an edited version of our 'Weathering' poster presented as part of the session Children's Common Worlds in Times of Climate Change and 'Post Truths' at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Conference in Toronto, Canada (April, 2019). Shaping new pedagogies in times of climate change With rain In our work with young …

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Making rain

As we set out, the children spotted several leafy branches that had fallen from a nearby eucalyptus tree. They held them aloft to shield their faces. I’m being a tree. I’m just a tree. I’m trying to hide from the tigers. There’s no tigers here. Snakes though. A helicopter interrupted this lively tree reverie. It’s …

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Picking up Stones

As we walked towards the lake on a sunny winter’s morning, one child gravitated towards the Arch of the Sun sculpture. He squeezed himself between the cold concrete pillars, crunching rocks underfoot. Several other children followed and then bent down to sort through the stones, describing them as frozen, crystal, glittery, shiny, sparkly. One girl …

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Digging, dissolving dirt

It rained lightly overnight for first time in a while.  As the fog lifted we found ourselves walking through a landscape that was damp and refreshed. The children seemed to sense a new pliability in the earth. Several picked up sticks to dig at the ground, alternately tapping, drilling and scraping away the soft surface. …

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