The 2018 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference was held in Portland, Maine, which gave me the opportunity to create a workshop about teaching writing in school gardens. About twenty K-12 teachers participated- including ELA teachers, garden educators, special education teachers, and nutritionists. This slideshow provides an overview of the presentation about the benefits of teaching writing in school gardens and an overview of a writing workshops rooted in the gardening cycle of creating soil health, cultivating seedlings, transplanting, harvesting, cooking, and eating. This handout has more details about the writing workshop. We concluded by applying principles of permaculture to backward design to create both/and assignment sequences, as detailed here.
In retrospect, I probably tried to do too much in just an hour, so next time I am going to try to plan a three day workshop. Who wants to collaborate?