Last week, I had the wonderful opportunity to conduct a workshop defining the concept of sustainability with a 6th Grade class in Brooklyn’s M.S. 88! I owe it the homeroom teacher, Mr. Torrey Maldonado who devised a dynamic curriculum for his class around responsible choices. The youth were incredibly engaged, which was humbling for me. At their age, I had no concept of global warming or “renewable energy”. But they are on it–and so is their science teacher, Ms. Marks.
Here’s is an un-plugged promo for Mr. Maldonado’s youth novel, Secret Saturdays. The book is all about responsible choices, and it’s geared toward adolescent boys. Given very favorable reviews from school librarians, it’s a great book for educators and parents to consider. Give the gift of literature to a young boy you know, and support another educator in the process.
Without a fundamental understanding of responsible choices, sustainability would just be a gimmick.