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My philosophy leans towards experiential learning as these activities give me the most fulfillment as an educator. Unfortunately, as testing is now our main focus, those experiential lessons have been greatly reduced. The goal of this study was to incorporate Earth Journaling into a tight fourth grade curriculum. The main questions researched were: how will I implement Earth Journaling into the curriculum, and will it affect the strength of student expressiveness in their everyday writing? Guiding in my research was Lori Wolfe, literacy and testing expert, and John Caddy, poet and instructor of Earth Journaling. This student's writing best sums up my results: Earth Journaling is fun and exciting because you don't know what you'll pick to write about. But if you look in the woods, I bet you'll get an idea. Because when you think about nature, you'll get more inspiration in what you're going to write about.
Meister, Sharon, "How Earth journaling affects student writing in world choice, voice and ideas" (2006). School of Education Student Capstones and Dissertations. 1003.