Tree for the mind (LS-HR-736)

All humans are part of nature. Our bodies as well as our minds are intertwined with all living on earth. This scenario, starting on Earth Day, encourages planting trees and caring for their growth (this year with a special  dedication to peace). But it also sparks a lifelong care for the needs of our personal garden – a comfortable home for our minds. 

As students are preparing for the activities of the World Environment Day on 5 June 2022, they collaborate in teams to tell a story behind a tree – creating its personality, choose any tree to learn more about, and one tree to learn about and plant. In the end, they create one special, individual tree, which is a safe home for their mind. These four stages are completed before the external activitiy – planting. The underlying idea is that all living creatures need adequate care, environment and nutrients to fully blossom. So do human minds.

The scenario fosters creativity, self-reflection, taking part in climate change activities and joining the world’s youth community to observe the World Environment Day. It sparks students’ interest in UN sustainable development goals and bio-diversity.  Students also expand vocabulary on trees, soil types, climate and weather conditions.  The scenario is project-based, artistic and challenging, offering variety of ways to learn about the magical world of trees but also –  our minds. 

A tangible product of this scenario is a planted tree (or arboretum of trees). Another, intangible product is a Tree for the mind. In shape of a tree, garden, arboretum, or even something bigger.

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CC BY 4.0: the featured image used to illustrate this article has been found on Europeana and has been provided by the Rippl-Rónai Megyei Hatókörű Városi Múzeum – Kaposvár.

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