Adopting action for sustainable living on a daily basis is the first step towards becoming an environmental steward. For example, in our magnet we encourage students to walk, cycle, take public transport or carpool to school. We use reusable water bottles and fewer other plastic products, which often end up in oceans causing the death of marine animals. We also recycle paper and plastic, which keeps landfills from growing. We encourage everyone to only buy what is needed, including food, as 20-50% of the food we buy ends up in landfills.
Academic integrity means to always try your best, never cheat on exams or other assignments, always cite the sources of ideas, writings, data and conclusions that do not belong to you, and to never plagiarize or present the work of another as one’s own. ESM students are taught how to paraphrase and how to cite printed and digital material. ESM teachers regularly help students understand the difference between academic integrity and academic dishonesty.
Learning is more meaningful when we can see the connections between knowledge and the world around us. Such connections can take different forms. For example, ESM students apply what they know to identify and solve issues within their community. Also, students make connections between what they are learning and their own cultural backgrounds and personal experiences. ESM students engage in activities that bring to the surface the multiple connections among disciplines, knowledge and the world.
Technology is the tools that are used to solve a problem. These tools can be things such as a calculator, a computer, a tablet or a protractor. Technology also refers to the set of techniques, knowledge, skills and methods used to solve problems. In the ESM, we use technology appropriately to solve problems and to enhance teaching and learning.
Harmony with the community is getting along with others, as well as valuing peace, inclusion and social cooperation over conflict, discrimination and competition. At our school, we build in the fundamental practices of restorative justice to accomplish harmony with the community. Examples of concrete restorative justice practices at our magnet include activities to build community in the classroom and magnet wide, as well as the use of Peace Circles to solve conflict. In addition, the exploration of how social justice issues have shaped our world, and how environmental justice intersects with these issues is an important component of the harmony we are developing together.